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Forum topic by Howie posted 03-19-2011 11:46 PM 1309 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Howie

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03-19-2011 11:46 PM

I just came back from my second day .
I can only give this show about 3 stars. I have been going to this series of showes for 5 plus years and it seems to get poorer every year.
First year I went it(Columbus Ohio) was shoulder to shoulder for three days straight. Lots of vendors(and a bargain or two) Next year it wasn’t as much and going downhill ever since.
Camper and I went opening day (12 noon) and by 3:30 the crowd had really thinned out. Today(Saturday) Camper and our spouses went and even my wife commented the crowd was way down.
We did get to a couple of good finishing seminars both days (thanks to Pete Gedry(?)
All in all I hope it improves next year because I don’t think it will last 2 more years if it doesn’t.

Just my $.02

-- Life is good.


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 01:46 AM

Probably the economy. All those guys with foreclosed houses and jobs gone are without shops now;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 01:48 AM

Might have something there Top. I talked to one Vendor(DeWalt/PC) and his comments were pretty much what you said.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 02:16 AM

During the last decade, the payroll lost shipping manufacturing jobs to Asia is $2.54 Billon per year. It should take a rocket scientist to figure out that kind of revenue out of the middle class will have a negative impact. We don’t have a spending problem in the gov’t as much as we have a revenue problem at every level starting with household incomes. The whole thing was very predictable. If I saw it coming for the last 25 years, the Wall Street Bankers who did us in and should be in prison certainly knew what they were doing.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 03:22 AM

I was hoping to attend the Tampa show this year, but to be honest, even if I had I don’t think I’d have spent very much.
The woodworking cookie jar is kind of lean this year…
Thanks for the report Howie.
Maybe next year things will pick up.

-- Eric, central Florida

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Howie

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 03:38 AM

Eric: I spent less than 30 bucks not counting the entrance ticket and a sandwich. I had a long list of things written down I was looking for. Frankly I could buy them off the net and not pay sales tax and sometimes no shipping.
The one bargain I did see was the 16/32 Jet drum sander I bought about a month ago. I paid $899.00 plus tax at Woodcraft and the show had it for $849.99 plus tax.
If wood gets much more expensive I’m going to sell my shop and all my tools, buy a motorcycle and start touring the states :-)

If anyone else did make it, I’d like to hear their comments.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 05:03 AM

I sort of enjoyed it…this was my first time to a wood show so I got a chance to touch and pick up a bunch of things I read about on the web and seen pictures of.

Did enjoy the 3 seminars I attended. Again, I had read about most of it but seeing it in person was different.

I walked away really liking the quality of the Woodpecker products. I do not own anything by them but next time I am looking for a quality product I will probably visit their website. Their router accessories were very good quality IMHO.

I stopped by the Earlex booth while my better half was turning a pen and visited Sam. Did talk to him a bit but did not get a chance to test their spray equipment…the little man in my picture was getting fussy. It was good to meet you Sam :)

All in all it was well worth the $10 entrance fee…

-- Tampa-FL

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 06:08 AM

I attended Tampa show Saturday and left satisfied. I thought Sommerfeld and Wood seminars were excellent as were product demos by multiple folks. I bought the Peachtree version of Keller jig, Sommerfeld bit set and Milescraft pentagraph (sp?) and my 3rd Dubby jig. All 4 of these vendors had a great show and have sold thru most of their show inventory for most popular items. Got a chance to talk w product experts from Dewalt, PC, Sawstop and Festool. A day well spent

-- florida/maine gramps

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 06:09 AM

I attended Tampa show Saturday and left satisfied. I thought Sommerfeld and Wood seminars were excellent as were product demos by multiple folks. I bought the Peachtree version of Keller jig, Sommerfeld bit set and Milescraft pentagraph (sp?) and my 3rd Dubby jig. All 4 of these vendors had a great show and have sold thru most of their show inventory for most popular items. Got a chance to talk w product experts from Dewalt, PC, Sawstop and Festool. A day well spent

-- florida/maine gramps

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 12:29 PM

I also felt the show was not worth the 2hr ride. I got to the show around 11:30 and left around 12:15. walked around checked out everything I wanted to see pcked up the two things I wanted to buy. Even the prices at the show was the same as the catalogs you would thing there would be a price brake,you know the show price. the only thing i miss the most was meeting the lumber jocks.

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Howie

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 01:47 PM

Dennis: As far as I know, there wasn’t to many LJ’s there. I was in the lobby at 3 oclock Saturday and other than Camper, that was it.
I would certainly like to see more vendors there and a bargain or two scattered around. Even without bargains, there needs to be more vendors. The first year I attended these shows(another state) it was huge. I believe TopamaxSurvivor nailed it with his comments about the economy.
If you are coming to the Tampa area sometime, leave me a message and maybe we can get together.
Howie

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 02:41 PM

It was great to meet you Camper and son, thanks for coming by my booth to see me.
The economy has really hit the woodworking industry as a whole, most cabinet shops in my area have already shut down. Without work, no money, without money, no attendance, without attendance, soon no show.
Within the show there is less competition and therefore the vendors that do show up have more claim to the money that comes in the door, so those guys will do well and will show up again next year. That’s how it works.
Having traveled with the show for two years what I noticed is that almost everyone in the show has a seminar of some type. I think that’s great. It really gives everyone the chance to see the tool in action and get the expert advice. If you atteneded even one seminar and learned one thing, then it was worth the price of addimission. There were at least 7 seminars available to everyone, for free!
Next year it will be just as important to attend as ever, because if you don’t, it might not be around at all, and while sometimes you can get a better deal online (make sure it’s the same package) you can’t get the expert advice and demonstration there.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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Sumdume

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#12 posted 03-22-2011 03:25 AM

I was disappointed that I could not go. I blew a ligament in Feb and couldn’t travel across the state. I guess there was a brightside. At least I didn’t have to to the quilt show in Lakeland with SWMBA. (LOL)

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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