Sometimes Cheap is ok

WM-tools yardstick

During a recent grocery trip to Walmart, it struck me just how many supplies and tools that I have bought from that place. Believe it or not, many of them were made right here in the USA.

Here are the tools that I use regularly that I found at the big blue retail giant:

  • 13 oz Stanley Hammer (wooden handle)
  • Stanley Metal Yardstick – mine has inch increments on BOTH edges (how novel) and I applied 320 grit sandpaper to the back with spray adhesive to keep it from sliding around in use
  • Nail puller (USA)
  • Channel Lock Pliers (USA)
  • Steel wire brush for cleaning rough lumber
  • Cheap drill bits
  • Hacksaw

Here are supplies from the big blue giant.

  • Safety glasses
  • Pencils and such
  • Brasso (plane restore)
  • Water sprayer (for waterstone sharpening)
  • Rubber gloves (used with BLO)
  • Scotch-brite green pads
  • Shop towels
  • WD40 (millions of uses)
  • All tape (blue, packing, masking, duct)
  • Mineral oil (for oil based sharpening and general preservation of metal objects)
  • Superglue
  • Sandpaper
 (used when needed)
  • Wright bacon (power source)

I guess I’m writing this to show that everything needed in woodworking does not have to be from premium suppliers over the internet. Sometimes good supplies are available right under our noses – be on the lookout.

Hopefully other cheapskates will post their favorite “low cost” ideas in the comments section.

Bob Jones

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