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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 12-07-2012 02:49 PM 1252 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2012 02:49 PM

In the last few years I spent probably close to $50.000 building a shop in buying tool.
I enjoy buying and owning tools , especially vintage tools.
I especially enjoy restoring them much more than in fact using them.
I buy tools that I know I most likely will never use.
I believe that I am now borderline addicted to buying tools and if I do not put a stop to this addiction I soon will be bankrupt.
I notice reading other people posts that I am not the only one with this addiction.
As a believer, I also believe that my actions and my addiction is sinful as the money that I receive could be put to a better use.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 02:52 PM

I think I have a mild case too. You are among fellow addicts here. Not sure if that is a good thing…or a bad thing.

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 02:53 PM

Oh, I thought you were addicted to Harbor Freight….
$50,000? You’d better have a museum, at that kind of cash outlay.
Why aren’t you blogging your heritage tool acquisitions?

-- 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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#3 posted 12-07-2012 03:00 PM

Been there, done that on my astronomy hobby, but at least with WW I have managed to reign in the costs, because converting an existing garage saves much in $$$. I do understand the addiction part. Bigger, better, more of bigger better… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 03:02 PM

It adds up quick. Building your shop was probably a large part of that 50k. If you really do feel it is sinful, put it to good use. I bet there are a lot of young people (or even old people for that matter) that would love to take free classes at the “Bert School of Woodworking”.

If it makes you feel any better, other hobbies are far more expensive and require travel away from families quite a bit. I still have quite a few friends in the racing scene. Their annual outlay is close to 15,000 to 20,000. They also have nothing to show for it save for a pile of spare parts and the occasional trophy.


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#5 posted 12-07-2012 03:24 PM

‘I bet there are a lot of young people (or even old people for that matter) that would love to take free classes at the “Bert School of Woodworking”’
I try to do that.
This is in fact what decided me to build the shop in the first place.
I would never have spent this kind of money for me alone, I am just too cheap.
I have build the shop to help other people especially in my church community and to have people who cannot afford the cost of WW and have projects, to use it.
A friend of mine has been using the shop for the last 3 weeks working on his project.
The person in charge of maintenance at church will be using the shop intensively for the next few weeks as he has a big project to work on.
This is fine, what makes me uncomfortable is what I spend for me.

poopiekat, I wish I had a museum but I do not.
The building itself and finished was close to $30 000.

-- Bert

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