The Tools I Rarely Use

Posted by John on March 23rd, 2012

Happy Friday everybody!!  Can’t believe how quick this week went.  Despite our setback with our kitchen sliding drawer project this week, I do have some major progress to report, but I think I’ll save it for another post.  I don’t want to count my chickens before they’re hatched!

I’m gradually getting back to my regular DIY routine after my surgery last month and we’re going to be roaring into our dining room project shortly.  I may have over promised on how soon we would be doing that.  But, then again, I didn’t expect to be unable to lift heavy plywood sheets for 2 months when I wrote that post.  Anyway, it’s going to be our next project after we wrap up these drawers.

While I was making all the cuts for these drawers in my basement, I noticed all the tools and construction gear laying around down there.  When we sold our first home, I put all my junk and power tools into a storage unit.  After we closed on our current home, I dumped all that crap into the basement.  I’ve had some time to start sorting it out and I’ve forgotten about half the stuff I’ve got.  Some of this gear is ridiculous.  I thought I’d take a post and talk about some of this ridiculous stuff.  I’m not trying to make this a “boast post,” I just think this stuff is kinda overkill for the average DIYer.  Enjoy a laugh at my expense.

If you’re interested in borrowing any of these AND we’re blog pals, just shoot me an email.  I’ll ship them to you.

Here are my overkill tools that I hardly ever use.jam-saw


1.  A Door Jam Saw.  Say what?  Yes, there is such a thing.  AND I own one.  This little grinder like device is used during hardwood floor installations.  In particular it’s used to cut through the bottom part of the door jam so you can slide the hardwood under it.  Otherwise, you may have to use a hand saw, God forbid.  It’s really only necessary if you are going from something thin like linoleum or carpet to a thick hardwood and you need to cut through many door jams.  I think it cost around $100 and it worked well back in 2007, which was the last time I used it.  Believe me, I’m shaking my own head.wet-grinder-1024x531


2.  A Wet Grinder.  I’m actually proud of this purchase.  I used it to make concrete countertops at my parent’s house, also back in 2007.  I envisioned using it again to make my own countertops at our first home, but we ended up going with granite.  What’s really embarrassing is that I own two of them.  Good grief.  See, I bought a lower priced unit for around $100 that ended up shorting out from the water.  Well, since we were in the middle of this project, I ended up buying a higher end unit.  The nice one is pretty sweet, although seldom used.fuji-mini-mite-4


3.  A Turbine HVLP Spray System.  This one in particular stings a bit.  So, this is basically a paint gun system.  I first used it to paint my folk’s kitchen cabinets and then again when we built ours for our first home.  Considering that I painted two kitchens sets of cabinets, I got my money’s worth.  In the meantime, it’s gathering dust.  The really annoying think is I could’ve probably just bought a large air compressor for less than half the price and gotten the same result.  Live and learn.  Will I use it again?  TBD.mortise1


4.  A Mortise Kit for my Drill Press.  This consists of some gear that attaches to a regular drill press to allow it to make mortise cuts.  Probably paid $100 and used it once.  This is for serious woodworking enthusiasts, not for some jabroni that only had plans for one project with it then promptly put it in storage for five years.boss1


5.  A Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sander.  Aka a Delta BOSS.  Got this little gizmo off craigslist.  The seller was moving to Florida and he was selling pretty much everything in his shop for very low.  The funny thing is I didn’t show up to buy this, he threw it in for only a little extra.  So this machine is designed to sand curved pieces of wood.  I’m pretty sure I used it once, although I can’t be sure I even did that.  BUT, it was a steal so I don’t feel to badly about it.

All of this crap I bought before I married Lisa. We now have a “system” in place where I get Lisa’s approval for all tool purchases.  Consequently, I haven’t bought anything I only plan on using once.  Probably for the best! 😉

Any unnecessary purchases in your DIY past?  Do you have to wear blinders when you walk by Tool World too?

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  • You have a lot of tools! When we bought a ton of wood in bulk, we also bought a set of tools from Dewalt – but so far we love them, they’re great and we use them all, so I think it was worth it (even if it hurt a little paying around 400€ at the time).

    • John_OHFScratch

      I\’ve got a DeWalt drive that I bought maybe 8 years ago now. It\’s still a great tool after all this time.

  • WOW! I can’t believe the tools you own! My husband might have your problem as well…. he also needs my permission to buy tools. Hahaha! At least I can say he buys practical tools; things he could use for different projects. Although, when we were laying our tiles, he was SOOO close to buying a wet saw. Luckily he found someone he could borrow it from, or else I would’ve had to let him buy it! We were really stuck. If you need a tool sometimes, you just gotta buy it!

    • John_OHFScratch

      I'm all about borrowing them too! Although, I end up being the one who loans the out mostly. Wet saws are a pain to buy. The $100 units usually don't last long and the $400 units are tough to justify purchasing. It's almost worth it to buy a new $100 wet saw every time you tile a room. Still WAY cheaper than using ma contractor.

  • Kristen

    Wow – that is a lot of tools! Is it weird I am really digging the Spray System?? I imagine it being so much easier to paint our walls (not sure if that's true). Not sure we'll ever get one but when we have our own house, we will need to buy a few more things than what we have!

    • John_OHFScratch

      When I bought this HVLP system, I thought I'd be able to use it on cabinets and my walls as well and it turns out, it's really not appropriate for spraying your walls. It's perfect for painting a car or furniture, because you need like 4-5 light coats minimum, but it doesn't put out enough material to be useful for walls or trim. If you're looking for a home paint system for walls or trim you need to buy or rent an "airless" paint sprayer. They are the ones you see in Lowes' paint department.

  • Haha this post was cracking me up! I think we probably have some tools we don’t ever use, but I will say that hubby has taught me that having the right tools for a project helps tremendously, if that makes you feel any better!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Yeah, I don't lose sleep at night having too many tools!!

  • I have a LOT of tools and use them pretty frequently but I have a Porter Cable biscuit joiner that I picked up for a steal at a garage sale. I’ve used it once, to make sure it worked, and it’s been sitting in my garage ever since. The sight of that dust-covered case fills me with shame every time I set foot in the garage but with a whole-house remodel underway I won’t be trying my hand at woodworking any time soon.

    • John_OHFScratch

      I actually have a Freud biscuit jointer. It's perfect for certain wood working projects. But, you're right, if you're not doing any projects like that, then it's kind of a waster. But, since you got it for a steal, you could always just resell it for more than you paid probably.

  • I wish I could go shopping in your shed!!! I NEED a paint sprayer for no other reason than I want one lol!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Hahaha. It is a pretty boss paint gun.

  • Wow that’s quite an array. I dream of a basement work shop. There wasn’t room in this house….but the next one… 🙂

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Rachel! I didn't have much room in my previous house and I actually had MORE tools!! It was ridiculous. We haven't made any official space for it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

  • Matt

    I bought my dad a dedicated Delta mortise machine from my first paycheck after he scored me a sweet job out of high school where he worked. I think it was over $200. It hasn't been used once.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Those gifts are the best. Maybe you can talk him into giving it to you.

  • I just posted about my Jet Mortiser. I tried out the Delta you have but it didn't work for me, so I went even more overkill and bought a dedicated mortise machine.

    • John_OHFScratch

      I think we share the same brain.

      • From the timing of our seemingly simultaneous comments on each other's blog about the same thing, I think you're right.