Archive for October, 2013


Wilson Lumber (and matchmaking service?)

Something was said not long ago that got me to thinking about how it was when I first started at Wilson Lumber.  First, I am Robb Wilson, third generation owner of Wilson Lumber.  There are five owners, three active in the business, two retired.  I started at age 12 cutting grass and making copies.

I worked every summer, and in the summer of my 16th year (the current age of my oldest son) I met my wife who worked for the company.  Here we are back then:

Cassie and I - 1987

ugh, my hair.

Anyway, the funny thing is, my brother married a girl who worked here and my sister married a boy who worked here.  They knew each other outside of the company but I met my beautiful wife here.

I got off at 4 and she worked until 5.  So I would hang around where she was answering the phone until 5 and we would talk.  That is, until my Uncle Bill told me that IF I was going to hang around and flirt with the girls, THEN I at least had to have a broom in my hands.  I assure you, there’s never been a cleaner section of floor than where the receptionist desk was.  Here’s us at Buckhorn’s Prom in 1988.

Prom 1988We found out that we both liked tennis (I couldn’t even spell tennis back then but if she liked it, then I did to) so we decided to go play, it was our first ‘date’.  She stomped me mercilessly, then I found out she played for Buckhorn, ouch.  Soon after that, we went on our second date and at that time, my family wasnt going to church anywhere.  She told me that night that she could not date someone who was not going to church.  So guess where I was the next Sunday: her church, of course.

Now 26 years later, things have changed:

IMG_0404And I don’t regret a thing.  We’ve seen ups and downs in business and its been a ton of fun and I look forward to more.  But no business ups, downs, plans or anything else comes close to the pursuit of Cassie Patterson and the dividends it has paid me.  What a girl!

Well, perhaps I’m simply feeling nostalgic today.  Or maybe you wanted to know something deeper about the company I write about in this blog.  In either case, thanks for reading.  And if you need anything from us see us on the web or give us a call at 256-852-7411.


Why do some drills have two speed settings?

Most of you probably already know the answer to this question, but this is one of those things that suppliers probably assume and therefore never explain.  Especially when you go to their website and the feature is, “High speed transmission delivers 2-speed settings (0-600/0-2,000 RPM) improving speed and torque control across a range fastening and drilling applications”.  Well, we’re happy it improves whatever, but why?

Well first, all of them don’t have two speeds.  Many less expensive drills wont and many times, electric drills (not cordless) wont.


Most drills that do have two speeds have a slide switch right on top.  And here is why.  Simply put, the slow speed is for driving screws and the faster speed is for drilling holes… Except, the slower speed works best if you are drilling holes into metal.

Why?  Well, there are different theories but the main reason is so that you dont rush the bit and let it do its work to make a truer hole. 

You must understand of course, that this information is coming from a guy that sells tools to contractors, not woodworkers.  For a drill press that a woodworker or mechanic would use, forget everything you just read.  Some of those guys will drill as slow as 300rpm or maybe even slower depending on the application.

If you need any more information (or particularly if you need to buy any tools:)), come by and see us.  You can always see us on the web by clicking here.

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