Retail Therapy - $$$$$$ style #1: It begins

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 07-28-2011 01:26 AM 8644 reads 0 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been … well … the worst 2.5yrs of my life.

Moved into our dream house, only to find out that … the way it sits on the lot … the master bedroom is IN our neighbors’ yard.

And their dogs barked and barked and barked and barked.

And …. the constant sleep disruption … took this medically disabled guy’s health apart, bolt by bolt.

And they wouldn’t stop the barking, no matter how civilly I asked, or how clearly I explained the harm it was causing me.

#1 US woman’s cycling champion, and her regionally-ranked cycle-racing husband.

Heartless souls. And their equally heartless comrades.

Turns out … as I suspected and told them … one of the dogs WAS sick. Died at age two, from an autoimmune disease. These people killed their dog, out of stubbornness, and tried their hardest to kill me.

VERY quickly, I was too sick, and having too many med reactions, to even CONSIDER moving—ignoring, for the moment, the loss of value in our house.

So I took up woodworking, since I couldn’t be outside very much—where I’m supposed to be.

Which led me here :-)

Eventually, it all turned into a lawsuit [God help me if I EVER have to be in one of THOSE again]—which is going badly … but not for the lawyers.

We’re still working on my health issues, which—2.5yrs into it—are NOT resolving, and we’re finally working on getting out of here, and into another house.

Most days, it’s in question whether or not woodworking will be in my future, but … I’m grasping tightly to hope … because … woodworking makes me happy :-)

And I decided that—finances be darned—I needed a little retail therapy.

No. Make that a LOT of retail therapy.


So … I just ordered ….

SawStop 5HP 230V 1ph ICS w/52” rails

With ….

Outfeed table
Extension wing table
T-glide fence + rails
Overarm dust collection
Industrial mobile base
8” dado brake cartridge (will work with my DadoKing stack)
Dado Throat plate
Extra brake cartridge

Debt is the 21st century’s form of slavery—right, Topa ?? ;-)

Well …. I’m going to be shackled for a bit.

Should be here in about 3wks. Will HAVE to sit in THIS garage, until we get the new house together, and I figure out how to get a 700lb saw into a basement (getting pricing on an exterior stairway/entrance).

But I’ve joined the club …. buy once … cry once.

Stay tuned….....

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 07-28-2011 01:33 AM

Congrats on the SawStop, Neil. But what happen to your dream of owning a Unisaw?

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#2 posted 07-28-2011 01:35 AM

Yikes Neil, that sounds like a terrible state of affairs, but I’m glad it led you to woodworking and hope it will end somewhat happily. We all deserve to do something nice for ourselves from time to time, helps in coping with the BS. I’m all for retail therapy…used it on myself many times this year lol. Congrats on the new saw, but remember, pics or it didn’t happen. :)

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 07-28-2011 01:36 AM

I’ve got really bad eyes, Charles, so … in the end …. I decided the safety factor of the SawStop meant something to me.

And … THANKS !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 07-28-2011 01:46 AM

I always say… when things get tough, the tough go shopping!
Nice pick up… I’d be running that Sawstop under their bedroom window and making sure my dust collection was aimed… well, you can figure out where! ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 07-28-2011 01:55 AM

Now there, that wasn’t so bad…........don’t you feel better? My, it could have been worse, you could have bought a hobby house! So there is always a bright side to things. I think that house is my wife’s shop….don’t you think? And guess what the tools in her shop cost.’s the same old story, someone has always got it worse.

..................take pity on me…............(-:

It is amazing what some household tools cost. Like a couch. And all it is good for is cradling your a—!

I am waiting patiently for a small vise… know I really don’t think I have enuf vices…...............

..........don’t let that saw stop yah, now you can really cut up…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-28-2011 02:04 AM

Good luck with the new therapist…and hang in there!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 07-28-2011 02:04 AM

Ok, I understand Neil.

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#8 posted 07-28-2011 02:12 AM

Neil, that sounds like the best therapy session ever. Congrats.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Pete Jansen

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#9 posted 07-28-2011 02:13 AM

Good job on keeping your head up. I hope everything is resolved
soon and your new home is quiet and comfortable for you.

Talk to you soon, PJ

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 03:01 AM

I hope you get feeling better. Sounds like you got a good start on it. I was feeling poorly myself, so I got a 16” Grizzly drum sander.
I have to agree with ellen35 about a dust collector or better yet get a cat and put it in the window overlooking the dogs. They will bark their selfs hoarse barking all day.

-- Chuck

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 03:09 AM

The sounds of barking dogs can be drowned out by a very large dust collector. Maybe it’s time for some more therapy ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 03:10 AM

I know only too well how difficult it can be to do what you want to do and try to get there.
The block was put on long ago to not spend any more on shop stuff (grrrrrr) and we have done our best to get credit accounts to zero because we believe to worst is yet to come.
I must say that getting this new toy ordered has put a spring in your step, don’t worry about what Topa says about slavery, at least they don’t pay taxes.:-). Anyway, you can always raise your personal debt ceiling, let it be a problem for your descendants. lol The only thing I have a to ask is, don’t you thinks the saw is a bit overkill for slicing your pies? lol.
Following in your footsteps, and to help us out with my marathon of medical problems, including the latest, more RA and a pinched nerve making my right arm useless and in pain, we decided to splurge ourselves into 6 months of debt by purchasing a very small Spa – holds 3 MAX. Sandra has RA too plus osteoporosis, it was her idea about the Spa, so we dived in and got one. So far – so good. To ease the pain of purchase I got my doctor (one of many) to give me a prescription for a Spa – so I could put it against my income tax.
Of course we have to put in place more austerity measures to pay this Spa off, so once more we decide what to stop and what to keep. Netflix went without a 2nd thought, after the crap they pulled recently, and maybe we should look around at other things we really don’t need. Then sitting down having a sandwich with some chips, I looked at the 9.5 oz bag and saw the price $2.39 – WHAAAAAT?
Doing the math, assuming 5lb potatoes costing $3.00 (retail), it works out that the bag of regular chips potato content costs just $0.35625 – yeah they fry them, add salt, package them in a bag containing “bulk air” and sell them to idiots willing to pay $2.39 for them. WHOA ….. out chips are not down brothers, there are UP.
Can you imagine the next step about to be Layed? Imagine the Chinese growing spuds and supplying the world with cheap chips with even cheaper cost contents – may be marketed under the Lay Li brand? Plus you get an exciting new flavor from the oil they fry them in – Transmission! lol

So Neil, when you check out that there is just about 3 cents worth of wheat in bread, and look what you are paying for sliced bread, you might want to think about making your own bread, after all you have a great bread slicer on order. :-) LOL

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 07-28-2011 03:27 AM

congrats… sounsd like a lot of overpower, but you’ll probably never feel the need to upgrade tht one.

curious – why go with the 52” fence? (especially considering it goes in a basement shop)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-28-2011 03:30 AM

That sounds like money well spent!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#15 posted 07-28-2011 03:34 AM

well i can say this saw will be the cats meow…if i could would you let me download the hum of this saw onto my mp3 player…it will be great therapy as i use my dinky delta uni saw…with only 3 hp…what a geto machine…LOL…glad of the new safety technology they have now…to bad they charge so much for it..but that’s how it goes….cant wait to see this bad boy in operation…with overhead dust collection…how cool is that…and as was mentioned…no pictures…it didnt happen…:)))

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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