Now I'm starting to understand why there are so few amateur woodworkers in Spain.
First: Lack of space, most of us live in flats ( I moved to a house about 1 1/2 year ago) so there is no room for heavy machinery plus the neighbours would have someting to say, but I managed to make a few projects without powered machines and a lot of elbow grease so
Second: Finding good hardware and tool shops is like searching for the lost ark.
And when you find one they do not have good tools or the choice is between two at the maximum. ( Not to talk about the price!)
Third: Wood here is quite expensive and although there are lumber stores if you are not a professional you have hard time if you are searching for any help in deciding what wood to buy,or just asking for the price to make up your mind.
In some of them they just seem not to see you at all, attending known customers that arrive later than you.
Fourth: Last week I posted a thread asking about Wood slicer bandsaw blades because I wanted to change mine for the first time. Well the price was 29$ plus 15$ shipping (total 44 €)( the cheapest option) so I restrained myself.
I went to the shop where I got my bandsaw and they said that they didn't have any stock on bandsaw blades, because they don't sell that many.
I should order it and wait for two or three weeks. Moreover they only supply the spare blades from the bandsaw brand, no choice of other brands.
What professionals do then? I asked. The guy on the counter shrugged and said " they always have a spare one"
Price of the blade 32€, about 40$ at the actual exchange rate. So 4$ difference, about same waiting period and no possibility of choice. I think next time I'll order the woodslicer.
But o yeah! there are a lot of big DIY stores where they sell crappy tools, crappy hardware and only chipboard, plywood, and processed pine lumber, charging twice or three times as much for it. Honestly guys, I envy you in that. Maybe I should move to US
And I'm not talking about finding sharpening stones!
Sorry guys I'm just pouring my frustration.