From the "Helpful Hints" section of a DIY lawn chair plan:
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Suggestion- If you're like most of us, the problem is that your spouse will
object loudly to you buying the tools.
The solution I recommend for this problem is to first purchase the lumber
and screws for the chair. Arrange the lumber on saw horses and then ask the
spouse to hold the lumber while you saw and rip out the pieces with a
handsaw. Explain that the help is necessary, since the handsaw requires a
helper to hold the wood. When the spouse sees you struggling and suffering
with the handsaw, explain how a $50 circular saw would let you finish in
1/10 the time, not require a helper, and give better results.
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I must be lucky to have a wife who doesn't care what tools I buy.
Then again, I suppose anyone who lived with me long enough would see
what a cheap guy I am, and realize I'd never squander money on
unnecessary stuff. ;)
Me too! My wife says I'm 'Tighter than a frog's ass-- and they're
Truth is when I really want a tool that my scotch heritage [just a
splash-- but frugal as all get out] won't let me splurge on, I
'discuss' it with her, and she either talks me into it- or buys it
Man- I could never have just one circular saw.<g> I have 3. A B&D
that was a Christmas present in 1971, a left-handed Bosch that was a
gift in 1985 or so, and a B&D that I grabbed out of the trash 10 yrs
ago & had to replace the cord.
It was the 12" chop saw SWMBO had to 'talk me into'. Got a good
deal on a recon from CPO-- but it still pained me to spend the money.
. . until the first time I used it.
I'm on my third and fourth. The Crapsman went into the trash. I hung onto
the Ryobi I got fifteenish years ago in case I need to cut cement blocks, or
such. A couple of years ago I bought a Dewalt rear swivel circular saw and
one of their 18V 6-1/2" cordless saws. Both are sweet tools.
I bought a HF SCMS for under $100 when I needed to do some framing and siding
work. Unfortunately, I still have it. It'll soon be replaced, likely with a
10" Bosch SCMS.
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