I was thinking about your statement about perspective - here rural is a very
accurate description of an area 30 miles away from any kind of city. Out by
you 30 miles isn't rural, it's just a ranch.
It may all have to do with the business mentality of the community and those
that run that run the stores. With in 7 miles of my house are 3 HD's, 1
Lowe's, 1 old fashioned lumber yard, and 1 old fashioned hardware store
that I frequent.
Since all have opened the oldest, the lumber yard and the hardware store are
thriving and enlarging. The Lowe's has become busier and the 3 HD's have
become less busy. Maybe the customers in the SW Houston are a smart enough
to see the difference. Don't blame the store, blame the community and
customers for what flies.
Back in December I bought a cms saw at an HD. It took 15
minutes to get it: it was at the top of a shelf in the middle of
an aisle, so the employees had to clear out the entire aisle
and block of the ends before they used a lift to get the saw
I had a similar experience this month at HF when I bought my bandsaw... they
closed off 2 aisles and used a fork lift and 3 guys...
I also noticed that the guy operating the lift (sort of a fancy pallet jack/fork
lift thingy) was belted to the lift with what looked like a dead man pin.. I
guess it's so if he falls of, the thing shuts off..
All 3 were wearing HF hard hats and lifting belts.. seemed like it was not only
safe, but over kill..
Please remove splinters before emailing
More likely someone who returned some recently purchased boards. Not the
store. Buying any wood, its caveat emptor.
I once purchased 200 bf of birch 8/4, when doing the initial pass on the
jointer, WHACK! It turned out to be an old round ball bullet. Replaced the
jointer knives, re-tuned the jointer, purchased a metal detector, found two
more balls and merrily continued to make shavings.
If that really was a round ball bullet it was almost assuredly a lead
alloy of some kind, i.e. very soft. Did it really do anything to your
knives? I can't imagine. There are woods harder than bullet lead.
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If it was still a ball shape it may not have been as soft as you suspect.
In my younger days I case my own wad cutter lead bullets melted down from
old wheel weights and reloaded. The bullet would typically mushroom on
impact when using a light powder load.
The balls were lead but very hard for some reason. They were still round
and showed not deformation as if they were fired at the tree. All I am sure
is they nicked the blades up pretty bad.
An old (muzzle loader) gun guy told me they sometimes mixed lead balls with
other metals for use in cannons. Maybe this was a cannon grape shot?
Yes, yes, and yes, in that order. Wheel weights are a pretty hard
alloy of lead, but aren't good for muzzleloaders where you _want_
that deformation (to expand to fit the rifling grooves). For that,
.22 bullets (recycled, obviously) are nice.
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