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01-05-2012 07:58 AM

I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit of tool collector. Specifically, well-made power tools. I enjoy the research and the decision-making process (the chase, if you will). I imagine some of you also suffer from this impairment.

But much to my surprise I’ve found I’m also a veneer collector. Perhaps this is because it’s much easier to obtain dazzling grain and figure in veneer form. If my woodpile is my gold stash, my veneer stack is my diamonds.

I define a “collector” as someone who doesn’t necessarily buy or obtain just when s/he needs the item in question, but rather enjoys stockpiling the item in question for “eventual or intended use”. When I use the label, it doesn’t carry a judgment, just a light-hearted poke at some of our favorite material parts of this hobby.

What about you? What collection disease do you suffer from?

Tools? Wood? Veneer? Router bits? Clamps? WW books? Plans? Sandpaper? Finish?

And let me know if you’ve found a way to collect time…!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:48 AM

I’m not an avid collector of anything in paticular….I only collect those things that I don’t already have! Lol.

Although not woodworking related, I collect baseball caps (not neccessarily MLB), just any old cap will do.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-05-2012 11:42 AM

chisels. Not obsessively, but I like ‘em.

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 11:50 AM

Wood, it’s genetic: I have what’s left of grandpa’s collection and most of dad’s. Now forty years of my own, I have scraps of wood that have been across the ocean six times.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 12:06 PM

I collect saw dust at the moment… I can’t afford a dust extraction system at present… lol

Soon it might become can not afford not to…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 01:53 PM

Hand planes (~ 25), bit braces (10), saw blades (have tried 60+, still have 18), router bits (~150)...I’ll find something else to add eventually!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 02:12 PM

Vintage woodworking books. Technology has come so far, it’s interesting to read and study the “old way” of woodworking.
I have one woodcarving book that dates back to the mid 1930’s, it says that someone that wants to get into woodcarving. All they need is a knife and old shipping box.

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 02:15 PM

I collect hand tools. However, I also have a machine shop inside our plant so I collect all kinds of mechanical junk. I can get all sorts of useful parts off of it and use it in some of the things I build for the plant.


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#8 posted 01-05-2012 04:12 PM

Hand tools, mostly vintage, but some new.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 04:29 PM

I try to collect nothing. If I don’t use it regularly, it is just clutter and clutter makes my skin crawl.

Having said that, those who visit my shop might accuse me of collecting lumber. But 99% of it is full length boards that I fully intend to use. I toss cut-offs pretty quickly if I am not finding a use for them.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 04:59 PM

Wood, if I think I even smell a “deal” I am all over it. No specific use, just for that special someday.

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 05:06 PM


Not intentionally, but … as it turns out … I have quite a collection going.

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 05:15 PM

Chisels. Unlike Loren, however, mine is pathologic.
Like Cr1 I try to collect money, but people seem to collect it from me.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 05:32 PM

Good news Al and CR, I can “help” you with those collections. Just send it to me and I will store it free of charge…of course.

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 05:36 PM

If I were honest with myself, I would acknowledge that I am an exotic wood collector. I don’t own my collection just for the sake of owning the wood. I am always willing to use the wood if I find a situation where the wood would work nicely. However, in general, when I see a wood that I had not seen before and I like it, I usually buy it, despite the fact I have no particular use for it in mind.

I haven’t taken an actual count, but I guess I own pieces of about 40 different exotics. I particularly like the relatively rare woods that very few people know about. For example, I own some Tsin Win and I have actually used some of it. What a unique and unusual wood – it’s purple.

Secondly, I have a collection of more than 20 old planes. Perhaps the most interesting is a plane made by the Ohio Tool Company in the 1850s. I could take anyone of those planes off the shelf and use it. However, most of them need a good tuning up.

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

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#15 posted 01-05-2012 05:38 PM

I have been collecting W. Butcher cast steel tools. Not a huge collection, but the tools are sweet, and somewhat uncommon.

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