Being the proverbial apprentice termite, it just came up and whacked me
upside the head . . . .
There are revelations and discoveries that surround us all the time that
only through experience will we fully grasp. Well, I reached a stage in my
apprenticeship where I realized the router in and of itself is a very useful
tool, but the bits, tables, jigs and various sundry accessories can exceed
the original cost of the router to a power of 10 (well, at least a power of
I liken this to a DVD player or a boat or a . . (no, I won't go there. She
might read this NG). They are all holes you are doomed forever to through
Ah, the price man pays to maintain sanity 8~)
throw this newbie a Bone! What is the revelation? Is it like getting
Calculus finally? :-)
The router was another in my line of 'Damn... if I just had one of those I
would be just like Norm' purchases.
The good thing is that I did buy a GOOD router, unlike most of my other
I do agree with you. I spent just under $200 on my router. $75 to make a
table for it. $45 on my first set of 2 bits. $45 on a good spiral bit...
you see where I'm going with this. I just kept going without seeing your
revelation. Now I see it....
It's OK with me... as long as SWMBO doesnt see the revelation, I'm cool with
You've discovered the corollary to Walt Akers axiom (sp?) "All tools
$1,500 - over a lifetime." The full version of the corolllary you
is stated as
"A tool that costs less than $1,500 in a lifetime will cost 41,500
you've purchased all the accessories necessary to fully utilize the
There are many more "rules" to uncover - The Potato Chip Rule - "Bet
eat just one." kicks in when you acquire your first hand plane,
of bench chisels, carving chisels ...
Welcome to the slippery slope.
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