Started serious wood working 2 years ago this time of year, and since
then I've aquired quite a nice set of tools. The problem is, every
time I buy a new big shiny machine, I wonder how I ever lived without
it. When does this feeling end, when the money runs out? ;-)
It ends when you die, and your wife/kids pay someone to haul away all
those nasty old machines.
Makes one really want to be sure they have a will written up, and at
least be sure the tools go to someone who will appreciate them
On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 20:36:28 -0500, "Chris Hornberger"
No, not even when the money runs out.
I have this theory that whne you "start" woodworking, you think that
the more tools that you have, the more successful that you will be.
After about 15+ years, I am still somewhere in this stage - enjoying a
shiny new tool every so often.
But I think that if you can progress far enough, you get beyond the
"Norm" stage (to which I am still aspiring) and into a more "artistic"
stage where you can do exceptional work with hand tools (see Frank
Klausz video on Dovetailed drawers - FWW website).
Many of us are in in the "unwashed mass" category - happily buying
stuff that makes us marginally better - and probably doomed by same to
remain (broadly) where we are.
Still, I like my power tools and have to remind myself of what it was
like "back then" when I couldn't miter a decent corner.
I look at it like an insurance policy. When I die my wife will be able
to support herself for the rest of her years by selling off my tools.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Only if she knows what they are really worth, to often they are sold for
next to nothing because 1. She has no need for them and wants to empty
the house and 2. She doesn't have a clue what they are really worth.
Put it in writing what the tools are really worth, keep it updated and
keep it with your will so she will find it after you are gone assuming
you go first.
I'm a bit more optimistic than that. There have been more than a few
times when I've seen old widows protecting their departed husband's
tools like a shrine. It's kind of touching really- I can't imagine
that an 80-yr old woman is out using a unisaw, they just like to keep
Good point. I've been trying to learn something new each time I pick
a project. But then that "something new" kinda becomes tedious. for
instance, I just bought a jointer. Yeah, I've lived without one for 2
years, and I can make pretty darn good glued up panels just by
straigtening the board on the table saw, but that sure becomes a
Raised panels: I've learned how to do them on the table saw, but now
I just want to MAKE one, without having to sand the crap out of it
when I'm done, so the raised panel bit is on order.... Please,
someone just finish me off now!
Hmmmm.. let's see what that costs:
7518 3HP PC router $300
Router Lift(Jessum) $300
Fancy bits set $150
fancy router table $150
The joy of making (1) raised panel door can never be
Larry Bud wrote:
On 19 Nov 2004 17:21:26 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Larry Bud)
I don't think it does, unless you burn out or get more interested in
something else that becomes your priority..
I see myself getting more patient and a little more skilled lately...
this in turn requires more and better tools, so that you can USE these
factors, reinforced by the fact that when you're starting out, most of
the things that you build are FOR the hobby/disease... bench, router
table, jigs, shelves, cabinets, drawers, etc..
That means that you have to SEE your results all the time and think
about how much better/easier/faster/cooler it would have been if you
just had this one tool when you did it..
Besides, if you didn't keep buying tools, all of those Chi-Wan-ese
kids would be going blind in factories for nothing... it's your duty
to kids everywhere to keep buying bigger and better tools..
Cha! If only it were *that* easy. You hear stories of
people living on the streets with addictions but somehow
*they* manage to find the money and the time for their
Jones. Believe me, you *will* find the money.
UA100, blood seller/confirmed addict since 1967(ish)...
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