My Journey Into Woodworking #5: The Third Year Gets Frustrating & Expensive

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Blog entry by Steve posted 10-21-2010 03:19 AM 10666 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to add a belt/disc sander to my tool collection. I purchased a Grizzly POC. After months of returning one bad unit after another I gave up. I bought a cheapo from Harbor Freight and tore it apart and rebuilt it into a working unit. Sad that you should have to do that with a new tool but such is life.

Soon I figured out that like most things I do I have a tendency to be very critical of my work. Miters were my biggest gripe at this point. I’ve come to a conclusion that miter guages that come with machines are just to add fluff to the box. Every one that I’ve had was so inacurate that it was junk in my eyes. I broke down and hit another holiday online sale. I bought an Incra Miter 1000 HD. Now that’s a miter guage! Finally miters that were acurate. I then prceeded to add a good chisel set, dove tail saw, digital angle finder and a few other goodies to the growing pile of tools. All the time muttering about how I was digging a deeper hole and still not reaping the rewards that would justify all of this.

At the same time I was having a lot of fun. I also started feeling a bit intimidated by the amazing projects I was seeing by other members. There are so many talented people on LJ. This got me to thinking of the best way to build my skills and claim my goal of tackling those kitchen cabinets. So with each project I add a new skill I would like to learn and I go to it. With mounting piles of clamps I built a LJ inspired clamp rack. Using my new bicuit joiner. Lumber was everywhere and a making a mess. So another LJ inspired project, a lumber cart. That one was more out of necessity. Both can of course be seen on my projects page. My son-in-law bought me a nice router set for Christmas. I intended to build a router table but saw that I could buy it cheaped and that meant using it sooner. Then came a 14” Grizzly bandsaw with a riser. It was an expensive year to say the least!

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 03:37 AM

yes it is an expensive hobby, but remember is very enjoyable and remember also to save to be able to buy a better tool than to buy a cheaper one, remember what they say always buy your second tool first.

-- I Just Love Working With Wood.

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 04:17 AM

Used to be that the Japanese would import American cars, tear them down and rebuild them too.

It’s nice to get tools as gifts!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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