Random tool thoughts
Where does the procurement stop and the gain begin? Buying tools for example. I’ve been buying tools for ages, always as an investment towards the future, even if that future is right now and work related (especially that, but I digress.) Since I started on building my own yak, I’ve bought a few more pieces for the ever growing list of tools. Not a complaint mind you, as they are not specific to building boats, but they are not cheap. (I’d rather suck on a rotten egg than use cheapshit tools, especially if they rely on a cutting edge, like woodchisels.) The yak specific tools are jigs and those are made from scrapwood, and not intended to last more than a few boats. Evolutions in design make that temporary life acceptable, and since they started life as scrap, no loss, only gain, even of they only make one boat.
As for ‘valuable’ tools(they’re all valuable to me), my most valuable, to me, tools, are the ones capable of making other tools. Lathes, mills, presses, etc. They are not limited to very much. They can cross platforms like metal working and woodworking, make the tools I need to make the things in my head, and the only real limitations are size and my imagination. A 9″ swing can’t do 9.5″ and thats just a fact.
And imagination is everything to a guy like me, so I usually hit the wall in size before I hit the stumped phase. LOL.
Sometimes, a tool isn’t a tool, until imagination kicks in. I am going to have to scarf and laminate my gunwales, and clamping a 16′ section of woodparts together was becoming an interesting complication. The solution is laying in my driveway: 8′ I-beams from the highway dept. I have 6 of em’ and planned on using them for a frame for some big tool or ‘nuther as the need arose. Bolt a pair end to end, and now I have a 16′ plate with sidewalls. Spray wax or wax paper will act as a release agent, and another pair will be the weights to clamp the wood tight. I can add to that, or use a few furniture clamps if I need more force, but by nature, I wont need as many clamps to achieve the same end. Forget the danged box, and you don’t need to think outside of it; you just need to think!
And I still have the I-beams for later use as I need.
Tools. We dominated this world through tools. The most defenseless species, at the top of the food chain. Tools.
And as some can attest, I haul a whole lot of ’em around with me, day to day. I have more in reserve at home, and I’m still working on that damned shop to get even more into play. (And that accounts for and answers the question at the start.)