Saturday, March 20, 2010


Been too long since I wrote something.  Busy, busy, busy.  And that's a good thing.

Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Most commonly suffered by guitar players.  But there's a whole 'nother class that makes their sickness look like a cold.  Tool guys.  I've had both varieties of the madness, and let me tell you, it's far worse for tools than any other form.

Do you drool every time you see a Rockler catalog?  Have you spent a couple of hours over the sweat stained, sawdust covered Grizzly catalog?  Does a new clamp make your heart race?  You have GAS.  It's highly infectious. It's not airborne, it's eyeborne.  Somebody shows a pic of their new tool, and it's like "DAMN I NEED THAT!"

Let me stoke the fire a bit.  Here's my latest new tool.  I haven't tried it yet, but my mouth is salivating at the thought.

I rip lots of plywood.  It replaces my perfectly functional plywood saw guides.  Which are perfectly functional.  But who cares?  It's COOL, it's NEW, and it's a TOOL.

Here's another one.  I think it's a must have.  I've owned two now for a couple of years.  After a slight altercation with my table saw and the tip of a finger, (I still have it, but the nail is kinda odd), I found these. 

Yes, I sell them, as of a couple of months ago.  Shameless promotion.  But it is the single best investment in safety I've ever made.  I make no saw cuts without them.  Looks complex, it's not.  Setup is very fast, and about 3/4 of the time there's no setup, just use it like a push stick.

The biggest threat from GAS is that the scale keeps increasing.  About 6 months ago I bought a Jet Super Saw, sliding table, Xacta fence, the works.  You'd think that would hold me for a while.
Nah. I keep finding myself perusing CNC rig sites.  Now we're talking!  Real big tool stuff.  Tim Taylor category if you remember "Tool Time" 

There you go.  I'm glad to have passed the infection on through it's transmission process, eyeballs.  If you've got a cool tool, post it.  I really need some small dosages.  It helps keep the really big descents in to madness/debt at bay.


  1. As a DIYer, you may want to check these out to satisfy your CNC "GASing" urge:

  2. Nice. I can't even finish the vacuum table I started over a year ago.