Routers vs. Planes vs. ???: The Craigslist/Flea Market Impulse

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Forum topic by FunnelStudio posted 10-17-2009 06:30 PM 1486 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2009 06:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools collections impulse

Until I bought a jack plane at Green Dragon in Lancaster, PA for $10, I would constantly scan the pages of Craigslist for routers, and collected a few of those guys. Now my tool impulse has switched to planes, and it seems many of you have a similar compulsion or “bug” to buy certain tools as well.

So, out of general interest, what’s the one thing you can buy 10 of and justify, even when other people think you’re nuts?

-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 06:35 PM

For me, it’s screwdrivers, this type to be exact. I have 16 or so now. Got any ya wanna sell?

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 12:35 AM

For me it’s Witherby Drawknifes. There always seems to be a better one or a different size then the ones I already have.

-- Mark,

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 04:24 AM

I was going to say routers but then I saw Dans screwdrivers and I think I have about 30 of those puppies.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 04:33 AM

Wow, its very comforting to see I’m not the only one with this compulsion. I seem to be “collecting” everything. I have 6 routers, 9 levels, 5 sliding bevels, about a dozen planes and several of the clamping straightedges….and my garage isn’t even finished yet!! I think it might be because these are relatively inexpensive items. If I am at a garage/estate sale and I see tools for $5, $10, or even $25, I always hear myself saying “hmmm, that’s too good a deal to pass up”, even if I don’t know how to use it yet :)

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 04:41 AM

pc routers, just love them

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#6 posted 10-19-2009 07:41 PM


But very few people think you can have too many of those.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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