I had never been to a woodcraft store. My dad has and had said many nice things about it. It being father's day weekend, it seemed like a good way to spend a few hours with my dad. Needless to say I was impressed and giddy all at once. I have gone online and looked at their items. There is something to be said for seeing items in person.
There were two things that I really liked there:
1. They had lots of books/magainzes on how to make things and various designs. I like to flip through pages before I buy books and this was definitely helpful. I will be back to this.
2. They have a nice lumber selection. The lumber store nearer to my home has a very nice but somewhat limited selection of wood types. At Woodcraft, there were many different kinds of woods. I can see if I am looking for something a little different, I can probably find it here.
In terms of money spent, I behaved. I bought an inexpensive compass that I need to draw a circle so I can then cut out the hole for the Paul Sellers clock I've been working on. I opted to get the $8 general brand one. If it fails me, then I will consider upgrading. Also, I found a nice piece of straight grain ash that is 3"x3"x12". It was $14ish and is the perfect size for which to use to make my wooden plane. A while ago I had bought the Veritas Norris style make your own wood plane kit. I'm looking to making it.