We have few tool stores in my area and when my local Woodworkers
Wahehouse went belly-up recently, I felt a small pain in the pit of
my stomach. I could always depend on them to be there. Bought my
Delta jointer, Delta 14" bandsaw and countless clamps, chisels
and othe WW tools there over the years. The guys there were very
helpful. I remember one time when I bought a set of Marples
chisels, the salesman "Bob" spent 25+ minutes explaining
the scary sharp system and how I should grasp the chisel and move
my body in synchronization with the tool over various grades
of sandpaper. I really appreciated that. But I haven't bought a major
tool there for a year or more...how many can you buy?
Enter Woodcraft...coincidentally (?) opening just as the former
WW Warehouse closes. I'm not sure about this "corporate giant".
I get their catalogs all the time, but they seem really expensive.
I'm always looking for a bargain-but I won't stoop to Sears'
Craftsman. Sears is OK for refrigerators, washers & dryers,
but ceratainly not (say) a good table saw. OK, I admit I do have
their radial arm saw - not bad but needs semi-annual adjustment.
Back to Woodcraft. Got a mail-flyer that advertized all Jet and
Powermatic at 10% off last Saturday (Apr 17). Now their catalog
prices the Jet 48x6x9 sander (JSG-96) at $299 plus shipping.
No way they would sell that for $270 I thought. Got there at 10:30 AM
and sure enough, drove away with my "bargain". There was one guy
ahead of me buying the same exact tool which reinforced my
good feelings about the purchase.
What a nice store - almost too nice for a woodworking store in that
it was very "tony". My wife would almost tolerate walking through
this place. Much larger than the old place. Exotic woods (maybe I'll
start using something other than oak, poplar & walnut).
Capitalism is great...I'll be looking out for "Bob".