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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 11-23-2010 01:23 AM 2201 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2010 01:23 AM

I sent my family to buy wood for me, while I was at school. Simple order: (5x) 8ft 1×2s, and (1x) 1×4(12ft) or 1×6(8ft)... What do they come back with..?

Well I was trying to figure out why that alone cost me $44…

I figured it out, thankfully, before I started chopping them up….

They got SELECT… so a 1×2 was $4…! and a 1×3 was almost $8!.. aye dios mio..

I was thinking…. I had gotten (20x) 2×4s for that amount… so why did this cost more.. lol.. till it struck me… my family doesnt understand that since I have a planer, and access to a table saw currently, I dont need SELECT… I dont mind rough wood…

So now they need to find the slip, return it, and get the right stuff… all the while we could have done this yesterday.. but they were too lazy to go out.. at 1PM in the afternoon.

Well thats my vent for the day….well atleast for the hour…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 01:26 AM

I don’t mean to offend, but I would never send someone else out to get lumber for me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 01:46 AM

Nor saw blades!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 01:57 AM

I’ll spend an hour looking through a hundred 2×4’s just to find the best dozen… so you can imagine what I’m like when I go to find expensive exotic wood for projects. One of the fun parts of a project is selecting the wood, no matter the kind. You’ll get no sympathy from me newbie.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 02:04 AM

Old adage holds true, “when you want something done right , do it yourself.” Now you know. Good luck getting everything returned.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 12:18 PM

I have to agree with rich. I have had that happen to me before. Although there is one person that I could trust to get me what I want. But no one else.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 12:34 PM

We once had a guy that we sent to get some pine shelving. He gets over there and calls us up on the phone and says they don’t know what ‘tine shavings’ are. We sent another guy over one time to get a building stretcher so we could make some more room. He went and it took him an hour before he called and said I’ve looked all in here and I can’t find one and these people don’t know what a building stretcher is. At least you did get wood back. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 01:21 PM

”We sent another guy over one time to get a building stretcher so we could make some more room.”

Sent many a kid/apprentice on a wild goose chase….Board Stretcher’s, Sky Hooks, etc….
The best one was the kid we sent out for a ‘box of Toenails’ so we could finish framing a wall off.
I told him….Don’t listen to the pecker heads that tell you there’s no such thing…..It’s not a very common type of nail, not very often requested. The last box we got had a half inch of dust on it!

Gotta give the kid credit….he tried his damndest to please….He went to three different places before he finally clued in! He said the third place he went to, the guy almost spit his coffee all over the counter when he asked!

He never did live that one down.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 01:45 PM

well at least you got ‘select’

i usually would get those ‘furring’ strips
like spaghetti

when i go to the lumber store
i always go to the lumber first
i may need some 10’ boards
7 twisted one’s in the racks
but a bundle of 12’ right next to them

so i get the 12’
saves going thru the return runaround

maybe they figured you were going
to make them presents

and got the best ones lol

never send an adult
they are just as bad
as teenager’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 02:34 PM

I know that it is tempting to ask the women folk to go get something for you at the hardware when you’re working in your shop because it is aggravating to stop what you are doing and waste time going to get something when you probably should have gotten it yourself at a more convenient time but forgot. However, for the most part, I have learned to resist this temptation.

First off, asking one of them to do this makes me think that I am asking them to go on some long and dangerous journey to the Land of Oz with some obscure but significant request to be made to the Wizard. Secondly, I have noticed that they often use a technique that they have developed to teach me a lesson. If they ever give in to your request they will remember it for days – maybe even a week – and will wait for just the right moment to pull it on you. So one day you make the mistake of going in from the shop to the house and say to your wife or your daughter. “Sweetheart, I’m going to run over to Lowe’s to get something so I’ll be back directly.” What you should have done is just get in your truck and go instead of making this announcement. What happens is they might say something like “Hun, while you’re at it would you mind stopping by the drugstore and get me a few things? I have a little list here.” So you say “Ah, I don’t know, maybe.” So you go look at the list and it invariably contains things in it that not a man in his right mind would ever dare walk into a drugstore and look for let alone ask a clerk for their help to find it. So then all you can do is look at the list, hand it back to them and then sheepishly look down at the floor and quietly walk out all the while knowing that they have just taught you a valuable lesson. When you need something it’s best to just go get it yourself.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 02:59 PM

hullawa: that was a good one but both my mother and wife had try´d thayt on me
and they got excacly what they want but only the smallest bottles I cuold find
and they were very tiny….....LOL …wonder why they never asked again….LOL

I know you are busy in the school but it sounds to me it was you that was lazy and not them
and when you are lazy you get ponished every time ….LOL don´t blame them before you have
teached them the secret of the trade….LOL
take care

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 04:08 PM

The old saying never send a boy to do a man’s job, also applies to don’t send someone not in the craft to do what you should have in the first place. Your family tried their best to please you with the task they were asked to do, so don’t be to hard on them. Just image what you would have gotten if you had sent your shop teacher to do this task for you. LOL

Tony, I’ll have to remember that one, a box of toenails LOL. Thats as good as sending someone for a copper magnet.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#12 posted 11-23-2010 04:28 PM

You can always go with the old bucket of steam .. my first week on the job the foreman tried that one on me.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 11-23-2010 08:09 PM

Interesting, they tried at least. Would be hard for a non woodworker to pull this off.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 11-23-2010 08:18 PM

Read a book about the fishing industry and they were telling stories of greenhorn hazing, one captian had a kid on his boat from the inner city and had him convinced that he should only drink dehydrated H20 on a ship. Even provided the guy with a empty milk jug labeled dehydrated H20 just add water. Kid never caught on the whole trip.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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#15 posted 11-23-2010 11:37 PM

I took my wife once to the lumber yard to pick out a few boards for a project. OH MY what a mistake. I have to look at the boards this way and that way, I sniff them. You know what I am talking about. Well an hour later we were done, she was a good sport, but said she will never go lumber shopping with me again.

-- Ray

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