Sacramento Wood Show

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Blog entry by Blake posted 04-21-2008 02:07 AM 1762 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in Sacramento the last two days and of course I spent a few hours at the WOOD show.

I bumped into John Ormsby. and got to chat with him for a few minutes. Unfortunately I saw him when I was on my way out to an fire dept. physical agility hiring test (the other reason I was in Sacramento) and couldn’t talk for long. Sorry John, I wish I could have talked longer. But good to meet you.

I looked for other LJ’s but didn’t see any. Where were you, Odie? I kept looking for a guy with a baseball cap and mustache giving someone a half-jokingly hard time about something. I thought for sure I would recognize you instantly.

Anyway, I had fun looking around but I guess overall I was a little disappointed. I was at the Pleasanton WOOD show last year and I thought for sure that the Sacramento show would be bigger. And the only vendor I REALLY wanted to see was Incra. Apparently they baled. I didn’t see them.

Incra doesn’t sell anything direct from there website, and all of there dealers only sell some of there stuff. Incra has products that are not sold by ANY other dealer as far as I can tell. So I really wanted to see there display and get my hands on some of the new products.

I think I will email them and ask what gives.

I spent about $100 bucks on several small toys. I got some nice router bits, a “deadman’s” foot switch for use on my scroll saw or drill press, and some accessories for my bandsaw. I spent just about all of my money at “Woodline USA.” They had some great deals on several things I have been wanting.

Here’s what I got:

-- Happy woodworking!

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 02:25 AM

Hi Blake,

You came back with some nice additions to your toy box. I have been meaning to get a biscuit glue dispenser like you bought. They are nice for metering glue into biscuit slots.

Congratulations on the new additions.

Good luck on your application to the fire department as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 02:28 AM

Nice little haul, Blake. What’s the doo-dad to the left of the collet on the top row?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 02:30 AM

It’s a collet extender for plunging that “bowl and tray” bit deep into bowls and trays (and boxes).

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 04-21-2008 02:30 AM

I was there my “little” friend. The comment I used at each booth was ” I want to see a demo of your product, I already know how to count money”.

I spent way TOO MUCH money. I needed a new drill press (delta with laser) because my old one was a piece of Cra- from post tools. I also replaced my 12 year old planner with a knew Dewalt 735 … hot d—-

And I also was very disapointed in this show. There were about 15 vendors missing including my favorite Incra. I so wanted to go up to them and say “I’m in your gallery”. I really wanted to see Blake, but I also got to meet John Ormsby. He picked me right out … go figure.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#5 posted 04-21-2008 02:35 AM

That DW735 is an amazing beast. Best money you’ve ever spent on your shop… I guarantee it. (Except maybe for the Incra stuff). The only problem with that machine is that it doesn’t come with the infeed/outfeed tables. You NEED those tables to get the “no snipe” that the DW735 promises.

As for the Drill press, I donno. Does a drill press really need a laser? My new biscuit glue bottle has a laser, so I can line it up from across the room and shoot the glue towards the biscuit slot. It’s dead on every time.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 04-21-2008 02:40 AM

I got one of those glue bootles last time, but you think they would have used batteries instead of 110v.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#7 posted 04-21-2008 03:37 AM

I’ve found the same to be true with the two shows that I went to this year. Not as many vendors.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 04-21-2008 04:31 AM

Blake, take a look at one of my first Blog entries pic is about 2/3 down the page.
I mounted my Dewalt Planer on a pllywood bed and built up in/outfeed supports with MDF and clamped the bed to my old workbench.
Nice haul you got. I like the bit extenders. I used mine to make wooden drinking cups i.e. bored out the interior with forstner bits using the bit extenders.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#9 posted 04-21-2008 04:34 AM

I didn’t make it to the show, it would have cost about $60.00 in gas to go, moneys to tight to spend on toys, not in the budget right now, so I stayed away. I would like the bit extender for making bowls though.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#10 posted 04-21-2008 05:18 AM

Hi Blake,

sound like you got some good stuff. I went today and I also was a bit disappointed with the showing. There were 3 exceptions for me. 1. The Lee Valley booth was great. 2. Microfence was awesome. The gentleman there gave me a one-on-one demonstration. The precision is amazing. I am seriously considering the circle jig as I may have a commission were that will come in very handy. 3. Cook Woods For me this made the day. I spoke with Chris Cook the owner and I cannot say enough about how nice he was. I thought that there prices were reasonable. They are located in Klamath Falls OR and they ship. I ended up walking away with a beautifull slab of 8/4 figured babinga about 16” x 72” (16bf), .75bf of Gaboon Ebony, and 2 bf of figured massacar ebony. I have no idea of what I am going to make with this but I know I will “find” the perfect project for it. I wore my lumberjock teeshirt in hope of meeting other LJers but unfortunately I didn’t meet anyone.

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#11 posted 04-21-2008 06:41 AM

Nice looking stuff you got there.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 04-21-2008 07:48 AM

Shoot, bfd, you came home with one of those bubinga slabs? What did that set you back? They were beautiful. I would have liked to take one home and make a table or something (day dreaming). That truck full of wood is a family owned business… they are nice people. Well I know by your projects that you will do that slab justice.

I agree about the Lee Valley booth was awesome. Lots of candy there. I was impressed that all of their fine hand tools were there to pick up and play with including the hand planes. Everything was covered in drool.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 04-21-2008 03:20 PM

I had to stay out of Cook’s this year. We had mamma’s Jeep that barely held my tools. I usually go into Cook’s for Tulip Wood for pens, but I still have a stash.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#14 posted 05-05-2008 12:16 AM

I wish I had time to go through the show. This is the first one I have missed in a few years. I could spend all day in the LN booth. Sounds like you had a good time.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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