Kerfmaker / Tenonmaker Totals

The call for expressions of interest in purchasing the above-tools in a group purchase has been active for about 10 days now, and the count is:

Kerfmaker: 16
Tenonmaker: 7

The initial information I got from Bridge City Toolworks was that a 20% discount would be possible for an order of 24 or more, so we have made some significant inroads, but are still too short for it to be viable.  The significant decrease in postage cost plays a definite part in this – the price I paid was a bit over $30, and that has been decreased to around $14 from all accounts.

So running through the figures on the back of a matchbox, for an individual buying one directly from Bridge City Toolworks would cost $US88.  With the change in saving to postage, and avoiding incurring GST, buying at current numbers would come to $US83 per unit (still to your door).  A $5 saving per unit just isn’t worth the effort, or risk of incurring GST.

If we had gotten the numbers required, the cost to your door would have come down to $US66

So at this stage, my suggestion is to contact Bridge City Toolworks and make the purchase directly.  I will pass all this information and amount of interest back to Bridge City Toolworks, on the offchance that they may be able to offer Stu’s Shed readers a bit of a discount – there is no assurance they will, and certainly BCTW is not under any obligation to do so, but here’s hoping!

At least the Australian dollar is still holding strong!

(Minor update – I’ve sent through the request to BCTW, but as the owner turns out to be away on leave until 1 Feb, I would not expect an answer before then)

Queensland Flood Impact

The floods (and other natural disasters) are typically heavily covered by the various media channels, some more for PR it seems, and rubberneck interest than a genuine approach to news reporting (and they come up with such lame attempts to create catch-phrases “Salvation Saturday” “Moving-on Monday”).

However, with this flood being in Brisbane (and across the Qld state), it has been very close to home for many.  Aaron from Torque Workcentres sent these photos through while they were helping with the cleanup.  And it isn’t just houses and businesses being destroyed.  Sheds have as well.

There is a lot that has been destroyed, but some things are just caked in mud – sad to see what is being lost.  Imagine the handtools, the timber, the projects, and in this case, the perfectly good Triton 2000 Workcentre that has become a victim.  However, if you imagine the extent of the problem, a Triton on its own could be cleaned, but when it is just one item as part of an entire houseload, trying to determine what can and can’t be saved costs time too valuable to waste.  Sad though.

A good Triton router table, and a destroyed router and thicknesser.

And this is just one house and shed, one family’s personal disaster, to be multiplied by the thousands and thousands across the Queensland State, and now the State of Victoria as well is being hit by floods.

To give a perspective of the scale we are talking about here: the flood in Queensland covered an area larger than the size of France and Germany combined.  Completely mindnumbing stuff, especially when you add in the human factor.

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