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Forum topic by Scootles posted 06-17-2014 03:10 PM 1473 views 0 times favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scootles

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06-17-2014 03:10 PM

So, my birthday is on the 23rd, and my girlfriend couldn’t resist and gave me my presents ahead of time.

She got me this Jigsaw: http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-5-5-Amp-Jig-Saw-Kit-DW317K/100035715

and this router: http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-1-1-2-HP-Compact-Router-R24012/100337039

Well, my girlfriend is the type that takes a LOT of convincing sometimes and when I opened my presents she seemed disappointed. I guess I didn’t do backflips like I should have. I told her how happy I was with what she got me(Which I truly am) but she feels like maybe we should return something and get something else…

I explained to her the router is going to get A LOT of use, however the jigsaw not so much. It isn’t that the jigsaw isn’t good. She got me a GREAT one, but a jigsaw doesn’t get that much use by me. What would you guys do? I really want her to know how happy I am but she’s convinced she should be exchanging it for something else.


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papadan

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 03:16 PM

Use the jigsaw to build her a nice little corner shelf or something.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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patron

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 03:18 PM

sound good to me

she wanted to do something you would like

keep the router
and go with her to return the jigsaw
that way you will get something you might need

then you will both be happy

then you can both do back flips together

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sanding2day

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 03:18 PM

Just a thought but perhaps come up with a project which will require use of these tools that the girlfriend and or both of you would like. Thinking perhaps a jewelry box with some jigsaw patterned sides and heavy profiling of the edges. Making of the project will let her know that the tools that she got you are useful to you and it will provide the opportunity to play with the new toys/get her something for whatever the next occasion is. All the best…

-- Dan

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Scootles

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 03:22 PM

She went above and beyond to begin with. I would have been ecstatic just spending the day with her.

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Ocelot

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 03:26 PM

Most use I’ve gotten out of jigsaw is trimming subflooring for the attic of my shop – lots of cutouts to fit amongst the trusses. I wore out a B&D and bought a Bosch. I do pick it up once in awhile to do a quick cut when I’m not concerned about precision and the piece is awkward to position on a stationary saw.

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Iwud4u

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 03:31 PM

If your going to do woodworking then you need a jig saw no matter how much you use it. It’s will be rewarding every time you need it and it is on the shelf waiting for you.
My jig saw is standard equipment to take with me on every install I do.
The router may not be the best, but looks like it will do the job, it will have it’s purposes. I have 15 or 20 routers, some better than others.
I would be happy with both.
It’s too late to convince her of anything, your initial response already showed her how you feel.
Only thing I would do is use the tools and then show her how well they worked (regardless)
and let her see your excitement using them.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 03:31 PM

The router is great, I love mine. I wish I had a jigsaw that good. Mine is a cheap one. No I don’t use it a lot, but when I need it, I NEED it. It’s a great item, take her to the shop and show her where it will be used.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 03:37 PM

All of these kinds of things just goes to show us that it would be a very boring place without the women in our lives.

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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Scootles

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 03:52 PM

I just wish she knew how perfect both gifts are. I couldn’t be happier. I don’t want to return the jigsaw. It’s replacing a black and decker jigsaw that is not good at all. I may not use it much, but when I do use it, it’ll be nice to have something that high quality. She did great! Her birthday is in 2 weeks and I’m fairly clueless on what to get her!!!

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Richard Hillius

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 04:09 PM

Make her something nice with the jig saw and give it to her on her birthday along with whatever else you decide to get her.

Jig Saw’s are nice tools to have around the shop but I agree they don’t get the kind of use that a router does. Still when you need one trying to work around not having one is a pain.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 06-17-2014 04:13 PM

I’d keep both tools, and the GF!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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pintodeluxe

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 04:18 PM

I have that jigsaw, and it is a really nice tool. It all depends on what you need.

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

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Wolfdaddy

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#13 posted 06-17-2014 04:19 PM

^^^ what knotscott said. My birthday is on the 23rd too. I’m taking the day off and my wife is taking me guitar shopping :)

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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hotbyte

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#14 posted 06-17-2014 04:20 PM

If the jig saw is much better than your old one, you might find yourself using it more and choosing projects where a jig saw would be more useful. Agree with the keep them both…no, keep all three :)

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Scootles

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#15 posted 06-17-2014 04:52 PM

She definitely is a keeper.

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