Jumping into the Festool Pool...

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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 03-21-2008 06:28 PM 1805 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In another step towards a blended shop, I’ve decided to take a dip in the Festool Pool… Yesterday I ordered the RO125 and the CT22 package from Festool Junkies. I’ve got to give props to Timmy C., the proprietor of Festool Junkies – I made the order at 2:00 PM my time and by 3:00 PM, I’d received my shipping order confirmation from UPS. Looks like I’ll get it on Monday! Customer Service like that will keep me coming back for more, hands down.

This is a big deal for me because I’ve been saving up for this most of two years now. This was all from money I’ve made selling pieces and listing things on eBay (cleaning out stuff I didn’t need anymore around the house) and working part-time doing some editing for the American Cities Business Journal.

If things work out, I’ll be able to put it to good use in the near future. A friend of mine does custom kitchen cabinets and baths and wine cellars and libraries and the like; he is coming over in a few weeks to measure out and give us a bid on our kitchen. If we go with him, I’ll be doing what I can to save money by doing all the sanding and probably applying the finish and the hardware. I told him we have an unfinished full-pour basement where we can work on all that in peace. He said we can defnitely work that into the contract.

The wife is excited about getting new kitchen cabinets. I’m excited about maybe saving some money in the process.

For a more in-depth discussion, check it out here:

On the OTHER end of the blended shop, I recently received my mini-panel raiser plane from Phil! I’ll do a write-up on it in the very near future, just as soon as I start on something where I can use it.


-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 07:02 PM

Ethan -

Congratulations! You are in trouble now . . .



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#2 posted 03-21-2008 08:06 PM


I am sure the adrenaline rush is beginning. It will be a long weekend I am sure. Getting new tools is like being 10 years old at Christmas time. But on this one there is no backing out on your commitment to the kitchen remodel. I am sure that you used that as leverage to get your wife’s permission to buy the Festools.

But I don’t blame you for being excited. You should be. You are getting some wonderful new tools, committing to a major woodworking project with some expert oversight to help you, and making your wife happy. Sounds like a winning combination all the way.

It looks like you are going to have a number of projects/ reviews that could be posted here as well, if you can manage to balance your job, home and family with the demands created by the kitchen remodel among other things. You are going to be one busy man.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-21-2008 08:27 PM


I didn’t use any projects as leverage for this purchase. This was completely paid for with non-budgeted money I’d been saving up on my own for two years.

My wife is perfectly happy with me buying whatever I want for woodworking, as long as it has zero impact on our monthly budget. That means I make the money by selling projects or doing some part-time editing work or whatever else I can do to get money, as long as it doesn’t come from one of my (or her) paychecks.

I made the decision to do that a long time ago because I don’t want my hobby to have a negative impact on our lives financially. When you let that happen, THAT is when the (expletive deleted) gets added to the beginning of the hobby name. I think it was a pretty good decision.

But yeah, I’d sure like to post more projects in the near future. It has been too long since I’ve been able to focus on some projects.

And the wife does have a few things she wants me to work on…

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 03-21-2008 09:55 PM

She sounds like a keeper, Red. Can’t wait to see the progress on the cabinets.

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#5 posted 03-21-2008 11:26 PM

When I bought my first Festool, the TS55 saw, the salesman at Woodcraft warned me that it is an addictive brand. He was right! Now I own a Rotex, the Domino, and a CT22. Can’t wait to get the Kapex SCMS, the jig saw, the plunge router and an MFT3!
So be warned. :)

They are definitely some of the best tools I’ve ever bought.



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