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Yesterday I attended the Moncton Woodworking Show, there were many exhibitors there, everything from small supply shops to big names such as Powermatic and General as well as many woodworkers and tradesmen. I kept a pretty tight leash on myself as I only spent about $100.00, it was hard but I managed to resist the urge to purchase some tools that were there. There were two main things that I wanted to see; the Sawstop in action and the new UniSaw, I got to see them both and I don't know which one I would purchase if it came down to those two (not that I am in the market for a new table saw) I have been using the Sawstop for about two months now in my college shop and I couldn't be more pleased with it's performance, I would really like to try out the new Delta. Going around the show I looked at many demos and received a lot of magazines and brochures on the products… lots of reading material lol. There was one exhibitor that I wasn't very pleased with, one that I never expected to put off a "bad show", I am referring to Lee Valley, they didn't have any show specials on but mostly they didn't have any product to sell! They came to the show with nothing that you could bring home to your shop. I was going to purchase a few things from them but why would I wait to get it shipped to me when I could walk a few feet to another both and get it there and then? For the most part it was a good show, not going to let one bad apple spoil the bunch. Spent all day in Moncton at the show and had a blast talking to a lot of people there. They have more shows coming up:

Ottawa, Ont.
Nov. 27-29, 2009

London, Ont.
Feb. 12-14, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.
Mar. 12-14, 2010

If you can make it I recommend going.
 

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Hey GMman, hope you get back on your own two feet soon. I went there with two guys from my cabinetmaking class and one of them is an Lj, he is actually the one who tipped me off to this site so a big thanks to Fox2Sell, unfortuneitly I didn't run into any other Lj's, I was really hoping to.
 

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Chris,

I was at the show yesterday as well. I spent a bit more than you did. I purchased a Freud 31/2 hp router and the table that goes with it. I also got some exotic woods the London Woods, I purchased Peruvian walnut, the orange wood(I forget the name, starts with a P), and some lace wood. All in all I enjoyed the show and I am satisfied with my purchases.
 

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Geeze . . . to bad those shows don't come a little further east OR time themselves when I have to take a business trip.

Nice score Guy.
 

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I missed the show this year, Santa Clause Parade in Saint John was more important to my wife and 2 little girls, but I did go last year and spent way too much money. I picked up some nice big Purple Heart slabs from London Lumber dirt cheep, that was my best find. I hope there was a big enough turn out to keep the show comming back.
 

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I share your fustration with Lee Valley. I was at the woodworking show in Portland, OR a few weekends ago and I was in the same boat, it was a bummer they did not have any inventory to sell at the actual show. They did offer free shipping at the show, but no discounts or specials. However,with that said, I thought their planes were exceptional and I still ordered one, but it was just a bummer I had to wait for it to arrive in the mail….
 
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