Joe Barta (in Xns975317D78578Cjbartaapknet@188.8.131.52) said:
| Morris Dovey wrote:
|| This morning I got a call to let me know that dealers had been
|| lined up, that the first batch had been produced, product was
|| being shipped, and that the guide was being offered for sale
| First of all, let me say that I hope you sell enough to be able to
| retire to a tropical location and enjoy the rest of your evenings
| in a hottub with a handful of college age hardbodies to refill your
| drink, massage your feet and worship you for the tycoon that you
| That said... why would someone buy it for $20 rather than making
| something like it themselves? Call me a cheap bastard, but if I were
| seeing such a jig for the first time I might say to myself... hey,
| that's a cool idea, then promptly go into my workshop and whip one
| up with some plywood and a scrap or two of pine.
| Am I missing something?
Why? Hmm. Probably for the same reason I was delighted to find a
stainless steel framing square in my first LV catalog - and bought one
in spite of knowing that I could build one with a few scraps...
There isn't /any/ sense in buying (or building) a tool you aren't
going to use at all (unless, of course, you're a tool collector).
If it's something you're only going to use a few times, it might make
sense to build your own. In this case, you'd need to build a new one
_every_ time you changed saw blades; but I can imagine where it might
still make sense.
If it's a tool that'll be used frequently over an extended period of
time, then it might be worthwhile to spend your money on a tool that
can be relied upon to hold up well and do a good job for that entire
FWIW, mine has already held up for more than 20 years. It's been
dragged all around the country in my toolbox and been used a fair
amount. I built the first several out of scraps - and would have
bought a metal version if I'd been able.
Also FWIW, when I woke up to the advantages of a metal version with a
changable rail, I decided that it was worth considerably more than $20
to me - I paid a machine shop $350 (their minimum job charge). For the
use it's gotten, I consider the money well spent.
If you see only occasional use, then - by all means - build one from
scraps. If/when you need something really accurate and more durable,
you'll know where to look. :-)
DeSoto, Iowa USA