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Workshop Development #78: Not much done, and it felt so good to not do it! What to do with surplus tools?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 216 days ago 820 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I was not going to go out to the shop yesterday, but there were tools inside the house that I needed to put up. So I went out there, and admired my wall as it were. The second coat on the front 2/3 of the wall is now dry, and I can’t see any bleed through. The dark spots you see in the photo are cast shadows…

I managed to get the tools put up. Loose screwdrivers, mallets (From doing paint work), various drywall tools etc… all got put in their proper places, and then my backside got put in the proper place. The woodcraft shop stool…

It’s just a stupid wall, why does this feel like such a major accomplishment?

But alas, i found yet more flaws in the unpainted side. Out came the taping knife, and the box of mud. Blemishes filled…

I did manage to get by Home Depot yesterday, and managed to pick up a few things for the shop. 2 more gallons of el cheapo paint, a tool bag for my belt sander (I know, a lot of you don’t like / use cases / bags, but they help keep my tools organized and undamaged). I also picked up a new Ryobi variable speed jig saw. No Bosch by any means, and it may end up going back soon. Not crazy about the twist mount blade attachment mechanism. However my Skil jig saw pushed me over the limit with the bent foot this past week trimming drywall. I did however get mad enough at it, AFTER the Ryobi came home to figure out how to remove the foot, jam it in the vice, and straighten the foot out. It is working pretty nice now…

I am at a bit of a quandry now. I have some surplus tools that I would like to get rid of, however they are common tools lots of guys are trying to dump off on my local Craigslist. Specifically…

I want to unload my Black and Decker Firestorm 10” miter saw. I upgraded to a Harbor Freight 12” slider with a Diablo blade and love it, although I am considering upgrading THAT to the double bevel that HF now sells. I never thought a double bevel slider would be in my price range, but this one is!

I had considered keeping the B&D miter saw and installing a metal cutting blade, but my BIL has a Ryobi cut off saw that works great and I can use at any time… And I very rarely do metal cut off work…

I also want to unload my B&D Firestorm plunge router. I have never really liked this router and just want it gone.

If I decide to keep the Ryobi jig saw, I am going to be offloading this old Skil that is now fixed. It’s no super accurate jig saw by any means, but it works well for what it is, as long as the shoe is straight which it is now… Previously it was giving me angled cuts through stock because I, well dropped it and bent the shoe… Dummy…

If someone in the Houston / Galveston area needs this stuff, get them in touch with me. I will let it go cheap… I want the space in my shop back!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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eccentrictinkerer

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#1 posted 216 days ago

I’ve had the same problem with an excess inventory of tools. Somewhat valuable to me, but not worth much on Craigslist. I had a tool garage sale last summer and got rid of some bigger stuff, but still had some serviceable hand and power tools. (BTW, dealing with 4sshats during a garage sale is very trying.)

I’m semi-retired and have had 12 wonderful years of being a handyman/re-modeler so I accumulate a fair amount of surplus electrical and plumbing fixtures and other supplies from my jobs.

I’ve donating this stuff to the Re-Store (Habitat for Humanity), so I took my excess tools up to to the Re-Store and dropped them off. They were very happy to have them.

Re-Store/Habitat for Humanity

Re-store made some money, some industrious person is making use of the tools and I get a little tax write-off.

Win, win, win situation!

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 216 days ago

The jig saw comes out rarely in my shop, but they are extremely useful when installing in wall boxes and circuits. I have an old Skil here, and a Rigid in La Conner. Some work previously assigned to the jig saw now is done by the multi-tool in my shop….........it is more controllable and makes a smoother cut.

I rarely sell tools, but generally speaking, by the time I replace them, they are hopelessly out of date or non-functioning…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 216 days ago

I see something missing, no windows for natural lighting. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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dbhost

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#4 posted 216 days ago

I think I might do the Re-store route. Goodwill near me won’t take power tools…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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dbhost

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#5 posted 216 days ago

I did manage to dig up some tools that are redundant, but I don’t want to get rid of. My 22+ year old Snap On diagonal cutting pliers, my impact socket extensions, various screwdrivers and pliers etc… It is going to take a while to organize all of this, but it should be worth it!

Yeah the lacking windows thing kid of stinks… The HOA prohibits them in garage doors, and I am not going to cut holes in the brick to put in a window… Maybe one of these years I will sacrifice attic space and put in a skylight!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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jumbojack

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#6 posted 216 days ago

db check into Solar Tubes. They too will take up attic space but the light they throw is remarkable. Good choice on the Re-Store, ours is called Habitat for Humanity. I am taking a grinder, chop saw, and a miter box there this week and plan on checking out what can come home with me. It is a vicious circle.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 209 days ago

ah, Ok DB yea I understand, My house is half and half hard and framed, my garage is framed siding, and I’m not in an HOA.

I like Jumbojack’s idea

I think it’s kind of petty that they won’t allow windows in garage doors, I see no unattraction or repulsive in that.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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dbhost

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#8 posted 209 days ago

There is all sorts of stupid pettiness that goes on with my HOA… And dumb stuff they shouldn’t allow that certain folks connected to the HOA but that is another story all together…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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dbhost

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#9 posted 209 days ago

BTW. I have found a home for the surplus tools. I talked to my Brother in Law, and our nephew who is all of I guess 19 now I think… is building up a tool collection for his own shop. He is wanting to pick up his Dad’s trade, auto restoration and customizing, which oddly enough, includes quite a bit of woodworking… So off they go to help him get a leg up!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 209 days ago

Actually, come to think of it, I do pass on some tools to my son-in-law in Fairbanks. Since they usually drive down, they can handle bulkier things. He also gets some of my cast off electronics. Although I use many of the castoff electronic things in upgrading my shop audio and office audio, there always seem to be redundant items.

Busy morning, then I am off for the weekend starting this afternoon, barring anything unexpected….............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbray45

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#11 posted 209 days ago

I called Habitat about donating my radial arm saw. They never got back to me so Salvation Army got it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 207 days ago

dbray45

Well, they can’t have my RAS, it is the busiest tool in the shop. I bought it new in 1970, Craftsman 10”. It is now a crosscut specialist. Outfitted with a great blade, near perfect dust control, a large work surface, and a fence where I can set a stop and get better than 1/100th of an inch accuracy without measuring.

Nope, they aren’t gonna get my old pal.

I have a high end compound sliding miter saw at my vacation home, which is just great, but I would trade it in a heart beat for a clone of my RAS with all its upgrades.

But, I am a tinkerer, a little romantic, and I, well not to the extent that dbHost goes to, somewhat conservative in shop expenditures…..........for no good reason.

I hope your RAS goes to a good home. Of course, some of them, were not the best. Mine is the old time cast iron beast. It needs constant attention to make sure it doesn’t go out of alignment, but it is easy to fix.

For the average woodworker, the miter saws are better, I am sure.

......and I bet that is true for you…....

..........sigh…...

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#13 posted 207 days ago

Hmmm. Conservative with shop expenditures. I like that…

Sounds so much better than cheap.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 207 days ago

Sherie would like it too.

Conservative…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbray45

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#15 posted 204 days ago

Actually Jim, I liked the RAS. After fixing it and aligning it, it was a very good tool. I just don’t have the space for it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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