Wood Pro Expo opens to larger crowds

MANHEIM, Pa. – Wood Pro Expo is back and larger than ever.

Wood Pro Expo 2019 is underway, and woodworkers are welcome to attend the second day of the event, Friday, October 18. This year’s edition features more than 80 exhibitors and hundreds of new products to be displayed.

It’s not necessary to register in advance. Walk-ins are welcome any time during the exhibition at Spooky Nook Sports Center off of Pennsylvania Route 283 near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Free parking is available.

Join other woodworkers to find out what is new in technology, materials and hardware.

Larger attendance is reported over last year's event at the same venue.

Sponsors for the 2019 event are CNC Factory, DC Distributing, KCD Software and Woodwright Finishing.

Preregistrations are higher than a year ago, said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of Woodworking Network and CCI Media, organizer of the event. The number of exhibitors is also a third higher than the last event in October 2018. Attendee registrations so far this year were more than 750, with total registered at more than 1,100.

“There is a demand for regional shows, and we have brought new technology and material developments to professional woodworkers in this area,” Fixmer said.

WPE is being held in Spooky Nook Sports, the country’s largest indoor sports complex. The exhibit floor is part of a large building, including soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, and an adjoining hotel, The Warehouse at the Nook.

Felder demonstrated a panel saw at Spooky Nook.

More to come

Still to come, Gene Wengert, the Wood Dr., will headline Friday (October 18) of Wood Pro Expo with his opening keynote, The Wood Doctor is in. His presentation will address the changes in the industry and their effects on the typical woodworker's business. Wengert will also speak at 11 a.m. on how to measure the correct moisture content for kiln-dried lumber.

Les Smith of Sherwin Williams will speak on Friday, October 18, also on wood finishing and “How trends affect your business.”

The show floor has a number of equipment demonstrations running both days. Felder, INMES, New CNC and RT Machine are offering live demonstrations for attendees.

Will Sampson was opening day keynoter, speaking on the path to professionalism.

The first show day on October 17 featured an opening keynote by FDMC editor Will Sampson titled “Path to Professionalism.”  Sampson suggested that woodworkers treat their business as a business, and to know their real costs.

Ken Kumph of Premier Builders described a systematic approach to comparing estimated to actual costs. He reviewed in detail how his company does job costing and establishes margin as a percentage.

James Fox of Fox Woodworking told attendees about running a one- or two-man shop, and how to make it work. Fox stressed having god relationships with suppliers and customers, and to sell the personal connection to the job. He also provided helpful lists of many of the tasks needed to be completed by the smaller shop.

See https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/events/wood-pro-expo-lancaster

CNC router demo by New CNC on WPE show floor.



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Karl D. Forth is online editor for CCI Media. He also writes news and feature stories in FDMC Magazine, in addition to newsletters and custom publishing projects. He is also involved in event organization, and compiles the annual FDM 300 list of industry leaders. He can be reached at [email protected].