I've got a slightly different problem- I keep finding uses for my wood
that are different than what I intended them for. So, I'll go out and
get a nice pile of (for example) maple, with the idea that I'm going
to make (for example) an entertainment center. As I get ready to make
said entertainment center, I realize that it would be a whole lot
easier to make stuff if I had a nicer workbench (see where this is
going?) and I end up using all of the earmarked maple to make a
bench. And so it goes. I haven't bought too many tools in recent
memory, but I keep building jigs, stands, and various mechanical
devices to make the projects I never seem to get to easier. Right
now, I'm designing a jig to cut spirals in turned stock with my router
table. I don't need it- I just think it'd be fun to have, and I can't
afford enough wood to make a big project right now. Even if I could
afford enough wood, well, see above.
Personally, I think it's got a lot to do with the advertising we're
all exposed to. You see woodworker X making a morris chair that is
quite a lot nicer than you might have the patience for- but then you
think, "Hey, I could do stuff like that if I didn't have to waste all
this time chopping out mortises!" and pretty soon you're (depending on
your media diet) making a router jig, buying a hollow-chisel mortiser,
buying new chisels, or practicing your sharpening skills on automotive
sandpaper (maybe all of the above). Of course, this sucks up the
time you coulda spent just chopping out said mortises and making the
chair plus interest- but that's why it's a hobby.
There's really nothing wrong with any of it. Some people seem to like
making all their tools perform at the peak of thier condition, and get
off on maintainence and restoration. Some folks really enjoy
sharpening things. Others will complete projects come hell or high
water, whether they've got the tools or no. Some guys just buy tools
and let 'em sit in the box for a year or better because they like to
own them, or like getting a deal. It doesn't really matter, just so
long as you enjoy what you're doing.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
I have a related affliction. Buy the materials, but just to be sure,
I'll make a prototype. About the time I get the prototype the way I
like it, I loose all interest in the project. Seems I get more
satisfaction from figuring out how to do it and proving I can do it,
than from the finished article itself.
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