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Forum topic by MrStyle posted 12-25-2016 02:20 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2016 02:20 PM

Wondering what everyone who goes to the woodworking shows looks to purchase. I know it depends alot on what you need but are there areas/products that typically have good discounts etc? I am putting together my list ( and checking it twice) I need to know which vendors are naughty and which ones are nice.

I have been to 2 of these shows in Baltimore (winning the bandsaw give away last year—booyah !) and have a good feel for what will be there – but honestly there is so much to take in it is a little overwhelming.

Merry Xmass everyone


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#1 posted 12-25-2016 03:11 PM

Holy cow…there’s a woodworking show in Baltimore coming up? Nice! buys tickets

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 02:31 AM

I was hoping to make it but the weather doesn’t look too good this weekend. Might have to wait until March to hit the show in Chantilly.

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 11:55 AM

As usual the weather for the show has arrived. I’m planning to head up for the next few days.
A few things I’m always looking for t the show…
Sandpaper usually a good deal on both sheets and belts
Kreg tools add-ons and such
Dust collection
Small tools from Larry’s

I do wish they would revamp some of the seminars as they are generally the same every year. I do try to see or find something different from them. Planning this year to sit in on the CNC seminars aND learn more about that technology.

Hope you’re still able to make the show, perhaps see you there.

CtL
Chris L.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 01-06-2017 02:20 PM

Clieb91
Hope you’re still able to make the show, perhaps see you there.

I will look for the guy with Kermit or will you have Fozzy bear with you ?

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#5 posted 01-07-2017 11:42 AM

Lol, I did make it up and will be there today. Spent much of the day yesterday getting information on CNC, planning to roam a bit today. I’ll be wearing a my company sweatshirt with a Portable Pastimes logo and a black backpack with my extra jacket rolled up on the bottom.

Perhaps run into you, always good to meet another LJ.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 01-07-2017 01:40 PM

I’ll be there today too. I’m a little nervous because I’ve got the feeling it’s going to be like a giant Trump rally with power-tools instead of hate speech. I realize that’s ridiculous, but social anxiety is a real thing. LOL

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#7 posted 01-07-2017 02:01 PM

Perhaps see you there. May have to be heating oit earlier than planned however due to the current weather forecasts in Virginia. Haven’t decided just yet.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-07-2017 03:02 PM



Perhaps see you there. May have to be heating oit earlier than planned however due to the current weather forecasts in Virginia. Haven t decided just yet.

CtL

- clieb91

I was just about to walk out the door and saw it snowing like crazy. Gotta wait for the wife to come home with the Subaru before I decide to venture out. LOL

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#9 posted 01-07-2017 05:04 PM

(mild word of warning to credit card purchasers; I had a few transactions declined because the credit card company saw “activity” in several states within a few minutes of each other. Since the vendors come from a variety of states their billing also goes back to their home town and this caused my credit card company to decline the purchases. A phone call got them to reset my card but you should be prepared that it might happen to you, so either call your card company in advance or just wait to see if it will happen)
I picked up a new dado stack and blade from Ridge and wanted to see up close the Micro Jig Match Fit Dado Stop. I think it will make a better cut-off stop than dado/grove gauge but your results may vary.

I went yesterday and the Palace was crowded. Arrived at 1215, very few open parking spots on the main lot.

Also picked up a few Fein accessories. The Glen Echo booth has – or had- a lot of close out Fein items in a bin.

Not very many power tool vendors but lots of accessories though. One booth I watched intently had a small bandsaw sled for resawing and also circle cutting. I liked the concept of his circle cutter because it supported the wood underneath with a center point (maybe housed on a bearing) so the work piece did not touch the table and the wood was rotated by an upper shaft that was screwed into the wood.

The Drillnado guy was back and regardless of what your opinion is he upgraded his device with a clear acrylic tube at the bottom so you won’t be drilling as blindly with it as before.

I miss the days when they had multiple machine vendors and even when Lie Nielsen had a booth there., though it was enjoyable to see all of the Lee Valley planes on display.

Staying home the rest of the weekend, got lots of milling to do. Hope if you go your travels are safe and you see something you like. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#10 posted 01-07-2017 08:31 PM

i am headed up there tomorrow. I tend to go on Sundays for the prize drawings. I plan on seeing the handplane for powertool seminar and the card scraper seminar.

I am looking for a new drill press chuck, and a number of “smalls” so hopefully I will find some things of interest.( card scrapper, sanding pad for hook and loop paper, bocsh router straight edge attachment

Gotta thank the folks at Carters too for the bandsaw from last year.

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#11 posted 01-07-2017 09:03 PM

Let us know if you win another bandsaw.

. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#12 posted 01-07-2017 09:14 PM

Man…the guys running that Festool booth today can go suck an egg.

I don’t own any Festool equipment, but I’m just as fascinated with it as anyone. When I rolled up to the booth, I made a joke about hearing that they were giving away track saws. The guy just starred me down with “eat shit” eyes and I straight up asked him “You really don’t have a sense of humor do you?” The guy shook his head and said, not one bit. So looked at him and said, well, I can’t say that I’m surprised and then rolled on…

I just don’t get it. Do they think that being giant dicks is going to draw in more customers?

Otherwise, the show was pretty awesome. Spent too much money.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#13 posted 01-08-2017 11:09 PM

Hit the show today – it was good. Got a few small items and the prices were lower then same thing online and attended Roland Johnson’s talks on hand planes and card scrapers. Both were good. Alas, no winning of a second bandsaw or scroll saw.

It didnt see to be as crowded as in years past but not the same vendors seemed like fewer tools and a few more guilds and clubs.

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#14 posted 01-09-2017 11:39 PM

I wanted to make the drive up from St Marys county but the roads here Saturday were horrible and sunday morning not much better. We got a foot of snow in some places.

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#15 posted 01-15-2017 11:45 AM

I was able to spend time there Friday and Saturday, getting into the lot on Friday was a beast as there was also a kid’s clothes consignment sale going on that day. Thankfully Saturday was easier as I think the woodworking show opened earlier than the consignment sale and the bridal show.

Spent some money on various woods to store in my shop and eventually use, also bought a Carter Bandsaw Mill so I can talk myself out of buying woods in the future. A number of other smaller items including the new Kreg Plug Cutter and a Japanese Saw.

Sat in on the CNC lectures with Laney as I am interested and they were good with some good information. I had pretty much seen and heard the other lectures inthe past. Would be a nice thing for at least a few of the demo guys to come up with a new talk. I know it is tough to do sometimes but every year does seem to be the same topics.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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