You may or may not have noticed by now that I have a thing for tools. Not just for tools that every Tom Dick, and Harriette might have in their shop, but especially the tools that the average Joe doesn’t have. I take an odd delight in being able to pull out a tool and do a job for a friend when I know they are thinking, “Boy. I wish I had one of those.”
To a certain extent I get this when I pull out the big miter saw or Paslode Impulse nailer, but those are just tools that many guys have (even if mine are better). But tools like a biscuit joiner or a dovetail jig – those are tools that my friends who know a bit about woodworking get a bit of a drool over.
The other day I was at a buddy’s house installing some new laminate flooring. That is a job that has a few tricks, even though it is pretty quick and easy. But when you have to run any kind of new flooring through a doorway, you run into a bit of a sticking point. Do you just try to run the new flooring around the jamb? (You don’t). And if not, how are you going to go about cutting it off? Do you have a jamb saw? Not unless you do flooring for a living, you don’t. Do you try to cut it off with a hand saw? You can try, but it usually makes kind of a ragged cut. Do you have one of those fancy one sided Japanese thingys? That will work, but it is a lot of work.
What you do is pull out your brand new 18v multifunction oscillating cutter. When I pulled that baby out and quickly cut off the offending jambs in a nice smooth accurate line in no time at all, I am sure my guy was quite envious. Even though he covered well.
I know that it’s not cool to be so happy with myself over something like this, but It’s a little vice, and there is so little joy in the world. Later I’ll tell you about a tool that left me on the other side of this equation.
But meanwhile, here’s a video so that you too can be jealous of me.