|Forum topic by BubbaIBA||posted 01-06-2013 04:31 PM||860 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
01-06-2013 04:31 PM
I’m sure many have seen this post but if you haven’t it’s worth a read:
It was interesting to see a post addressing something I have begun to change.
I admit I’ve a tool jones, I’m getting better but still there is a long way to go. i’ve not sold any of my hand tools nor do I expect to, a few of the power tools are up for sale, but I have began to segregate my basic tool set from the unneeded tools and for the most part will only keep the daily users close at hand.
One of the big struggles is the Table Saw, such a love/hate relationship, I would love to get down to a jointer, planner, and band saw and for the most part those are all I use to prepare stock but….sometimes the table saw makes it much quicker. While getting rid of the table saw would open up a little space in the shop the real clutter comes from too many hand tools.
For me the big offenders are too many planes and chisels, knives and marking gauges come in a close second and don’t mention saws :-). Planes are easy to pare down, if I use machines and the table saw for initial stock preparation. I only use two, a WR #3 and LN #4 1/2 as smoothers, the rest just sit. If I don’t use the table saw then I need to add the Stanley #8 to true the edges. Chisels, I like to have a set of socket chisels beveled for mallet work and another tanged set beveled for paring close at hand.
I know lots of you folks have a worst tool jones than I have, but 40+ planes and 100+ chisels is a sign of a sick puppy. I expect when all is said and done I’ll still have the same number of planes and chisels or maybe even a few more but I will keep some close at hand as part of a basic tool set and the others will be stored somewhat out of the way. Not a totally satisfactory way of dealing with tool clutter but better than what I’m doing now.