Oh man oh man oh man: I bought this today! The low price and the free shipping and the “Only 1 left in stock – order soon” was too much for me to resist! Plus, it was 4:30 and I was really bored at work.
We used this sander in my woodworking class and I have wanted it ever since. Two years is a long time to want something! I don’t know why I didn’t buy it earlier.
I have a Black & Decker Mouse that I will continue to use for detail sanding, but its surface area isn’t great enough for larger jobs, it requires special-made (and expensive) sanding sheets and it vibrates big instead of fast, which leads to visible marks on the sanded surface and totally numb hands after five minutes of use. Oh, and now I see that it’s been discontinued, which means I better stock up on those special-made (and expensive) sanding sheets.
I will put the Porter-Cable 330 Speed-Bloc to work on my new dresser. It’s not in great shape – I will need to:
#1: Fill in the crack in the top drawer front with wood filler.
#2. Sand everything, especially the top.
#3. Attach a simple guide thing to the bottom drawer so that it stays on the runner.
#4: Paint and stain!
I think the curves and squatness of this dresser will add something new and much-needed to our next apartment. It’s been getting pretty boxy & leggy. I can count 24 brown legs in this photo alone!
I would like to spread the gospel of Howard Restor-A-Finish. A few minutes and some extra-fine stainless steel wool is all it takes to significantly improve the appearance of used furniture.
Oh yeah: there’s also the Crafty Beaver on Lawrence Ave. If they can’t be bothered to put a tail on that poor beaver, I can’t be bothered to shop there.
Guys, I want to talk about hardware stores for a bit. Because it’s something I like to think about.
The way I see it, Lowe’s is for the casual DIYer, the “weekend warrior,” as they might like to imagine themselves. Home Depot is for men who do real work. Lowe’s is clean, brightly lit and red, white & blue. Home Depot is also clean, but it’s orange and concrete and populated with employees who wear aprons on which they’ve scrawled their name with a Sharpie. Lowe’s is in the suburbs; Home Depot is in Chicago. I prefer Home Depot because I like to associate myself with manly men who do labor, but I know that demographically I belong with the Lowe’s crowd.
As for Ace Hardware: Ace used to be my go-to place because there was one within easy walking distance of our apartment, and one across the street from the Sears Tower (I say “Sears” because that’s what it was when there was an Ace across from it). Both of those stores closed. Now, the Ace that I can walk to over my lunch break — about a mile away — is visibly on the verge of going out of business. Its claims of being “Chicago’s Largest Ace!” seem sad once you’ve viewed their dwindling inventory. So, I don’t really consider Ace a contender.
Anyway, my dad gave me a $50 gift card for Lowe’s for Christmas. I am going to try make it cover the supplies needed for my two major pre-move projects: the cat tree and the dresser-turned-TV-stand.
(Prices are approximate and based on my lunch break trip to Ace.)
- $8 – cement mix
- $5 – wood trim
- $10 – wood post
- $2 – wood screws
- $4 – hinges
- $4 – wood glue
- $10 – rope
- $25 – metal screen
Gah! That metal screen really destroys my budget, especially considering that I know I’ll think of other things I need.
Ben was visibly disappointed when I told him that we wouldn’t be able to squeeze a ping pong table into our dining room, as was my hope with a new apartment. I’m disappointed, too: a ping pong table would be so much fun, and could serve as a dining table as well. I just can’t make it fit. Sorry, Ben.