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So I'm watching the PBS thing on brain plasticity and how to stretch your mental glidepath, and I think "how can I do this through woodworking?"  And it strikes me:  what will motivate every/any true WWer?  A new tool of course.  One of my instructors advised that you should think of projects as excuses to buy a new tool.   Yeah, baby; sing me that song!  So, I'm going to extend that to making jigs, too.  Tools and jigs.  And maybe I even cut some wood, but the object isn't building things!!  The purpose is brain development through new challenges.  And I betcha the cost of new tools is a lot less than a stay in a hospital!!  (esp. the mental ward kind of place; been there, didn't like it)   And look at the REALLY bright side:  the right kind of tool with a little carelessness, and you don't have to worry about old age.  Just gets better and better.

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Pete, I have never heard a better rational for purchasing woodworking tools! It makes total sense to me, especially when you relate the purchase of tool to day in the hospital, or the mental ward, it's a no brainer indeed! Making jigs especially, solving challenges and making something to fit another, great mental exercises.

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Building jigs, learning a new tool, expanding the shop's capabilities...and your own...thinking way outside the box, keeps our old brains tuned up.

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49 minutes ago, PeteM said:

you should think of projects as excuses to buy a new tool

I think I must have had the same instructor :)

Edited by lew

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2 hours ago, Stick486 said:

SERIOUSLY, the form reminds me of a "vendor proposal analysis" that contractors use to evaluate the true cost/need of a vendor's equipment.  The only way to buy.

 

Unseriously, when it comes to tools, my version has a permanently-checked box "yes".

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