This is sorta OT, but I've left it unlabeled.
I started to do a design in Sketchup a while back, and used the add-on
CutList. CutList generates what its name implies: a list of cut pieces
that are superimposed on a standard sized plank, and tries to maximize
wood useage or minimize waste. After it's done all of that it exports
the pieces and their dimensions to a format that can be opened with a
spreadsheet program. If you have coloured the pieces with a wood colour,
it will also specify the wood used in manufacture.
In my case, I'd used a mahogany colouring, so CutList assumed I was
specifying mahogany. It didn't matter to me, I just wanted some colour.
I copy/pasted the piece sizes along with material specification to an
email client and then emailed myself at work so I had a list of what I
needed when I went to buy the wood.
A few days later, I came home and my wife said that someone had called
and was ready to quote prices on the cut up pieces of wood that I
wanted, all in mahogany. In fact, they could ship that day if she would
give them a CC number. I'd never mentioned mahogany to her, so she
decided to give them my phone number at work and let me deal with it.
She was a bit surprised by the call, and didn't get the name of the
company. They never did call me at work, which is really interesting.
My email client includes my name in the "From" box, but no other
personal information. I won't say I've never given out my phone number
on web forms, but I don't ever recall giving it out to any wood
suppliers. In any event, it's not an unlisted number.
In the project that I drew up the plans for, I'm either going to use
select pine from the local guy, or use some oak that I have in-house.
I've never used mahogany in my life, and have no plans in the near
future to get prices on it.
Somehow, someone got the cutlist email, and called.
I don't know what to think here. My "sent" mail folder has no email that
goes to wood suppliers or anyone else that would have received that
email, other than my work account. I've got theories, but they're a bit
wild and involve cyber sniffing, which seems a bit over the top at this
I suspect I will never know for sure.