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The Woodworking Show - Saturday March 28, 2009

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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 03-29-2009 03:44 AM 1658 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was a pretty good day, despite the gray weather outside. I arrived at the show today with a short list of things to accomplish.

Highest on my priority list was to get my battery issue for my Makita 18v Li solved. 3 of the 4 batteries have for it have gone bad, in less than 20 charges. I dropped by the booth yesterday and spoke with the district manager and he asked that I bring them in so they could test and replace them if needed. Got this done right away. Nice guys and eager to get this taken care of for me.

Second on my list was to order a set of lathe tools to use with my new lathe. I stopped by the Lee Valley booth but they were swamped so I decided to go back later.

The highest priority of the day was to meet up with Karson. He was unable to make it to the show yesterday due to a car problem. We meet up fairly early and made a lap around the show. There were good vendors …but missing this year was Leigh Nelson and Ridgid. There was a good number of people in attendance but it did seem lighter than last year, unlike the Baltimore show which seemed to be better attended this year. I did get to look at the new Delta Table Saw… Very Nice.

Karson and I headed over to Chuck Bender’s booth. He had promised Karson could cut some dovetails and we headed over to take him up on this. We watched as Chuck knocked out a sample pretty quickly. And then Karson started. Here are a few pictures of the event and link to more.

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After wards, Karson and I did a little more shopping and pick up some minor shop tools. Shortly after Karson left to head back to the house, I received a call from Meilie (MMH) and she said they were on their way. I decided to wait and meet up with her and her husband. I the mean time, I headed back and spent some more time with Chuck, admiring his work and just chatting. Meilie and her husband arrived and they had brought with them a couple of her canes. They were even more beautiful in person than what she has posted on her site. Very beautiful grain and outstanding work.

We managed to talk Chuck into demonstrating a half blind dovetail. Again, he made the process look so easy. So easy, I even gave it a try. I had not cut a dovetail by hand in over 3 years, and even then it turned out less and desirable. That’s the reason I use a Liegh Jig. (this had turned into a running joke between Chuck and I.) BTW Chuck, I got home and went to find my bag of finger set up blocks….couldn’t find them so you would have won dovetail cutting contest. I didn’t get any pictures of my self cutting the dovetails but lets just say, I need more practice….a lot more.

Over all, I had a great time. It was good to get away from the desk and out of the house for a few days. Especially when you can meet up with friends and just relax. I want to especially thank Chuck, we spent a lot of time just chatting. I really admire his work and his skills. I took up a lot of his time and probably overstayed my welcome a bit. If you ever have the opportunity to meet and speak with him do so. He even has a few more slots open for class he is asked Glen Huey to teach this summer, making the tea table that was featured in Popular Woodworking.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV



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WayneC

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 04:17 AM

Sounds like a great day. I’m looking forward to the show making it’s way here.

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

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Karson

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 04:36 AM

Who was that bald guy wearing my shirt.

Yes we had a great time. And sitting and drinking (Sodas) with friends are also fun (Thanks for the soda Greg).

Chuck is very friendly and it would probably be great to take one or more of his classes.

A fun day.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 09:19 PM

Hi Greg;

I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to the show, I would have liked to meet you and Chuck. Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck in the shop, carving bases for the dinning room table I ‘m building for a client.

I would really like to meet Chuck as well, as I really admire his abilities.

Who was that bald guy in Karson’s L.J. shirt?

Maybe you can make it to our third anual L.J’s picnic this year. I don’t know yet when it will be, since Karson hasn’t informed me of the date yet. LOL

You might be able to hitch a ride with Karson.

Lee

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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WayneC

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 09:31 PM

Is Chuck traveling with the Show? If so, we will be on the look out for him when the show comes to Sacramento.

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

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Karson

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 10:54 PM

I forgot to say that I met Dr Unix at the show. I can’t find his id so I’m not sure how spell it. I was walking down a aisle and he walked up to me and saif “Can I buy a shirt like that here?”

“Sorry!”, I said. I asked his name and he told me Dr Unix. I told him about Chucks booth but I don’t know if he made it there and introduced himself.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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acanthuscarver

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 08:14 PM

Greg,

Thanks for stopping by the booth. It was great fun and pretty cool that you arranged to meet other Lumberjocks at my booth. Sometimes during the course of a show, I miss meeting folks because I get tied up with a demo or talking to someone about classes. You should travel with me to all the shows! As to overstaying your welcome all I can say is, not at all. You were gracious enough to realize I might need to stop and talk to others or do a demo but patient enough to hang out through multiple dovetail shows. The best part was you kept a good portion of the day going for me since it was so much fun talking with you during the “in between” times.

Karson,

As in Baltimore, it was great talking with you. It was even more fun getting you to the bench to cut some dovetails. You did a great job! Next time we will start with David and get him dovetailing or I’ll show him how to inlay a diamond and he can try one.

Lee,

If I can make it out of the shop, you should be able to as well. Next year, I won’t accept any excuses. :) The easiest way for us to connect is for you pick a date (preferably when I don’t have a class to teach) for this year’s LJ picnic at your place and I’ll do my best to show up.

Wayne,

My show season for this year has finally come to an end. The Chantilly show was it for me. I have projects to complete and classes to teach. Four out of five weekends in January I did different shows in different states plus shows in February and March. I’m beat from all the travelling. Maybe next year I’ll travel further with the show but I’ll have to wait and see if I make it out to the west coast. The other exhibitors definitely are encouraging me to try Sacremento but it’s a long way to haul my bench and furniture. You never know, I may just show up out there next year.

Thanks also to Clieb91 and MMH for stopping by the booth. It was great meeting you. If I forgot to mention other LJ’s I appologize. It was a busy show and it’s hard to keep names and faces straight (let alone LJ handles).

And Greg, I think there’s one spot left in the Glen Huey class. I think you ought to jump on it. It’s going to be an extremely fun class. I’m not sure too many tea tables will get built but I’ll bet everyone has tons of fun and learns a lot. Who knows where the week will lead us?

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Karson

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#7 posted 04-01-2009 11:44 PM

Chuck: Where are the pictures that you took.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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clieb91

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 04:22 AM

Greg, Thanks for posting it was great to catch up to you and Chuck on Friday. Sorry I missed everyone on Saturday I was working on friends house. I know Friday was a little lighter then expected in attendance shame that Saturday seemed the same way. Having just made a rather large tool purchase I did not have a lot of money to spend but did spend some, Kreg had some great clearance specials, should not have to buy screws for a good long time.
Also I can officially say I purchased something from Lee Valley.. course each of those Yankee Screw Driver adapter bits are only $6.

Greg, did you decide on a lathe tool set?

Look forward to figuring out some time for a picnic.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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acanthuscarver

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 01:48 PM

Karson,

Haven’t had time to mess with photos so they’re still on my camera. I have a class this week. If I get an extra five minutes, I’ll try to post something with the photos.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Dr_Unix

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#10 posted 04-12-2009 04:51 AM

Hey folks,

I was there for a while, but didn’t see anything different from the last 4 years. So I took off early. I know this show is a traveling circus, but I wish they would change up some of the participants. Or better yet, would it be that hard to put together one of these shows with area craftsmen as presenters/participants?

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