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For the first time in many years, I missed the STL. Woodworkers show due to a miserable sinus infection. You always see something cool, and always buy something. What did I miss?
Sinus infection better, but now I have to wait another year.
 

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I went on Friday and man was it packed! I think there were some good buys but managed to get away from there with one router bit. Shameful I know but there is always next year. I think they need a bigger place, it is just not a lot of fun with that many people, I'd say three deep in many of the action display areas. Like you say, there is always next year.
 

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I couldn't make it. My Wife is an accountant, and it's tax season, so we don't see her too much. I figured that my 5 year-old son would be bored to DEATH at a show like that. So I didn't get to go :(
 

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It was pretty good this year. There was a booth selling turning wood that was new (I think). There also seemed to be more organizational booths - I did my two hours for the St. Louis Woodturners. In the past couple of years, they've really cut down on the classes and demos, but it was still fun. I wasn't as good as Scrounger - walked away with quite a bit more than a router bit - new SawStop PCS and a thin/bandsaw box guide from Carter.
 

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I went friday also.. This was my 1st show!!! I been wanting to go for alot of years, but always came short on going!! Man was I excited.. Scrounger I know what you mean it was crowded!! And it seemed like forever before the doors opened at 12.. At least I was up front and watched a pen turning video while waiting to kill the time.. I am afraid though if a man was to take money :) he could have got into trouble!!! Bargins galore! I am diabetic and the wait was a little too long.. My sugar dived after an hour walking around and I wasnt worth a pooh! I had to go home at that point…I didnt get to watch demos like I would have liked.. Note to self.. $ and snack next year!!!!!! Maybe see some of you there!
 

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Best time to go is from 3:00-6:00 on Friday and Saturday. About 4:30 on Saturday, I could have walked through the aisles with my arms out and barely bump anyone. All the people that go at noon on Friday are worn out dealing with people and sales pitches by 2 or 3pm. The 9-5ers can't get there on Friday night so they go on Sat about noon. The same thing happens to them, they have to get back home and are worn out by 3. I went both Fri and Sat around 3pm each day. Spent way too much money.

Anyone interested in my extra PC 19.2v kit with cordless drill, cordless jig saw, and cordless router, with 2 batteries and charger. I made a deal with the sales rep at Hydroflow and bought 2 of them. Asking $250. They were $350-400 new.
 

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Another thing they did at this years show was the "show off your project". I thought there would be so much I didn't go and get the 5 wood blanket chest from Grandpa's. I wish I would have. There was only 4 projects in the running. Dang.
 

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I went both Friday and Saturday…one day to browse…and the other to watch the demos…well, only watched 1 demo, got caught up talking to many of the people at the local booths… never knew there were so many turners in the STL area…WOW. There was plenty of stuff to buy and plenty of money to spend…thankfully day 2 I took my better half..and she wiped the saliva from my mouth a few times…. but ended up with a Carter stabilizer guide…which I bought the wrong model, cause I am a moron…and bought some wood from none other than Jason Cook of Cook woods….had a nice deal on some ebony pen blanks day 2 at 10 for $25 6 inches long and about an inch around… nice stuff…they had but didn't have what I was looking for… or at least good stuff of snakewood, or tulipwood. ohh well, still was fun, and my first.
 
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