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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 01-17-2016 02:26 PM 518 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2016 02:26 PM

One of my other hobbies is target shooting, and there was a regional convention for that sort of thing at the state fairgrounds out here yesterday. As I was looking up the info on which building it would be in, I noticed there was also a woodworking show going on at the same time. My brother and I decided to stop by since we would be right next door anyway. What luck!

This was the first show of the type I have been too, and man was it a good time. There were a number of vendors giving talks and demos of their projects. Also a number of craftsman doing paid clinics/seminars (those were all sold out already). Right when you walk in the door, the Veritas booth. Go put your hands on an example of all their planes, chisels, sharpening devices….the show organizers apparently know how to suck you in.

I also got to see the Sawstop demo LIVE in person. Even though I have seen it a million times on the ‘net, it was pretty impressive.

And I got some great deals. (I don’t think this counts as a gloat, since anyone at the show could/did get the same deal)

Kreg K5 pocket hole jig with their organizer bucket for about $50 less than prevailing Woodcraft/Rockler prices
Earlex 5500 HVLP spray system, with extra nozzle and cleaning kid for about $100 less than Woodcraft (who doesn’t normally have the best online price anyway)
Dust collection hose at reasonable prices
UHMW strips for miter slot runners, which normally cost more to ship than they do to buy.

I left a lot of cash there, but its all stuff I will use. And it was a great way to spend the afternoon.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 02:36 PM

I am glad you got to go to the show. It is always nice to get good deals and it sounds like you found some.

Back in the mid 90s Saint Louis had a fall woodworking sale “show” that I loved to attend. I think CMT, MLCS and a couple of other vendors were involved. Very little in the way of “education” but some good deals. Now all we get is “The Woodworking Show” in February. It has better “education” but the deals are not so hot.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 12:28 AM

Thanks. The Woodworking Show is what this was. My first one of any type. I will be on the lookout for more.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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