OK, I’ve got a tool gloat. I normally only buy woodworking tools used or on sale. This purchase is arguably one of my best. Reguarly $119 at Lowes, this Porter Cable 4210 Type 1 12” Dovetail Jig (for half blind and sliding dovetails) was a display and had been marked down a couple of times. When I saw it the price was $50. But that’s not what I paid. I know dovetails are the center of the universe for some, but I have never cut a dovetail, well a few sliding dovetails on the router table, but not the showy kind on drawer sides. I was in Lowes Tuesday evening picking up some screws and saw this PC dovetail jig on the clearance table for $50. I thought that was a good price and maybe my start into dovetails, but no box, no bit, no collar, no hex wrench and missing a knob. Otherwise it was fully complete. I hesitated and a young kid employee said several customers had looked at it, but no sale. It was at this time an older employee said it was just about worthless because of a missing template. I know what a template looks like but who am I to argue with a seasoned Lowes sales pro. I ask the kid to mark it down further due to the missing parts. Those replacement templates can be pretty expensive. The kid said I had to provide proof of the value of a replacement template. I went home, printed out the template from Amazon at $60, and drove back to Lowes. I don’t think the kid was paying much attention and I quickly wore him down to $25 and brought it home. I ordered the missing knob and wrench for $6.74 plus shipping that night. I have the collar and will buy the bit another day. Not bad for an ol’ peckerhead. I ought to be ashamed…hehe
-- david roberts, spinning Tales from Topographic Oceans, no, really.