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poopiekat

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768 days ago

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Okay… I’ll kick it off and see where it goes:
As I mentioned in a current thread, I had been looking to buy a Stanley 5 1/4 Junior Jack plane for quite a while. Then.. I found one, right on a shelf in my workshop! So I do get clues, my tendency to buy tools for the sake of buying them, without a clear, urgent need to acquire them. It’s kinda like rescuing them, like they will have a worse fate if I don’t bring every plane I see home with me. What is this strange compulsion? I mean, I’m a high-functioning person, good career and family, just this glitch in my head that spurs me on to continuously be on the lookout for tools and lumber deals. Your Turn!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 768 days ago

My name is Charlie, and I’m a toolaholic.

There’s just something about taking a rusty old tool and returning it to near-original condition. It’s the next-best thing to discovering the fountain of youth. I can’t make me young again, but this tool will live on.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 768 days ago

I’m not sure, Poopie, but I’m the same way. I know that as far as planes go, the majority of woodworkers seem to not be able to keep their hands off of them. I think the main thing is that just feel good in your hand and we seem to love what the planes are able to do. All tools are sort of special I believe.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 768 days ago

Among the stuff in my shop, bought but never, or almost never used:
Two portalign jigs. Two Router crafters. Dovetail template rigs. 2000 biscuits with Craftsman cutter. Freud aluminum miter slots. Seven hot melt glue guns. 6 Pipe wrenches. Twenty unopened 8 oz cans of polyshades, ten years old. Thousands of drill bits. hundreds of blue masonry screws. A trash can full of PVC and ABS fittings. Welding gloves, leather smock, and auto-darkening helmet. 50 sets of Blum 18” drawer runners, and 50 of other various sizes. Lengths of chain, various sizes and lengths. Enough primary wire to rewire 10 cars or 20 trailers. About 25 different wire strippers. Thousands of wire nuts and solderless connectors. Vacuum bags for vacs I don’t even have anymore. Bandsaw blades that don’t fit either of my saws. 12 six-foot aluminum bar clamps never used and 15 yrs old. I’ll stop here. Nope I really don’t want to sell anything. This is mostly gleaned from yard sales flea markets, Mennonite thrift stores, and Habitat for Humanity.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 768 days ago

@ Charlie: Understood! My desire for old things is my way of keeping the past alive, and refurnishing an old plane makes it seem even more real. If I could, I’d turn back the clock to 1940, so I could buy a new Ford Deluxe coupe, a brand new Uni-Saw, and warn Hickam AFB about an impending attack. Helluvawreck: Yes, there is always a feelgood moment whenever I pick up a plane. On a flea market table, I can’t set it down ‘til Ive adjusted the cutter and otherwise undid the stupid things casual browsers do to perfectly good planes. I like it when I get looks, like ’you know how to operate that thing???’

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 768 days ago

Hello my name is Shane and I am a toolaholic, and I am a woodaholic too. When does that meeting start?

If it is a “good deal” or something I might need someday, I find myself dragging it home far too often. If I had more space…it would help. Or would it hurt? Maybe I just like buying stuff? The good news is, none of it has an expiration date, and it doesnt need to be fed. So it could be worse.

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bandit571

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#6 posted 768 days ago

Hi, my name is Bandit, and I was ordered here. For some reason, people think I’m a tool-fanatic. Not sure where they would get that idea from…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 768 days ago

maybee I´m a toolaholic but I stick with to say Its becourse I have had 3½ shops
at the same in different places and is down to one now
and the powertools is all nearly down to one of each :-)
but somehow drillbits and screwdrivers just ceep on drifting into the house
so the piles grows bigger and bigger

Dennis

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joebloe

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#8 posted 768 days ago

Toolaholic for sure.or is it a love affair,I just can’t resist old tools,mainly hand tools.when ever I see them at yard sales,flea markets ,I feel that I have to rescue them,but then they are put on a shelve or mounted on the wall to live out there retirement.ShaneA I whole heartedly agree with ,The good news is, none of it has an expiration date, and it doesnt need to be fed. So it could be worse.

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jjw5858

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#9 posted 768 days ago

Thanks for this interesting post poopiekat. Great subject matter this tool collecting bug. Yes I as well am a toolaholic…time to admit it….lol.

I think the fascination with it is definitely getting in touch with a time far past. For me being a younger handtool wood worker and tool addict I think it also is nice to break away from the sometimes dissapointing realities of the modern world. There is something very real and worthy of working with old handtools. Cleaning, restoring and working with them. I also feel we see a crafstmenship in their stucture as well as a purpose that pleasantly reminds us of a strength and pride our country and others had in the past.

With all the flea markets, ebay bids or whatever it may come down to…...I am sure everyone on here would admit….the tools your grandfather, father or family member left behind that you use now…..have a soul and a tie to your heart and that is as good as it ever gets. May everyone on here share that same joy and continue to enjoy finding the rusty gold! I have a cool handsaw to clean after dinner….I hope to post later. Thanks for the interesting ideas friends.

Joe…..TOOLAHOLIC!!!!!!.....LOL

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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404 - Not Found

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#10 posted 768 days ago

Don’t beat yourself up about it Poopie. People have much worse addictions.
Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling – to name but four, all of which are probably quite a lot of fun in the short term but no help whatsoever if you have cabinets to make and fences to mend.
(See, I’m trying to justify it to myself here as well).

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poopiekat

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#11 posted 767 days ago

Ok, members… the word for the day is ”transference
That’s the name of the alternate compulsive behaviors that you adopt, when you give up gambling, drinking, smoking, heroin, or serial buttocks fondling in public. you don’t just give up your pet behaviors, you channel them into something less detrimental to yourself and others. Like innocent tool collecting, for example.
So… (grins)... what compulsive behavior did YOU give up when you became a tool junkie? If you were somehow unable to buy tools, what new obsessive behavior would you adopt? How do you explain the concept of ‘Higher Power” to a galoot?
Does anybody DARE step forward with suggestions for a 12 step program?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Don W

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#12 posted 767 days ago

i can quit any time i want. really.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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DaveHuber

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#13 posted 767 days ago

I prefer to think of myself not as a tool hoarder, but as a curator.

Seriously, I view the buying, fondling and keeping of tools as one of the least expensive, least fattening and least self destructive outlets for the stresses, slings and arrows life brings.

I point out that the $200 you might spend on an absolutely epic binge at the Sunday Flea Market wound get you very far at a pro baseball, basketball or football arena. Or in a tavern, for that matter.

Think if it on the D.P.S. yardstick:

Dollars Per Smile

Cheap at any price, IMO

And sometimes, once in a while, I build, fix or salvage something useful, beautiful or priceless.

BTW, I think it our solemn duty to save serviceable handsaws from the atrocity of the antique mall saw painters of the world..

Dave

-- Dave, Oak Park, IL

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Don W

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#14 posted 767 days ago

where is Andy when you need him?

“I like Vintage tools. It’s what I do to forget about what I do when I need to forget about what I do. Saws, planes, chisels, hammers, it doesn’t matter.”

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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HamS

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#15 posted 767 days ago

I don’t have any problem. No really, I am perfectly normal. No, you can’t go into my shop and look around. I will have to build a new barn probably next spring, I just don’t have enough room for my tools. What are you talking about tool collectors anonymous. that is just crazy talk, we are just simple woodworkers with jobs to do.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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