Setting Up Shop (The Gloat to End All Gloats Blog) #2: Books, Books, and more Books!

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Blog entry by FaTToaD posted 11-13-2013 01:40 AM 1266 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Introduction Part 2 of Setting Up Shop (The Gloat to End All Gloats Blog) series Part 3: A Quick Update & A Messy Shop »

Hello y’all!

I thought I’d share with you a big discovery I made this weekend in the new shop: books!

And lots of them!

While taking a break from working on the house I thought I’d bust open the two large, containers in the corner of the shop that I knew had a bunch of old woodworking magazines in them. Boy, was there more than just magazines!

I had glanced inside the boxes prior to putting an offer on the house so I already knew they were magazines, manuals, plans, etc. in there. What I didn’t realized was how many books were in there too!

Here, take a look for yourself:

Yeah, that’s what I said too…

As soon as I found the first ten or so I decided to stack them on the bench to get a better idea of what I was dealing with. Soon I had the four large stacks you saw above. I was like a kid on Christmas!

I even found six or seven more books after I took that picture.

After I took a closer look at what I had I realized many of these books are on my Amazon wish list! And as we all know, woodworking books aren’t cheap!

Here’s a closer look at each stack:

And here’s shot of the containers AFTER I removed the books:

As you can see, there are a ton of old magazines in there as well. Heck, I even found a few that weren’t even opened yet!

Also, I found several plans, old Grizzly catalogs, and a few manuals. I was a little surprised there wasn’t more manuals. Especially considering the large tools would require having a manual around for service.

That’s until I opened the filling cabinet next to the boxes:

That thing is full of manuals, plans, drawings, weird pieces of sandpaper, and even a few books. I’ve still got a lot of work to do just to sort through that filling cabinet but I’ll save that for another day.

Since my wife and I are book hounds to begin with we’re super excited about this find!

I say “we” because Meredith (my wife or a.k.a SWMBO) found several book on outdoor projects, built-ins, storage, etc. that has already given her ideas for the house…

Well, that’s it until next time! Be sure to check out my SmugMug site for full size pictures with captions.

-- David

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 01:48 AM

And, those books are in like new condition. WOW! You’ll never learn all that is contained in that hord. Its a GLOAT unto itself. So glad you found the owner;s manuals for all the equipment items.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 01:50 AM

You’re right, those books would have been worthy of a gloat all by themselves. Maybe if a take a new one into the bathroom each month I’ll eventually read them all!

-- David

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 06:51 AM

Yeah that’s great

OK that’s it I am gunna be sick !!

Did you have to photograph every single one?

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 09:31 AM

You may have done so already, but be sure you let the family know how much you appreciate the tools, shop, books and everything. It may help them to feel pride in the man’s life work, to ease their thoughts of his loss, and the loss of the family home.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 02:36 PM

Garry, I certainly have and probably will continue to pass along my appreciation to the family. I want them to know that I will do my best to continue the pride and craftsmanship he put into the house and his work.

-- David

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 02:36 PM

...I’m very seldom at a loss for words, but this archaeological site has left me speachless.

Although your Gloat truely sucks, ...we, of the quest for Gloats, salute you. ;-)

Thanks for sharing, as we now live vicariously through you.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 02:40 PM

Much too much reading for one person. You will stress your eyes. I suggest sending a bunch my way so you are not tempted into reading it all. You’re welcome.

-- my blog: my You Tube channel:

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 07:07 PM

A great find. I have a similar collection of mostly different titles that I bought over the last 17 years. I know what is in those books and I often refer to them. You have a great treasure there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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