Just found out about this store in Sunnyvale. It's been open about 3
months. Supposedly it's similar to a Woodcraft store.
To anyone that has been in the store, what did you think of it? How
does it's stock compare with Woodcraft?
I haven't been out there yet but it sounds like a cool concept. A
previous poster said it had less inventory than a Woodcraft, at least
at the time. However, I think the main focus of this shop is the "Shop"
aspect. They have a shop that rents time and space out for users to
build schtuff. It's setup with sort of a membership deal.
They have a website that lists all the pricing and equipment
I hope to remember to drop in when I am in the south bay this weekend.
Stopped by once. The stock is a bit lite. It's basically the
Henry Taylor stuff, IIRC, same stuff you can order via catalog
from CB Tool and that Southern used to carry (haven't been there
recently to see if they still do).
Prices seemed similar to woodcraft. The have a nice selection of
router bits, and a small collection of lumber stocks.
The nice thing is the shop space one can rent, albeit fairly pricey.
Thanks, Scott for the info. Since I'm 15 miles from their store I need
a fair amount of incentive to burn some gas and time for the trip. I
don't mind driving 523 miles to Vegas for vacation, but stores aren't as
high up my list, even a woodworking store unless it's got something I
can't get closer to home, or much cheaper. I got a coupon good for 10%
off purchases over $25, but the very TINY print says, "Not applicable on
power tools". Yikes! What a come-on/turn off.
15 miles of driving to Sunnyvale is equivalent in time to driving much
further in other parts of the world. :)
Also $3/gal to fuel my truck doesn't provide incentive to make
unnecessary trips around the valley.
was going to start a new thread but this one might be a good place.
When driving over to this place you might want to stop at Surplus
Computers on Duane (close to Montague), the frontage road to 101.
Stopped in there for something else and saw they have 36 inch bar
clamps for $3. Not the best quality in the world, harbor freight
grade. Even have plastic over the two ends. They have 4 footers for
Know the feeling ... 30 mile round trip to find ZAR's stain a couple of
weeks back put the cost for same at an extra $9.00 for 2 quarts, due to the
gas in my truck.
And as far as communications go ... tried to contact your congress critter
lately? You would be lucky to get mail through because of the anthrax scare,
they are so inundated with e-mail that it never gets read, and you certainly
can't call them and talk to them on the phone.
I've been there, a few months after they opened. As noted
by another respondent, they were mainly focused on getting
the shop space set up - and it's a pretty nice set up, with
two Saw Stops and all the stationary machines except a
W&H molder. The rental storage spaces are chain linked
in small, medium and large sizes. Handy to not have to
lug your stuff back and forth between work sessions. The
work benches are the weak spot - basically thick maple
table top over rental storage cabinets, a small face vice
on diagonal corners. I think they also include use of
hand tools in the shop rental thing.
As for the retail space - they were still stocking it
and had about half of what you'd find in a typical
WoodCraft or Rockler store. But there was still a
fair amount of floor space to fill in. I was looking
for a lathe chuck. They didn't have any in stock
but could order whatever I wanted. They did have
a pretty good selection of turning chisels and
gouges, along with carving tools including FlexCut,
and they did have Two Cherries bench chisels
I picked up a couple of adjustable sharpening
stone holders with the sticky rubber feet, and
a face shield so the side trip back from WoodCraft
in San Carlos was worth it. Will check back
periodically and perhaps save some gasoline, to
say nothing of supporting a local woodworker.
That's also important - unless you like Borgs.
who uses the Miata for recon and the extended
Aerostar van for pick up when necessary. Cuts
down on large impulse purchases quite a bit.
Saves money both ways.
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