Kind of interesting how outside forces can affect your decisions on a more personal level. Obvious to everyone, we are in a bit of a tough economic time right now. I work in information technology and that is a field easily outsourced. Right now, I make ends meet and live a rather simple life. I work from home, make an ok wage, pay my child support, and make gradual improvements in the home. If something were to happen to my job, I have a few skills in other areas and could make ends meet, but the niceties of a few extra bucks wouldn’t be there. So, I have been investing the left overs into my shop and my tool collection. I guess my thought line is that if times were very tough, there would be people willing to buy the wood for me to build them something, but not many that would stand in line to buy me the tools. So, that is where my investments have been going.
As a member of the club that is called “newbie,” I can tell you that having poor tools is almost like being in an abusive relationship. No matter what you try, you feel like you always fail, everything is your fault, and you start feeling like you deserve your god awful fate. You even start to flinch automatically, when you run your boards through the machines because you are so used to deflection, runout, and the occasional kickback. I have to tell you that making the transition to a more satisfactory collection of tools is like discovering that falling in love is still possible in one’s middle age years.
Latest purchase was today. I picked up the Porter Cable 3 gun 6 gallon compressor combo kit at the Home Depot. I don’t give reviews until I am familiar enough with a tool and have had enough time to understand and fully use it, so I have to express my elation in a blog. I have been wanting a compressor for a very long time. A friend of mine helped me re-roof the backside of my house and that was the first time I ever used a pneumatic tool. I himned and hawed for quite some time, and used restraint when the HD cheap Christmas deals came out. I noticed, though, that the HD and Amazon websites stopped carrying the 3 gun kit so figured I better be acting soon or I will have to come up with another choice. I believe the item is either discontinued, or heading that way. Anyway, HD had them on sale for $259 which was not a bad price for the unit. So I was like a school boy for most of the day playing with the new toy. I was very happy I didn’t cave with the cheaper models and I have to tip a hat to Porter Cable for putting together a nice unit at an affordable price. The guns felt good in the hand and didn’t take me long to get the hang of them.
So right now, romance is not dead in the Craig household, just directed to something other than the breathing. I will be stockpiling this year and will stop when the employment runs thin or when I have decided I have enough tools (like that is ever going to happen).
Happy Woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.