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    Hello everyone,
    I will be coming to Alaska for the summer and will be buying some tools, mainly carpentry stuff.
    What is the best store in the valley for that kind of stuff? You know good router bit selection,
    plug cutters, nice squares, block plains,top quality sandpaper etc....

    I might have room to bring some stuff from Florida.....are there certain things that you would
    recommend I bring from here?

    Power tools at Walmart, Home Depot?

    Thanks for your help
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    The valley has AIH, Lowes, Home Depot, and 2 Spenard Builders Supply stores. AIH probably has the best selection of specialty stuff but really shopping them all and looking for the deals is likely your best bet. Most of them are within 15 minutes of each other.

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    Unless in a pinch for time, I buy nearly all my supplies from Woodworker's Supply and Rocklers.

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    Hardware Specialties in Anchorage has some very fine woodworking tools, as well as quality hardwood lumber; they are also hi-dolla. The best sandpaper I have used, next to Mirka, is the plain old Norton stuff HD sells. Plug cutters? You planning to check your drill press?
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    aih has pretty good stuff. home depot has most of the basic tools. SBS has a small selection of tools. Not sure what walmart has as i havent been in one on 15 years....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    Unless in a pinch for time, I buy nearly all my supplies from Woodworker's Supply and Rocklers.
    Where are theses places?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabmarine View Post
    Where are theses places?

    Woodworker's Supply: http://woodworker.com/?gclid=CNCt5tKMgrYCFc5_QgodwT0A9g


    Rockler's: http://www.rockler.com/index.cfm?gcl...FQLhQgodSVAA9Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdubbin View Post
    Hardware Specialties in Anchorage has some very fine woodworking tools, as well as quality hardwood lumber; they are also hi-dolla. The best sandpaper I have used, next to Mirka, is the plain old Norton stuff HD sells. Plug cutters? You planning to check your drill press?
    No drill press for now, I can use a regular drill.....but don't try it on starboard without a press.....it will remove your left
    thumbnail in its entitrety with unbelieveble speed and precision! I hate when sand paper leaves color on your wood!

    Thanks for the tip on Hardware specialties.
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