The bug has bitten me.

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Well, I came across a set of plans for an outdoor bench/planter combo and now I find myself searching Craigslist for table saws, router tables and a drill press. I went home from work and organized my garage last night.(it needed it bad) I was online until 2 am looking up woodworking stuff on the net.(Hardly watched the Red Wings game) I woke up for work this morning and after my usual shower, I found myself looking around the bathroom thinking "I could make some cool stuff for in here".
Is there a cure for this or will it only get worse?
Jim P
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Why would you even think it needs a cure?

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$$$$(Lack of) My wife will have to increase my allowance.
Jim P
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Don't think of it as a disease. Think of it as having a super power that people on this planet rarely understand. At some point your brain changes. Pretty much everyone I know that's into woodworking started off with a, "Hey, I could make that." And then stayed with it until they could.
If you want to have some fun, use your hands more and your power tools less (within reason (until you are beyond reasoning)). Pick up some old planes on eBay - they're cheap enough and better than the stuff you'd buy now unless you buy higher end stuff.
Welcome to the club.
R
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RicodJour wrote:

The progression of the disease varies among its victims. Some go through an initial acute period of symptoms usually resulting in drastic weight loss in the wallet area, only to have the symptoms wane as the tool collection expands until the need for new tools and more lumber is managed by spending more time using tools than buying them. Others experience slow but progressive wallet debilitation as each higher level of skill attained demands finer tools to progress to the next level. This form of the disease is not fatal to the victim, but there may be associated victims in the form of heirs to the now-depleted fortunes of the patient.
There are related diseases which may differ in outward appearance, but are essentially the same in prognosis. For example, I just bought a sport-touring motorcycle after 30 years of not riding. The bug has bitten me hard, and while I might bridle at spending $200 for a set of tires for my Corolla, $220 for a single front tire for the bike (that *might* get 10k miles) seems reasonable. Outlook not so good.
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wrote:

LOL I am checking out the part time work ads as I type this. Darn, nothing for overweight, balding male strippers.

Been there done that. I had to explain over and over to my wife just why the rear tire on my Buell XB9R wears faster than her car tires. She still thinks that I was riding too much and working around the house too little.
Oh well
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You have to keep reminding her that it may look like an extravagant expense on the surface but that it is more than offset by what is saved by keeping you out of the tittie bars and pool halls.
Dave in Houston
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A couple of thoughts on the subject.
1. Some people on this planet have be a very specific *need* to "create". If you are one of these people, woodworking is a outlet. Being a control freak (I want to built it to my specs) helps too.
2. Woodworking capability is cumulative. Sure, you get "better at it with time", but what that really means is that you add individual discrete techniques, tools and methods of work, generally one at a time. Build your arsinal by taking baby steps: 1, maybe 2 new tools or techniques per project.
-Steve
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Jim P wrote:

'tis the mother of all slippery slopes ... put a lock on your wallet that only a crow bar can open, and additionally, give up smoking/drinking, or some other vice, to justify the upcoming expenditures.
Good luck .. you're not alone and we feel your pain.
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The OP wrote, "I had to explain over and over to my wife just why the rear tire on my Buell XB9R wears faster than her car tires. She still thinks that I was riding too much and working around the house too little."
Sounds to me he got the wallet lock and the ball and chain as a package deal. ;)
Jim, are you familiar with the term SWMBO? You might not know it, but you know it. R
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It sounds like you got started on the right foot by organizing your garage. That's where it all starts!
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I don't drink, don't smoke, don't gamble, don't play golf. But I have 11 routers. <G>
Max
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"Max" wrote:

I don't drink, I don't chew,
I don't go with girls that do.
Yeah, right.
Lew
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Golf? I won't play a game that calls carbon fiber and titanium 'woods'.
If you're including router planes, I have eight or nine - three with plugs. As far as all types of hand planes, I couldn't guess and get within 20. I suppose I should sell some...
R
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"Max" wrote:

Golf? I won't play a game that calls carbon fiber and titanium 'woods'.
If you're including router planes, I have eight or nine - three with plugs. As far as all types of hand planes, I couldn't guess and get within 20. I suppose I should sell some...
R
I didn't count router planes but I'm glad you brought it up. I have a collection of Record planes minus a Jack plane that "disappeared" from my shop. (further details upon request). I've looked wherever I could for a replacement but the only ones I've found were in an unacceptable condition. Any help?
Max
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I got out a mag off the shelf - "Home Workshop projects" a 50'ish book.
So 50's - and 'modern chairs .....'.
Know what you mean - but busy... Martin
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Here's a suggestion. . . .Go to = http://www.freecycle.org /
then post what you are looking for. Sometimes people just want to clear out & give away old table saws & the like.
Worth a try. . . . FREE is best, I always say.
Smitty
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That is cool.
Thanks
Jim P
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Jim P wrote:

You didn't miss the Red Wings game, you missed the Pens game!

With a little luck, yes!
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Jack
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Heh. If it only took a night to organize it, it doesn't start on "bad." That's what I *should* get to this weekend . . .
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Drew Lawson | Broke my mind
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