These days it would seem that we have a never ending need to spend thousands of dollars on accessories for our already costly tools. I am particularly concerned in the areas of push sticks, block planes, router fingers, jigs etc..Am I the only one who is shocked and awed when I see the price tags on the latest line of accessories. It seems alot of people are just giving in and buying alot of items that they could probably just make out of scrap material. There is no lack of talent on this website if you ask me so why has the market on accessories sky rocketed out of control? Are we to blame for buying in and supporting them. Why not stick to our guns and make them ourselves. Take the market back so to speak. Granted there are numerous items that have allowed us to achieve a new level of woodwork all together, but can these items not be reverse engineered as well and made of wood? Is it too much work? It surely could not cost as much.
I find that making things like pushsticks and jigs to be extremely rewarding and the best part is they are free. Made from scrap material from previous projects. I love it. So for anyone that has sold out to this over-priced market and given up on a tradition in woodworking, Please send me your scrap wood so I may make use of it as I cannot afford the ever growing cost of accessories that will soon just take my skill out of the equation all together.
The mission of this blog is merely to poll the Lumberjock community. Make it yourself or buy? and why?
-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris