Tools Anonymous #4: Bandsaw anticipation

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 12-21-2012 02:47 AM 2224 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The miter saw that started it all Part 4 of Tools Anonymous series Part 5: 2nd attempt at buying a bandsaw »

After reading, reading, and more reading, I broke down and ordered a bandsaw from BusyBee (BAND SAW 14IN. DELUXE CRAFTEX CX SERIES CSA) . With it being so close to Christmas, I’m feeling a wee bit guilty having spent that much money on myself, and as a result I haven’t broke the news to hubby quite yet. He’s a wise man, and will probably say nothing about it anyhow, but it’s the LOOK I sometimes get. The ‘what did she buy now?’ look.

Truth be told, we’d likely be in the poor house if it weren’t for my husband. I’m a bit too far on the ‘you can’t take it with you’ side and he’s a bit too far on the ‘stuff it under the mattress side’. With some sighing on both sides of the argument, we manage to meet in the middle.

So tonight, I’m settled in with Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws. I’m not sure when the saw will be delivered, but I’m really looking forward to assembling it and putting it to work.

Growing up, we never went without, but there were no extras. As a young adult on my own, I struggled financially for several years before starting a career. In other words, I’ve never felt entitled to the life I now have, nor have I ever forgotten how lucky I am and how hard my husband and I worked to get here.

So for Christmas, the house will be full of family, food and laughter. And on top of that, MAMA’S GETTIN’ A NEW TOOL!!

Merry Christmas

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 03:39 AM


Does he read? Make him a bookcase. Does he watch tv? make him a holder for his remotes. sports magazines, a mag rack for the bathroom. A jewelry case for all the jew…naw you spent it! LOL. Time to start making sawdust vs. making a shop. I know. Still making that shop, but doing carpentry to keep the 140 year old house goin!..

O Merito Gosaimus! ( Japanse)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 03:40 AM

merry to you and family too sandra

i did look at all the saw’s from the other post
and liked the craftex

might want to start putting some thing under the mattress
for hubby’s golf cart
(that means an even bigger shed
for him to keep his toys in too

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 08:21 AM

As usual, make sure some of the first projects are for them. Calms them down. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 12:57 PM

Congrats on the new toy, err tool purchase!

I too am the recent beneficiary of a “self gifting” moment. I acquired the Rikon 10-325 14” BS. So I know the excitement and giddiness you are experiencing. Enjoy it and the bandsaw too!!!

Happy Holidays and a very sawdusty New Year!!!

Now how do I get my BS under the tree???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 01:34 PM

Here is how my wife and I justify these things.

I get a new tool, I’m happier in my hobby, which makes me a happier father and husband.

She gets new crafting products for the same reasons.

So now we’re happy parents and husband/wife.

Enjoy the new tool and have fun making sawdust.

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 03:28 PM

@Sandra – You and I are two peas in the same financially irresponsible pod. Congrats on the new toy (err, tool)!

@Pendledad – Meh, I’ve tried that argument. Doesn’t work with my wife. She has no hobbies. I’m supposed to spend my hobby time with her…I guess I’m her hobby. I have a theory that the word “hubby” is just a bastardized version of the word “hobby” for that very reason. :)

-- jay,

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 03:28 PM

Sandra – One thing I’ve learned in 37 years of marriage and I’m sure lots agree with me

It’s much easier to ask forgiveness then it is to ask for a new band saw

or when it gets delivered and he’s around – just jump up and down and scream “santa does exist, he’s real…

or just put your husband name on the box and give it to him for Christmas…

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 11:01 PM

enjoy your new saw.i’m a lucky man mywife lets me order/buy anything i want with no guilt or evil looks.if i wasn’t such a tightwad i’d have more tools.sometimes i make her buy my tools because i’m to tight to.have a merry christmas and happy new year.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 12-22-2012 01:27 AM

Funny how in a good marriage, these things just sort of work out. If I announced tomorrow that I was going to take up Peruvian ribbon dancing, my husband would be supportive. I do enjoy griping about him occasionally though.

And Bernie – you are soooo right on that one. My husband will proclaim that we don’t need a particular item, I’ll buy it anyway and then he’ll rave how great it is.

Doc – yes I do have to come up with a present for him…. still thinking. His as particular about his toys as I am. He also has a very expensive passion for mountain climbing which I don’t say much about.

The best thing we ever did though was work our finances so we each get some money of our own every month and do with it what we wish.

Happy Friday

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 12-22-2012 02:34 AM

Congrats on your self inflicted Christmas present! Those are the best: you picked it out and know what you wanted. Enjoy your new toy and I know your hubby will be glad you bought it. I have to justify all my major shop purchases: “but honey, I sold $XXXX worth of chairs so I deserve it!” Works for me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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