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    Now I'm starting to understand why...

    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.
    Last edited by Toni Ciuraneta; 11-14-2008 at 07:55 PM.
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    hey toni i moved it fer ya and dont feel bad we all have bad days,,, let me tell ya abptut today ..... naw it wasnt worht my finner exercize so back to tyour band saw blade,, tell us the length you need and the tooth config your after!!! and we can find one fer ya..
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    Thanks Larry.
    Best regards,
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    Toni, my friend, I feel for you. Having such constraints placed on a talent like yours must be very frustrating. Keep us all in mind when you're looking to find something that is not readily available to you locally. Something can always be worked out.
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    Thanks Renie.

    Be reasured that sometime in the future I will take your and Larry's offer to complete my shop.
    Best regards,
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    You can count me in too Toni. Where I live in southern California it is crowded, expensive and you have to chew your air BUT, there is just about every type of store known to man within an hour drive, most within minutes.

    P.s. What is the cheapest way to ship to Spain. I was looking once out of curiousity and UPS and Fedex are . . . . WOW!
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    Normally, I would encourage you to move to the U.S. But, currently the employment situation is not good.
    Wish I had suggestions for the wood.
    If you do a search, there is an excellent tutorial somewhere about resharpening bandsaw blades. Time consuming but it can be done and is a money saver.

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    Talking Now hear this Toni

    this is your captain speaking,, we need your length and the teeth config for that spainish bandsaw you got.. we got a whole line of dentists over here just waiting to get you a new set of teeth
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    You can count me in too Toni. Where I live in southern California it is crowded, expensive and you have to chew your air BUT, there is just about every type of store known to man within an hour drive, most within minutes.

    P.s. What is the cheapest way to ship to Spain. I was looking once out of curiousity and UPS and Fedex are . . . . WOW!
    Thanks a lot Glenn. I take a rain check on your offer.

    As far as shipping to Spain from US honestly I do not know, an item that comes in a flat rate box usually costs me around 60$, as you say UPS and FedEx are out of range.

    I neither know if you can send anything by surface mail or snail mail as some say nor how much would it cost.

    Another thing to have into account is custom duties. As shops have to declare the value of what they are sending the taxes can be outrageous.

    So far I've been lucky and paid nothing except for an item that I had to pay as much as about 38$ when the price of the item plus shipping was about 50$.

    As far as I know things with a declared up to 25$ are free of charge, and second hand things also but I'm not sure about the last.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    hey toni..........with christmas coming up it`s entirely possible that "gifts" from across the pond could be mailed........what length blade does your saw take.....and what are you cutting?.......scrolling takes different blades than sawing veneers.
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