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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 07-10-2012 11:09 PM 1037 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BubbaIBA

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07-10-2012 11:09 PM

We have a couple of “wood stores” here in Tucson, one is mostly a commercial operation with limited hours, the other is a supplier of wood to mostly hobbyest and smaller commercial operations with mail order wood as well. The prices at the “other” are higher but it’s where I end up buying most of my wood because it’s open when I can get there.

Yesterday I was in the “other” picking up some wood to make the “gap stop” and deadman for my Roubo bench, about $90 USD worth of ash and soft maple. They had a table of mostly Stanley planes, maybe as many as 80, in the back wood storage area. When I asked about them I was told they would go on sale tomorrow and to come back then. I looked over the set, most were post type 16 but there were a couple of early types in the group. One was a type 9 4 1/2, nice but nothing special, I could use another 4 1/2 so bright and early this AM I show up with cash in my pocket.

They had a price list on the table with $175 USD listed as the price for the 4 1/2. I kinda shook my head and said something to the order of “you’re a little proud of the 4 1/2”. The manager said “You didn’t know what you are talking about”, I responded that I had picked up a nicer one than the one he had for sale last week for much less than $100 USD. Big mistake on my part or the manager’s because he started into a tirade about how I picked it up off the internet from someone who didn’t know what he had as I’m backing out the door. Sorry Dan, I didn’t mean to take advantage of you :-).

Bottom line, I expect I will find a way to go to Hunt’s for most of my wood.


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#1 posted 07-11-2012 12:18 AM

I’ve been to the “other store” a few times, if it’s the one on Palo Verde. Never had that problem. But all I inquired about or bought was wood.
The only commercial operation I know of in Tucson is Hood Dist. And I make every effort to get to Tucson during the week so I can shop there.

-- 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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BubbaIBA

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 12:51 AM

You nailed it….This was a first for me as well…..the manager is new and I do not know him. I’ll give it a couple weeks and see but for now I expect Hood’s will get my business if possible.

At $175 USD you could add a couple of hamburgers and a bag of fries to it and buy a new LN 4 1/2. I wish him luck, maybe he can brow beat someone into paying his price but I doubt it. Stanley made so many Bailey pattern planes they are a commodity. That’s one of the reasons I prefer Bailey’s over Bedrock. just as good or maybe better plane at commodity prices.

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 12:56 AM

Yeah, that’s way over priced for that plane. I love me some 4 1/2s but for much, much less. I hope the bench build goes well for you!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 07:18 PM

I have a few 4 1/2’s and the only one I paid more than $100 for is the Lie-Nielsen. I think the store manager was trying to rationalize the outrageous price he was asking. I see it almost every week when I’m rust hunting.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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