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Blog entry by Uncle_Salty posted 02-19-2010 02:13 PM 2805 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got permission from the powers that be to take my Woods class to the the show in Overland Park today, weather permitting.

I am only taking seven kids. I have $2 off coupons, free stuff coupons, and other assorted stuff printed off for them. While they may not buy anything, I sure hope they “catch the woodworking fever.”

I’ll offer a full report later! Maybe post some pictures!



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#1 posted 02-19-2010 02:58 PM

Salty,
That’s great taking some of your, I assume students, on a field trip. Hope you all have a great day and we genuinely look forward to your post-show report.
Here in New Jersey the WW Show starts in a few hours. Coupons in hand and ready to roll. Last WW show I attended here in NJ was dome twenty years ago, I’m anxious to see what’s up.

Best,
Peter

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 03:46 AM

Yep. Students! We left the school at about 11:45 AM and drove the 50 or so miles to the Overland Park International Trade Center. We stopped for lunch and got jammed pretty good by the waitress. She messed up a couple of orders… lost an order… and generally had a tough time. But we pulled through and got on to the Show about 2 PM. With cash and $2 off coupons, we all walked in, filled out our tickets to win the Unisaw, agreed to meet at 3 to check on each other, and went on our ways.

The weather outside was frightful! It was raining/sleeting/snowing when we got to OP, so the bad weather must bring out the woodworkers, because I have gone pretty faithfully for the last 10 years, and it was more crowded than I had ever seen it! It was just plain tough to get to the exhibitors! I did pick up a couple of purchases for myself and some supplies for the shop, but it was really too busy to do much shopping.

At 3 PM, we all met and the kids decided that they could stick it out another hour and that they hadn’t made it all the way through the hall yet! I was amazed. A couple of them were ready to go, but most were really interested. About 3:45, about 4 of them found me and told me that one of the vendors knew me by name (he apparently recognized one kids letter jacket and remembered I teach there) and wanted to talk to me. I went back over to talk the the guy and all my students were still standing around. I asked them what was up and they said the “SawStop” Demo was in 10 minutes and they wanted to see it.

Quite a small crowd had gathered, so I listened to this vendor give his SawStop presentation. After about 5 minutes of explaining the technology (I have seen the SawStop video several times, and saw the TimeWarp piece on YouTube several times, but it is still interesting!), he then plugged in the big cabinet saw, put on his safety glasses, and set up the board with the now room temperature hot dog in line with the saw blade. He then raised the saw blade to an appropriate height, turned on a switch and explained that the cartridge had to charge before it would be effective, started the beast, and shoved the board with the hot dog on it, quite quickly, I might ad, into the saw blade.

It performed, as exptected, to the delight of all who saw it. I had never seen that demo live and man it is sure impressive! As hard as that guy pushed that board and dog into the blade, I was sure that there would be a sizeable indention on the dog. But, to my near disbelief, barely a nick!

Other things that amazed both my students and myself was the laser engraver. That is really a cool machine. Got to hand it to the “Final Cut” guy too, he was almost as good as the guy on the ShamWow commercials. The best of the hawkers was the guy running the bandsaw at the Carter booth. I have a piece of stuff Craftsman at home, but I think that maybe I’ll invest in a decent bandsaw and the Carter Stabilizer system. That is impressive.

I also liked the hand tool section at the Woodline booth. I am thinking that I like the wood body planes.

Maybe it was my students; maybe it was the crowd; maybe it was the fact that the prices didn’t change much from last year, but I was really impressed with the show this year. It had a lot of energy, and I did see what I wanted to see. Too bad I won’t have time to go back this year.

We got back to the school at about 5:15. I hope my students caught a little whiff of the excitement that this hobby, as well as this industry, has for so many of us. They were great today and I am proud to have been associated with them!

As for the show: Better than the reviews I had read so far. I only saw one empty booth. The workshops looked interesting, but I didn’t have time to sit through them. Maybe next year!

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 04:56 PM

Thank You for taking the time to infuse the next generation with some woodworking interests. Hopefully they will take to the hobby and enjoy a life filled with sawdust.

Great story, lots of fun to catch your exitment as I read along.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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