I have been working hard at my website doing tool reviews and updates. I have almost all of my power and hand tools posted as pictures in my gallery. I am still trying to redesign the site to increase traffic and ease use. I find it interesting what other people are using in their shops and maybe others will want to look in my drawers too…
I couldn’t resist.
I spent most of my Friday night finding and loading pictures. I took a lot longer that I had wanted, but I made some good progress. I then started working on tool reviews. If you are like me, you spend hours reading reviews, watching videos, and comparing tools before you commit to buying. I love having good tools. No, they are not the greatest tools, but for now, they are the greatest for me. It is what I can afford, and what I can justify buying. I don’t like buying something, even if I have the money, if it won’t pay for itself and earn its keep. I would like to have a Powermatic lathe and band saw and a Festool anything, but that ain’t gonna happen right now. Would they pay for themselves? Absolutely! But business is a little slow right now, so I can’t justify it. I use what I can and do the best that I can with the modest tools in my shop. What I do have though, are some sexy and fun tools. These are the ones I keep on the tool belt and use day-in day-out. Yes, a hammer can be sexy. A wrench? Damn right. Anyway, I get asked quite often by co-workers and customers, “what the heck it that thing?!” as they point to a tool I have with me. I gladly show off whatever they were referring to and we have a laugh, an impromptu demonstration, or a request to borrow it (which is usually denied…).
So with the Project Woodworks site overhaul, I decided to set up a page for honest reviews of tools I use every day. So far, they are all very positive, but keep in mind, I try not to purchase tools that suck. There is a section for shop tools (table saw, jointer, lathe, etc.), power tools (biscuit jointer, cordless drill, and random orbit sander), hand tools (planes, hammers, chisels) and finally the Super Hero Belt (everything I carry around my ever expanding waist).
So if you are looking for something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue (the Kreg Jig is blue…) check it out.
Sawdust and Splinters Guys!
-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com