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Forum topic by RJS posted 05-04-2011 04:41 AM 2133 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2011 04:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource humor question money

Lets pose the question that you only have One Hundred Dollars, (yes that was my birthday gift). I can not decide how to spend it to best benefit my hobby. It’s not enough to buy some great new tools, enough to buy lots of sandpaper, woodstock, knife blanks, etc. The most important thing is that I do not waste it on “stuff” that I will have nothing to show for it at this time next year. So I pose the question to all other Lumberjocks : YOU ONLY HAVE $100. WHAT DO YOU BUY?
Have some fun with the question, and any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

-- RJ

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 04:51 AM

I would buy enough lumber to make a cutting board or two or three then sell them and capitilize on that hundred dollars. But just mpo


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#2 posted 05-04-2011 04:53 AM

Accessories for the tools you already have.
Put into a savings account until inspiration (or need) strikes.
Materials to make a gift for someone.
INVEST it at a casino.
Buy a GALLON of gasoline.
Send it too me, (in return, I will provide you a hand writtten “Thank You” note that you can cherish for many years.

That’s all Ive got.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Steven H

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 04:55 AM

It depends. For I want is finishing supplies. There is many things I want to experiment.

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#4 posted 05-04-2011 04:56 AM

Dust collection.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 05:00 AM

A bottle of vintage port to lay away in the new wine rack for the wine room that I am building. At the end of the year I will still have the port, the memory of building the rack and the anticipation of drinking the port in a few years. Alternatively, a very good bottle of single malt scotch whiskey. At the end of the year the scotch will be gone but I will have the memories of sitting in the workshop after finishing work sipping the scotch with a friend. Memories last a lifetime.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 05:04 AM

Get on Craigs list and dont spend it until you find a super bargain quality tool.

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

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 05:07 AM

Finishing supplies are always good.

I think I’d get a few more clamps. Woodcraft has their 40” parallel clamps for $30 right now. I’d take three.

There’s never enough clamps!!!

-- jay,

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#8 posted 05-04-2011 05:10 AM

Buy yourself some exotic wood that you don’t normally get to use. Then build yourself a nice humidor for those special cigars.

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#9 posted 05-04-2011 05:19 AM

I actually had this exact same decision to make about a month ago. I had a gift card and wanted to spend it on woodworking. Since it was a gift card I wanted to spend as close to 100 dollars as I could get without going over.

I decided to buy a bunch of things that I have needed for a while but kept “getting by” without simply because I did not want to spend the extra money on them. For the most part that meant more clamps. And since I wanted the most bang for my buck I went ahead and ordered them from harbor freight. Specifically this is what I ordered

2” Heavy Duty Spring Clamp [SHIPPED] 91838

Ordered: 4

2 Lb. Neon Orange Dead Blow Hammer [SHIPPED] 41797

Ordered: 1

Retrieving Magnet, 150 Lb. Pull [SHIPPED] 36904

Ordered: 1

18” Quick Release Bar Clamp [SHIPPED] 96211

Ordered: 4

12” Quick Release Bar Clamp [SHIPPED]

Ordered: 2

12” Hardwood Handscrew Clamp [SHIPPED] 4854

Ordered: 5

I bought the magnet because I restore old machines and need something to help find old bolts when they come out of the tumbler. The deadblow is just something I have needed for a while. As for the clamps, I am quite happy with their quality and they do their job quite well. I also finally feel like I have a goodly number of clamps for the type of woodworking that I do.

With shipping the above order came to $99.85

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#10 posted 05-04-2011 05:38 AM

I’d do two types of purchase: First, I’d buy the “unglamorous” stuff like clamps that make life more fun and will serve forever, and then I’d buy one special, simple tool to remember the whole gift by. It might be as prosaic as a nice 6” rule, or a digital caliper, or a 6mm Japanese mortise chisel (just to see what they’re like); something that will remain notable and trigger the gratefulness every time I’d use it.

Clamps don’t usually have that kind of emotional clout for me. So they need a spokesperson. Or a spokeshave.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#11 posted 05-04-2011 06:40 AM

If you don’t have one, I would buy an L.S. Starrett combo 6’ square with the satin chrome 4R blade. To me it would be a purchase the lasts a lifetime and not just next year, and will be used every time you work in the shop.

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#12 posted 05-04-2011 06:58 AM

dinner out


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 05-04-2011 12:16 PM

living in europe, on the way to the store i would stop to fill the gas tank and realise it took more than $100 to fill er up!

i wouldn’t spend gift money on consumables, like abrasives, paint, glue, or maybe even wood. since it’s not stuff that you can keep a long time.
i would get some accesories for my tools, expensive new drills or bits, router bits etc…
or as mentioned, it is a good occasion to start a “business”, buy some wood, make something and sell for profit. may be the beginning of a fortune!

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#14 posted 05-04-2011 12:28 PM

Sorry first off RJS if I am high jacking this thread but some guys have highligted the price of gasoline. What are you guys in the States paying for a gallon now? On my last trip to the US (2005) I think a gallon cost about $1.17.

Here in the UK its about £6 a gallon… or drive, you can’t do both!

On the tool purchase, I would at the minute buy a quality blade for my new tablesaw.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#15 posted 05-04-2011 12:37 PM

Acquire skills not tools.

Ask: What can I learn for $100?
? Books, videos, short class ?

Just a thought.
Best woodworking wishes…

-- 温故知新

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