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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #14: A White Knuckle Tool Gloat & never ending Shopping Spree!!!

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« Part 13: Shop Fixtures, Cabinets, Drawers & Jigs!!! Part 14 of Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... series Part 15: Magic Smoke & Digital Wizardry!!! »

It used to be that I spent every Saturday in a fog. I think it may have had something to do with spending every Friday night in a bottle, err, I mean bar (I was a bartender). That was not the reason for today’s fog. Today was because of atmospheric conditions in The Green Mountains of Vermont and Massachusetts, although in MA they are called The Berkshires.

I made the trek south, through the mountains from VT to MA and back again, to attend “The Wood Working Show” at the Big E in West Springfield. The trip there was full of anticipation of a soon to be tool gloat and foggy mountain tops. Daytime fog not soooo bad. The trip back? That was filled with anticipation of going off the road and whether I would ever get to gloat about and/or use my new stuff. (Insert George Carlin’s “Stuff” routine here!) It really was a white knuckle drive. Thankfully someone was leading the way at 80MPH or else I would still be in the Berkshires!!!

Enough about the trip!

THIS IS A TOOL GLOAT!!!
Before heading to “The Show”, no NOT the MLB show, The Wood Working Show, I needed to stop by the INFAMOUS Harbor Freight!!! I had a few things to exhange and some money to burn. Nothing special, toggle clamps, a clamp, another clamp, oh more clamps and other incidentals.

I would usually apologize for the cr@ppy photo, but this is just HF STUFF!!!

After HF, I went to “The WW Show” and bought some stuff. 4” metal balst gates, step-over thumb screw hose connectors, a magnetic base LED light (for one of my machines) and a pair of safety glasses. Pretty boring stuff really. Sorry! Not really a big haul!!!

After “The Show”, a trip to The WOODCRAFT store was in order, to see if they could squeeze a few more bills out of my depleted and anorexic wallet.

Did ya notice the box being handtrucked? Know what’s in it? Wanna know? It’s a Ricon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity!!! No it’s not mine. I picked mine up a month and a half ago!!!

However the fine folks at WOODCRAFT were rather successful in further emptying my now very thin wallet.
2 Incra T-Tracks, Woodpecker’s T-slot stops, A 150 peice jig building assortment and a few other things.

The other things: Wixey Planer DRO (for my DeWalt 735) and Digital Angle Gauge!!!

That’s about all my wallet could do for my shopping trip. So I headed back to The Green Mountain State. When I crossed the MA/VT border, I stopped at a VT “Welcome Center”, as I needed a break from the foggy, white knuckle travel. I had to take a few pics, of some VT wood working that reminded me of my LJ buddy Dave Bardin. Dave likes bow ties and forging.
Dave, these pics are for you!!!

I forgot, DUH!!!
I also had lunch at The Big-E!!! A Philly Cheese washed down with a draft beer.
I don’t have a picture of that, but there was one more purchase I forgot to mention…...
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So it seems that my shopping spree isn’t complete! I need to go stop over to “The Stumpy Nubs Store” and buy me a set of plans for the WS3000 sharpening station.

Well, that’s the plan at least…....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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patron

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#1 posted 561 days ago

good haul

glad you got thru OK

now for another rest

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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JL7

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#2 posted 561 days ago

Nice plug for the Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity!!!

Very nice haul overall for sure…....but I’m confused…....wheres the 8” jointer with spiral cutterhead??

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 561 days ago

You lucky boy, how many quarters does your wallet hold?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 561 days ago

It’s in picture #8 Jeff, still in it’s packing case.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Dave

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#5 posted 561 days ago

I love it I got to see bowties from across the country. And the second picture was kewl.That is one nice welcome center. Look at all that neat stuff you came home with.
Now I like to get a whole lot of little stuff and come home and play. You brought back a large haul.
Randy I am glad you had a great time.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Kreegan

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#6 posted 561 days ago

That’s far too much stuff for one man to handle, Randy. I wouldn’t want to burden you with the effort required to unbox and put to use all that cool stuff. I’ll take pity on you and take some of that off your hands, but you’ll have to pay for shipping. LOL

Nice haul!

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 561 days ago

David,
Thanks Dad! Hey, that makes you Roy Underhill’s father also!!!

Jeff,
In the Stumpy thread, I sais Woodcraft kept my wallet. Their awaiting my return, to pick up my new 8” jointer with spiral cutterhead!!!

Rex,
Right NOW, my wallet holds nothing, except receipts and IOUs!!!

Dave,
I will have a well equipt, if not a well used, shop!!! Our Welcome Centers are all brand new and nicely appointed.

Rich,
You’ve got a deal!!! I just need to save enough funds for the shipping. It may take a while, so don’t hold your breath. Well, you can hold your breath if you want, but I ain’t responsible for the outcome!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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bandit571

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#8 posted 561 days ago

Good thing you didn’t have to cross any scales on the way home. They might have pulled you over, for being overweight vehicle…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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redryder

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#9 posted 561 days ago

Your collection of toys is growing. You’ll have to keep expanding and organizing that shop. Your lookin’ good…...........................

-- mike...............

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boxcarmarty

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#10 posted 561 days ago

I can’t believe you left that stack of timber sitting at the welcome center…..

You can send the stuff to me. I’m a bit closer then Rich and I’ll gladly pay for shipping…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 561 days ago

Bandit,
That is why I don’t drive slow or exceedingly fast, kinda just drive half-fast! This way, they go after someone else!!!

Mike,
Yes, I’m getting just like Marty, at collecting tools/machines. The only difference is I don’t charge admission. I am in the process of “final” shop layout and installation of benches, storage solutions, machines and the like. So progress IS being made, no matter how slow!!!

Marty,
I would love to send you some of that lumber…..
But I worry about invasive insect infestation and wouldn’t want to spread anything!!!

Here are some more “Welcome Center” photos….

An example of some VT WW:

And giving credit where credit is due!!!

Thanks, everyone, for stopping in, having a coffee and allowing me to blab away!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#12 posted 561 days ago

That was cool.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 561 days ago

That’s a beautiful rocker! Could you tell where/how the rope ends or is tied off?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 561 days ago

Joe,
Great question. Sorry, I was not that observant! I’ll have to look closer at it, next time I’m in the neighborhood. May be a while though!!!

Thanks for stopping in and taking a load off.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 561 days ago

Nice blog , Randy.
Glad you had a good time and got to explore the local HF and WC stores , and most of all , made it home to start playing with your new toys : ) The fog was wicked here yesterday and the night before…still saw numerous idiots driving without their headlights on though ! It never ceases to amaze me that some people can get into their vehicles at night and drive away without giving the headlamps a thought !
Great pictures of the Welcome Centers. I might have to take a ride uphill just to see them in person.
They’re on Rte. 91 ,correct ?
Wish I new ahead of time that you were heading downhill.
I would have suggested that you stop by Forest Products in Greenfield MA to check out their fine selection of quality hardwoods at good prices : )
413-772-6833 Sue is very informative and will treat you right : ) Open 8-4 M-F and 8-noon on Saturday.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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