Wood Thoughts #11: My Dirty Little Secret

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Blog entry by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB posted 01-19-2016 01:56 AM 1916 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”
– Luke 8:17

It was bound to happen one of these days, but I was finally caught at Harbor Freight. And so, “My name is Fr. Thomas, and I am an Harbor Freight customer.” To which we, the minions, were forced to respond, “Hi, Fr. Thomas;” how humiliating. I did not have a lot to do today except sit around and watch DIY/Maker/Woodworking videos on Youtube. (Classes do not begin at the university until tomorrow.) I decided to take a break around lunchtime, and somehow I found myself surfing the Harbor Freight website. Oh no … Father is about to do an unboxing blog. That 20%-off coupon is extremely tempting, but I stumbled upon their 99¢ section. I could not help myself, and I was convinced that I needed a half dozen 2″ c-clamps and a combination sharpening stone.

And now you see my problem. I was sucked up into the excitement of it all and left with more than I expected. It all made sense in my head. The tape measure was the freebie; I had the coupon. And then I thought, “If that sharpening stone is a dud, I do not want my good chisels to be ruined.” No chisels were harmed in the writing of this blog. We we’re told not to make a juvenile joke about size, and so we aren’t. The next thing I know, I found myself staring at a 6-set of chisels, which included a size I did not have (1-1/2″). The $9.99 price tag almost had me walking away, but then I remember that flibberdy-gibbet 20-percent off coupon. I felt as if my body was possessed, and the wicked woodworking demons put it in my shopping basket. If worse comes to worse, they can be a set of beater chisels. Please wait … Rationalization in Process.

I suppose I should not complain too much. I walked out of there with 14 tools and only spent $16.12. Just to make the Engineers, Mathematicians, and OCD people upset … that’s $1.14 per tool. But there I go again, rationalizing it all away. “My name is Fr. Thomas, and I am an Harbor Freight customer.” I need help?!?

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 11:26 AM

I feel your pain, just left a Princess Auto store (Canadian HF type store) yesterday in the same way, but my haul included a mortise chisel set..need to see how that works

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 12:40 PM

Good stuff, Fr! Love the turning video too (candlestick holder).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 01:02 PM

Nice haul. Not all of our tools need be gold plated.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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