Why I’m Salty About Woodworking

I had a realization this morning. For someone who wants to woodwork, I’m rather salty about woodworking.

Now, if you’ve read this blog for a little while–and it hasn’t been around for very long, so it won’t take much–you might have figured out some of it.

But some of it is my own fault, too, just to be fair.

Let’s get into some of the why’s, then I’ll talk about what I, personally, am doing to get past it.

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Why do I buy old tools instead of saving up for new ones?

I like Christopher Schwarz as a writer. I think I’ve made that abundantly clear. Hell, as much as I talk about him, one might be forgiven for thinking I’m some kind of a fanboy.

However, reading his Handplane Essentials has given me the impression that he’s not really a fan of vintage tools. More specifically, of new people buying vintage tools in need of restoration in order to be usable.

And that’s precisely what I did all those years ago and why I bought a Sargent 5306 low angle block plane last night.

Here’s my thinking on why that’s a good idea for new woodworkers.

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What I’m working with

As noted earlier today, I actually have a fair number of tools already. I won’t need to make a whole pile of purchases before I can start building a few projects, after all.

After I posted yesterday, I decided to pull everything out of the old crate I use for storage to see what kind of shape they were in.

The crate I picked up from work. I figured, why build a tool chest when one was already made?

This above crate used to contain chemical weapons protective gear in a previous life. At least, that’s what had it just before I got hold of it. I worked on a military base with an operation that destroyed that gear to terrorists couldn’t get their hands on it. We demilitarized the gear, but that left this crate, so I brought it home for tool storage.

Well, let me tell you a little something. It ain’t that great for tool storage.

I mean, it’s a big box. There’s no organization to it, nothing. I could probably add stuff to the box to help with that if I wanted to, but it also isn’t all that wonderful at keeping the tools clean either.

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