A journey into the workshop. #47: Great score, but not what I went in for...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-28-2010 04:08 AM 1370 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my trip to Lowes today was originally intended to pick up a cedar 4×4, and potting soil for LOMLs flower pots, but instead I ended up with a lumber rack and about eight fence pickets… I know now would be time for me to explain…

You see I want to build LOML a planter box from cedar, and I was planning on fence pickets, but they are usually over $3.00 per and not particularly clear etc… for Cedar pickets, so I was going to pick up a Cedar 4×4, resaw and plane it to dimension to work with it. Well the pickets were on sale. $1.69 each… So I picked up eight pickets, digging through the stack finding the straightest and clearest pickets I could find, or at least the pickets with tight knots instead of loose ones. That was challenging in itself….

But I digress.

I had just pointed out the sale price that Woodcraft had on the Pinnacle lumber racks. $59.99, which is a pretty good deal…

So on the way through the store, out of the corner of my eye I notice yellow tags on the Closetmaid twin slot shelf standards and brackets. The heavy duty ones… So I casually wandered over and did some math in my head.

I wanted the 5’ standards, but I wanted 4, and they only had 3. But at the sale price, I decided the 7’ models were just fine by me… Regular price, $13.99 each. Clearance price, $4.20 each. Not too bad…

Now the shelf brackets, they only had the 20” models, but they were what I was wanting to use anyway… Regular price of $8.95 marked for clearance at $2.69….

Price $55.96 full price for the standards, $16.90 at the reduced price.
Price $89.50 full price for the brackets, $26.90 at the reduced price.
Total. $145.46 full price for both, $43.80 at the reduced price…

But WHAT is that red label on the table? 50% off lowest marked price? Oooohhhh this is too sweet…
Out the door with $145.46 worth of shelf standards and brackets, for $21.90
I should have gone back for more brackets at that price!

Okay, so not much in the way of offering storage room for sheet goods, but this WILL give me plenty of space for storing solid wood stock for years to come, and at a dirt cheap price…

Now if only I could get to the wall to install this stuff!

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 04:27 AM

Nice job shopping, lets see what it looks like when you get it up.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 04:45 AM

That is a good buy!! I have put of lots of these and have never found them for this price. If I had seen that I would cleaned out the shelf.

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 05:13 AM

I should have, but budget being what it is… You know…

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 05:32 AM

Walls, walls, it is always about walls, at least for me, and maybe you…......

I am looking at jointing the handle/blade-bury glueup module for my sled first thing tomorrow. I wondered if I had done a good thing, buying those benchtop Delta Jointer and Planer items at closeout sale prices. But after using the jointer once, finding their later models had cured the fence problems, I am looking forward to using that jointer and crossing my fingers on the planer, not used yet.

It is really nice finding something useful at a bargain price….....whatever your budget…because it enables you to do other things with your money.

Watching your progress….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 06:15 AM

Thanks Jim…

I had considered the Delta benchtop jointer, and Planer honestly, but the units I got came to me with bargain basement prices, and high recommendations. I must say though, the closeout Deltas through Lowes, I could have gotten both the planer and jointer for just a few bucks more that what my planer cost alone… So nice score on that one!

Oh, and it’s not always about walls…

I have started mounting storage on my ceiling as well.. And am using door space, not as well as I could, but it IS being used….

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 05:17 PM

here’s the “You Suck” award. nice haul. i’ve noticed some pretty good sales at Lowes lately. I’ll start to look closer for the red tags. like my granny use to say – never buy retail. I live by that motto and have a shop full of tools, gizmos and dodads to prove it. now i’m waiting on a sale for jet parallel clamps.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 11:44 PM

That’s exactly how I filled my shop, at not full retail… I might just win the cheap bas#$@d award at work if my coworkers find out how low I have been able to go on some things…

Or as my BIL says, why give the money away if you don’t have to?

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