Is it possible that you get to a point where you own so many tools that you forget what you own? Or is it just the ravages of old age taking its toll on my mind?
A few days ago, I decided to round over the corners of my drill press table because I’ve dinged up the edges pretty good. So I grabbed my Colt router and looked for a round-over bit. The only 1/4″ shank round-over bit I own is a 3/8″ radius, but of course I have a nice selection of 1/2″ shank round-over bits.
Rather than using the Colt, I end up flipping the drill press table upside down and routing a 1/8″ radius on my router table; it was awkward, but it worked. It looked so good that I wanted to relieve the edge of the router table I’m in the process of building. I figured I’d better pick up a 1/8″ round-over bit for the Colt next time I’m at the store rather than try to muscle the new table on top of the old table.
cA few days later, I was in the store looking at router bits and it hit me: Why didn’t I just pull the router motor out of the table and use my plunge base?
This has happened to me numerous times. A few years ago, I was mounting a bar sink in my garage for dumping used oil. The sink would drain into some 5-gallon buckets which I could just grab and bring to the oil dropoff site. I needed to cut a hole in the counter top for the sink and the only tool I could think of to do the job was my recip saw. Of course I butchered the hole so badly that there were places where the sink didn’t cover the hole. Only then did I remember that I owned a perfectly good jig saw that would have done a much better job.
So have you ever forgotten what tools you own and ended up buying one of them again? Or have you used a less-than-ideal tool for the job, only to remember later that you actually had the right tool? Let us know in comments.