I got to the St.Louis are Woodworking show this morning about 10a and took a few classes. I’ve been eyeballing the Sommerfelds Own router bits for cabinet making, and a Triton Router for some time. I walked around most the day thinking about it, and finally decided that I’m going to have to order the bits through the mail. I did, however, walk out with a Triton 3 1/4 hp router. I bought a set of flush cut pattern bits of variable sizes to trim my finger joint boxes, and some other miscellaneous jig hold downs. I was on my way out the door (honest) when I suddenly was overcome with the idea to walk through “just one more time.” Well… I walked out after buying a pin/ brad nailer with some brads… lol. It’s like gambling, I just couldn’t stop… lol. The brad nailer was cheap, and it is some off brand, but I figured I would see how I liked it before investing in some that are really expensive.
Anyway, during the show, I met Waid- Spaids and his wife. They were both great people and they made a great looking couple. We chatted for a bit and then went our own ways to shop some more.
I had a great deal of thought over this router. I currently have a Craftsman 2hp router that has the fixed base on it, with a dial ring to set the depth. I have so much trouble getting the height set with it that I’m about ready to throw it out to the dogs. So, the purchase of this Triton router will make things considerably easier for me. I decided on the 3 1/4 because I would like to get into some cabinet making, and I wanted that extra power to hog out the raised panel doors. This also gives me a variable range of power in the three routers that I have. The router is a beast, though. It’s going to have to be relatively limited to being mounted under the table because it weighs in at 14lbs. It’s a bit much for trying to balance on the end of a board to shoot a bead on it.
Overall this year, I was a little disappointed in the size of the show. When I first started going, it was really huge. They had quite a few classes, some paid and most free. The classes and smaller venders were packed into corresponding showrooms directly adjacent to the main showroom with the major venders. Now, I’ve noticed that everyone, venders and classes, are just packed into the main showroom. It’s easily 30% smaller than it was 4-5 years ago. I noticed that a some more of the venders were not there this year. I hope that trend doesn’t continue for the future, or there won’t be a show….
Regardless, I had a great time. I really enjoyed meeting the other Jocks in person. I got some great new tools to try out, and I’m fired up to get into my shop. Now, if it would just stay warm outside…. I’d have it made.
-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †