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Blog entry by John Stegall posted 08-09-2010 07:22 PM 2184 reads 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just cannot believe that a hobbyist would have so many tools:

-- jstegall

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David Craig

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 07:34 PM

I would not classify this gentleman as a hobbyist. From the sounds of things, he works in his shop daily and for long periods of time, plus he collected since he was 14 :) You should check out a1jim's shop if you haven’t yet. Give him a few years and he will catch up to this guy :)

Cool collection though,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 07:46 PM

WOW! He has more stuff than most pro shops with 20 people working in them.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 08:03 PM

This guy could give A1Jim a serious run for number of routers
Thanks for sharing

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 08:27 PM

ACTUALLY – a hobbist would be the first to have the most tools as they are all defined as half toys. a pro, or a business will find ways to make the most with as little expense (tools) as possible. and most pros are specializing in a specific venue and will not venture into more woodworking fields like a hobbyist might.

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

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 08:33 PM

Have to give the guy credit for one thing. He’s living up to the He who dies with the most tools wins cliche. Looks like a great place to go shopping though. LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 08:45 PM

I did mention I am up for adoption ! (I am potty trained to)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 08:58 PM

This is absolutely fascinating. I cannot believe that a guy could get that much stuff in his basement and still be able to use it. He apparently even has a good bit of lumber storage.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 09:08 PM

That shop is just TOO clean! Some guys have woodWORKING as a hobby, others have tool collecting as a hobby!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 01:41 AM

Holly crap, I’ve never seen so many tools. One person could never use all that stuff but it would be fun to try.

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 02:59 AM

A major drool…!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 05:03 AM

That is just ludicrous. Even himself acknowledges that the space is too crammed to work with some tools like the tablesaw. That, in my book, makes it an accident waiting to happen.

He is not even a tool collector, he is a clinically ill hoarder. Some people should understand that so many duplicates are the least efficient way of working.

By the way, there is not a hint of the stuff he allegedly makes with all that junk. Interesting omission, don’t you think?

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 05:15 AM

Stuff is definitely crammed in here, but you can tell that this man truly loves woodworking.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 09:02 AM

I hope he never decides to move out, that would be a big job.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#14 posted 08-10-2010 11:41 AM

I’m just shaking my head. I could never think about having that much stuff. I think he could supply all of the LJer’s and still have enough for himself. I could never find anything. On the other hand all I would have to do is to turn around and there would be one right there.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Don Butler

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 01:39 PM

OK, now I’m seriously envious.

Well, – uh – maybe not. On second thought, I think I would have a worse mess in a shop like that than I have in my more modest one.

How do you CLEAN a shop like that? Even with efficient DC, dust does fly when using power tools.

Alrighty, then. I’m not envious.
But I am shaking my head.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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