|Forum topic by reedwood||posted 187 days ago||657 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
187 days ago
Man…what a great day! Hope you don’t mind but I had to tell somebody!
I recently remodeled a master bath for a previous client which included making a new custom cherry vanity. It’s only 42” wide and hard to find at the cabinet store so I told them I could build one for them.
Well, that meant a road trip for materials to Owl Hardwood in Desplaines, Illinois.
It was on a Saturday and my wife, Lynn said she wanted to go along too and stop for lunch on the way back.
I said sure, Let’s go!
We always enjoy going there together and walking the aisles of perfectly stacked exotic woods reaching all the way to the ceiling. I love how the smell of walnut and oak fills the air.
The different grains like Lacewood, Cocobolo, Zebrawood, Quilted and Birdseye maple draw your eyes to observe them from different angles and wonder how a tree can create such beauty.
They had small blocks for turning bowls and making pens and huge, three ft. wide slabs of Bubinga, 20 ft. tall, three inches thick, standing on the end of the aisles, destined to be a spectacular board room table, no doubt.
After checking out all the varieties of wood with Lynn, I loaded a cart with several sheets of maple plywood and a dozen hand selected 4/4 1×8 cherry boards to build the vanity and replenish my cherry inventory. She enjoyed helping me select the boards and even sighted a few to make sure they were straight.
It was a proud moment for a cabinet maker, married 30 years….What a gal!
On the way back, we stopped at Super Dawg, a Chicago landmark hotdog drive in joint and had a great lunch.
Afterwards, we stopped at an antique store that was going out of business and I found these four Stanley planes sitting outside on a display table. What are the odds of that?
My heart started pounding as I looked closer and I tried not to let the salesman see my bugging eyes.
The Stanley No. 7 had a low knob which meant it was very old. It had two patent dates: Mar. 25 1902 and Aug. 19. 1902. There were no dings or cracks on the rosewood handles or the body, it was all original and, low and behold….. a sweetheart blade.
The No.4 and No.3 planes were not as old but in very good condition. I don’t think they had ever been sharpened and still had the factory finish on them.
The no.15 Stanley block plane was a bit weathered but not pitted or rusty. I could tell it was hardly used and was never cleaned or refinished. It had an adjustable throat and a full length sweetheart blade.
Time to negotiate.
Now, you have to know….I am a professional watcher of American Pickers.
Mike and Frank have taught me a few tricks and now it was time to go after this pick “like a honey badger”, “break the ice” and “Pop” on a good deal.
I pretended to be slightly interested but ignorant as to what they were worth when the salesman asked me to make the first offer. I said I was interested in the No.7 but if the price was right, I might take all four of them.
He insisted I make the first offer so I threw out a number of 40 bucks. He said the no. 7 was worth at least $100.
He counter offered at $100 for all four. I came up to $50 and he came down to $60. So, I counter offered at $55 but he stayed firm at $60.
Time to flip a coin! $50 bucks if I win and $60 if he wins – I call it.
I pulled out a quarter, called heads and flipped it in the air. It landed on the ground and rolled under the table.
We leaned down and looked under the table cloth and watched it roll round and round to a stop…. Tails!
Yea, I lost the coin toss but it was worth ten bucks to work the deal and see the salesman overjoyed at his good fortune…. And I still walked away with the best deal, without a doubt.
Hey!.... no sales tax or E Bay shipping either.
Like I said, what a great day! And…..Have I got a cool wife or what?