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Forum topic by controlfreak posted 10-13-2019 02:08 PM 1740 views 0 times favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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controlfreak

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10-13-2019 02:08 PM

Well I decided that it is time to make my small shop the best space I possibly can. I added a 100 amp service and plenty of outlets to get me off the old drop cord across the yard. Next is to fill the open studs with insulation. I plan to cover that with 1/2” plywood and then add 3/4” plywood cleats every 6” from top to about 18” off the floor. Due to limited shop space i can only do one and 1/2 walls at a time. I have to move stuff so I can work and then must create 2x the storage capability to clear the next 4’ x 8’ space for the upgrade.
I get the following onto my lumber cart:
(2) rolls of insulation
(4) 1/2” 4’ X 8’ sheets for the wall panels
(2) 3/4” 4’ X 8’ sheets to make french cleats
(5) studs to fill in gaps at corner etc.

I grunt all of these into my cart by myself. I then roll around to the panel saw so I can save time cutting panels to 88” and the heavy 3/4’ sheets into 2’ X 4’ pieces. This will also save me from killing myself loading and unloading the truck at both ends. Well I get to the saw and it has a well made sign “Out Of Order” This is the second time they have done this. I know there is very little that can go wrong with a panel saw. This is the sign they use when they are understaffed and just don’t want to deal with the saw or don’t have a qualified person on the floor. So here I sit with a sore back and to hours wasted unloading, breaking down sheet goods. Henceforth I will by going to Home Depot for plywood from no on and will alway go to the panel saw first to check the status before loading the cart. Next time the saw can’t be run it is they that will unload the cart too.


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bandit571

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#1 posted 10-13-2019 02:32 PM

Well…...over at Menard’s….they do not even have one of those kind of saws…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 10-13-2019 02:52 PM

they all are stupid stores that i dont trust to cut my wood anyways :<(((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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DRWard

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#3 posted 10-13-2019 04:38 PM

I understand where you are coming from, I have had similar experiences. That said, I have given up on buying plywood from either HD or Lowes. Over the years the quality of their plywood has diminished…voids and delamination. I pay more money, and have to travel a littler farther, but I have been buying from quality lumber suppliers.

-- Donn, North Carolina

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Woodmaster1

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#4 posted 10-13-2019 04:54 PM

A few years ago I went to lowes to get hose for a pond. When I ask for twenty five feet the employee look at it grab a tape measure put it down and said I will be back. He never came back my only assumption was he couldn’t measure. I pulled out what l thought was at least 25’ ( a strong 25’) took it to checkout and was ask where my slip was. I told them my experience and they just checked me out without measuring it. I got home measured it and was of 18” to the good. I thought that was good for estimating it. Needless to say they should at least make sure the employee should be able to measure.

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#5 posted 10-13-2019 04:58 PM

Is this you first experience shoping at Big Box Stores? If you went back the second or third time shame on you.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein. :)

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 10-13-2019 05:04 PM


Is this you first experience shoping at Big Box Stores? If you went back the second or third time shame on you.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein. :)

- AlaskaGuy

LOL, good one AG. Also, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 10-13-2019 06:42 PM

On a post near the Lowes panel saw…there is a box with a nice large RED button. press that, and keep pressing it, someone WILL show up…most times, the “operator” is working either in the back room, or all the way down in Plumbing….covering other people’s breaks. They will show up, and remove that “Out of Order” sign, make your cuts….then, when you leave the area, sign goes back up, and they will go back to where they were..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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BlasterStumps

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#8 posted 10-13-2019 06:49 PM

controlfreak, just a suggestion but, you might want to stop by the pro desk to discuss the availability of someone to run the saw.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 10-13-2019 06:59 PM

In my area Lowe’s (even-though they have a saw) Won’t cut for customers. Go to the Home Depot and they will.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Tony1212

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#10 posted 10-14-2019 12:48 PM



Well…...over at Menard s….they do not even have one of those kind of saws…..

- bandit571

But they do sell “Handi Panels”. Pre-cut plywood sheets to either 4’ x 4’ or 2’ x 4’, so no need for a saw. They cost a bit more, though, i.e. two 4×4 sheets cost a few dollars more than a 4×8 sheet.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#11 posted 10-14-2019 01:01 PM

Big box stores seem to have dull blades in their saws. I only use them if I know I will recut the edges. Even then they store wood on racks that cause waves in the plywood.

I recently bought several sheets of oak plywood from Owl Hardwood in Chicago. I had sketches of the cuts I needed. All were done accurately with perfect edges. High quality oak plywood, great cuts, friendly service and reasonable prices. They have tremendous stock of domestic and exotic wood and plywood.

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smallerstick

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#12 posted 10-14-2019 01:12 PM

Once bitten; twice shy. I never think of going to HD and Lowes is too far away. Local businesses, great service, quality product. I have my favourites and support them gratefully.

-- Peter

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hairy

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#13 posted 10-14-2019 01:18 PM


Needless to say they should at least make sure the employee should be able to measure.

- Woodmaster1

I went to an auto parts store for 3/8” rubber hose I would use for oil lines on a Harley I was building.

I asked for 15 feet. He came back with 5 pieces, each 3 feet long. I went somewhere else.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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Craftsman on the lake

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#14 posted 10-14-2019 01:33 PM


Needless to say they should at least make sure the employee should be able to measure.

- Woodmaster1

Hey, at least they know how to divide to get the correct lengths. That’s something!

I went to an auto parts store for 3/8” rubber hose I would use for oil lines on a Harley I was building.

I asked for 15 feet. He came back with 5 pieces, each 3 feet long. I went somewhere else.

- hairy


-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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controlfreak

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#15 posted 10-14-2019 01:41 PM


Needless to say they should at least make sure the employee should be able to measure.

- Woodmaster1

I had an employee that would get his kicks asking for a 6/16ths drill bit. After the clerk would scan the display for it he would grab a 3/8ths bit and say “I think I can make this work”.

I went to an auto parts store for 3/8” rubber hose I would use for oil lines on a Harley I was building.

I asked for 15 feet. He came back with 5 pieces, each 3 feet long. I went somewhere else.

- hairy


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