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.
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