Is it wrong that I want wood for my birthday? (Or tools)

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Forum topic by AngieO posted 08-16-2012 02:04 AM 1588 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2012 02:04 AM

LOL! My mom and my friend think that I’m going insane. My birthday is at the end of this month. My mom and I went shopping today. We went to Louisville which is an hour away. I told her “I’ll go… as long as we can go to Woodcraft”. Of course she didn’t know what that was. And it was my first time so all I could do is tell her it’s a store for wood woodworkers. I think she was expecting something more like Lowe’s.

Anyhow… she has no interest so when we got to WoodCraft she went to the surrounding stores and said she’d meet up with me. I LOVED IT! In fact, she finished her shopping and had to drag me out of there. She had told me that she was going to buy me a new purse for my b-day. I told her I just wanted wood or a gift card to WoodCraft. She thought I was crazy. Of course… she fell in love with a piece of Zebra Wood they had. So maybe she doesn’t think I’m completely crazy.

I don’t know how big most WoodCraft stores are. I think I was expecting something bigger, but I could have spent a whole day in that store. Of course… they have a beautiful SawStop sitting in there that they use for demos. I loved it. I’ve had my sights set on just getting the Rigid that’s under $500 that I keep hearing about. But maybe I should set my sights a little higher. LOL! I also made the mistake of looking at the router tables they had. And the insert plates and such if you build your own. I got all excited about the hardware they had, the wood, the router bits…. EVERYTHING!

I’m definitely going back. I’d like to go this Saturday. They have a guy coming in and doing a free demo on box joints. Saturday they have a class on routers. But it’s $75 so I’ll pass on that for now and watch some youtube videos.

But yes… my friends think I’m going off the deep end because I would prefer to get tools, wood or any kind of wood working accessory that I could get my hands on…..rather than going out to dinner, a new purse or even jewelry. What can I say… I’m hooked! :)

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 02:14 AM

We all have our hobbies and interests. I love wood working and my wife likes to paint eggs. So why buy flowers for my wife when she would rather have some goose eggs; wax; and dye. I have been hooked on woodworking for many years and am always looking for new and exciting projects and tools!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 02:15 AM

Be careful, it can be like a black hole, sucking the money right out of your wallet. Sooner or later, instead of bringing your wallet, you might have to bring your banker : ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 02:18 AM

Nothing wrong with what you are asking for.
My family had wasted so much money on my birthday, xmas, & father’s day gift. I hardly ever get what I actually wanted. Getting what you have stated is the way to go. Your family & friends should respect that.

This year for my birth day, I am asking for a membership to the local Woodworker’s Guild.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 02:33 AM

Seems normal to me. I will add that most WC stores wood prices are kind of high. You may try looking for a hardwood supplier or on CL. Better deals to be found there vs WC or the big box stores. Good luck.

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 02:40 AM

Yes. The wood was high. But I still loved it. It’s the first time I’ve ever really looked at those woods. Our Lowe’s has some oak, some cedar and I think Poplar. So, other than seeing pics of what people have made using these exotic woods… I’ve never seen any of them.

I have to admit… I’ve seen projects on here where someone talks about Zebra Wood and I wasn’t impressed. But when I saw it in that store… I fell in love with it. If I had a bandsaw and some money to throw into the big black hole… I’d have gotten it. LOL

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 02:48 AM

Of course… there is a local saw mill here too. I haven’t visited them yet. I’m going to have to do that soon. They have, what seems to me (as if I’d know lol) a decent selection of wood. Here’s a link to them. I don’t know enough about prices yet. I was looking at their S4S lumber. Thinking about making my son a bunk bed for his birthday out of oak. Not sure if I want to use white oak or red oak. I think I’m leaning toward the red.

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 03:07 AM

I would go with the white because I hate red oak in fact I would use cherry or walnut it has a classier look to it.
I don’t think you should settle for a cheep saw either if your serious about the hobby buy the best saw you can swing it will serve you for many years. I will be keeping my old saw when I upgrade to a new one because it has many good years left in her and I can set her up as a dado saw.

My other advise is to spend at least half your hobby budget on wood. Because with out wood you have a tool collection and you cant make anything. I have found this new rule has served me well this year and I made my wood 75 percent of my budget because I already have a shop full of tools.

Enjoy the new Saw Stop


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#8 posted 08-16-2012 03:14 AM

You will have to make a gift for your mom (like a jewelry box) out of that zebrawood…maybe you can get her hooked on woodworking too !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 03:17 AM

My first and only time in a wood craft I picked up a nice piece of purpleheart they had on sale for $10. I’ve collected a few other pieces of purpleheart as well so I just need to get into the shop and then I’ll be able to make something nice

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

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 03:36 AM

I got a bosch plunge router for mother’s day one year. It was great! Wood, tools and gift cards make great gifts. It took a few years, but finally convinced my family of that : )

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

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 03:39 AM

SnowyRiver… I thought about that. She doesn’t wear jewelry but a trinket box would be good.

Benthevikkng… I saw some purple heart that I almost bought. I’ve wanted to do some splines with it on a picture frame and on some boxes.

What I want to try to make is an end grain cutting board. I like the ones I’ve seen with two different woods. I don’t know enough to know what woods go together and what woods not to use.

A cutting board or a lazy Susan is something else my mom would like to have.

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 04:35 AM

Yup, you are going crazy! but, most of us are on here ;-) My wife says, “No more wood!” if she even thinks I’m looking at some or abut to drag any home unless it is firewood ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 08-16-2012 04:47 AM

Wood is fine. Shows that you belong on this sight. I personally have quit having birthdays.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 08-16-2012 04:59 AM

You are not alone in wanting woodworking tools. Read what Janice has to say about that.
If you ever make up to Indy you need to visit Rockler and Wood Crafters. They are about a mile apart in Castleton.
As for buying native wood you cannot beat a mill. I buy mine form Indiana Hardwood. It’s located not far from boxcarmarty. Not only good quality low priced they let me have what find in their scrap bin for free.

TO TopamaxSurvivor, My wife takes a book and reads while I shop and never asks how much I’ve spent. I guess that’s why I’ve kept her for 43 years. (But why did she keep me?)

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 08-16-2012 05:16 AM

I can’t understand people who wouldn’t want wood or tools for their birthday,isn’t that perfectly normal ?

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