Wood Splurge! #1: The Ensplurgening

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Blog entry by Wiley posted 06-28-2010 04:03 AM 1238 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I recently won a car in a sweepstakes. I don’t drive, so at first I had a bit of trouble getting excited about the win. But then I realized: I hadn’t so much won a car as won a new computer, a bandsaw, a thickness sander, and a bunch of wood, plus a dramatic increase in my savings account. Well, last Friday the final paperwork on selling the car went through, and Saturday morning the splurge began.

First stop was Woodcraft. I’d had my eye on the Rikon 14” Deluxe bandsaw they had on sale all month, and I just managed to make it on the last day of the sale. His name is Kermit, and there will be pictures of him in a later post. I also got a number of dust collection accessories, mobile bases, foot pedals, and similar shop accessories that I’d been wanting for a while. My sister, who agreed to be the official chauffeur of the splurge in exchange for me making her a box, kept urging me to get a lathe (I don’t turn), because it had a “pirate wheel”. She also thought I needed a Delta table saw because the blade guard was “swoopy”. But I promised myself that apart from Kermit all tool purchases would be used off craigslist so they would hold their value, and neither pirate wheels nor swoopy blade guards have ever been determining factors in my tool purchases ^_^

Now that we had a bandsaw providing considerably better traction to the back wheels, it was off to Paxton Lumber. I had a mental list of woods I was looking for, but I didn’t want to make hard-and-fast plans because so much depended on what they had in stock. I greatly prefer 8/4 lumber so that I end up with fewer little edge bits while I’m resawing, and that tends to limit what I can find. I ended up with 5bf of Bubinga, ~2bf each of walnut, wenge, purpleheart, and lyptus, and ~3bf of padauk and African mahogany.

Unfortunately, one of the tools I had planned to use a mobile base with just didn’t seem to like that plan, so I went back this morning to return one of the bases. While I was there I decided to take a look for some of the woods on my list I couldn’t find at Paxton, and ended up with about 1.5bf of bloodwood and an absolutely incredible piece of lacewood. Some work with a chop saw later, I had a rather nice spread to stop my bench from blowing away:

I like to cut everything down to 12” lengths to make it easier to work with and store, and since I do nearly all my work with decorative boxes I never really need anything longer. The next stage, which will begin once various sawblades show up from Highland Woodworking, is to get all this resawn and sanded.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#1 posted 06-28-2010 04:14 AM

Wow congrats on the win, and good thinking on buying used, always the best way to go. And as the saying goes, don’t spend it all in one place. Btw, whered you win the car?

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#2 posted 06-28-2010 04:19 AM

Yeah, with the Federal Reserve throwing money at the banks there’s very little interest being offered on savings accounts, so putting money into used tools on craigslist makes as much sense as putting it all in a CD. I won the car in a sweepstakes run by Safeway for Earth Day. I enter quite a few online sweepstakes every day as a hobby, and so far I’ve won one car and one soccer ball.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 04:37 AM

How much did you sell the soccer ball for??? Congrats on the new bandsaw, I just purchased a JET 14DX last week. I looked at the Rikon, awsome saw, I was a couple hundred $$ short though. Oh well, a riser block and a new timberwolf, and my resaw will be on as well…....congrats again.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 06:20 AM

Congrats on the car and sale! An old friend got me into contest awhile back, I won a few things, he won allot, he won a house from Minyards about ten years ago. Keep it up. Nice collection of wood, looking forward to the finished projects.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 02:48 PM

Congrats on the good fortune, but I think you should get more than ~12bf of wood to really call it a splurge ;)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 03:01 PM

When the most I’ve ever used in a project is about .3bf, it’s a splurge. That being said, I may continue to engage in sub-splurges at other lumber sources ^_^

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#7 posted 06-30-2010 06:05 PM

ur first comment about what made you decide to “splurge” is on point….no reason to pile ur money somewhere just to let it slowly lose it’s purchasing power over the interest (which ends up really being a Negative rate, with all factors into consideration). all the power to you, hope it brings you endless hours of enjoyment with all the new toys =]

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