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The room will ring with the music of woodworkers -- the sounds of routers,

planers, tables saws, drills and other machines -- as The Chicagoland

Woodworking Show begins its run April 16-18 at the Odeum -- North & South

Halls, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Ill.

More than 6,000 of the nearly 52,579 woodworkers in the Chicago area are

expected to attend The Woodworking Show, to see and test the newest and best

hand and power tools, machinery and supplies for woodworkers, homebuilders and

do-it-yourselfers. The show will have exhibits representing more than 100

different manufacturers.

"Many of our attendees spend more than one day, so they can visit the exhibits

several times, see tools and machinery in operation and learn from factory

reps," said show director Irene Devine. "They can purchase everything right

there on-site at special show prices and take it home to use in their shops

that evening."

Four special woodworking seminars will be held on "Furniture Construction,"

"Finishing Basics," "Picture Framing for Woodworkers" and "Jigs and Fixtures."

The cost of each full-day seminar is $125 when registering at the show. Advance

registration is just $95 and can be charged from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling

(800) 826-8257.

As an added attraction, two of the featured speakers, Stuart Altschuler and

Marc Adams, will also present 29 free mini-seminar demonstrations on the show

floor. Each mini-seminar will last 15-30 minutes. Topics will include

woodworking special effects and a variety of woodworking techniques.

Local woodworkers will be featured in 10 free workshops on a variety of topics:

"Build a Stereo Cabinet," "Sign Carving," "Goof-Proof Woodworking," "Tune Up

Your Hand Plane" and "Making Wooden Clocks."

Several area woodworking clubs will be represented with displays showcasing the

wide range of talent in the Chicago area. The North Suburban Carvers will

display various types of carving, including birds and wildlife, caricatures,

high and low relief, ornamental chip carving and sculpture in the round.

Everything from napkin holders to full-size furniture will be shown by members

of the DuPage Woodworkers, Hickory Hills Woodworking Club, Fox Valley

Woodworkers Club and Northwest Indiana Woodworkers Association.

All attendees will be eligible to enter a prize drawing for a new Powermatic


Shows are scheduled for 17 cities throughout the United States in Spring 1999.

The next Woodworking Show on the National Tour will be in Costa Mesa, Calif.,

April 23-25.