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06-25-2010 12:25 AM

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I’m trying to decide if I should sell tools. Here’s my thought process. #1 I could use the Money #2 I’m not using the tools I’m selling #3 I need more room.
With work being slow I decided to empty my storage unit to save the rent it adds up to $ 925 a year. After thinking about it most of what I had i there is not worth that much. So now i get to find a place for this stuff on my lot, that’s on the small side anyhow. OK that done I still have tools and equipment that have to go inside. It’s already pretty tight in there. Next I’ll look around and see if there are things I don’t use that much. That’s good but then I have to be honest and I come up with a long list .Each item I haven’t never used or used once.Ok it’s sale time. The list ( . )
Oh well if I didn’t use them that much before I won’t need them ?or will I ?....It’s always the tool you sell you need the next day. It’s the revenge of the tools by the tools . LOL

If you live close buy it’s a great time to stop by and say hi, and of course buy lots of tools :))

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 12:35 AM

As someone too far away to take advantage of your largesse, just count me in as a supporter of selling. When we moved into our current place, we looked around and realized that our house just cost us $500/square foot (a bit of a fudge, that was “price / house square feet”) and thought: It’s a small house, space is valuable, our lifestyle should reflect that.

Got rid of, and are still getting rid of, a whole lot of “some day” projects, in favor of “now”.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 12:36 AM

Hey Jim
You are selling allot of stuff.
If you do not want people stopping by before the sale I’d remove your address from the Craigslist ad.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 01:51 AM

Good luck Jim.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 02:00 AM

That’s a lot of stuff!! Good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 02:02 AM

Sorry, but I’ve got all the tools I need (except for a 16” jointer, Donations welcome :-))

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 02:08 AM

I have just sold off some major pieces .. RAS and Chisel Morticer.. things I do not use… still have a 9 ” jointer and a spindle molter sitting outside under cover… anyone local wants them come and get them…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 02:20 AM

Hi Jim;

That’s quite a list. Fuuny how we accumulate a bunch of stuff! Stuff we’re sure we’ll be needing.

I have a similar problem. With the construction business, I needed to fully equip several large jobs at a time. Now, I have three or more of all kinds of stuff. The only thing I don’t have is the work to keep them busy. (nor do I want to any longer). I must be getting old.

Good luck.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 02:26 AM

don’t blame you , jim .
i got stuff here i been storing for 20 years ,
i don’t even know what it is anymore ,
i’m ready to just take it to the dump ,
if i go thru it , it will take me a month to do it .
i haven’t used any of it in all this time ,
what will i do if i find something ,
put it in a box and let it sit for another 20 years ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 06-25-2010 03:01 AM

Jim, I did the same thing last year and it’s funny, I haven’t missed one thing I sold. I accumalated tools for over 20 years and thought I couldn’t get rid of anything. Because of ecomony and needing to down size, I bit the bullet and decided to sell some of the tools I hadn’t used for a couple years. I geared back, went to a smaller shop, and business is better then ever. I have much more room, lower overhead and business has been good this year. (hope it continues!). Years of buying tools that I thought I just had to have, but the truth of the matter is, I kept the tools necessary to run my business with the type woodworking I’m doing and the rest was just excess. Good luck with your sale and I’m sure you’ll have good results.

-- John @

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 04:22 AM

You could have had this sale 4 years ago when I lived in Oregon. I would probably sell it all, I love tools but hate clutter, it really messes with my brain.

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#11 posted 06-25-2010 04:57 AM

That’s quite a list. I wish that I was 1) in Oregon and 2) had some money to blow on tools right now.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 06-25-2010 04:59 AM

Since I have such a small 1 car garage for a shop, about once a year, I will do an inventory and get rid of tools that I do not use regularly. I hope you get very good prices for your stuff.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#13 posted 06-25-2010 05:01 AM

i would keep the grizzly shaper and feeder

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#14 posted 06-25-2010 05:04 AM

How long you going to keep this sale going?..........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#15 posted 06-25-2010 05:21 AM

Hey Rick
It’s set for July 2 – 4th if someone still want’s something before or after that,that’s cool.

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