| Heck... I can build anything once I get 'that'.
As an engineer by profession I can't stress the need to use the right tools
for the right job and not try to "make do" with substandard or inappropriate
[Pause for laughter]
Now I leave my work at the office, so when I go home it means I have the
same hobbyist's shop setup as lots of people -- always missing one crucial
tool, never spending enough to get the quality that matches my appetite,
using contraptions made of spoons and rubber bands instead of the
appropriate clamp on sale at Home Despot.
Like most people who do this for fun and not for a living, I've got a few
tools crowded into a corner of the basement, and that's where I try to
duplicate the really cool stuff I see at art shows and furniture showrooms.
I usually fail. When I need inspiration I tour The Mill at Warner Brothers
or some other such place.
I've come to the conclusion that I'll never be able to build things as
nicely as Norm Abrams, cook as well as Emeril, paint as well as Bob Ross,
nor mix mulled cider in my toilet bowl like Martha Stewart. But other than
these grave shortcomings, I feel good about what I do. Imagination, the
will to experiment, and attention to quality and detail will get you so much
farther than a $12,000 combination table saw, band saw, and espresso
machine. Yes, having quality tools and materials is important. But not
having them is not the detriment that it's made out as by the tool