Squirrel away $25/month and marinate in safe place for one year.
Add Lee Valley catalog, previously prepared with circled, would-be-nice/love
to-have/Gee-if-only items like saddle square, apron square, _matching_ tape
measures for at least three locations, at least one item carrying the name
"Starret", etc. that you routinely see in said catalog while browsing in the
'library', but that you would normally never buy because of lack of
cash/opportunity/genetic makeup/upbringing/fiscal conservatism/whatever.
Fire up web browser.
Order ALL circled items, one-by-one, with relish.
Simmer for a few days with anticipation of FedEx truck.
Servings: 1 for each repetition
Enjoy (I'll let you know what this batch tastes like next Tuesday)
Congratulations on your new arrivals - whatever they may be.
I used a similar formula/recipe (accumulated proceeds from eBay sales)
to fund my latest acquisitions - the clamps I thought I would never
own - the Bessy-K 25/50 pairs from LV. I'll let you know what they
taste like - next January... <sob>
BTW, it's "Starrett" - you may have gotten a Chinese rip-off if
there's only one T. <g> Since mine are nearly 28 years old, and are
from another era/life, I could be wrong about that... <g>
But I still marvel at their workmanship and quality - as with the
Veritas sliding bevel gauge I received for Christmas last year.
I love the feel of a nice tool in the hand - it is pleasing to own
such a thing even when only gazing upon it's excellence and marveling
at the dependable precision.
Somehow, that last paragraph sounds a little odd...
And kudos for a post that doesn't involve trolls, kooks, politics, or
a myriad of other agitating topics. SWMBO arrived back from Las
Vegas/CA and I just haven't seen much worth responding to since.
Speaking of Bessey's, are they really that good? I've been using pipe
clamps and aluminum bar clamps, by always have the problem of having
to stagger them side to side to avoid bowing - and even with cawls,
it's a PITA doing wide panel glue-ups.
"Fixing to" - an expression I use and the better half makes fun of.
Must be a southern thing... But she is from Pennsylvania, and has far
more of a "southern accent' than I possess. So, go figure...
Yeah, I know what you mean. I _never_ would have bought Starrett's
for woodworking purposes, but since they're just laying around...
My favorite pocket tool tends to be a fractional inch/mm dial caliper
from Highland Hardware, and a nylon version bought from Lowes on
closeout for 'less critical' things.
And if'n it's any consolation - I _still_ don't know how to pronounce
I don't have a nice selection of planes just yet. Only an old fettled
Made In USA Stanley block plane and some cabinet scrapers. Had nice
jack and smoothing planes _years_ ago, but someone decided they needed
them more than I.
Nothing stupid about it at all...
Noticed you've not been as active the last few days, figured it was a
big new project - or the other...
The Mother of All Pointy Sticks was an interesting but OT thread. <g>
<<In retrospect it was kinda of a stupid post, but damn if it hasn't
like a wasteland of kooks, blind leading the blind, and shitheads
here lately, so it fits right in.
I agree. What a refreshing change. I am wondering how long we will
all have to wait this newest batch of loony tunes out.
* Jaws are parallel - so you don't need shims, and they don't mar.
* The jaws are large - so you need fewer clamps
* The jaws are covered with no-stick plastic, (glue comes off easy)
* They lay flat on a flat surface, sideways or on end
* Can apply 1000 pounds of pressure (very important when you want
to starve a glue joint!!)
(I wasn't in the market, but with the buzz here, and the big sale, I
I just checked and
"Bessey KBK2440 Cabinet Door Clamp Kit"
is still on sale from Amazon for $99, list price of $230.
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The first glue up with a Bessey makes you wonder:
"What the hell was I thinking when I didn't buy these ???"
It's that little moment when you think you have passed
one of those invisible barriers in woodworking.
Yep....time to step up to the plate...buy somthing that people
will fight over at the estate sale.
Greg G. wrote:
Speaking of Bessies, I bought my first ones at Woodcraft during the
sale. I compared them (after getting them hoime) with my existing
Jorgie Cabinet Masters (all two of them). I think I like the CMs
better although not a lot of difference. I just read something about
the new Jet parallel clamps and they sound nicer. Has anyone bought
some that can compare/contrast them with the Bessie's and the CMs?
And, according to my uncles, it is spelled "damyankee", an appellation I got
at a young age, without deserving the carpetbagger bit until 28 or so years
ago. Of course, my mother came from Virginia, so that mitigates some of it.
And my greatgranddaddy fought on the gray side. Of course, my father came
from Kentucky, and my great grandfather there fought for the Yanks.
On 11/23/2005 6:37 AM Charles Self mumbled something about the following:
Actually, it goes like this.
Yankee - Someone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line
Damyankee - Someone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line who comes
south to visit
Gawdamyankee - Someone from north of the Mason-Dixon line who moves
south to live and pretend to be a southerner
This makes Uhlanna, Jawja (Atlanta, Georgia fer ya yankees) a
gawdamyankee city, and Florida a gawdamyankee state.
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