I thought I would start a blog series on tales from the Tool Shop I work at. We come across weird tools and stuff that we can’t even identify on a daily basis. I thought the Lumberjocks might like to hear about it. This will be my place for chatting about the oddities of our small used tool store.
So those of you who know me, have heard me blog about the tool shop before. But in case you haven’t, welcome to “Drew's Used Tools.” If you click on the link it will take you to a photo tour of the shop as well as a description of what we do.
Todays tale: I came across this on one of the shelves today and just thought it was worth taking a picture of. It’s a Craftsman router bit sharpening jig in its faded but original box.
I opened it up and it was all there, looking like it had never been used. The sharpening stone and other components were still sealed in plastic.
I just thought it was so interesting because I have seen so many bizarre contraptions made by Craftsman over the years, and so many of them appear to be unused. Craftsman seems to have a history of inventing great ideas which promise to save time and make things easier but in fact only complicate a maneuver.
I guess I am a little bitter about this topic ever since I fell for Craftsman’s Biscuit Jointer router attachment, which was a total ($75 ha ha) joke… but I digress. I may be bitter, but I am still fascinated by the hundreds of strange attatchments, doodads, thingamajigies, whatsits, and woosles made by Craftsman over the years. If you spend any time at all shopping at flee markets or yardsales, you would recognize that there are a lot of them out there.
I’ll let you know if it goes anywhere with it’s $19.99 price tag. There are definitely a certain crowd of people that come in to our store that are really stoked on this sort of thing. And who am I to judge? It sure is interesting. And maybe it works really well. Maybe the joke is on me for not snatching it up with my discount. I’m sure somebody will get a lot of really good use out of this thing… just like its original owner. But I can’t help chuckling at this little oddity.
One thing is for sure: As long as I work here I will continuously see a constant supply of new (old) gadgets made by Craftsman to make your life in the shop easier.
Hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to comment and let me know if you have ever come across and/or used one of these.
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