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Blog entry by SouthernBoy posted 03-02-2013 09:36 PM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I am from New Orleans and we do not have anything like a Woodcraft store in my entire state. My wife and I were on vacation in San Antonio this week and just a couple of miles outside the city was a Woodcraft store. We had some time to kill one morning and headed over there. Now, I am pretty new to wood working and very much an amateur, but when I walked in that place I wanted to kiss the floor. I get the Woodcraft catalogue every month, but being there in person is just so much better. After the first 45 minutes of looking at and touching every single item that I passed, my wife found a seat and commented to the salesman that I was like a giddy little kid. She was right. But she never complained, and actually encouraged to buy a few things. she was a trooper. Then I found the wood room. This place is simply amazing to walk into. I would have bought so many things to bring back home, but unfortunately everything I wanted, TSA would have an issue with, so I just bought a Wixey digital angle cube. I think our family vacations from now on will be planned around Woodcraft locations.



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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 09:47 PM

I hear you, man. But I guess if we had a woodworking store here, I’d be broke!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Homebody

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 11:26 PM

One of my good friends works part-time at woodcraft. Lucky bastard.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 03-03-2013 12:02 AM

I know exactly what you mean…in fact my wife and I took a trip to see the Amalo in San Antonio a couple of years ago and you were most likely in the same store they had to evict me from at closing time. They must think us Louisiana guys have never seen a tool store before…
You got off cheap if all you bought was a wixey.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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taoist

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 12:47 AM

We have Woodcraft where I live but we don’t have anything thats even close to having the atmosphere and great food available in NOLA…Wish we could trade for a while.

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Dakkar

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#5 posted 03-03-2013 01:01 AM

I think I did about the same thing when they opened the Woodcraft in north Dallas back in the ‘80s. It’s 20 miles away, but I try to stop by whenever I’m that way. These days I’m about the same distance from 2 Rockler stores, 5 miles from Harbor Freight, 3 miles from Northern Tool and walking distance from Home Depot. Texas may have a lot of “exes”, but it’s got plenty of woodworking stores.

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getlostinwood

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 01:43 AM

I married a coonass woman and moved to Texas. Best of both worlds.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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Lenny

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#7 posted 03-03-2013 02:07 AM

While you only bought the one item, your timing was just slightly off because the only thing better than visiting a woodworking tool store is visiting it during a sale event. Yesterday and today Woodcraft held a 10% off power tools, 15% off everything else sale. They got about $85 of my money.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Mip

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 02:14 AM

They also have a store in Hawaii, so if you go there, just send the wife to the beach and you can go to the woodcraft store. Everybody’s happy.

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StayinBroke

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#9 posted 03-03-2013 02:27 AM

They got about $60 of mine. I hit it today on the way home from work to catch the sale. I have to drive out 20 minutes to get to it, which isn’t bad on the weekend. During the week though, i have to fight nasty traffic thru a tunnel to get there so i only go on the weekend. Or of I drive by on the way to or from the current job site which I happen to be now. SouthernBoy, I felt the same way the first time I walked into a Woodcraft. I walked thru the door and stopped. The guy behind the counter asked me if he could help and I asked him to pinch me to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. It seems every time I go in there I find something new to drool over.

-- I'm just me.

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needshave

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#10 posted 03-03-2013 02:35 AM

Actually I felt the same way when I walked into my first woodcraft store. But then…..when visiting a friend in Columbus, Ohio he introduced me to a store called Woodwerks. Amazing! Not only do they have it all, but they have the knowledge and experience to back it up. An amazing store, with a vast lumber section and turning blocks sold by the pound. This weekend while passing through Columbus, I visited the Woodwerks store instead of going to the woodworking show that was in Columbus this weekend.

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SouthernBoy

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#11 posted 03-03-2013 02:37 AM

Stayinbroke, every time somebody would ask if they could help me I just promised to wipe up the drool. But it was a great trip to woodcraft and to San Antonio.
Greg, if the suitcases weren’t already stuffed full of things for the grandkids I would have stuffed them with woodcraft products.
Mip, I’m thinking that Hawaii store sounds like a great idea.

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matt garcia

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#12 posted 03-03-2013 02:45 AM

Wait till you see Rockler!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Bearpaw

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#13 posted 03-03-2013 03:22 AM

I live in Atlanta, Ga and I am blesses six times over. We have Rockler, Woodcraft, Peachtree Woodworking Supply, Hardwood of Atlanta, Carlton McLendon, Inc. Rare Woods And Veneers and Highland Hardware. All I need is the money, for I have the places to spend it.

You will love the Wixey digital angle cube. It has improved my angle cuts and squaring things so much.

I will say that I have bought much from Rockler on line. They run a lot of specials that make it reasonable to deal with. Their delivery time is very good.

I traveled Louisiana for over 11 years calling on the meat industry. Loved the place and the people.

Welcome to LJ.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Bigrock

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#14 posted 03-03-2013 03:49 AM

Come to Virginia, We have one in Richmond and study about the Civil War and go to Williamsburg and learn about the Colonial times and see a 18 century Workshop.
Have Fun

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nikko18

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 05:25 AM

If you lived around the corner from one like I do, you wouldn’t like it so much. Especially at the end of the month when the credit card bill comes. 8P

-- Time flys like an arrow, fruit flies like a bannana

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