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Hey, Big Spender! [New Tools]

Posted by Stev187 on Sunday, July 15, 2007

Well, my idea was to sell my Scout and use that money to get started building a workshop for woodworking and possibly making banjos.  Not only did I sell the Scout, I ended up making a profit on it!  Lucky me!  So I decided that was a message not to go ultra-cheap with the tools.  So I bought a bunch of tools (I mean a bunch of them) today and brought them home.

Could have gotten a much cheaper bench-top table saw, but one of my books STRONGLY recommended getting the best table saw you could afford. Found a great review of this saw HERE.  This was the most reasonably priced "contractor" table saws I saw, and the wheels are a real plus. This thing weighs 300 lbs! No kidding.

I took the middle ground between a cheap bench-top band saw and a giant 1+ hp machine. This guy is 3/4 hp and looks plenty big for my stuff: scrolling out necks and resawing small pieces.

My buddy Bob has this spindle/belt sander and swears by it. It makes some aspects of his fiddle making so easy that he feels like he's cheating. These aren't top of the line or even professional grade tools, but I've done enough research to know they will do the job. I could have gotten by with less; I could have gotten much more. I was aiming for middle of the road, and I think I found it. Funny: these tools cost almost exactly $1,000. When I bought my first Hammond B-3, I bought it with $1,000 that my Mom gave me from my grandfather (Doc). I thought that was fitting, as we both loved Hammonds. Well, I sold my Hammond & Leslie to get the Scout (no profit there--I pretty much broke even). So now that money is back into a fitting "Doc" hobby: woodworking. I think that these are quality tools that, well cared for, will last a long time.

I actually got good deals on all of these plus 10% off the entire bill (which paid for the patio stones in the backyard and a fire safe for our important papers).  Not a bad day at the hardware store!

2 comments on “Hey, Big Spender! [New Tools]”

bearsher Says:
Monday, July 16, 2007 @5:17:41 PM

Way to go, Steve!  Doc would be very happy for you and pleased that you have something special to remember him by.

nrvstorm Says:
Monday, July 16, 2007 @9:25:58 PM

One step closer to owning an "early Robinson" instrument!

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