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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 09-06-2012 03:45 PM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone following what I do will know that I have moved from Ontario Canada to Alberta Canada (2500miles)
When I lived in Ontario I had older staple guns that required T15 staples. I had 4 of these that I purchased from yard sales over the years. When I got to Ontario and tried buying them everyone there told me they no longer make that staple and can’t get them anymore. BUY THIS NEW gun that used T50.
The next setback I had when I was in Ontario was the finishes that I liked to use. I have had really good success with Watco Danish oils. EVERYONE in Ontario told me that all oil base products are banned from the shelves in CANADA!

Arrived in Alberta and stopped at store called WINDSOR plywood. This place has exotic woods, hardwoods, panelling, finishes, etc. Ispotted Danish Oil right away, wondering do I buy as much as I can. I asked the manager about it and told him my story. HIS words are, you can still buy it, we can still stock it, it just isn’t available in 4liter cans. WHAAA HOOO !
The second GOOD PART. Was telling family members that live here about the useless staple guns I have. “Brother-in-law” pointed me to a small GENERAL MERCANTILE store in remote part of Alberta 20miles down road. I will bet you they still carry it. Drove to the little town (pop 50+) walked into store asked about T15 staples. Lady walked me to the isle, WOW only 40 boxes sitting there. Told her my story how I haven’t been able to buy them in 5 years, ”yadee yadee ya”. When I was at the counter paying for them she mentioned the truck comes Wednesdays she will have more then.
IT PAYS to SHOP arround !
Lesson learned…..Never say “can’t”
Now I have to go and staple some things !
What have any of you been told is no longer avalable and you can still find it ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 09:34 PM

Kova:Bien dicho. Me resulta tan irritante ! Parece que no lo intenten.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 04:39 AM

Glad things are working out. I myself moved from the West Coast (USA) to the midwest and the only thing I have run into that bugs me is the lack of Exotics available here. If I really want/need something I have to mail order it. Not my choice because I can’t put my hands and eyes on it before buying it so it is a crap shoot.
And yes it does pay to shop around.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 06:43 AM

Yep, Windsor Plywood is a good source for finishes, also check Lee Valley as they carry some things that WP doesn’t. Windsor stores usually have a nice selection of hardwood too, but man do they charge for it. I’m lucky out here in BC to have a couple of local suppliers where I can get my lumber at reasonable prices.

Now if only we could get denatured alcohol up here…

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 09-08-2012 06:55 PM

talk about can´t get …. living on a very small island
and the local wood/tool surplier is tiny but one in a chain
we can only get construction wood and most of the tools is in the low range :-(
not having a car meens I can´t shop around on the mainland not that its much better to go there
since it seems to me we can´t get good handtools to work wood with in this country
every time we wants quality handtools for woodworking we have to
look ells where in Europe and if we want them to an affordble price we have to buy on Ebay
and restore them ourself
native wood like beach ,birch , oak and ash have to be bought on the net beside from 2-3 places
that still have it in stock and geting it from the mills here is harder than geting water out of a stone
they only want to sell B2B
I still wonder how they can survive since no one have it in stock

the good part is I still can get a pallet from time to time ….. free :-)

have a great weekend

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 08:36 PM

What a journey to learn where secure supplies from. It may take a while longer than you thought

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 08:52 PM

Thanks for the insight Dennis. Maybe I am not so bad after all. I’ll bet there are many places that do not have access to all the things woodworkers need (Or want) I refurbish a lot of older tools as well, I do it because I really enjoy it.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 09:15 PM

the problem here is going way back since we don´t have the same tradition anylonger
as Norway , Sweden for making crafts at home thogh we do alot diy work on the houses
what we never have had here is the tradition of doing carving like Germany , France and England
in exotic wood = no demands for the quality chisels , etc. ..... :-(
a little funny since we have obliq. sloyd classes for both boys and girls in the school system
where they learn to use woodworking handtools since before WW I


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#9 posted 09-08-2012 10:32 PM

If the kids are still learning it in school Dennis, you may have a good business opportunity! Perhaps you should start importing tools – and maybe put on some refresher classes. You could start a whole new trend.

Actually, doesn’t Denmark have a strong tradition in wooden furniture? My parents had a whole house furnished in Danish Modern – or was that simply what it was labelled and not where the work came from?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 11:58 PM

Kay :-)
don´t worry about those furnitures they are made in Denmark if labelled as so
we do have some arkitects that is famours for there design furnitures
and they have been made in Denmark by great woodworking masters / factory´s

if I shuold start refresher classes I had to import teachers to the classroom … LOL
I´m not skilled enoff to learn other woodworking
though I have thought about giving lektion on sharpening around the country
if one of the chains wuold be interest enoff of going the hole way
and give custommers the oppetunity to buy the right sharpening stones and electic gear for it
as well as the right sandpaper but I doubt they will
do to years ago a german chain started the first store here where they had all sices of two cherrys chisels
including carving chisels , alot of different planes as well as every files /rasp you cuold imaging
last time I was there last year I cuold hardly find a sheap crappy plane :-(

we have some stores that import one or two woodworking tools but thats it
they don´t even have the hole line from a brand even though they are listed as
the main importer to Denmark/ nordich country´s and every one ells have to buy thrugh them

and why is it so …... becourse the retailers / importer don´t know a Shit about tools
since now one of them do or have done woodworking since the primary school
and wasn´t good at it back then
beside people in general is too hooked on Ikea furniture
ohh ya we can get good electric woodworking tools
and we can get good handtools for working with metal and cars
but thats only becourse it always have been the game here to diy :-)

we had years back at least two small factory´s that made wooden planes , frame saws
and I think maybee chisels too ( i can be wrong with the chisels since the Swedish Bacho
has always been popular here do to the swedish steal .
even the planemakers here used swedish steal)
but as I can find out they are both out of business and closed

sadly I don´t have the money to import tools myself since I still pay on old loans from
two other business I have had thats why my budget is so tight as it is
not that I complain too much since it both times was my own dession to stop them
it just cost the blue down from the sky to stop a business before you have pay´d all
to the creditors mainly the bank you have a loan in to start the business for :-)

beside there is two great stores with internet sale in Germany I can buy tools in beside
I can get them from england too
it just bugs me I can´t get good tools in my own country :-(

take care

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#11 posted 09-09-2012 04:04 AM

Thanks Dennis-
It sounds as though a few others have tried to start a hand tools business – that is too bad.

But actually I buy almost all of my tools off the internet too – there are no stores I know of with a good selection of hand tools. It is easy to find a distributor for almost any product somewhere in the USA – not always true in the EU or elsewhere, I know.

And yes, there are many, many people here who prefer Ikea too.

A good cultural lesson today!


-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#12 posted 09-09-2012 12:12 PM

Hey Brock,

If you are up north, look for Owl Hardwood… they’re a good resource.

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