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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 11-10-2012 03:53 PM 1104 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2012 03:53 PM

I think most would agree that buying American made goods is good for America. I honestly make an attempt to buy American products whenever possible/practical. So I figured I’d start a thread where we could share one or two of our favorite American products. My baking sheets were the first thing that came to my mind. Doesn’t need to be tool related. Doesn’t need to be anything extragavant. Anything goes (but keep it G-rated. LOL). :

We had some baking sheets that mt wife and I HATED. They were thin and cheap, and would warp when exposed to any temperature. I’m pretty sure they came from Wal-Mart. So I decided to buy some good quality replacements. I was shocked to find that top-quality could be had for $15 (amazon). So if you have a friend/spouse that likes to cook, do them a favor and buy them a Nordic Ware baking sheet. I’ve been using mine for over a year and its flawless. Made of thick aluminum. And by the looks of the product, it was apparently made by a decently paid, adult workforce. Made in the USA (MN I think). They also make lots of other cooking and grilling stuff. I’ll never buy such an item from an overseas source again. These guys know what they’re doing.

And no, I have no affiliation with this company. I just enjoy highlighting American firms that do things well. They are becoming harder to find. I’m trying to make it easier for people to support the domestic workforce and to get a product that doesn’t suck.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 04:09 AM

I have found that buying cookware at kitchen supply companies is the way to go-heavy and durable, though not as pretty, at half the cost. As for me, my favorite American made product is:

“Alcohol is the crutch for people that can handle reality” I don’t know who said that, but I like it.

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 06:01 AM

Maybe LJ’s could start a listing of American made products(companies) relating to woodworking.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 06:34 AM

Here is one for starters:,cid:16834471948856289941&ei=mEWfUL2ICseZiALesoCgCQ&s=ANYYN7mkAc6TIQzeYKNdR05C1PmQ-Or_oQ

I think that Americans are some of the most gifted people on the planet when it comes to plain gumption, and git-er-done attitude. So yes I think it is good that we git-off-our-backsides and get the competitive juices flowing again, and just show ‘em who’s boss.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 08:05 AM

Ex, you gonna buy someone a shaving mill for xmas?

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 08:09 AM


reality check

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

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 04:43 PM

Pointer jeans. They’ll celebrate their 100th anniversary next year.


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#7 posted 11-11-2012 07:00 PM

Porter Cable tools.

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 07:09 PM

“Porter Cable tools.”

Hah! Not any more from what I know.
What’s bein’ made at the Jackson, TN plant today?


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#9 posted 11-11-2012 07:37 PM

I make things from wood from my land, and scrap wood is firewood, saw dust mulch for the garden. I was saddened to learn on halloween that gummy ears and brains are made in China. My wife has learned the bar codes for food and they tell the country code. i worry more on food than cheap power tools. It is a lot of reading in the store, but we try to get USA, but if you take out the products with HFcorn syrup, GMsoy and all the stuff from China, Walmart is smaller than a 7-11 for us.
Not to be too sad, for the GenX aged people, there are many businesses we can start up, not just food, but everything. Go make what you can’t find from the US, many cities have free factories, cheap labor and tax breaks. I had to find USA pencils, not easy at Walmart ,but worth the extra 50% cost at another store.

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 09:24 PM

@Bill—My 7218 router was made in Jackson, TN. At least that what it says on the box. Maybe only the box was made in TN . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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