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06-17-2020 05:51 AM

Guys and ladies, I think I have completed my tool accumulation other than maybe some small items as of today. Now all I need is a shop. Shopping for a contractor now. After taking advantage of the sale on the DeWalt DW735 planer earlier this week I opened FaceBook Marketplace and saw a Craftsman 6-1/8” jointer at a great price and within reasonable driving distance. In the Houston area, “the other side of town” can be a two hour one way drive if it’s not rush hour. The jointer was only an hour away and I bought it. It was the last item on my big wish list. I know it’s small compared to the Powermatics, Jets and other larger jointers but my main need is to remove saw marks from rails, stiles and cabinet door parts after ripping.

It’s just kind of exciting to know that I will have all of the tools I want and think I’ll need when the shop is ready.

-- David


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#1 posted 06-17-2020 06:58 AM

WOW. I can’t fathom thinking I have everything I need, and not having a shop yet, I’m thinking you’ll still be accumulating, unless you have a cast iron will. Space is just a reason to get more tools. :-)

My Wife says when it comes to tools, I’m like a Dog, and SQUIRREL…. there I went again…...

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 06-17-2020 07:31 AM

That does sound funny. There’s a lot more to the story that I left out. This won’t be my first shop but will probably be my last, unless we win the lottery. I’ve been building model airplanes since I was 10. When I retired we moved back near my family since most of my wife’s family was already gone. I gave up a 36’x36’ shop at the last house that was on an acre to move to a neighborhood in town and that was a 700 mile move. She had a 12×24 art studio in that shop. I had rooms for my metal lathe and milling machine and one for reloading, all climate controlled. The area where I built airplanes wasn’t climate controlled but was easily kept comfortable in the warm evenings by an evaporative cooler and barely tolerable in the winter with a 100,000 BTU can heater. Summers were hot and winters were long and cold in SE New Mexico. I’ve had three dedicated shops prior to that one at other houses. We selected the house we’re in because it had reasonable HOA rules that permitted a shop to be built and the lot is in a cul-de-sac that gives us a lot of space in the back yard. The shop will only be 20’x21’ but there’s also a 3 car garage so it can handle some overflow and storage of airplanes. Right now the tools and parts are either in the third garage space or in a climate controlled storage unit. We also closed in a breezeway to make a four seasons room and that gives me space to do smaller projects that are more of the “need” category than the “want” category.

-- David

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#3 posted 06-17-2020 10:50 AM

Have fun building a new shop.

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#4 posted 06-17-2020 12:45 PM


Guys and ladies, I think I have completed my tool accumulation other than maybe some small items as of today….

...
It s just kind of exciting to know that I will have all of the tools I want and think I ll need when the shop is ready.

- david2011

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 06-17-2020 01:01 PM

I’ve had all the tools I need for years, maybe decades. But I’ll never have all the tools i want.

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#6 posted 06-17-2020 01:05 PM



It s just kind of exciting to know that I will have all of the tools I want and think I ll need when the shop is ready.

- david2011

Until you realize a 12” jointer, 3HP cabinet saw, 20” bandsaw, and a drum sander have become a necessity.

If you’re doing production type work or building nice furniture, I’m not really kidding…...

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 06-17-2020 01:27 PM

I started out much like you. I bought the DW735 on sale and found the Craftsman 6 1/8” jointer at an estate sale for $150. They went along with my TS, drill press and band saw. I thought I was “complete” and had all the tools I needed. I try to buy a clamp every time I go to the store and have bought 9 planes in the past month or two along with a brace. Keeping my eye out for a combination plane and will probably opt for a new router plane and shoulder plane. I should wait till Fathers day before continuing my tool purchases. Oh yeah I am done alright (as I head to ebay for a peek)

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#8 posted 06-17-2020 02:40 PM


Guys and ladies, I think I have completed my tool accumulation other than maybe some small items as of today….

...
It s just kind of exciting to know that I will have all of the tools I want and think I ll need when the shop is ready.

- david2011

- HokieKen

This is exactly what I thought when I read this.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#9 posted 06-17-2020 04:00 PM

LOL! Yup used my # 4 1/2 yesterday, one of those things that happen, have one then another shows up and then a third and another and another!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 06-17-2020 04:40 PM

Ken, Kelly. I was right next to those guys LMAO.

In retrospect it appears that David is pretty directed in his wants/needs, plus his chosen interest is pretty linear, not helter skelter like a lot of us. Otherwise I’ll stand by, “Space is just a reason to get more tools.”

Maybe we are just weak willed????

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 06-17-2020 06:24 PM

We’ll see how it goes when I start making cabinet doors. SWMBO is on board because I’ll build new cabinet doors for the kitchen. That’s no small job with almost 60 doors and drawers in the kitchen but they’ll be Shaker style just like the workshop and I have all the tools I think I need for that. TherealSteveN is right. I made it 25 years being happy with the 10” drill press, 8” band saw and cheap import grade bench top table saws.

I do have one other specialty saw. It’s an old Dremel 580 with a sled, aftermarket fence and miter gauge and nice carbide blades. It’s awesome for model airplane sized cutting. Most of my model airplanes are between 60” and 120” wingspans; not the Cox .049 powered planes of our youth.

I have become addicted to old hand planes but even there I will have to become far more proficient with them to outgrow my Craftsman No. 4 and 5, Stanley 220 and a couple more.

*She Who Must Be Obeyed

-- David

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#12 posted 06-18-2020 12:40 AM

David, I am excited for you and celebrate with you! I also have to admit, I snickered too.

Then I got to thinking about my Dad. He would say, “How can we do that with what we got?” Recalling his creativeness has helped me finish several projects when I didn’t have that special tool or enough supplies and the stores have already closed.

I do have one request….. Out of respect to the “Man Code” (cough, cough) please do not let our wives know that we really don’t “NEED” that new jointer, planer, bandsaw, etc LOL

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#13 posted 06-18-2020 02:12 AM

I thought I’d see a pic of a garage with at least one of everything packed in it. Since I retired last year and no longer have to move every few years I’m rounding out all the items I wish I could have picked up over the years. Unlike the OP I don’t think I’m anywhere near accumulating all the tools I “need”.

David, let us know when you find the next tool you didn’t realize you just had to have.

Rock

-- Measure Once Cuss Twice

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#14 posted 06-18-2020 02:38 AM

Ha Kenny!
I am literally laughing out loud.
Congratulations David! You are in a great place and once you get a shop space you can just focus on building and replacing “consumables”. Tools are a sweet addiction for some of us and there is always the next one even if you haven’t seen it yet. The climate control is an area that I am already jealous of… SWEET!
I love it.
Jon

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#15 posted 06-18-2020 06:45 AM


David, I am excited for you and celebrate with you! I also have to admit, I snickered too.

Then I got to thinking about my Dad. He would say, “How can we do that with what we got?” Recalling his creativeness has helped me finish several projects when I didn t have that special tool or enough supplies and the stores have already closed.

I do have one request….. Out of respect to the “Man Code” (cough, cough) please do not let our wives know that we really don t “NEED” that new jointer, planer, bandsaw, etc LOL

- cracknpop

Oh, hail no. Maybe if I keep buying Craftsman planes with red frogs she won’t notice them multiplying. My other addiction is firearms. ‘Nuf said. I have lived my entire life along your Dad’s philosophy of managing with what was available. One model airplane guy confessed to the forum that he covered all of his planes in the same scheme so his wife wouldn’t notice a new one. Mine would notice new construction.

MrWolfe, we have two options on the Gulf Coast: climate control or rust.

Picked up the jointer today. Glad I rented a low UHaul trailer and had a set of ramps. Gravity is strong with this one and compared to what some of you have it’s very small. I would still rather have it than most of what can be had at the stores new for under $400. Purchase price was a whopping $130. Sure, it needs some elbow grease and a couple of parts I can buy or make, but I really like the old cast iron Craftsman tools. On the manual tool side, I found a 10” quick release Craftsman vise a couple of weeks ago. The shop will be mostly old Craftsman, a little DeWalt and some 1990s Delta.

Rockusaf: Yeah, I’ll ‘fess up when I find something else I couldn’t live without. I could use some hand tools like tenon saws but can’t think of anything large I want right now. I’ve had to move ever few years for the last 20 as well. Happy to be retired now. Space is a big constraining factor, though and really tempers the desire to think bigger. Besides, I have a friend going back to the early ‘80s that’s a high end professional cabinet maker. He has anything that I don’t in his 4000 sq ft shop. He even has one of those digital European built sliding saws that costs as much as a small new car. He also has two saltwater fishing boats. Maintain priorities!

-- David

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