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JoeNJ

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01-05-2017 04:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodworking shows question

Hello jocks, I noticed the annual woodworking show is coming to NJ in February. To those that go…do you go to drool over the shiny new machines or do you actually find deals there? I guess there is some value in seeing actual products up close that we want or don’t have. Just curious as to your experience at these shows.


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fuigb

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#1 posted 01-05-2017 07:46 PM

Very few good deals at the shows in my experience. But I’ll quickly add that foodies don’t pick restaurants because the food is cheap, film buffs don’t wait for release to Red Box in order to save six or eight bucks.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 07:55 PM

Never been, but I’d love to go to a big hand tool event – not in the hopes of grabbing an awesome deal, but because it’d be great to have some hands-on with tools that aren’t available in shops locally (which boils down to Rockler and Woodcraft, for me).

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#3 posted 01-05-2017 08:00 PM

Go for the fun and to see the stuff….it’s cool. Take a buddy. There might be some deals on odd-ball router bits or other accessories, but not usually earth shattering deals on most stuff. Road trip!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 01-05-2017 08:50 PM

Went for several years in Dallas and then KC after Dallas shows were deleted. It was a big highlight of my woodworking year. It was fun to be immersed in a woodworking environment, surrounded by vendors, educational opportunities and a lot of fellow woodworkers. If you have the time, and it’s not that far to travel; go, you may enjoy yourself. Like Knotscott said, ROADTRIP!!! A chance to get away from work and home duties and all of the related drama for a little “guy time”. Good Luck, Work Safely and Have Fun!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#5 posted 01-05-2017 08:50 PM

The woodworking show I go to in Michigan in Sept. there are plenty of deals to be had. I have received great deals on machinery the last two years. The deals on domestic and exotic lumber are also great.

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#6 posted 01-05-2017 08:54 PM

I like going on the last day, the dealers have to pack up and that’s when you can get deals. I went to Columbus show and got the Ridgid osc. belt/spindle sander for $100.

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JoeNJ

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#7 posted 01-05-2017 09:54 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’m sure I’ll end up going just to see…and drool over the Lee Valley display.

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#8 posted 01-05-2017 09:59 PM

Don’t pick up a PM-V11 chisel – you’ll probably have to buy it.

...and then another.

...and another.

...and another.

...

;)

(I bought one a few weeks back and I don’t plan on looking elsewhere as I fill out my chisel set needs.)

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#9 posted 01-05-2017 11:04 PM



I like going on the last day, the dealers have to pack up and that s when you can get deals. I went to Columbus show and got the Ridgid osc. belt/spindle sander for $100.

- papadan


Yep, some times it is cheaper to give you a deal than pack up their display model and take it home.

The first day of some shows are good for show specials that are too good to last.

Unless there is something you are planning to buy, look for a good discount, otherwise you can go broke in those toy stores.

Take pictures of good ideas, grab business cards…

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#10 posted 01-05-2017 11:57 PM



Never been, but I d love to go to a big hand tool event – not in the hopes of grabbing an awesome deal, but because it d be great to have some hands-on with tools that aren t available in shops locally (which boils down to Rockler and Woodcraft, for me).

- WillliamMSP

We have a local Woodcraft? I know where Rockler is…

-- MFia-made man. But that doesn't mean I don't dig my 45. Minneapolis/St. Paul, burbs.

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WillliamMSP

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#11 posted 01-06-2017 12:05 AM


Never been, but I d love to go to a big hand tool event – not in the hopes of grabbing an awesome deal, but because it d be great to have some hands-on with tools that aren t available in shops locally (which boils down to Rockler and Woodcraft, for me).

- WillliamMSP

We have a local Woodcraft? I know where Rockler is…

- GlenintheNorth

South of 494 on Lyndale. Around 90th or 91st. Just across the street from Sunrise Donuts – one of my favorite non-gourmet donut shops in the cities.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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GlenintheNorth

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#12 posted 01-06-2017 01:50 AM

Ah. I never go that far south save for the February Medina meet and to the airport.

That’s where the deals will be, in naught much more than a month. You and Mos need to say hello, I’ll hope to be selling a ton of MF block planes..need to divest a little.

-- MFia-made man. But that doesn't mean I don't dig my 45. Minneapolis/St. Paul, burbs.

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#13 posted 01-06-2017 02:50 AM

I went to The Woodworking Show and won a $3,500 table saw.

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#14 posted 01-06-2017 02:56 AM

Lucky man Travis. Sometimes I go to the Columbus Oh. show and sometimes the Indianapolis In. show. Depends if I’m meeting a friend or not. When I go to Indy, I also hit the Rockler store there. Only have Woodcraft in Louisville.

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WillliamMSP

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#15 posted 01-06-2017 01:06 PM


That s where the deals will be, in naught much more than a month. You and Mos need to say hello, I ll hope to be selling a ton of MF block planes..need to divest a little.

- GlenintheNorth

Will do and I’ll take a look through those MF blocks, too.

I’ve also got about a half dozen bench planes that I told the wife I’d sell off, so hopefully that’s under the limit on the community table!

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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