ON TODAY'S SHOW
Welcome to Episode #050. Tonight we are going to talk about waterproofing and being overcharged at a hardwood dealer.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR SHOP?
Drew - Working on another Joint-it Video with a modified bridle joint.
Jeremy - Trying to decided what to work on next, the table or start the dresser build?
Sam - Retro Side Table
Hey guys I love the show. My wife and I are looking at houses to buy and in some of the homes it looks like the best place for my shop will be in the basement. The home we looked at most recently had a slightly damp basement and it made me wonder about waterproofing the walls from the inside. There seems to be a lot of products to choose from. I was wondering if anyone of you had experience with this and could recommend a good, affordable product to do this with? Thanks so much - Leigh Jordan
Hello Jeremy, Drew, and Sam,
First of all, thank you for the podcast, it makes my ride to work almost bearable and being able to listen to audio podcasts has given me inspiration to get back into the shop after taking collage then the first few years of my “professional life” out of the shop. I had a couple of questions as a returned woodworker that did most of my work in my youth before I had to worry about buying tools and materials. I decided to give a local millworks a try after listening to people talk about the superior quality and price over the big box stores. Upon first visit I was surprised how much more affordable it was, I ordered my wood and left. A asked that the lumber was S2S with one edge ripped, they said no problem. That was when my good experience turned to a poor one, the millworks did complete my order; however, it was two business days later than they told me would be the “absolute latest” it would be ready (I am making an Adirondack chair for my wife’s aunt as a gift so now I am crunched for time). When my order was ready I went to go pay for the wood when they asked for $110.00 over the quoted price with the excuse that they quoted for 4” and started with 6” boards (which is fine but only accounts for $40 added) they didn’t mention that the $40 they quoted me for milling the lumber turned into $80). I argued the price and we settled on $200 which was more than I thought it should have been. That was a round-about way of asking my first question. Was I being unreasonable, is it normal for a mill to charge $80.00 to plane the boards then rip one edge on 60 linear feet of lumber? All in all this left a sour taste in my mouth for the local business because on top of the…lets call it a mis-quote…the milled lumber had significant unusable portions where they must have walked on one end in the gravel (both sides on one end) and two of the boards had significant twist. Again, is this normal, am I just being a baby? If so please tell me.
My second question if you will humor me is; I am using someone else’s shop, is there a good way to tell someone that their tools blades are dull (Bandsaw and Tablesaw)? How do you go about setting up/changing blades and machinery in someone else’s shop? I have the blades I was just looking for advice on doing this without offending someone.
All in all I ordered enough wood to be able to finish the chair without a problem and I was able to get the lumber cut to size, I am going to assemble it at home and don’t foresee too many problems from here on out. Thank you for all that you do, both on the podcast and your individual pages.
Sam has some rather sad news, she will be leaving the podcast at the end of the month because she took a promotion with her job which will require her to work at nights. She will not be gone forever and she will be back soon enough, at least for a visit.
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