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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 04-09-2010 10:58 PM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why is it that people that do NOT want to spend money think they can BORROW my tools. Because I do woodwork they want to borrow my hand sander when they are painting there HOUSE ? They want to just use my drill when they need holes in plate steel (Theirs quit). They want my jointer, they found a lot of use wood that they want to re-claim . I have watched 2 differnet people use the same table saw, with the same blade, cutting the same board. 1st person moved it slowly through the wood cutting it nicely. Second was in hurry ,burned his way through and blade needed sharpening when he was finished. Then he wondered why I don’t BORROW, LEND, GIVe my tools to other people. My wife even has HER own hammer cause MINE is MINE ! My cabinet teacher told us. You are going to make a living with your hammer and your tape measure. NEVER let others use them ! I used to buy old wood handled hammers so if someone showed up to HELP, they had theire own. Most times they broke the handle OFF by end of day. .........BUT those large spikes were pulled out ! I have been building for 35 years now, I still shake my head every time soneone asks to borrow !
Is it just me or am I being a fuddy dud.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 04-09-2010 11:41 PM

No you are not. Tools are sacred…and sometimes named…though don’t tell your wife I said that.

-- Brian Meeks,

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 04-09-2010 11:46 PM

when I made my living as a mechanic nobody…NOBODY….touched my tools, now that I do woodworking for relaxtion (these tools are not my bread and butter) I loan them out more as a freindship thing. My preference would be to use the tool for them, but my schedule is way too erratic for someone to wait until I am available. Tools are compariatively easily found/bought good friends are harder to come by, well at least there isnt a Lee Vally catalgoue full of friends with prices, sizes and an exchange policy LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 12:29 AM

I only lend tools to a VERY SELECT few friends that I know, without a doubt, will use them as carefully as I do. These people would also replace them in the blink of an eye if, for any reason, something would happen to a loaned tool. I would do the exact same for something I might borrow.

No one else, other than my few trusted friends, has a snowballs chance in hell of borrowing anything.

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 12:30 AM

Funny I grew up and nobody would borrow me their tools. I had friends who use to come into my shop to borrow tools. They don’t anymore when they found out what I would borrow to them. I have a whole box of tools I call my borrow box. I’d tell them if its in the box its yours to use. Oh and by the way you may have to sharpen that saw or chisel, or tighten the handle on that hammer. Well you get the point. Sure is nice to have my tools when I need them. So make a borrow box and see how long it takes before they stop borrowing from you. LOL And yes this is true I do, do this.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 01:52 AM

I have some tools that I will lend (very few). Otherwise I say no or if I want to be helpful I will offer myself along with the tool and then only I will use it.

I remember one time I was building a fence with my neighbor and he used my LEVEL as a HAMMER!!!! No more lending tools after that!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 04-10-2010 02:32 AM

Well, you’ll just have to hurt their feelings so they don’t hurt your tools!

“Sorry, I don’t lend out my tools.” and if they don’t understand why, ask: “Can I borrow your car/truck?”

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 04-10-2010 02:50 AM

Nope, the tools are mine. As my kids got older and started to ‘borrow’ my tools and became more insistent. So, now all three boys have their own tools. As to the power tools. If you need to borrow it, I come along with it.

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#8 posted 04-10-2010 04:34 AM

i don’t mind lending my power I don’t use them much, I don’t really have good ones, so I am not heartbroken if they see hard use, and since they are mostly box store brand, quickly replaceable.
however, hand tools. I keep a closer grip on. my rule is I only loan them to cabinet maker friends(trained professional), and they have to come back fresh sharp.
I do seem to be the guy most people go to, when they need a special purpose tool. thankfully I have a good memory for where my tools are.

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

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#9 posted 04-10-2010 07:58 AM

I learned a long time ago not to lend tools….....most of the time they became permanently lent or..came back damaged….........nothing goes out of my shop…....there’s evn a small box of tools inside the house for the family to use.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 04-10-2010 08:05 AM

Nobody borrows my tools. If someone wants to come work in my shop with me, (like my daughter) they are more then welcome. But, I will be there to make sure the tools get used they way they are supposed to be. Safely and correctly.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 04-10-2010 09:11 AM

I used to get a kick out of people coming to the job site and saying “hey, let me see your hammer for a second”. Generally something like, ” sure, I’m a carpenter, what would I do with it? ” would be my answer. Now I keep an old Estwing that has a broken shaft inside the rubber just for these people.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#12 posted 04-10-2010 09:38 AM

i hate lending tools…and i dont lend.these things are too expensive for destroing

-- hrvoje

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Don Butler

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#13 posted 04-10-2010 02:47 PM

I like an expression I heard I couple of weeks ago:

You may touch my tools someday in the future when I am dead.
Until then, you may not touch my tools.

I don’t make a living with my tools, but they are expensive and I can’t afford new ones.
If I could afford them, I’d buy then for my friends so they wouldn’t ask for mine.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#14 posted 04-10-2010 03:18 PM

I was always taught , if you have to borrow something more than once , its time to buy your own. Point the borrowers to the local tool rental.

-- - Mike

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David Craig

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#15 posted 04-10-2010 03:57 PM

I go with that adage Mike. I follow the borrow once, buy the second time. I have one friend who will loan me something when I need it. He knows that the tool will come back as it was and, most likely cleaner, than when he loaned it to me.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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