|Forum topic by bunkie||posted 01-02-2010 09:23 PM||1378 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-02-2010 09:23 PM
I’ve been involved in a number of discussions of various tool purchases and a recurring theme (for me, at least) has been that there seems to be an ultimate destination that is rarely arrived at on the first try. For example, I recently reviewed my new Forrest Dado King in which I mentioned the serf and bastard-son-squire dadoes that preceded it in my tool collection. Also, I’m on my fourth (and hopefully, last) table saw.
So, as a general topic of discussion, what tool upgrade paths have you been on and what wisdom was acquired as a result of taking this route?
I try to keep in mind that, for me, this is a hobby and, as such, the whole point is extracting some measure of satisfaction and joy from the process. I happen to love tools. While some of my purchases wouldn’t be justified on a purely practical basis, the sheer pleasure of using a fine tool is more often than not worth the investment.
I do have certain tools that are long-term keepers. The Lie-Nielsen plane my wife bought me as a birthday present when we were dating is at the top of that list (nothing says “marry this one” in quite the same way…) My ShopSmith is another in that it’s been with me through both good and bad times and the fact that I could carry it up the stairs and set it up in my Brooklyn apartment after losing my shop space as well as its versatility make it a tool I’ll never sell. Oh yeah, it can be incredibly useful to have two table saws at the same time (simultaneous dadoes and rip cuts anyone?).
So, anyone care to add their own entries?
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