I attended my first Woodworking in America back in 2010, and had an amazing experience. I learned a ton in the classes, enjoyed strolling the marketplace and of course hanging out and bonding with so many fantastic woodworkers.
So the next year I was determined to go again. Although it would be tight, I had saved the money to go, but then a little thing called ‘work’ got in the way and I had to change my plans. Luckily I had yet to sign up or make any travel arrangements. Pretty bummed, I decided to take the money I had saved to go to the show and put it to good use. I decided it was time to start saving for a new table saw. I had my eye on a SawStop for some time but couldn’t see spending that much money on a tool for myself (instead of on my kids). Just about all of the large tool purchases I have made have been bought entirely though some other means: thank you Amex points! My Powermatic 14″ bandsaw, for instance, was literally bought from my coin bucket (something we have done for years! We bought an antique bed years ago, with $600 worth of pennies. It’s amazing how it adds up!). And so my SawStop savings began.
Jump ahead a year, and once again I was determined to attend WIA. Work had been good to me and I was able to afford the trip. I did not procrastinate and I booked the conference, the flight and a hotel several months in advance. But the weather had other plans, Hurricane Sandy came barreling into NY that week, wreaked unbelievable havoc and my flight was therefore cancelled. Our family was safe, and WIA was the least of my worries. I was grateful to the folks at WIA for their understanding and reimbursing my funds (which went straight into the saw bank).
The kids and I broke it open shortly after that to see how sweet our pot actually was and to see where we stood. Kids love counting money, BTW! I have to admit, I didn’t drop just my coins in the bucket. There were plenty of days where bills were shoved in, days where I didn’t eat lunch or I had some per diem left from a business trip or I would just wanted to feed the beast!
So, it added up, but I had my eye on a 3hp Contractor saw and the pot was not deep enough yet.
Nearly a year passed and the kids and I cracked open the “safe” once again. I had been even more diligent about stashing money away and it paid off. This time I had not only enough for the SawStop, but the accessories I wanted. Wahoo!
So it took a few weeks before I was ready to order it. I wanted to give the shop a really good cleaning and rethink some things. This saw was going to take up a much bigger footprint in my tiny shop. I also needed to add a 220v outlet, and I’ve been in the middle of several other big projects around the house.
Finally I bit the bullet and ordered the saw I had saved up for for so long. It took just over a week to come into my local Woodcraft over in Springfield MA.
So last weekend I finished assembling the Sawstop after saving my pennies for two years.
And next weekend I will be attending Woodworking in America after waiting for two years!
I can’t wait to take classes, stroll the floor and of course hang out and bond with some great woodworking friends.
Thanks for stopping by the shop.