Everyone loves a good tool.
Above, you will see a photo of some of my personal favorites. These are mostly log tools but the fact is that we all need a variety of tools if we are to build our own home. We also need the carpenters tools, the builders tools, the masons, the earth moving, the cabinetry, the electric, the list goes on and on. But where to start? And which ones to choose? I’d like to help you with that. One by one, in the order that I would purchase them, with some friendly advice on what to look for.
Tools make projects possible… they make things happen. They might as well be magic wands for what they accomplish… just move them around a bit and presto!… Things that never were, come into our lives! Simply lay out the necessary selection of tools and materials on a workbench (along with a set of plans) and watch amazing creations eventually appear… anything is possible… from a small table, to a complete house.
Tools are “enablers”, but they are also motivators! Keep that in mind… a tool begs us to build something.
If you are thinking of building a home sometime in the future you should start acquiring the tools that you will need for it now, one at a time. Here in this video series I share with you an important tool that you should consider having in your collection. I hope you’ll follow along.
Today I’d like to start you out with perhaps the single best advice that I’ll be able to offer to you throughout this tool series…
Buy the tool that you want… That sounds simple enough doesn’t it?
But so many don’t always heed this advice, including myself on occasion. Never buy the cheapest tool, nor necessarily the the tool that the guy at the hardware store says you should have. You don’t want to buy the tool that I use simply because I recommend it… you want to discover the one that most appeals to you. And please, don’t buy the “next-best” tool and then live with the regret of not purchasing the one that you truly wanted. Good tools last a long time, treat yourself with the quality tool that you want and you’ll do better work.
OK… that’s it for today.
I hope to see you in “Tool #1″… the single most important tool a carpenter can have (I bet you can’t guess what it is!).