The Dulles Woodworking show.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 03-15-2008 03:10 AM 1601 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the Chantilly Woodworking Show, in the area of Dulles Airport near Washington DC today. I was planning to meet Greg3G and he sent me a note saying the Chris was coming also.

I was standing in line talking to an older (than me) gentleman and someone yelled my name. It was Chris. I guess he recoginized me from my picture. I didn’t have the chance to look at his picture before I left for the show.

Greg showed up about 5 minutes later.

Greg’s brother The Lazy Fireman from Tennessee, Adrian was not going to make it until Sat. and I didn’t plan to stay at the show until then.

Greg was looking to outfit his shop and didn’t want to spend more than $15,000. (He told his wife $500.00). But, we know what he means.

I took the Award Certificate that Martin designed and MsDebbie took to the Canadian Wood Show a few weeks ago. I asked for a copy to give to the Steel City people at this show.

Greg, Karson and Chris with the Steel City Certificate and a clone copy of the Original Bandsaw that Gary won in the contest.

The Certificate that was given to Steel City.

This is the first purchase by Greg. A Steel City Jointer.

My son came up to me later in the day saying that he saw a couple of the Mason Dixon Woodworkers at the show. We ran into them later. I also met one of the salesmen that I hadn’t seen in about 4 years. I was standing there in front of the General booth and the salesman stood in front of me holding out his hand. It was Joe who told us that this was his 25th year selling tools.

He offered to cut Greg a deal on a General tablesaw either the Canadian version or the American version.

But, I’ll let Greg tell you about that.

A great time was had by all. It was a smaller show that I’d seen in the past. (never been to this show before always NJ or PA) But, it seemed to have a lot of customers walking about.

I spent $30.00 on gas to get there, $2.50 on tolls, $7.00 for a show ticket, $24.00 on do dads, $30.00 on food and spending money for the kids. But, a great day with LumberJockers.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 03:27 AM

wow thats really cool. what did you think about the Steel City tools. if i have a chance to buy any bench tools i think i’m leaning toward them.

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 03:28 AM

It was great to meet you, your son and grandson.Glad you guys made it back, hopefully with very little traffic.

Thanks a lot for the advice as we walked around, I was jst looking at Don’s Drill press table, think I will pick up some additional parts and hopefully be posting a project int he not too distant future.

Looking forward to heading over there tomorrow for a short time to catch up to Greg again and meet Adrian.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 03:32 AM

Sounds like a great show. I wish I could have been there!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 06:42 AM

It does sound like a wonderful show. I would like to have been there with you but I probably would have come back with my credit cards maxed out so it is probably a good thing that I don’t attend any of these.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 01:19 PM

How wonderful… getting to hang out with fellow Jocks… “Priceless”

that’s really cool that you took the little poster along with you to put on display. I wonder if they will have it posted at the Kitchener show this weekend?? Never thought of it until now..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 03-15-2008 06:55 PM

I’m glad you had a good time.

Too bad, if you hadn’t spent all that money on food, & gas, you could have bought more tools.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-15-2008 07:30 PM

Hi Karson;

How did you get out of there only spending $ 30.00 on Do-Dads?

I’ve never managed to do that.

I think you should do a blog on how to do it. It will help many of us.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 04:29 PM

Hi All, Just a quick update from my view of the trip. No it was not $15,000 I had to spend, just $2,000….Just for the record in case my wife happens to read this. When I went I was fully anticipating getting the Steel City Jointer, it had decent reviews and I had a feeling that they would be having the 6” model that was being discontinued on hand. The sale pricing was down to $499 and I taliked them into throwing in an extra set of blades (so I can always have a sharp set on hand.)

I was leaning towards a Steel City 10” 3hp cabinet saw as well, but I think I found the deal of the show. I was standing looking the different Delta saws when one of the reps came up and started to speak with me about them. They were having a sale on the Uninisaw, $1319 which encluded the moble base, extension table and legs, Beismeyere Fence and a $200 credit to any additional Delta, Dewalt or Porter Cable tools. Now after a little more conversation, the Rep realized he had made a mistake, the Beismeyer fence upgrade was supposed to be a $140 option. He said he was a man of his word and would let me have it but today only. I wrote down his offer and his name and headed back out to the show with Karson and Chris. We discussed it for a while and came to the same conclusion that it was a very good deal and Delta does have a decent reputation. So I headed back over to talk to the same rep. He ignored me! Go figure. I must have come and gone back over trying to get his attension at least 4 times before he finially spoke with me, but he did remember the deal. Paid for the machine, and selected a couple of sanders (I’m pretty hard on sanders so a couple of free ones were a bonus.) I was going to pick everything up the next day, when Adrian was with me.

Here in lay the next problem. My wife knows deep down, that I “rat hole” money away to pay for my tools. I never take any from the household budget. But with nearly $2000 spent on tools in a day, that may be a bit more than she could swallow. She wanted to come along on Sat! Well I decided to wait until we were in a public place to tell her I had ordered the tools, turns out it was right after we went through the gate at the show on Sat. She took it pretty well.

I’ll be posting my own blog soon on getting the new equipment home and set up soon.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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