Nashville Woodworking Show

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Blog entry by pyromedic602 posted 12-16-2008 04:28 AM 1078 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the chance to go to the Wood Show in Nashville on Friday with Adrian. While I was there I looked around and drooled excessivly over a lot of the products on display. I then got in a long drawn out negotiation with one of the owners of the local WoodCraft over some equipment. We finally came to an agreement on the price and with the approval of my wife I purchased a Steel City mini lathe and a Portor Cable 895 router with a thru table micro adjuster I also had them throw in a 100 pk of pen blanks for FREE. I then went to another booth and purchased a new skew chisle and 3/8 gouge to use with my new toy. Grand total of all purchases was less that $500. I loaded up and went ome basking in the glow of my recent gifts. Once at the house I was looking at my receipts and noticed that WoodCraft had mistakenly on charged my account $74 for the lathe and router. I was in a minor ethical debate with myself at this time, keep my shut and try to live with myself and an extraordinary deal or go back to the show on Sunday and point out the mistake and correct it. I opted to go back on sunday and let them know of the mistake for which they were very grateful. My sun let there booth with a new LED flashlight and left feeling good about myself although with a much lighter wallet. Sorry no pictures to show off my purchase that will have to wait until after christmas when my wife opens her present. I did have to agree to let her wrap the router set. Oh well. I will definetly be surprised when I open my gift.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#1 posted 12-16-2008 06:00 AM

Good Man Bubba! You may have a lighter wallet but you made the right choice.

Congrats on the tools! I have the 895 as well. One thing you do have to keep an eye on are the 2 little screws that hold the adjustment teeth to the motor body. I have had them work loose an number of times. I have never lacked for power or stability. I will probably buy another next year if the shop fund has enough in it. I think I have to buy some more jewelry for the wife before I get another tool :-)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#2 posted 12-16-2008 01:33 PM

Congratulations, and thank you
It seems the feeling of ” I got them” carries more weight with too many people than the feeling of “I did the right thing”.
I hope you enjoy the tools, the fair deals, and the ability to look at yourself in the mirror with a bit of pride!

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#3 posted 12-16-2008 02:53 PM

Good score on the tools and well done on the ethical dilema.

Is there a 1:1 ratio jewlery:tools or is it dependant on how recently the last tool was purchased? :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 12-16-2008 04:36 PM

Pyromedic602, Thanks for being an honest consious is easier to carry the next day. Give the wife a hug for all of us. Sounds like a wonderful partner. I have had my life saver with me for 42 years.

If the new tools get in the way I have a place for them. Sounds like fun at the show.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#5 posted 12-17-2008 12:34 AM

Sorry I missed you at the Woodworking Show. I did a wood turning demo all day Saturday and helped Craft Supply with their hands on pen turning classes on Sunday. Glad to hear that you went back to Woodcraft on Sunday and let them know about the mistake. None of the vendors did well at the Nashville show and I am sure that for what it cost the Woodcraft folks to have a booth they probably just broke even. The manager of the local Woodcraft store is a good guy and I know he appreciated your honesty. If you need help with your turning let me know – I am in Mount Juliet not far from where you live. There is a good turning club in Nashville as well the Tennessee Association of Woodturners.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#6 posted 12-17-2008 06:56 PM

Thanks for the comments guy’s they are really appreciated. I hate to hear that the Nashville show struggled but I wonde if the location had something to do with it or just the economy. It seemed like a decent turn out when I was there. I just did not think that as many vendors were at this one as the one in Murfreesboro a few years ago.

Jeff I would love to try and work out an oportunity to come and have you teach me as much as possible and you are willing or have the patience to teach me since new to turning is an understatement. Thank you for the offer and soory I could not get by on sat to meet you duty called.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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