Confessions Of a Tool Addict

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 07-18-2009 07:10 PM 4443 reads 0 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Caution, Not for the Fainthearted!—-For “Mature” Audiences

Hi, My name is Kent, and I’m a tool addict ( I know, it’s cheesy and overused, but what can I say)

My problem started at a very early age. The best I can remember, I was about 12 years old. My dad had a woodworking shop so naturally I was exposed to the “lifestlye” early on. It would be real easy to blame him, but now I have come to realize my own responsibility for my actions. He didn’t seem to have the same stuggle that I’ve had. It’s amazing how some of us can get hooked so quickly, while others can simply walk away from tools any time they wish.

It all started so innocently. One day I was playing in the shop and, and there it was. Just laying there. It was only a Stanley block plane. Not worth a lot, or in very good shape, but yet it called out to me. Of course, my curiosity got the best of me. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I should have just walked away. How different would my life be now? Maybe I could have actually become something other than a “woodworker”. But no, I had to pick it up, to hold it, even to caress it. I couldn’t stop. The plane seemed to be calling out to me. I knew I should walk away, but yet somehow it seemed so “right”! Hopefully my story will help you before it’s too late. When you touch that first tool, you must understand the heartbreak you’re setting yourself up for.

Very quickly things got out of hand. The more I used tools, the more I had to have. The expense wasn’t too bad at first. at that age I could use my fathers tools. But soon that wasn’t enough. I had to have my own tools, something I didn’t have to share with anyone. I had to do drastic things to support my habit. I even found myself Working! How low had I come, and in such a short time. But yet the more I worked, the more tools I thought I must have. As an adult , my problem got totally out of control. I hid my purchases from my wife. I juggled the books at work so no one would know I was buying tools for my own personal satisfaction. Called all of it a “Business Expense”

Then it really got out of control. I began getting catalogs in the mail. You know how “they” are. They intice you with promises of better, faster, more power, even prettier. Of course by then I was so hopelessly drawn in to the lifestyle, I just didn’t care anymore. Addictions will do funny things to you. It started with Stanley, but soon that didn’t satisfy. I knew I had lost it when I got my first Bridge City Toolworks catalog. Wow, if I only had those, I could forever be content. Of course I was for a while, until the mail came again. Oh, how will I ever pay for it. My despair deepens. Again “They” have it all figured out——Credit cards!!!! Then that well dries up (or maxes out) What do I do now?—-You guessed it, I had to become a dealer to support this hopeless habit. I doubt the madness will ever end!!!!!!!

In my pitiful condition even all my family became enablers. They contributed to my weakness in an effort to keep me pacified. Oh how awefull I’ve become. Is there help for me, and others in my sad state. I’m calling out for help, and it seems as though no one cares. Is there a support group for people like me.

Is anybody listening?????


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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-18-2009 07:45 PM

lol…Hello…my name is Don and I am a tool

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-18-2009 09:26 PM

Is there any one out there?

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 09:30 PM

Jing’s laddie join the club. I too am addicted .l O L Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 07-18-2009 10:11 PM

I luv a good true confessions of a tool addict. I just bought a new Grex pinner off a dealer getting out of the business. Sweet deal. I try to limit my small purchases (say less than $100 to once a month), medium purchase say $100 to $500 to every 3 to 6 months (more like 6 months), and larger purchases (for me say $750 to $1,500) to once a year, and maybe 18 months. Otherwise I would have, could have spent $10,000 this year alone! I look at it this way, if you buy a good quality used tool at a good price, you can always sell it for 80% of what you paid. Kinda like a long term tool rental. Like a friend says, I drink, I fall down, what’s the problem.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 07-18-2009 10:22 PM

If i go a month without spending $500 on tools, it’s because I’m fishing(my other addiction)and that’s no cheaper.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#6 posted 07-18-2009 10:36 PM

I still buy tools and occasionally machines too. when I see something I like I sell my older machine and add to the price and upgrade, but now I am settling out a bit and have most of what I need plus a few duiplicates too sometimes .Does it stop me from still getting this and that from time to time” no no no , it does not ” Buying and setting up/altering your shop to accomodate new machines /tools, is for me half the fun . Otherwise it would be everything in one box ,or a machine with everything attached like a swiss penknife which requires a virtual rebuild everytime you want to change it over to do the next part of the project.The answer to that idea is a sterling ” no no no ” It’s much better over a life time if required to buy a tool for each project that’s the way of the real toolaholic. LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 11:09 PM

Kent, I am a wood scrap addict. I also discovered I am a sanding addict. I think a tools addict is probably an upgraded addiction for me.

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 11:10 PM

I think that tool addict affliction may be covered under ” Obamacare” unless the government decides your too old!
If your to old (59) you should suffer with the pain or die because the elderly need to quit being selfish and not use up all the health-care! Sorry for the political rant!
I’m spanky and I am a tool addict also!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 07-18-2009 11:21 PM

I don’t have time to read this… I’m too busy tool shopping… she shops, I shop… just in different departments and stores. Like mtkate… I went from wood scrap collecting to sanding addiction… now the big boy tools…
I may have to sell my boat… I had to join a support group… that backfired… Mason-Dixon Woodworkers just encouraged me.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 07-19-2009 12:17 AM

aww….it ain’t no addiction…I can quit anytime I want

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 07-19-2009 12:48 AM

i’m not really a tool addict ,
i’m a bigger shop addict !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 07-19-2009 01:07 AM

Does calling the local tool shop a toy shop count LOL…........ i think i’m addicted well my wife says i am LOL….........


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 07-19-2009 01:13 AM

I refuse to believe I’m a tool addict.
Tools are the ability to do a job I could not otherwise do.
The more tools I have, the more ability I have.
You are only a tool addict if the PURSUIT of tools takes precedent over the USE of tools! Until I spend a week (or a day) without using my tools, then maybe I’ll join Toolaholics Anonymous. That is, if I don’t get distracted by a project on the way…

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#14 posted 07-19-2009 01:55 AM

Hello my name is Blkcherry and I a tool addict…and its only getting worst. BeachedBones you’re living in denial…LOL…what a way to go!!!....Blkcherry

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#15 posted 07-19-2009 02:10 AM

I am curious how I can write off tools as business expenses… hmmm… looks for catalog

-- San Diego, CA

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