New, old tools and $40 I didn't know I had

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 08-18-2012 09:25 PM 5328 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, the tools…

A new friend of mine, who is also a fellow Lumberjock, sent me a package of some things to add to my shop and help me get started in woodworking. This was done completely out of the kindness of his own heart and he refused any sort of payment whatsoever. I will be forever grateful and this will always be a part of my woodworking story.

Here’s a couple of items:

I can’t believe the router! This thing has got some get up and go. I’ve never used a router before, but when I plugged this in and pulled the button I could feel the power in my hands.

The mouse sander is awesome. I’ve already put it to use in a picture frame I am making out of some scrap southern yellow pine I got from a trash heap. It works great!

He also sent a few other things including a battery powered cutting tool, sandpaper, depth gauge, and some pieces of maple, cedar, and oak (I think it’s oak, anyway).

Now, the 40 bucks…

Then today I was looking for a card in my wallet and found an old home depot gift card. I remember getting it from my grandma and thought I had used up some of it. I decided to stop by home depot and see how much was left. On the back was written ”$25” by my grandma so I thought maybe it still had a few bucks, but then the lady handed it back to me and said it had $40 on it. I was completely shocked and couldn’t believe it. The only explanation I have is that God had something to do with it.

I had a hard time deciding how to spend it so I decided to just to get some smaller things that I needed, which are:

Lacquer remover to for the coating that is on my chisels, linseed oil & wax so that I could finish the frame I’m making. I saw this finish done on a video at and thought it would be a good introduction for me into the world of finishing.

We also got a 4×4 post that we can use to make a garden hose holder that my wife saw on pinterest, and a couple of other small things. Total came to $40.33 and I just happened to have change in my pocket, which I never do normally.

I’ve already applied the first coat on oil to the frame. I’ll do a couple of more coats over the next 2 days then finish up with the wax. I’m not sure if the frame is worthy of the projects page yet. The wood is warped since I have no way of flattening it and it’s only the second time I tried half lap joints. I’ll decide once the finish is done.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 09:34 PM

You know how pushers give you a sample to get you hooked? And then once you can not give up up the habit, the debts start rolling in. That is your LJ friend. And your wife is an enabler. Your life as you knew it is over. Get used to sawdust in your pockets and arguing the relative merits of buying new saws and restoring old planes. Your friends are going to start hiding in the closet when they see you with birdhouses and cutting boards in hand approaching the front door. Have fun and just give in!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 11:18 PM

Chris, you take me back so many years when I first started in woodworking…about 50 + years. Sometimes I think those were the best days. Didn’t have many tools and no money to buy any, but everyone around seem to be of help in bringing home wood from their work and tools they did not use any longer. These days I have every tool I need (until they come out with something new) and my projects are a bit different from those starting day. Keep up the good work and share your designs with us from time to time.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 01:14 AM

It doesn’t suprise me at all that some LJ gifted you with those tools. There are a lot of great folks on this site. Good luck and best wishes with your new passion. I hope you have as much fun as I have had playing with wood.

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

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 03:31 AM

Great story! I just recently got started too. You have to share the picture frames. Everyone on here is so forgiving of “not so perfect” projects and they are very helpful.
I don’t have a lot of money to spend on new tools… or used tools. I have a lot of scrap wood that I’ve gotten from pallets and other sources. Most of it was all free. Free also means… not flat/square. Over the last two weekends I built a sled after seeing a few examples on youtube, so that I could plane down some of these boards. Worked pretty decent. It takes some time.. but it was fun.

Good luck on your new venture. I’m sure God will keep watching over you and helping you along the way.

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 11:31 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Kookaburra: Haha, that is a funny way to look at it!

AngieO: I’ve seen some router sleds in a few places that are used to face joint boards. Now that I have a router I will have to start thinking about making one. I think I will post the picture frame. It will at least give me something to look back at. Thanks!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 08-20-2012 08:29 PM

Great story and it was good of you to share it.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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