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Forum topic by ralmand posted 12-02-2011 02:20 AM 1384 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2011 02:20 AM

I think someone else brought this topic up recently. I am thinking about selling my tools. I cannot find the time nor the extra money (for wood) to enjoy a craft I took up as a hobby.
I have a Ridgid TS3650, biscuit joiner, three routers, table top drill press, mitre saw, on, and on, on
Should I let it all go or hold to it? I wish I had more time and REALLY more money to buy wood…but my tools are just sitting at the moment.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 04:14 AM

DON’T DO IT!!! Unless you haven’t touched them in like 10 years, you will regret it. And you have made some fine things. You will someday have the time again and then you’ll regret it if you sell everything. I’m in your shoes too right now. Don’t have time and can’t get motivated. But I’m not throwing in the towel yet. In fact, I have alot of projects I need and want to do this winter. Hang in there.

-- Janice

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 07:12 AM

I would keep them…

Be on the lookout on trash day… for old furniture, wood things, etc. being thrown away.

Find where companies receive goods via Pallets and grab pallets as much as you can…

If you have friends, also into woodworking, be sure they know you are in need of all of their scraps.

You’d be surprised how much you can get to get enough for you to play with…

Oh, one other thing… be on the look out for downed tree limbs from winds, etc. & grab what you can, let them dry out, cut into smaller logs, slice them up on your bandsaw… and make stuff from them! Works great!!

Good luck!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 07:33 AM

If you’re ditching them to fund another hobby then sure, if not then you need to start finding the time in your life to do your hobby at least once a week. If you can’t find the time then you either have too many hobbies already or you’re overworking yourself. Everyone needs some me time, if it is that another hobby or two gets in the way then just do those and don’t kick yourself for not having the time to do woodworking.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 04:57 PM


-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 05:03 PM

^I like your typing, Bert;) It’s never a bad thing to have tools in your shop. The money you’ll get for selling them used in this economy won’t be worth that one day that you need them. You don’t owe the woodworking hobby anything. The tools you’ve collected are more than reasonable for a guy who occasionally needs to do some DIY stuff around the house. Keep them.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 12-02-2011 08:04 PM

I think your typing sucks….keep practicing…:)

Don’t sell your tools: You’ll regret ever minute of it in the long haul if you do….then where will you be?

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#7 posted 12-02-2011 08:05 PM

Is this the Lumberjocks equivelant of threatening to committing suicide?
(“I’m gonna sell all my tools!”, or, “I’m quiting this forum because it’s too politicized!”)

My Dad threatened to sell all his tools for years just so he wouldn’t have to do “side jobs” anymore. I told him he just needed to learn how to say ‘no’ to people. (He’s since sold them and re-purchased all of them again.)

You have your tools to enable you to do something you LOVE, don’t you?

Learn to say ‘no’ to those who would have you do something you don’t want to do!

I had a neighbor who, when he retired, had about $50k to spend on his ‘hobbies’. Every six months it was something different. He rebuilt a vintage Porsche, then he sold all that (tools and all) and found an antique pipe organ and rebuilt that. Then he built a sailboat, then an airplane. It was the same $50k bought and sold in every new hobby—whatever caught his fancy. Maybe you’re like that guy?

Just don’t sell them without an idea of what you want to do.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 12-02-2011 08:41 PM

If your roof isn’t leaking- keep them. Look for sources of free or low cost wood(trash day). Good luck. -Jack

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#9 posted 12-02-2011 08:53 PM

Unless your starving or in desperate need of the room the tools take up then hold on to them. give yourself some time at least 2-3 months and revisit the idea about selling, if then you have not used your tools and have no interest in using them, then you might want to sell. But in today’s market you’ll be lucky to get 50 cents on the dollar of what you paid for them.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 12-02-2011 09:09 PM

Randy (neighbor),

Hold on to them. Someday you will find the time. Many projects require a lot of time and effort, yet many don’t. When I want to go out into the shop and play around for an afternoon, evening or whatever and don’t want to commit a lot of time to setting up shop, planning the project, going to pickup lumber, building something, having to finish it, cleaning up shop, putting away tools, etc., I turn a pen or two on the lathe. I get my “fix”, yet only have 2 – 3 hours invested.

You purchased a planer from me a couple of years back. Do you have a lathe? Have you tried to turn pens? If not, would you be interested in trying it out? If so, send me an email. You can come over and try it out some weekend or over the holidays. If you like it, I have a spare lathe, extra tools, an extra pen press, and an extra centering jig that I’ll let you take home and try out for a few months. They are just taking up space anyways. If you don’t like it, you haven’t wasted anything but time, if you like it, I’ll give you a really good deal on any or all of the tools, or you can return them and pick up your own elsewhere. The investment for pen parts is relatively cheap.

If you are still in the same line of work, you could actually sell the pens & pencils to your clients when making calls. A hobby that pays for itself is great. A hobby that actually provides an income is even better!

Another fellow “Allen-ite”.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#11 posted 12-03-2011 02:01 AM

Understand the lack of time, but not lack of wood.

There is so much recycled wood, pallets, fallen trees to make bowls for on a lathe, or you can slab with a chainsaw or your bandsaw

I would only sell if I had decided that I really did not enjoy the craft.

If in your heart you enjoy the working with your hands, and don’t have a need to sell your tools for instant cash, then hang on.


-- “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

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#12 posted 12-03-2011 02:13 AM

I see things differently than everybody else.

I think you SHOULD sell all your tools… cheaply… to me…

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#13 posted 12-03-2011 05:28 AM

NorthWoodsMan, I wish I had friends and neighbors like you! My neighbors are really fun: call the cops every time I shoot something, let their trash blow all over my pastures, and watch their dogs chase my horses.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 12-04-2011 03:23 AM

cr1, Thanks for the unsolicited legal advice. That just isn’t my style though. I lean more towards: shoot their dogs, dump trash in their yard, etc. We do things a little differently in Ok. Thanks anyway.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 12-04-2011 03:55 AM

Just don’t do it.

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