Baltimore 2009 Woodworking show.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 01-04-2009 12:59 AM 8256 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got back from the Baltimore Woodworking show held in Timonum MD. I’ve been at this show two other years. This one seemed to have more vendors and more customers than I can remember before.

I went on Friday and got there around opening time and the place was mobbed. Usually Fridays are the retired folks and the one day of vacation folks. But it had a great crowd. I was only looking for disposable (sandpaper etc.) so I didn’t spend much time looking at the tools or the Shammy Wow booth.

I met up with Chuck Bender, Acanthuscarver at his booth and we talked for a while and A little later I met Timberman (He saw me in my LJ shirt) and so we met up and then went back to Chucks booth.

I’m on the left, TimberMan (Dave) in the center and Chuck on the right.

I went back Saturday and it seemed to be as crowded as it was on Friday. I got a phone call and it was Spalm. He was there with his lovely wife and we had a great discussion about woodworking.

We went back to Chucks booth and met him again. Chuck was cutting some half blind dovetails for some customers. He made it look easy.

We spent some time talking with him. I was keeping an eye on my phone and watch because I was suppose to meet up with Greg3G around 12:00 noon. He called and I met him at the front door because I had an extra ticket one of my friends had left with me the day before. Took Greg out to my car to give him a few pieces of wood scrap that I had for him.

We left, my son David and i, and headed home. I had a great time. I’m guess that there were a few other lumberjocks that were there but we didn’t meet. I wore my lumberJock shirt both days (a different shirt) but didn’t connect.

Spend 49 bucks on a light and 20 bucks on sandpaper but had a great time meeting new friends.

Greg and I talked about setting up an Summer Picnic for the area in East/Central USA. We’ll have to see if we can get that together. Anyone in the area who is interested in hosting one met me or Greg know. It might be nice to have it at SPalm because then we have a demo of his homemade CAD machine.

-- 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 01-04-2009 01:11 AM

Great review Karson. I can never get out of those shows for less than three figures.

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 01:44 AM

Sounds like a great show, Karson.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 01:44 AM

I thought about posting my own blog on the show but I decided to highjack Karson’s instead :-)

For some strange reason, I had put the show on my outlook calendar for next weekend, so I was a bit supprised when Karson sent me an email asking me if I was planning on going on Friday or Saturday. Well, I had a problem. I had my Mom and Dad coming in from TN, my Mother and Father In-law coming in from out of town and my sister in law with her family (husband, 2 kids and 16 wk old puppy) All were desending upon me for the New Years holiday. What a house full, but we had a great time. Everyone had decided to leave this morning so I was able to head out for the show and meet up with Karson.

I would have to agree with Karson that this was one of the best attended shows I’ve been to (this was my 3rd) I spoke with the rep at the Woodline USA booth and we talked about how things were going and he was very pleased with the show. He did say that the Nashville show wasn’t as good, partly due to the venue (no food vendors) and the charge for parking (Gaylord charges about $12 for parking) It was also their first show there in about 5 years.

I went back to Chuck’s booth a couple of times but each time he was speaking with others so I figured that I would meet up with him another time. Got to speak with a few of the vendors I had met in the past. Everyone was friendly (even got some homemade cookies from one of the ladies at the Skarie booth) Had a very nice talk with William Boxer, the Sr. VP and COO of Apollo Sprayers. If you ever have a chance, stop by and speak with him. He has a passion for his products and seems very genuine.

I had intended to only get a few things, painter’s piramids, a electronic fractional caliper and some router bits. Ended up I also got a new Rigid Carbide TS blade, an a new PC router, marking knife, paint brush, never did get the fractional calipers…they seemed very proud of them and it wasn’t a must have. Did get the every thing else on my list. All told I spent more than I had intended but that’s ok…everything I did get was on this year’s plan for my tools and much to the relief of my wife no major ticket items…maybe this spring :-)

I am eager to have a Mid Atlantic Lumberjocks get together this year. I am willing to assist in planning but I think I am a bit out of the way for hosting. I would like to see it in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. I think that it would be more central than out in WV. If you are interested please contact me or Karson and we can start the planning. And Tommy (T-Chisel) are invited and we would love to have you come down if your schedule can allow.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 02:29 AM

Hi folks,

I also went out to the Baltimore show today. It was a last minute decision and I hooked up with my Dad. We had a great time. I had never been to a show before and was amazed by how busy it seemed. I’ve been looking at bandsaws online for a while and viewed a few that were there. The Ridgid seemed to vibrate a lot when the Ridgid guy demonstrated it, which reminded of some reviews that I read here on LJ. Now for my question – The Cayce Co booth is selling a JET 710115K for $585 plus a $50 rebate. From what I can tell, this is a great deal. Am I crazy if I don’t go back tomorrow and buy one? I had been considering a Grizzly Ultimate, but with shipping it comes out to about the same price, but the JET has a better warranty, is probably a better machine, and is close to a dealer in case I have problems. Any thoughts?

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 03:11 AM

You guys are the greatest. Loved reading about the show and how you guys relate to one another. Real brotherhood shown here. Great.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 05:26 AM

Hey Guys, Thanks for the show reviews. Looking forward to the show coming up in VA in a couple of months, hope to catch up to some LumberJocks there.


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

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#7 posted 01-04-2009 03:20 PM

I also went to the show on Friday. Last minute decision with the wife. Spent $0. First time ever (been to the show many times). As Karson said, busier than the last few years. Many of the same vendors. I sat in the Sommerfeld cabinet show (planning to redo the kitchen and considering making the cabinets). Generally, I just didn’t need anything (did I just say that). I did chat with the Dewalt reps (I just got the DeWalt Track Saw for Christmas).

john_md – Cayce is a great company to work with. I bought a Powermatic Bandsaw from them at the show two years ago. Had problems with the fence and they made sure it was resoved. I didn’t notice at the show, but they are a Rockler partner and carry all Rockler stock at their store in Cockeysville.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#8 posted 01-04-2009 03:41 PM


It was great fun meeting you and the other LJ’s this weekend. If I knew you had that much interest in handcutting some half-blinds, I’d have had you do a set. Remember, woodworking is primarily attitude. So, repeat after me…”half-blinds ARE easy… half-blinds ARE easy… there’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…”

Sorry I missed you. If you’re not tied up with a Raven’s game today, swing by the show.


I can’t speek for the others but you should swing up to the WoodWorks Event in West Springfield, MA next weekend. I’ll have you cut some dovetails! Bring all the other CT & MA LJ’s with you too!

Gotta get going. The final day of the Baltimore show starts in a little over an hour. See you guys there!

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#9 posted 01-04-2009 09:34 PM

Hi Karson;

I forgot all about the show. I would have liked to meet these guys too.

I have to say, especially Chuck Bender, as his work is outrageous, and I’m a big fan of eighteenth century furniture. I hope I didn’t offend anyone with that comment, but having had some correspondence with Chuck, I found out it was his site I was drooling over, in previous years.

Let me see if I got this right. I’m half blind, and it’s easy. LOL (see above post).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-04-2009 10:13 PM


I meant to ask Karson if he had heard from you about the show but it’s been pretty busy here. The show’s about to wrap up and the crowd is finally dying down a bit. If you get the chance, swing up to Somerset, NJ for the Woodworking Show the last weekend of February, I’ll be set up and demonstrating.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#11 posted 01-05-2009 07:05 AM


I have been to the NJ show the last two years and have already been putting aside my woodworking cash for another trip this year. Looking forward to coming by your booth to say hello, because I couldn’t agree more with Lee’s description of your work. I hope you had a profitable weekend!


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#12 posted 01-05-2009 02:18 PM

I wish I had seen your shirt, Karson. I was at the show on Saturday and when I left my wallet was about $700 lighter than when I arrived.

-- last night I played a blank tape at full volume - the mime next door went nuts!

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#13 posted 01-07-2009 04:25 AM

Karson/Chuck – It was nice to meet you two on Friday. I wish I had time to go back again over the weekend as this was my first time attending and did not know exactly what to expect. I went a little unprepared. I am never one to just jump on a purchase unless I do some research on price and product reviews.

My advice would to anyone else going for the first time is to be prepared with info if you plan to buy anything so that you know you are getting a good deal. After getting home I found that a I could have saved quite a bit of money on a few items on my wish list.

Anyway, I am looking forward to the next time an event like this is around Baltimore. It would be nice to meet some more LJ’s.

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#14 posted 01-07-2009 04:44 AM

Timberman there is one in Dullas in a couple of months. It’s called the Chantilly woodworking show.

I’ll probably go to it also.

-- 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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#15 posted 01-22-2009 07:16 PM

I might just have to swing down there to check it out now that I know what to look for.

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