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I am in the St. Louis area and I am offering to anyone who wants to reach out with a question or whatever to others in this area to use this blog as a single thread forum. Questions, announcements, everything that would benefit the attention of St. Louis area woodworkers just go ahead and shout it out here. I have listed all the lumberjocks that I could find with a Missouri location as a buddy. There are a hand full of non Missouri woodworkers in that list but most are from somewhere between KC to StL.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--



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spaids

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#1 posted 2058 days ago

I’ll start with this: a list of lumber providers per (www.woodfinder.com) with distances listed from the 63366 (O’Fallon Mo) Zip Code


Woodcraft - St. Louis, MO  Maryland Heights MO (17 miles)      



The Wood & Shop, Inc.  Maryland Heights MO (17 miles)      



Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #19  St. Louis (Bridgeton) MO (18 miles)
     



St. Louis Hardwoods  Sunset Hills MO (26 miles)      



Lumber Logs LLC  St. Louis MO (28 miles)      



Doug White Hardwoods, Inc. - Call for Monthly Specials  Marissa IL (63
miles)      



K & K LUMBER COMPANY  Nashville IL (81 miles)      



Pekin Hardwood  Pekin IL (132 miles)      



Woodworkers Shop  Pekin IL (132 miles)      



Woodcraft - Peoria, IL  Peoria IL (147 miles)


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SteveKorz

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#2 posted 2058 days ago

Hey Spaids, I’m about an hour and ten east of the river, just north of I-64, south of I-70. I get to St.Louis every once in a while. Before I found LumberJocks, I actually considered joining a woodworking guild in St.Louis, just to get some mentoring. I usually go to the Woodworking shows in Collinsville, IL, every year. I think they are in the first week of Feb this year. Maybe some of us could meet over there.

These are fantastic links that you’ve posted above. I usually hit Rockler and Woodcraft when I’m in town, but I haven’t heard of the rest on your list of links. Thanks for those.

If you need anything, ‘holler.

Steve.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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tooldad

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#3 posted 2058 days ago

Where’s that list of LJ’s? I live just on the other side of the JB bridge in Waterloo, but work in ARnold. I too am going to the collinsville show.

How does 5:30 on Friday and the main entrance at the wood show in collinsville sound? Maybe we could all go and get a bite to eat when the show closes, usually at 6.

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SteveKorz

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#4 posted 2058 days ago

Yeah, that sounds fine with me.. wood, food, friends… how can that be better?... lol

I’ll be there bright and early.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 2058 days ago

SteveKorz,

What do they have at that woodworking show in Collinsville? I haven’t been to one, but I was considering going this year. Can you get good deals on tools, or is mostly just demos, displays, etc.?

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#6 posted 2058 days ago

I think it has varied year to year. There have been some years that I’ve walked out of that joint with some REALLY good deals. Last year I still found a deal, but it seemed like they didn’t have quite the same amount of exhibits as they did in 07. I noticed that in 07 and years prior, they had quite a few classes that you could take too, some were free, others you paid for. However, in 08, I noticed that they relied on the demonstrations to be your “classes,” and they had a few other classes that were dedicated to finishing, some projects, etc (that were free). They seemed to have done away last year with the paid classes.

I think someone said that the show changed hands last year. I went into Rockler in St.Louis about a month after the show and mentioned that I didn’t see them… they didn’t seem to have too much regard for the “new owner” of the show.

I’m hoping that this year is going to be better than last. They still had good deals last year, I just didn’t see as many exhibitors.

I think I’m going to look pretty hard at the Somerfelds cabinetmaking exhibit this year. I always go there to drool, but never quite buy anything. Maybe I’ll change that this year… lol.

I bought a $300 jig from woodline last year… their Route-R-Joint. I don’t regret that purchase at all, I got a great deal on it at the show. Saved me about $100 over retail.

If you’ve never been, it’s certainly worth going. If you decide to go, let me know and we can meet somewhere. It’ll be good to shake hands.

Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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tooldad

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#7 posted 2058 days ago

Woodline is great. They work with our school and are great. YOu get to talk with Wayne one of the owners. He even made or starred in most of the demo videos. I have bought my bits from them religously for the past 3 years. IN fact, I didn’t realize, but when I lived in KC I bought woodline Stile and Rail set also. I didn’t notice till I went to put the set away and found the case. (I have 2 routers that are dedicated for stile and rails to save setup time). They warranty all the bits and I have yet to conquer the same route-r-joint system, always in a hurry, but I have that system too.
Speaking of classes. Marc Adams did a class in 06, and I paid to go in KC. I agree with Steve on the amount of classses. Also don’t be afraid to wheel and deal, and walk away if needed. Lowe’s had the DW 735 blades for about $50 and that is usually how I bought them, easy and conv. One guy at the show wanted $60 for the set. I mentioned the Lowe’s price and he said they can’t be the same thing. I assured them they were and gave him a polite see you later then, he quickly offered $45 and I took him up on it. Needed the blades anyways.

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SteveKorz

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#8 posted 2058 days ago

I love to haggle… lol. I always try and wheel and deal at the show, sometimes I get lucky, other times not. But, it’s fun to try. Rockler was there one year and I haggled the guy out of a bunch of veneer (truth be told, I think I was doing him a favor by buying it… lol).

The Route-R-Joint is a great system, I’ve got a lot to learn on it yet too.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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bhack

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#9 posted 2058 days ago

hey guys, can a farmboy from Missouri attend also? When is it?

Steve where you been?

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

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tooldad

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#10 posted 2058 days ago

got my dates backwards, here are the missouri shows:
St. Louis Feb. 6-8

Kansas City Feb. 13-15

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#11 posted 2058 days ago

Bill- my computer shot craps about a month ago… I’m getting by with my wifes laptop, sneaking it around when she isn’t looking in order to continuously feed my LumberJocks addiction…. lol.

And, heck yeah, c’mon down. We’ll meet and grab something to eat.

Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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spaids

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#12 posted 2057 days ago

Hey guys! Meeting up at the show is a great idea. I’m kinda bummed I didn’t think of it myself. I can’t make it Friday, is anybody going Saturday? I will deffinatly be st the St. Louis show Saturday.

Steve I went to one St. Louis woodworkers guild meeting. I will probably join I have just been a little busy. The one meeting I went to there was a presentation by a member on a bow front chest that he made. It was an outstanding presentation on the piece. He went through his design and work flow. Very educational.

Tooldad I don’t have a list of Lumberjocks what I did was make them all my buddy so you actually have to go through and look at the buddies on my home page, sorry for the confusion.

This has turned out to be a productive blog! We’re sharing links, talking tools, and already setting up our first St. Louis Region Lumberjocks meeting. HA!

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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SteveKorz

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#13 posted 2057 days ago

I’m really looking forward to this meet, I’ll be there Friday and Saturday all day. Sunday is out for me, gotta work.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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bhack

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#14 posted 2057 days ago

I can be there Saturday. I can’t be there Sunday, don’t have to work though. I don’t work anymore. Well, I don’t get paid.

Maybe as time gets close we can set up a meeting.

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

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#15 posted 2057 days ago

If anyone wants to look at the site for the Woodworking shows for the St.Louis area, you can find it here. Directions, classes, etc.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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