Dropped by the local Lowe's to get some glass for SWMBO's latest
painting ($5.79 custom cut at Lowe's versus >$25 for the same thing at
th frame shop). While the glass was being cut, I wandered over to the
tool section and found their latest addition: a 10-inch benchtop
tablesaw for $39.
I didn't give it too close a lookover (the tears in my eyes from
laughing made it hard to see), but from what I could tell, it looked to
be worth every penny. The fence locks at an odd compound angle (closer
to the saw at the back than at the fiont, too), and the color scheme of
this plastic wonder -bright blue and yellow- would handsomely compliment
the decor of a Cub Scout den--though I don't know any Cub Scouts who'd
settle for something this... um...
I'm at a loss for words.
Aw, hell, I thought it was pretty much one big toy store.Discount toy warehouse
as opposed to the REAL toy stores like Lee Valley or Woodcraft - kinda like
Toys-R-Us as compared to FAO Schwarz.
I see a great cable TV reality show in here somewhere. Turn four guys
loose over five days with 250 bucks to spend on tools and materials.
See who can built the best piece of fine furniture using nothing but
crappy el-cheapo tools and modest woods. Each week could have a theme
like bookshelves, tables, etc. I'm as big a tool snob as the next
guy, but it might be interesting to see what could be done with major
doses of creativity and skill. It might even get a few people started
in woodworking who might otherwise be intimidated by the up-front
costs. The producers could however hit a snag signing on Lie-Nielsen
or Bridge City as sponsors :~)
Camano Island, WA
It's called 'Toolbox Challenge" I think. If you can stomach the
flamboyant personalities of the hosts, it makes a decent show. The
last one I saw had guys making a bunkbed with a wet bar underneath.
They used dadoed joints made on the ts and then by hand when they lost
their ts. You end up 'losing' tools as time goes by.... They steal
each other's sticks too... kinda entertaining... I don't recall much
of a focus towards fine ww as much as 'guessing' the riddle and being
as close to the prototype as possible (the teams don't see the
prototype... they just get the riddle and the sticks).
I have caught it on HGTV but it may get aired all over the place...
Probably academic though. I'm just not a TV watcher. I don't even know
what channel anything is anymore, and it takes me an hour just to stumble
across the weather channel.
I hope I never run out of things to do and get bored enough to turn on the
tube, but if I do, I'll try to check out "Toolbox Challenge." I think we
I'll ask SWMBO. The TV is her best friend in the world. She'd watch a
different TV with each eye if she could.
I should buy her a Tivo for Christmas. Hmmm... That's maybe a good
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Hey, I think there might be a great cable TV show in here somewhere...
Turn 3 or 4 guys loose over a long weekend with $200 to spend on
tools and materials. The idea would be to see who could turn out the
nicest piece of fine furniture using basically crappy tools. Maybe
each show could have a theme like bookcases, end tables, etc. I'm as
big a tool snob as the next guy, but it would be kind of fun to see
what could be done with some creative thinking. The producers might
however however hit a snag getting Bridge City or Lie-Nielsen to sign
on as sponsors.
Camano Island, WA
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