Innovative Equipment at Cabinets & Closets Expo

By Bill Esler | Posted: 03/01/2013 10:59AM


click image to zoomColonial SawColonial Saw at Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013   Cabinets & Closets Expo changed its mission this year, expanding from a home storage and closets exhibition to a full-fledged woodworking show.

One sign of that transition is the presentation of manufacturing machinery at a level not seen in the past verision of the show.

click image to zoom Some quick examples: Colonial Saw is showing a full-scale, automated vertical panel saw, under power. Felder is showing two woodworking production machines.  Castle is showing its automated pocket screw machine.

Some exhibitors have overcome constraints of space for their biggest equipment in inventive ways: Komo has examples of dimensionally carved decorative wood embellishments, as examples of what its CNC machines can do. Stiles is presenting information on all its services, including productivity consulting, education and training, as well as its wide range of equipment, from woodshop-focused Ironwood lines to automated Stiles Machinery equipment.

Oliver Machinery has its Compact series 8500, also under power, on the floor. Instead of driving trimmers with motors, it trims edges with a durable scraping knife, said to last five years before it needs replacing.

Felder G330 edgebanderSpeaking of compact edgebandes, Felder is showing its new G330 ­Edgebander, with chain feed and precise edging, in a total length of less than six feet. 

Eveready Hardware has expanded its reach from functional and decorative hardware for closets and cabinets, to the Festool line of portable power tools and cutting blades. Demos showed several power tools in action, including the Domino XL tenon joiner.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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