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06-12-2019 11:42 PM
Roger Leclercq
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Originally Posted by billyjim View Post
So the annual Woodworking Show is in Columbus this week . My wife and I have gone to it for many years and over the last few years it seems to be going downhill. This year it hit bottom. $14 a head to get in and another 5 for parking so $33 before you get in the door. Once inside I discovered that there is little to see or do. There was an excellent class on bandsaws by Carter, Jim Heavey was giving a class on finishing, a booth by Lee Valley with a handful of their tools...no inventory, all sales were for orders to be delivered at a later date, a booth by Woodpecker, also with virtually no inventory, microjig had a booth also as did Leaffitters and various other home improvement vendors. Not a single tool company was represented...in the past you could expect to see Bosch, Dewalt, and various others in attendance. There were multiple vendors who were peddling ultra cheap junk, stuff that would make HF look like Saks Fifth Avenue, a couple of turning clubs, and precious little else. To say that I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. We were gone within about 90 minutes, with at least 30 minutes spent at the bandsaw demo by Carter. It took almost as long to exit the fairgrounds as the traffic control was horrible and it seemed that everyone wanted to leave. Does anyone attend the woodshow elsewhere and what is your experience like?
I used to go every year to Baltimore first week of January and sometimes to Chantilly in March for 18yrs I haven't been in two years. Alex definitely has the best presentation. Jim Heavy is a nice guy. The shows keep getting smaller and smaller It seems since Black and Decker/Stanley bought up Delta,Oldam and Porta-Cable also Incra stopped exhibiting the selection isn't as good. The shows seem to be structured more to Wood turners than anything else. I used to get some great deals but they don't seem to be there anymore. Festool,Lee Valley and Woodpeckers prices are outrageous for the hobby woodworker even-though they have some nice tools. Over the years I have bought Delta 6" planer,Jet full sized lathe,Dewalt thickness Planer,Powermatic band saw,Kreg Jigs Porta-Cable Routers and many Viper Router Bits and SummerField Bit sets
03-15-2019 08:00 PM
TwoSkies57
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Originally Posted by sgcz75b View Post
Very interested to hear your report on the Carter stabilizer. I'm considering one for my soon-to-arrive bandsaw.

Thanks.
Steve
As I understand it,,, Carter does make a stabilizer for the 17" Grizz's....but.. you have to call in advance and let them know exactly which 17" saw you have......
03-14-2019 12:03 PM
Straightlines This is sad. There is real value is real value in face to face learning and sharing.

Unfortunately, here in the SF Bay Area, we donít get many woodworking shows.


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03-13-2019 07:47 PM
sreilly Guess I'm in for a surprise as this is the 1st year I even heard of the show so I guess technically it will be the "best" show I've ever been to but it is sounding dismal. I've talked a few others into joining me and it sounds like I may need to apologize soon. I guess we'll see soon, the show in Chantilly is 2 Saturdays away after the Atlanta show.
03-11-2019 05:23 PM
sgcz75b
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Originally Posted by JudgeMike View Post
enjoy the (Carter) Alex Snodgrass band saw presentation though. Bought a couple new band saw blades and one of their stabilizers.
Very interested to hear your report on the Carter stabilizer. I'm considering one for my soon-to-arrive bandsaw.

Thanks.
Steve
03-11-2019 03:18 PM
billyjim
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Originally Posted by JudgeMike View Post
I went to the Milwaukee show a couple weeks ago. Sounds very similar to your experience. It was probably half size since my last visit three years ago. I noticed the same price hike.
I do enjoy the (Carter) Alex Snodgrass band saw presentation though. Bought a couple new band saw blades and one of their stabilizers. Have not used it yet. Would sure like to make one of those reindeer's he's so good at. Figure I would loose a couple digits in the process though.

I also noticed the missing tool manufacturers. I had hoped Kreg would be there, as well as Milwaukee Tool. The parking was free.

The $14 entry fee gave you three entry tickets which allowed you to go all three days if you so wish.
Alex Snodgrass and Jim Heavey are the highlights of the show for me. But not worth $33.
03-11-2019 03:12 PM
billyjim
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Originally Posted by JudgeMike View Post
I went to the Milwaukee show a couple weeks ago. Sounds very similar to your experience. It was probably half size since my last visit three years ago. I noticed the same price hike.
I do enjoy the (Carter) Alex Snodgrass band saw presentation though. Bought a couple new band saw blades and one of their stabilizers. Have not used it yet. Would sure like to make one of those reindeer's he's so good at. Figure I would loose a couple digits in the process though.

I also noticed the missing tool manufacturers. I had hoped Kreg would be there, as well as Milwaukee Tool. The parking was free.

The $14 entry fee gave you three entry tickets which allowed you to go all three days if you so wish.
Mike it did indeed give me tickets for three days but if I was anxious to leave after about 90 minutes, why would I want to go back?
03-11-2019 12:53 PM
sgcz75b
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Originally Posted by marecat3 View Post
Makes me sad, will it come to all online buying and selling and no one goes outside any more.
I go outside all the time; spend several hours every day working in the yard, feeding birds, landscaping, planting, etc., all the things I enjoy doing.

Of course, I could spend that time at shopping malls, food courts, looking for parking, sitting in traffic or creeping along in bad neighborhoods, and interacting with rude and ignorant people. That's always fun.

I haven't been to a mall since 2001, and other than hardware stores and grocery shopping, both activities I enjoy, I don't plan to go back to the mall.

I save time, money, and other resources by buying online. That makes me happy and tranquil, not sad.

I understand it might not be your choice, but I wouldn't return to those pipe-dream days of yesteryear for anything.

Steve
03-11-2019 12:45 PM
JudgeMike Thanks Vince. They are now on my computer.

Mike
03-11-2019 12:00 PM
MikeMa I was at the show this weekend, and was a bit disappointed with the vendors, especially not seeing Bessey, Kreg, and Peachtree. I stopped by the front desk, and there was a letter that explained a lot of what is going on with Peachtree's absence. Peachtree has always been the primary vendor for these shows, and is often who brings in many of the other vendors. The company is family owned, and the owner's sister has been going through breast cancer treatment. Talking with one of the organizers, she has completed treatment and they are hoping for good news shortly. As a result, they made the decision to not attend the shows this year, with hopes of them returning next year. The organizers of the show did what they could to bring as many of the vendors back on their own, and while claiming they had just as many options, it did feel smaller this year. So while it was disappointing, it was understandable, and hopefully Peachtree will be able to be apart of it again. Also, they told me that the Atlanta show Peachtree WILL be there, and the schedule does show that as well.

I was planning on getting my next 4 Bessey clamps to finish out my K-Body collection, but I ended up getting a much needed set of dado blades (got the Ridge Carbide set), so it worked out in the end.

That said, I do wish they would freshen up some of the presentations. It seems like it is the same bunch of guys every year. While they do change what they are doing, it does start to get repetitive.


Link to the letter that was posted at the show: https://www.ptreeusa.com/PDF/cancer_letter.pdf
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