Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

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.)


Got tools?


6 responses

  1. wonderdawg

    Hey brudda…..not commenting much on the yak….shit, all I can do to get in a Jon boat without swamping it or falling out…leave those to the Eskimo wannabes and the few like you that multipurpose stuff….
    Like it or not, we have a new, right leaning judge, that from what I’ve seen, is a strict constitutionalist. If that’s the case, I like it. Sorry Spud, obammie showed me enough of the opposite to last the rest of my time on this rock….
    Be careful in that yak Dio. Bad shit can happen on the water, real quick like and unexpected…. Where’s Voodoo’s spot on that yak,lol.

    October 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    • With the yaks, I’m having some fun is all it is. Learning more, the geas placed on me by a wiley grandma. Lol. Comment anyway, about whatever you like. Even if its to call me some suicidal fool, or just point an opinion at the world. I wish there more people commenting. Lots of readers, little feedback.
      I’m glad you’re still out therr kicking iy though. Been a few losses the last couple of years and may have a couple more over the next year or two, some much closer to home for me. It’s life but it still sucks. You handed me a peice of wisdom out on Picks place 6 years ago, and I still quote it; “gettin’ old ain’t for p¿$$ies”. Every year I understand the depth of that a little more. 😎 So, if its gonna hurt anyway, may as well have the fun that made it hurt, right?

      October 9, 2018 at 6:08 am

      • wonderdawg

        Haha, yep ole age ain’t the golden years for damn sure. Least not for us peasants that aren’t trust funded. Having no debt is the secret of surviving the gray years, not bags of money and loads of stuff and debt. Got a buddy I grew up with and he’s a week older than i am. Once his folks left him several million in cash and properties, totally became another person. He’s now a paranoid recluse that spends all his time worrying about someone stealing his riches….one of the most miserable assholes I’ve ever known. We grew up as care free swamp rats, having fun, having fun and enjoying life. I’m still about the same, I’m happy with a dry place to lay my head at and bigger enough for my dogs to run free. Wouldn’t swap my little debt free spot for his, no way, no how.
        Boy, went off on a tangent I don’t comment on the yakking, just not of interest to me at this point of life. Now, your comments on tools, different story. I’m tool poor. Like you, quality is the only way to go. I could load a cargo container with junk or bargain tools that crapped out after little use. Harbor Freight continues to suck the dough off the gullible masses daily. They got some of mine at first, but no more. Should change their name to Fraud Central in my opinion.
        OK, brudda got a zero turn mower I picked up that trying to bring back from the dead, before the outer bands of Michael hits here.
        I’ll be lurking and posting as time and the urge hits. Later Brother…

        October 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

      • I use HF for many things, but not the tools. And I am damned picky while shopping there. Things like sandpaper and such, not as much, but only for the expendable stuff that will milk ya dry elsewhere. I had two tools I bought there in the past, one I picked up second hand, and while they are decent, they also have zero support from HF now. No parts, nothing. (My Chinese 3-1 is HF and is no longer supported by them, so any repairs have to be ‘unique’ and with locally sourced parts.)
        Live n learn.

        October 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

  2. JC

    There are no random tools, only those I’m not using right now. I noticed your ‘spanish windlass’, which is a thing I learned as a ‘swedish clamp’. Well, the guy’s name was Nelson, and he’d gotten the phrase from his grand-daddy, so…
    Harbor Freight is fine, if you want kleenex, and sometimes you just need a kleenex, yanno? A friend wanted to spray the exteriors of a couple rent houses this past summer. Renting a Graco for a week would have cost twice as much as a kleenex HF sprayer, so, no brainer .It worked, until it didn’t, which was about 3 brushstrokes from finishing anyway.

    October 11, 2018 at 1:37 am

    • Mehbe I shoulda titled this “random thoughts on tools”.
      Agreed, no random tools and I have more I am not using than,,, only have two hands and somedays wish for 6. LOL

      October 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm

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