|Forum topic by Quoheleth||posted 04-07-2013 02:26 AM||1196 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
04-07-2013 02:26 AM
I’m a Lutheran pastor. One of my church members died Thursday. He was supposed to be married today.
Over the past couple years, I’ve gotten to know him very well – in large part because he’s been sick and I spent a lot of time with him in his hospital rooms where we would talk about all sorts of stuff. He’s always been encouraging, both professionally as his pastor, and in my woodworking hobby. Every time I put something up for a for sale item at a church fund-raiser, he would bid on it and, frequently, wind up buying it.
Today, I went to see the grieving fiancee at his house. Above his chair was a cross I had made and he bought. She brought out a small, hand-held cross he bought at another event and said she wanted it to be in his casket at the funeral in a few days.
Before I left she gave me a gift he had already prepared for what should have been a joyous celebration today. She had given the others in the wedding party the gifts he purchased for them (groomsmen, etc.) and wanted me, also, to have his gift. I was stunned that it was $300.
I’m asking for some help in deciding what I might get with his gift as something that would be reasonably durable, be useful in my shop, and something I could say with reasonable pride, “I bought this in honor of…” I could buy some very nice pieces of wood and make something, too, as a tribute. But, I like the idea of tools. Specifically, I know I want to purchase hand tools, not power tools. Not only am I lacking in quality hand tools, but the romantic in me says hand tools would be more memorable than a power tool.
My current hand tools are cheap. I have a $20 set of Stanley chisels and a $25 Stanley “standard” plane. I have two older Craftsman planes, I’m guessing one is a #5, the other about the size of a #7. I have two I have two hand saws, one is a nice sharp antique given me by a friend; the other a $20 Ace Hardware-brand. As to my skills, I’m an experienced amateur who does lots of small “crafty” stuff and is just getting into larger, furniture-sized pieces.
I’m open to suggestions. I want good quality, but it doesn’t have to be ultra-top end (read: Veritas). I’m thinking Woodriver seems a good compromise of price and quality in most of their stuff.
Or, any of the above planes individually.
WR Shoulder plane: $150
Or I could buy one very, very nice Verital/Lee River as a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. But the cheap German in me says spend less, get more pieces.
I’m open to other ideas, suggestions, and thoughts.
-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill