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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 07-16-2012 12:15 PM 1210 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BinghamtonEd

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07-16-2012 12:15 PM

This past weekend my wife and I took a “babymoon”, as she calls it, one last vacation before our baby comes (due Aug 16th). We decided it would be wise to not travel too awful far, so we made the 4 hour trek to Buffalo/Niagara Falls. While we were out there, I told her there was a Rockler 10 minutes away, so we went to check it out. Ended up grabbing a marking gauge, burnisher, a couple books (I picked out the finishing book, she picked out the book of stuff she wants me to build), and a couple of their house-branded 12” wooden parallel clamps (at half off, I had to).

The nearest place to me is the Woodcraft in Rochester, which I haven’t made a trip to yet (around 2.5 hrs). Man I wish we had a store like this in my town. HD and Lowes just don’t cut it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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lumberjoe

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 12:54 PM

Be careful what you wish for! Your wallet (and wife) may not appreciate it as much as you do. Within a 6 mile radius, I have 2 home depots, a lumber mill, a harbor freight, a Woodcraft, two sears stores. If I want to go another 20 miles you can include another woodcraft, 3 more lumber mills (one is a hardwood outlet/reseller) and a bunch of ther big box stores.

Every time I tell my wife I am going to woodcraft for “just a can of finish” she rolls here eyes and somehow that can of finish turns into router bits, jig/fixture stuff, etc.

She’s either on to me and doesn’t really care, or thinks Arm-r-Seal and Waterlox cost about 150$ a quart :)

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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BinghamtonEd

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 01:04 PM

Lol, I’ll have to remember that trick…just tell her finish costs 5x what it really does.

We have 2 Lowes, 1 HD, a HF, a couple Ace/True Value, and a nice hardwood reseller. I would just liek to be able to get the things that you can’t get at those places (dyes, better tools, better finishes) without having to wait a week for them to arrive at my door. With the price of gas, and getting about 16mpg, I’m not too enthusiastic about driving 2.5 hours to Woodcraft.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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LukieB

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 01:38 PM

Woodcraft offers franchise opportunities. Yeah I know, spare time spare money right? Im just saying though. Maybe there’s lots of other woodworkers around you dreaming of the same thing. Could be some money to be made there.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 01:40 PM

We used to have a woodcraft in latham but it’s gone now. :/

I’d love for a rockler to move in somewhere over here. I much prefer them over woodcraft.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 01:41 PM

Baby on the way and I make 2/3 of our income. I’m going to go home and have the “I want to quit my job and open a Woodcraft” talk with my wife. If this is my last post ever, y’all know why.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 01:45 PM

Ed, I hear ya… I just migrated back to Central NY (waving from up by Oneida lake), and I feel your pain. I’m also about 2 hours from Woodcraft in Rochester (nice store btw). However I’m going to put up a different view. Given that gas is again at the $3.50/gallon, shipping and a slight wait is probably easier on your wallet than making the drive to Woodcraft. You’ll also spend ‘less’ than if you were in the stick & bricks store. When I was down in VA, I lived 2 hrs from three different woodcraft outlets, plus about 4 from their main warehouse and outlet in WV. ‘Luckily’ my work took me by them on a semi regular basis… I couldn’t get out of there for less than $50 most trips. Top it all off, I barely did any woodworking when I was in VA for a year.
By the way, there are a couple of good lumber yards up this way if you’re ever looking for something to cut up and work on.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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LukieB

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 02:13 PM

I’m going to go home and have the “I want to quit my job and open a Woodcraft” talk with my wife. If this is my last post ever, y’all know why.

That literally made me laugh out loud, my wife is also due in August (The 13th) so I can totally relate to how that conversation would go.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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BentheViking

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 03:48 AM

You should check out the Woodcraft in Rochester. I was at the Norwalk, CT store and that store is partnered with a woodworking club with a full shop that you can use above the store (for a cost of course). They also do tons of demos and classes. I believe the guy said the next closest ones of that kind were in Rockville, MD and Rochester, NY.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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AHuxley

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 05:48 AM

@BentheViking Norwalk and Rockville are the ONLY two like that now, there used to be quite a few more.

Best way to make a small fortune is to open a woodworking store (or any hobby store) the trick is you have to start with a large fortune!

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nwbusa

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 06:04 AM

Meh… I have to go to a whole other country to shop at Rockler or Woodcraft. It sucks.

Lee Valley is only 20 minutes from me, though :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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Tomj

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 06:28 AM

I’m on long Island and the closest woodcraft is 18 miles from me but that 18 miles is across the Long Island sound in Connecticut. I would have to drive west through the city then back east (not a short trip time wise). I’m surprised there isn’t a Woodcraft on long Island or at least in one of the five burros. Though two years ago I wanted a Harbor Freight closer to me, now I have three that opened up within 15 miles of me so you never know.

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thedude50

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 06:42 AM

I hear you we used to have a good saw shop but it is on the edge of bankruptcy. the city and surrounding city is almost 1 million people i want to open my own Woodcraft franchise but i WANT TO HAVE MORE WOOD AND MORE CLASSES THAN MOST STORES. i KNOW THIS WOULD FLY HERE IN FRESNO. I cant believe it I really need to raise the 6000000 dollars it is going to take to open this store. I know it is a lot of money but i have a long history in sales before i became a nurse and I am a long time woodworker with 40 years experience. I am currently working on my bachelors degree in design and woodworking. I know enough good sales people to help me make the store run well and i would be able to employ over 10 people and would offer more services than most stores do. I will have a real lumber yard with only hard woods and furniture grade soft woods . I will sell them as close to cost as i can afford to just to help sell the other goods. I am working on my business model right now and i think i can attract an investor or two.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Tomj

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#13 posted 07-17-2012 09:11 AM

Good luck thedude50.

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Dallas

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#14 posted 07-17-2012 10:56 AM

Must have been cold in New York and Colorado last November!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 02:09 PM

If I had a lee valley 20 minutes from me I’d have a gorgeous shop, live in a box and wear a burlap sack.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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