On Monday, February 3, 2014 3:22:37 PM UTC-8, SBH wrote:
If you haven't been before it is probably worth a visit. It is a bit pricey
(to some) I dunno maybe $15 or something. But not way out of line. Just be
careful, some venues have like $20 parking also.
You will see several big companies sort of like a traveling woodcraft (Peac
htree) and they usually have a few good deals. Maybe a few vendors like Del
ta or Steel City but not like at AWFS or something. Maybe see a few of the
invention guys with weird lathe attachments or cool cross cut sleds and cla
mps, etc. Look for what "seminars" are offered and sometimes you can get so
me good info on a finish technique or router tips. Probably worth more than
seeing the booths if you get a few good ones.
Never seen one that would take me more than 2 hours to be done unless the s
eminars were good.
On Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:59:33 -0800 (PST), "SonomaProducts.com"
That's a pretty good summary. A couple of hours is good. We then go
to lunch and I drop by Woodcraft, Rockler, and Highland on the way
back. ;-) One year I got a really good deal on a JessEm Mast-R-Fence
and Mite-R-Slide (about 80% off, though they're blue rather than red
I received a WoodWorking flier/brochure in the mail which listed
sponsors such as Bosch, Powermatic, Jet, Lee Valley. Also stated
instructors as Jim Heavy, Andy Chidwick, Roland Johnson. Don't know any
The costis $10 but if I show the flyer, it's $2 off. Parking is $5 at
the venue. It's where many big shows take place.
Unfortunately that has become the norm, or maybe we just skip the ones
we recognize and are no long interested in seeing.
Back in the late 70's and early 80's i recall seeing shows in Houston
that were big enough that you might miss something if you did not spend
I recall many many booths selling single tools. Like the router ringer
tool that would let you make a bowl with a router from a single square
piece of wood. The solid steel router tables that operated like the
Multirouter. Remember the guy selling the Zyless vice? ;~) And many
Jeez was it $300??? I bought mine at the show, early 80's and would not
have paid that much. Probably paid a little over $100.
I still use mine on occasion. It is one of those dust collectors but
does get used much more than the friggin PC detail sander, model 444,
that is no longer available new.
They're not nearly as good as they once were. Depending on who shows
up, Peachtree can end up being 1/2 the show which is sort of lame. If
you haven't kept up with all the new things on the market it's a good
show to see a lot of that. If you keep up with things on the internet,
already, you're going to be saying, "yep, saw that.... saw that... saw
that..." in your head a lot.
It *is* a great place to save a bunch of money if you're needing to
stock up on things, buy a lot of new things, or you've been looking for
an excuse to get some big ticket items. They show prices can be very,
very good, mostly because a lot of vendors have to ship things to the
venues and it's cheaper for them to sell it at cost than ship it back.
You can spend a bunch of money on fancy crap that will sit on your shop
and collect dust. But you can also spend and save a bunch of money on
things you wish you had, know you will use, and have been looking for a
good excuse to buy.
Look for coupons on the internet for ticket discounts and free parking.
Or look around for somewhere off site to park, walk, buy your stuff,
let them watch it while you go get the car to load it up.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I think if you're smart you attend with a "shopping list" in
mind. Impulse purchases are usually not as good as the ones you make
after "doing your homework" (making comparisons, etc.) Lee Valley will
give you free shipping on things you order at the show, I believe (at
least they did a year ago).
Sure, but a lot of the stuff you'd never think to put on your list. I
rarely buy much at the shows (save it for the stores later) but there
are always new (strange) and wonderful things that I wouldn't have
thought about, or real deals on stuff that I wouldn't normally have
bought. How many kids make a shopping list to go to a toy store? ;-)
That's a little different. I have a (mental) list of tools I want to
buy. When I'm in the toy store I might buy one but if something is on
sale, I'll reprioritization, on the spot. ;-) Too bad Festools never
move up the list. ;-)
On Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:37:26 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I agree. Occasionally, I will buy one of the tools from the new
products list. If I go to Lee Valley Tools, it's almost always to buy
a specific tool or item I need to use on a project ~ and I always go
with a list of what I want.
Buying on the spur of the moment is very irregular for me when I'm
shopping at LV.
And to add one more thing, RESIST buying a set of BAD DOG drill bits.
These guys could be selling water out of a bucket, you supply the
container to take your water home. The water would probably be more
useful than their carbide tipped drill bits.
Yeah I fell for the pitch and bought the drill bits a few years ago. I
took them back the following day after the bits failed miserably to
drill through soft steel and broke.
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