Somerset nj woodworking show


Recommended Posts

My girlfriend and i arrived in somerset last night. We are staying at the holiday inn across the street from the exhibition center. Just wanted to see if any fellow forumers will be attending the show. We will be here for the rest of the weekend.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I missed Freddie at the show. :mellow:  But I ordered my first real plane. LV  low angle Jack with a 30 and 40 degree Iron and MK2 sharpener. Got a CMT raised panel set and slot cutter set too!  

 

By the way...those LV guys are awesome. Being the newb i am at using planes, this older gent working the stand spent an individual 1 on 1 lesson about planes and sharpening techniques with me for well over an hour. What a cool guy!

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

==>individual 1 on 1 lesson about planes and sharpening techniques with me for well over an hour.

 

That's one of the huge advantages of the smaller wood shows... Actually, Chris Schwarz consistently rates the Somerset show as #1 best woodworking show in North America. It's small, but still gets decent vendor participation -- you just don't get as many demos/classes or Euro tool guys... Luckily the weather is cooperating...

Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel like i scored on the mortiser, 15% off at the show and no shipping since we are taking it home. Pm and jet are having a 15% off sale next weekend, but where i really scored is cutting out two weeks wating time of waiting to order and a week for it to ship. Boom!

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

that's good because the floor model with a big "SOLD" sign on it made me think otherwise :D i was disappointed with most of the floor model stuff solely based on the wear from the show. I thought the whole point of having floor demos was so you could touch it and open the compartments and really feel how things are. a lot of the knobs and guides were off on pieces like the pm 1500 and the jet oscillating sander, same with the drill press too. sure, i understand that floor models are floor models but still... the knobs and little details are key for me on new equipment.

 

i took a disabled friend who doesn't get out of the house much, he loved the show. i got to meet bob from take a dip and get into his antique tool club (CRAFFT) which meets near me (high bridge). apparently a few of the guys in the group do historical restoration which is what my entire spring/summer/fall is going to be consumed with. 

 

i got some mini diamond cards for sharpening bits, a few of the $5 mag racks from peach tree, a digital angle dohickey, some jig building stuff, a new card scraper, also got one of those shop vac filter condoms, and last but not least the hammer ice cube tray for my girl who uses ice daily. 

 

i felt like the show was dimly lit, did anyone else notice that? 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like a nice haul !

I am looking forward to the show in Atlanta next week. The venue is less than 2 miles from my house so I have a brutal 4 minute commute to face!

Supposed to meet Grey Ghost at the show. It will be nice to meet someone from the Forum in person.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm pretty sure selfies are a violation of the posting guidelines.  Or at least they should be.  You'll have good looking kids, though. :)

 

As much as I favor a Domino over a HCM for all the reasons we previously debated, I still find myself a bit jealous. :D  Nice machine bro!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Congrats on the new toys, Freddie.  Overall I thought it was a good show.  Spent some time talking with Wilbur Pan - you are right, he is a great guy.  And Wilbur did a couple of fantastic presentations at the CJWA booth.  I was at the NJWA booth next door so I got to listen in.  Bob from Take a Dip Tools had a huge selection of tools on display.  Very cool.  Lee Valley's and Peachtree's booths were pretty impressive.  But I was hoping to see more vendors/options on power tools.  I guess it's a relatively small show so maybe they don't want to make the big investment.

 

I'm curious - Did anyone attend a pay class?  Worthwhile?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I didnt attend any paid classes, nothing on the menu sparked my interest. I did hang out with matt kenney and mike peckovich for a while and chatted. I shared photos with mike of my carriage door build since they were inspired by his fww article. He loved them and also congratulated me on my mortiser purchase. He has the same model and praises it. We talked shop for a while and he is just an awesome and sincere guy. I am going to run to hf tn and grab a cheap mortise bit to get started while i wait for my fisch bits to come.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a great time meeting Freddie, and seeing Kris again. The estimate I heard was that there were over 8,000 people there over the course of the weekend. Regardless of the numbers, this show has been getting busier for the past few years straight, and it was a fun time overall.

 

P.S. Nice score on that Stanley 45, with the screwdriver!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.