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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 11-24-2014 03:27 PM 1460 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was presented on The Porch yesterday by Malcolm Thomas. I don’t know if it is original content by him, but he gets credit here for posting it. Thought it worth passing on for introspection as well as entertainment!

DISCLOSURE: I made slight edits for typos…

A galoot goes through stages:

1 – I want to make something from wood;
2 – Buy all the tailed goods that modern marketing says you ‘need’;
3 – Discover that electric powered tenon saws didn’t always exist, so buy a handsaw (probably a blunt one);
4 – Search for answers to ‘how could anyone ever have made a house/table/chair with this; discover The Porch;
5 – Experience using a simple, sharp chisel/plane/saw for the first time;
6 – Realize that old tools are good tools, but need knowledge and a bit of skill to sharpen and use, returning oceans of satisfaction whenever you make anything, from sawdust to sideboards;
7 – Buy old tools wherever you see them – to rescue them – because they are better than your current user, or just to check them out;
8 – Buy more tools, because you can, and they have interesting shapes, and design, and makers;
9 – Buy even more tools, neglect making stuff because you are fettling tools;

10 – Enjoy owning all those tools. Pause and think…. Hmmmm… do I want to make things with my new skill, knowledge and deep rooted satisfaction, no ear muffs, Mozart / Led Zeppelin on the radio, no fears of limb loss, [but band-aids handy];

11 – Create a cabinetmaker’s set of few well-tune honed tools appropriate for my particular interest, and enjoy sawdust for ever and a day. Buy better as they appear, and release the less good;

or,

I realize the importance of hand tools that created our society, our artifacts, and that reflect changes in culture and technology;

11 – fill in the gaps in the sets, appreciate the creation, preservation, and reuse of the tools;

or

do something of both 10 and 11.

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I know where I am on the list. sigh

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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terryR

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 03:47 PM

LOL!

I guess I’m around stage 9-10!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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ksSlim

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 05:06 PM

Excellent post! We’re not collector snobs, we just need/want one of everything.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 05:19 PM

Fun stuff.

-- ~Tony

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JayT

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 08:30 PM

Great post, Smitty.

Looks like I’m in the same place as terry—fettling old tools that have been rescued and trying to start making stuff. I’ll skip the Mozart and Led Zepplin, though and listen to some Building 429, Matt Maher or Toby Mac.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 08:51 PM

i’m not sure why, but I suddenly have Skynard in my head.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 09:31 PM

The rate at which one progresses from 7 – 10 is directly related to how much you are willing/allowed to spend.

Cheap A$$ B’tards like myself, goes pretty darn quick. :)

Skynard works

-- - Terry

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racerglen

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#7 posted 11-24-2014 10:31 PM

Ah yes, herself only briefly questioned the 350 ish lee valley tab that brought me the apron plane, medium router plane, finger files and mini pmv 111 chizels not to meantion the actual L/V hard copy catalogue..
Now to get caught up on things that actualy need fetteling, and perchance some vood vork !!

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 11-25-2014 01:51 PM

Dabbled to about 10 but then regressed to 6.

-- I love Jeeps

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john2005

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#9 posted 11-25-2014 04:17 PM

Haha, good stuff Smitty. Also with Terry between 9 and 10 with forseeable set backs…

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#10 posted 11-25-2014 06:52 PM

I know for me, once I hit 5 I was hooked, anything that follows that is just pure obsession!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 11-25-2014 06:59 PM

I’m thinking #6 might be a fine place to end up. After I spend a little more time in the latter stages of #11 of course… I mean, I can quit anytime I want, right?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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theoldfart

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#12 posted 11-25-2014 07:07 PM

Good post Smitty. I managed to dodge #2, not enough funds. Approached #10 but then like Byo wound up at 6. Now working on contentment.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 11-26-2014 12:38 AM

Contentment sounds awesome, Kevin!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Slyy

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#14 posted 11-27-2014 08:59 PM

I can quit anytime I like

That excuse hasn’t worked on my wife since the first time I tried it out!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#15 posted 11-28-2014 10:45 PM

Ha! I’m stuck at 7-8! Great taste in music, JayT!

-- God bless, Candy

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