|Forum topic by Sandra||posted 05-29-2013 01:45 AM||812 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
05-29-2013 01:45 AM
What a day!
I left home with $200.00 in my pocket to see about getting enough rough maple for my workbench. In total, I needed just over 35 bf. A few months ago, I bought a few hand tools from a gentleman in a nearby community. When we were chatting, he said he had some rough maple at home and would send me a picture.
So off I went today. (No worries, checked the guy out – talked to someone who knew him, etc etc…. I wasn’t putting myself at risk)
On my way, I stopped at a marble place, looking for an offcut piece of granite for a sharpening surface.
It’s 17.5” x 30”. It’s larger than I had in mind, but rather than just have a small piece that I set somewhere, I’ve decided I’ll use this as a top to a sanding station.
When I met the guy for the maple, I measured and accurately calculated the bf, and he was very generous, rounding the numbers down, etc etc.
I had also mentioned I was looking for some rasps. He pulled out a box, I chose a few and then we got down to price. He said he’d sell me the maple and the files for $100.00. SOLD! I even tried to give him more and he declined.
Here are the rasps/files. I have no idea what the one on the far right is, and neither did the seller. They are all soaking in evapo-rust as we speak. From the weight of them, and the markings, I’m reasonably confident they weren’t bought at a big box store last year.
And I’ve yet to go pick up the ‘big boards’ of mahogany a friend of mine called me about. Also free.
So I arrived home with a big slab of marble, some cool files, 60+ bf of hard maple, $100.00 left in my pocket and a huge grin on my face.
Somedays I’m the bug. Today, I was the windshield!
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.