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Forum topic by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) posted 07-04-2010 06:44 PM 1859 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2010 06:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor bandsaw carving tool drill-driver lathe planer scroll saw biscuit joiner chisel drill press miter saw router spray gun blade clamp jointer plane sander tablesaw galoot

So, let me say here, that I’m sure there are other threads like this out there, but I wanted to vent… I know all of us have had a time when one of these three things happens to us…..

1. We buy a tool that we can’t live without at full price. Then, a month later (just out of the stores price match policy) the price drops 75%... Like my Ridgid R4511 for instance.
2. We find a tool we really want on an online auction site for a good price. We bid on it, and get our lower extremities busted by some sap that jumps the auction up by $ .50 over what we were willing to bid in the last 3 seconds…. I quit counting the times this has happened to me….
3. We find some tool, or in my case a bunch of wood, that somebody posts on the C-list for a great price (or free). You call to find out that the seller just hung the phone up before you with someone who is on there way to get it, or the item sold ten minutes before you called. This was my case this morning when I called a guy who posted a lot of antique heart pine for free last night on the C-list.

I will just suck it up and move on, but I wanted to start a vent thread before I do that. Please, I look forward to some more stories like mine…...

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 07:00 PM

ah yes, the ‘almost got it tool/wood’ ... happens all too often. my take on it – as long as I ‘win’ some of those – it all balances out.

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

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 07:12 PM

seems like free ,

isn’t free much anymore !

-- 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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#3 posted 07-04-2010 07:31 PM

2. Use an auction sniper.
3. When I’ve sold stuff on CL for really cheap, I’ve gotten 20 replies in as little as 10 minutes. You have to be really fast, or really lucky.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 07:35 PM

Learning to live in the real world isn’t easy, but ‘age’ eventually overcomes ‘rage’ when getting mad tires you all out. Something to look forward to. (LOL)

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 11:30 PM

You lose 60 seconds of happiness for every minute that you are angry.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 11:41 PM

Oh yeah, I didn’t want anyone to take this the wrong way, I just wanted to hear some other stories of the same thing, I know everybody has had this sort of thing happen, It’s kind of like fishing…..
I’ve gotten lucky also, I got my number 95 Stanley for $35, and a drill press new for half price, and some cherry lumber, and…....

Anyway, most of the times I lose out because I’m honest (I hate bid sniping) and I’m courteous (I didn’t want to call the guy this morning until 8 a.m.).

I wouldn’t trade my tablesaw, so I’m happy. I just hate knowing I paid $600 for it and it got marked down $250 bucks a month later…..

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 01:04 AM

” I know everybody has had this sort of thing happen, It’s kind of like fishing…..”

I guess I’ve had this kind of thing happen but I’m Hard Pressed to remember when or what it was. Once it’s gone, it’s Gone. Quite Simply …”That’s Life.” What’s it got to do with Fishing? I go Fishing for the relaxation and solitude it provides.

No Fish? Not Lucky? Is that what you’re getting at? I’ve had “No Fish Days” dozens of times. BUT! I still had a Great Day out on the water, just Me, a Boat and Mother Nature. It’s even better when you have a Close Friend who thinks the same way you do. Dock the boat and head off to a Neighbourhood Pub, Casual Supper a few Cool Ones, lots of YUK YUKS. IMO it doesn’t get much better than that!!

“A Bad Days Fishing Is Better Than A Good Day At Work, Any Day Of The Week.” ;-}

I guess it all depends on Your Personal Attitude towards these types of events.

I mean you NO Disrespect KTMM. Once again…it all gets down to how Each of Us Perceive & React to LIFE!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 03:10 AM

I know that buying a tool and it goes on sale the next day is a bummer but, I was told a long time ago, if you were happy with the price you paid at the time then you didn’t get riped. It’s the same with groceries or cars. It’s something that happens and you live with it.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 04:12 AM

*hit happens, all through life, It’s hit all of us here as well as everywhere. I buy from C-list and E-bay all the time, It will teach you patience. Took over 9 months to find my table saw on C-list, and 3 trips to the sellers place to finish the deal. (120 miles round trip each time). I have sniped on E-Bay, and have sniped as well as being out sniped as well, and just figure that it part of the game. Life happens, and I don’t let it get to me.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#10 posted 08-15-2010 03:07 AM

Things work out for the better in the end. To let everyone else in on what I mean, I’m the guy who had the free heart pine he missed out on. I’ve met you now though and think you’re a pretty good guy. So, hopefully, I’ll be sending a lot more wood your way than what you would have gotten in that small pile of heart pine.

As for “almost got it” stories, I had one a while back myself. A guy online Craiglist had a Delta scroll saw for sale, cheap. I don’t remember the model number, but it wasn’t one of the cheap beginner saws like the cheap Delta I have now. It was one of the netter one’s with the 20” throat and quickclamp II system on top and bottom arms. He was practically giving it away at $200. I looked it up, this was like a $599 saw. Problem was I didn’t have $200. I saved like crazy though to come up with the dough, only to finally have enough and miss it by about thirty minutes. The kicker is that this saw was for sale for like six months for it to sell thirty minutes before I come of with the money for it.


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#11 posted 08-15-2010 03:24 AM

Win a few, lose a few. Only by careful attention can you keep from getting the royal purple shaft, and even then you might get it. Then, just when is seems as bleak as can be, something breaks. C’est la vie.

Just remember that the world is a very random place. You could be driving down the freeway and some drunken lout crosses the divider and takes you out…or the person behind you, instead.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 08-15-2010 03:33 AM

I was just thinking about this post. Mr William there is an awesome guy. He’s a real lemonade out of lemons kind of fellow. About three weeks ago I met him when he bought my old lathe off of me. We got to talking and that’s how I found out about him being the fellow that had the old pine. Long story short, I’m actually happy now that I didn’t get that wood…...

And, I got bid sniped out of a set of chisels about 5 minutes ago. Oh well, I’ll live.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#13 posted 08-15-2010 02:56 PM

You got it wrong KTMM. WRONG! I HATE lemonade. Give me lemons though and I’ll find some vodka and throw a party!


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#14 posted 08-17-2010 06:39 AM

It took me over 9 months to find my Jet Cab saw on Craigslist, but was well worth it, I think it was around 60 miles each way and it took 3 trips to get it home and get the right guards and accs,

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#15 posted 08-17-2010 05:19 PM

Last Saturday stopped by a flea market, people still setting up and barely a buyer soul there. Spotted a tool vendor and headed over there. As I arrive another early bird hands a pair of twenties to the seller and picks up a BOX (2’x3’) full of Stanley planes. The look on his face told me he had just made his eBay month.

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