I'm in the process of creating a website whose purpose is to help
people do nice things for each other.
Many times, you want to do something for someone, but all you know
about them is that they are interested in a particular hobby or
activity that you don't know much about.
I'm collecting information about as many different hobbies as I can.
1. What do woodworkers like/need/want?
I'm looking for a list of things that someone else could pick out for
you that you would really enjoy receiving. This can include items, gift
certificates to particular stores, magazine subscriptions, books,
favors, etc. Anything that you would find useful and/or desirable in
your capacity as a woodworkers. These don't have to be "bought" items.
If you really need lots of empty egg cartons, put it on the list!
2. If I was married to a woodworker, and wanted to better understand
what they are talking about over the dinner table without actually
becoming a woodworker myself, what books or websites should I look at?
Any information would be appreciated by myself and likely by the
families and friends of many woodworkers! :)
If you want to see what the results look like, click on either of the
two sample links on this page:
Okay! Do I just hand you chunks of random lumber, or are there
particular wood buying places that I should get you a gift certificate
to so you can pick out which wood you want?
Do we like stores like the Home Depot lumberyard, or do real
woodworkers turn up their sawdust-covered noses at such places?
There are many hardwood dealers on-line for those without local access, but
local is generally cheaper and better because you get to choose your stock,
which can be a highly subjective process, and you don't have the shipping
Think Yellow Pages.
This is great, guys. I really appreciate it. I also just read the
thread about setting up a small shop to get started, and there is some
excellent stuff in there. Keep it coming. I want to do a good job on
these pages. As the utterly non-mechanical wife of a tractor puller, I
know how it is to be adrift when it comes to your spouse's hobbies. :)
This place seems to have a good selection of products and they offer
gift cards. A test inquiry to Customer Service received an immediate
response. Would this be a good place to point people who aren't local
to their woodworker, but want to send them a gift card?
Not likely - A gift card gift is usually something like $20 or $30, not
often over $100. A woodworking building a piece of furniture is likely
going to want to ge all the wood for a particular project from the same
source. Some even want from the same tree! The value of a gift card will
not go very far at a place like this.
FYI - Here are two other places that I can drive to but the have online
Also - I have seen wood on e-bay and advertise on the swap and sell
board on http://www.forums.woodnet.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php
As others have said, typically wood would be purchased from a dealer who
specializes in such.
However, I don't think anyone would turn up our noses at a HD Gift Card,
they sell a lot of things besides wood. :)
I think so - or at least I'll agree. I can't imagine anyone who's
seriously into woodworking who wouldn't find a Lee Valley gift
certificate useful, to say the least. They also have a wish list
function on their website, which was great for Christmas last year, and
they have a large selection of gardening tools and equipment as well.
LV is nearly unanimously well-respected on this newsgroup, and the
owner cares enough to post here occasionally.
Other reputable (in my opinion) woodworking stores include Rockler,
Woodcraft, Infinity (infinitytool.com). If you're into hand tools,
Japan Woodworker, Knight Toolworks, or Lie Nielsen. For a broader
range of tools, Grizzly is one potential source with some good deals,
but they don't have quite the top-notch personal customer service as
the rest I've mentioned. Amazon.com is another, with some scattered
good deals but even less customer service.
I'd rather you forwarded it to her so she can't miss it.... :>)
Actually, SWMBO gets gardening supplies from Lee Valley, so she rarely frowns on
an order, since she
gets her fix at the same time...that and the fact she's also does some
woodworking herself. Had her
own tablesaw, workbench, etc when I met her.
Here's a few other really good experiences besides Lee Valley...
A local store that does certificates, and also mail order, that I can recommend
is The Cutting Edge.
Just a customer, but have always had a good experience there. They stock much
more than what is
shown on line.
The owner is a big supporter of the local club, a plane collector, a
semi-neander and turner. TCE
also sponsors Norm on our local PBS.
Lee Valley and The Cutting Edge probably get 50-60% of my tool/supplies money,
plus TCE has some
nice wood at times. Woodcraft is probably next on my $ list. I mail order them
as the local store
always seems to be out of stock of any sale item I want, and are 60 or so miles
round trip. Other
good experiences, but not on my routine list are Hartville Tool, Penn State
Industries and the
semiannual trip to Harbor Freight.
Oh, I almost forgot! McFeely's Square Drive Screws!!!!! Don't know if they
certificates, but they get some of my dough too.
I second that! No gift certs for lumber dealers online but a Lee Valley
cert! Yea! Make it for about $3000 and I'm all set... for now.
There is a thread on woodnet with people adding up the cost of their lee
valley wishlist! I don't think anyone is under $2000!
Well out here in the sticks (no pun intended), one looks at what the
project is. For hardwood, I usually stock up on stuff like white oak
(always usable). If I need a few sticks of doug fir, our hamlet has a
fairly good stock of decent stuff (#1/2). Otherwise the yards that
carry hardwood (Reel, Peterman) are an hour's drive to the San
Bernardino area. I do go to the Borgs now and again and spend an hour
trying to separate the firewood from the usable stuff. Once a year or
so, somebody makes a mistake and some #1 fir comes in. At that point, I
buy as much as I can afford. Their oak (red usually) is expensive while
the rest of the hardwoods are... can't even remember if they carry
anything else out here.
I also work with reclaimed woods. I have gotten used redwood decks and
redwood and cedar siding. Works well.
I have a lifetime supply of junk that people have bought for me thinking
that ...he is a woodworker, I will buy him a tool. IT DOES NOT WORK! My
favorite gifts, for thost that must feed my woodworking habit, is a gift
certificate. Woodcraft Supply is probably best since it covers so many
areas of woodworking and tends to have good stuff as opposed to the big box
Roy and Andy and Dave W:
Exactly what I'm looking for! Thank you. I'll be researching the places
you suggested and adding the links in tonight.
The kind of mistake that Dave describes is exactly the kind of thing
I'm hoping to help people avoid.
I think the eBay gift certificates have you covered on the machinery
itself. As to the other, I'll check with the place where I get my
husband the short-shorts wearing pit crew girls. Maybe they're
Also, I found the FAQ for this group late last night and I'll be adding
in some of the books listed there this evening.
Here's how I'm doing so far. Am I getting it right? If anyone (and/or
your spousal sponsor) wants to provide a short anecdote to fill the
spots that say "need something here" feel free to email me. Put
"woodworking" in the subject so I can find it in all my spam. If you
look at the other pages, you'll see what goes there. They really add
something fun to the pages, I think.
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