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12-27-2011 09:14 PM

I’m doing some cleaning and organizing in my shop and I trip onto an accessory for some tool. It looks vaguely familiar, but you have no idea what tool it is an accessory for or what it does.

I now have 3 of these accessories and if I can’t figure out what they are for, I will throw them away shortly.

Getting old sucks.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 09:16 PM

Post pictures, I’m sure one of us has seen it. Don’t throw it away yet.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 09:17 PM

I have a drawer where such things live.
I have now taken to putting these things in a bag with a note inside so I won’t forget what they are for…lol
Since I turned 50, my mind has taken a definite vacation…

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 09:19 PM

Rich—Those are probably tool accessories you bought for a particular project that is still in the planning stages. Probably has nothing to with age.

There’s a saying in Wisconsin: “Age is only important if you are a cheese.”

Which is probably why my wife has started calling me “Cheddarhead”.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 09:23 PM

I’ll have to take a picture before I can post a picture – - but I will do that before I throw them away.

Gerry – You could be right. I have bought things for a project I planned to do and never got around to.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 09:42 PM

Don’t worry, as soon as you toss those pieces you’ll remember what they are for.

Somewhere around here I have 4 spankin’ new router bits from CMT.

When I need them I can’t find them, when I find them I’m always in the middle of doing some other chore and don’t have time to deal with them.
It’s a vicious cycle and a conspiracy brought about by my wife and her cleaning fetish.
She picks up stuff and puts in places I would never look, she says it’s because that’s where they belong but I know better, she does it to confuse me!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 12-27-2011 09:51 PM

That’s never happened to me. I know exactly what everything is and where it came from. AND, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

What was the question again?

To be honest, I’ve got tools I can’t remember where they came from or why I have them (whether I know what they do or not).

Getting old does suck!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 12-27-2011 10:11 PM

Murphy’s Law # 57913426
You almost always figure out what a “mystery object” is just days after throwing away. That “mystery object” is essential to your next project.

Murphy’s Law # 57913427
You find the first one you bought just after buying it’s replacement.

Any of this sound familiar???

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#8 posted 12-27-2011 10:12 PM

and then a week after you throw them away, you’ll remember what it is for and need it….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 12-27-2011 10:24 PM

and for some reason when you do finally remember what it was or what it was for its at 2 am. You go back to sleep and wake up in the morning remembering you figured it out, but can’t remember what you figured out.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 12-27-2011 10:28 PM

All the time, and while I am no youngster, I have a long ways to go before I qualify for the senior citizen discount…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#11 posted 12-27-2011 10:30 PM

dbhost wrote “I have a long ways to go before I qualify for the senior citizen discount…”

Believe me, that distance shortens quicker than you’ll want it to.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 12-27-2011 10:31 PM

I have a “router” drawer and I have no idea what half of the stuff is. There are collet wrenches in there; I know that much; but the rest is up in the air.

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

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#13 posted 12-27-2011 10:39 PM

I use a bunch of storage cabinets with the plastic pull out drawers and storage. The best thing I ever bought was a label maker so I could put all this miscellaneous crap in the many small drawers and label them. The hardest part is organizing the locations of the parts/accessories drawers…but at least I know what they are when I find them.

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#14 posted 12-27-2011 11:45 PM

I remember when I was younger, I would hear of older people comments about how they forgot things and blamed their age. I would respond “I’m not old and I forget things” Now I am older and I am not sure what to think! I still forget things, but I can’t tell if it is getting worse.

As to your accessories, my luck would be that the day after I get rid of them, I find out why I had them and that I still need them!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 12-28-2011 12:12 AM

Done that Rich. I usually end up with some goofy looking wrenches that I cant figure out what tool they work with.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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