Whats the best Bang for your buck at the Somerset, NJ woodworking show?

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Forum topic by jonnybone posted 02-17-2013 06:27 PM 2304 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2013 06:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodworking show somerset

I plan on attending the show on Friday and can’t figure out what to buy as I make a purchase every year at TWW. I was hoping someone with some more exp. could direct me in my ways. This will be my fourth year attending the show and basically I guess I’m trying to ask what the best bang for your buck is at these shows ie. stationary tool, power tool, accessories, lumber, blades, etc.

Budget: $200-$300

Needs: new table saw fence, classy 8” try square (for the love of god!)

Wants: Lee Valley hand plane, Perhaps a beisemeyer setup or Vega or Delta, Bosch 18volt Bandsaw, anything that attaches to the Kreg Klamptrak. Lee valley anything.

Here’s where the LJ’s come in and say don’t waste your money on this! Or get one of these cuz you can get a deal being its a show. Or better yet I work for Bosch and would love to see you pull up to the back with your trunk open so I could fill it with tools.

See you at the TWW! Roland Johnson’s gonna be down!!

-- Everyday Woodworking is saving my life.

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 12:37 AM

I don’t know what is good there. It’ll be my first time to a show. My son and I are going tomorrow (Fri.). There are coupons online for $2 off admission at the door. There are also a bunch of other coupons for various stuff.

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 02:25 AM

I’ve not been able to get to a show, but i did just finish shopping for a TS fence. Mostly online, so i didn’t get to touch a few of the contenders. The Delta T30 could have been delivered at under $180, and i nearly ordered one on reputation—but tonight i see Tools-plus shows it as no longer being carried. The Vega Pro 40 is about $250 on Amazon, good rep, thin web site. Calling Steel City direct you may be able to get their Industrial 30” right at about $300—or that was the upgrade price if i’d bought one of their warehouse sale saws—fuzzy memory on that. Nearly bought an older Delta Platinum contractor with a Unifence for $300 in relatively unused condition, but arranging transport and half day off in the moment couldn’t happen (not to mention having bought a 21833 and not yet selling the BT3000—my Bride is patient but a third TS would have put her over the top!!). So…i’ve got an Incra TS-LS 32” on the way. In your budget you’re not THAT far off, around $400 for the system.

Armed with that info for your show visit—see if somebody’s got a deal. Good luck!!

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 04:49 AM

Frustrated. Peachtree had the Panel Max Gluing Jig at earlier shows, not at Somerset. It is $350 at their site, was $200 at the earlier shows.

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 05:57 AM

A word of caution, make sure you don’t get sold on something that is already setup to be used for the show. Two years ago a friend came with me to Somerset and bought a $150 Freud bit set for a desk project he was “going” to do. The demonstration of the locked miter set was great, but the tools are setup to perform the task they are trying to sell you! He never used them and ended up giving them to me because he would never use them…I’ve never used them either.

FYI- Lee Valley will ship you your plane…cannot go home with one. Bought one 3 years ago and was disappointed I went home with a receipt and nothing more, although the plane was delivered and have never been disappointed since. Any of the Lee Valley tools would be my recommendation. Plus, don’t miss our fellow LJ Paul Sellers who will be there. His seminars are awesome!

I will be there tomorrow too and cannot wait. Good luck.

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 08:21 AM

Was my first show when it was in baltimore. Spent most of the time watching Paul Sellers and didn’t even realize it. People seemed to be buying up clamps from peachtree. i’d check that out if you need some.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 03:22 PM

Thank you all for the advice as I am off to show. Hey green acres, I understand the ups and downs of table saw drama very well. Like the 180 deal.

-- Everyday Woodworking is saving my life.

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 06:49 PM

I got a good 21833, everything is true so they may have fixed the out-of-square problem or i got lucky. The stock fence isn’t bad but i’m not fond of the 2 piece rails. Spent some time trying to buy/piece together an Incra system in the used market—finally gave up and bit the bullet. Good luck!!

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#8 posted 02-22-2013 08:19 PM

Check out the woodpeckers booth i purchased a few items at a good price. Not many of the booths discount.

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 01:49 AM

Ditto on the Woodpeckers. I got the router lift with the extra inserts for $229, $300 for both on the website. The Woodpecker’s stuff in person is very impressive. I also got two things I had no intention of getting going in: their saw blade/fence alignment gauge and their 24” T-rule.

The Panel Max Gluing jig was at Peachtree for $199. One is now in my truck.

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