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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-04-2014 06:11 PM 1217 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a store chain in Maine that buys up other going out of business or damaged goods stuff and sells it in their stores. It’s called Mardens. It’s full of stuff. On any day you might see a bunch of GE refrigerators from a buy out of a furniture store going out of business, or a bunch of stuff from various stores in a hurricane damaged area. I’ve purchasted 99 cent twelve inch bessey F clamps, and $10 sixty inch bailey parallel cabinet clamps. Not to mention the LLbean seconds you find there sometimes that my wife covets.

Anyway, After nearing finishing my kitchen I’ve been wanting to install some of those pull out waste basket trays and some for canned goods. It seems like the bottom cabinets become a cavern for things to get lost in. I’ve looked at the expensive ones in the big box stores and decided to make some with some drawer sliders myself. Until I came across this at Mardens.

They are very heavy duty extended sliders with teak wood platforms on them. Twelve bucks each. The wires on the top are press in. I’m planning on using 1/2” birch plywood to make a waste basket holder for one of them. Two of them will be for pull out canning shelves, and two more will go into the assembly table I’m planning on making this spring in the shop.

This is the top of the unit. The rails on the top come off, press fit.

And the underneath. Notice the crossbars meant to screw it to the cabinet floor.

And the slides extended. The tray will extend completely out of the cabinet.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 06:13 PM

Great find. And re-utilization.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 06:26 PM

Yep great find. I can only imagine how much more than 12 bucks those things were when they were being sold at “retail”

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 06:26 PM

Is it a chain business ‘cause I never heard of it, but surely would like to find similar in Chattanooga. We have a Habitat for Humanities resale or left overs store but that’s as close as I can come. Save-A- Lot, is foods and “Dollar Store” sells food and some notions.

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 06:39 PM

Yes and no Handtooler. It’s a chain but local to Maine. they’ve got about 6 stores spread around the state. On any given day you’ll see full parking lots and cars from 4 states in it. They have furniture stores too. I did about 400 sqft of our bedroom with oak prevercore hardwood flooring at $1.34 a sqft last year. The list goes on. They continually shift stuff between stores and keep the place a bit in disarray purposely. You feel compelled to go into it weekly just to see what you can steal.

Last year a bundle of three toner cartridges for my laser printer $29.95 for the bungle. Each one usually is $68 each. You never know what you’ll find.

All metal hardware from 6” lag screws to 1/2” deck screws are $1.50 a pound. A small bag of bolts costs as much as two of them from the hardware store. If someone wanted to stock up on nuts and bolts of various sizes and screws and such, you can get a basket ball sized bag of them for 20-30 bucks.

Pasalode finish nails for nail guns, 1.99 a box. I usually pay 7.99 at Home depot. A big stack of them one day. they went fast.

Anyway, lots of stuff like that.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 08:18 PM

Ah, yes, Marden’s! Though I used to live ten minutes away from the Sanford store, my favorite one was in Lewiston/Auburn. Probably 20 years ago, there was one Marden’s way up around Fairfield, ME which had rough-sawn hardwoods, one whole room of the stuff! (Skowhegan, maybe?) Mostly Red oak and hard maple, but there were some exotics as well, mostly slabbed to 3” thick. Must have been a one-shot purchase, as it eventually dwindled to nothing. Made many a trip down I-95 with ridiculous lengths sticking out of the back of my truck. To this day my stock of Pony 3/4” pipe clamps were purchased there, for about $4 each. Marden’s got the whole inventory when “Grossman’s” went out of business, and re-sold their merchandise for about 1/3 of Grossman’s price, the original stickers were still on them. Ditto “HQ” when they went under.
We used to travel all the way to ”Spag’s” in Shrewsbury, MA, just east of Worcester, to find comparable deals, and he once opened a woodworking tool emporium, but that’s all gone now. Old Timers will remember the place.
I still have scrapers and corob bits, still in original packaging, from there.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 08:45 PM

Sanford is the one that I’m at. I live about 10 miles away in Acton.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 09:09 PM

really nice find dan, its good to see thjings being put to good ude and also giving the folks there a break from high prices…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 10:13 PM

I hear you on the bottom cabinets being a place to loose things in. One of my older friends built his kitchen
with drawers instead of doors on most of the bottom cabinets. He stated that he and his wife were no
longer going to bend over to crawl into the cupboards to find something.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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