Where can I get the best woodworking tools that money can buy? Will they make a difference?
When it comes to buying tools, a high dollar amount does not necessarily equal better or best. While expensive tools are very nice in general, what’s most important is how the tools make you feel.
I’m definitely not going to discourage you from buying really nice tools if you have the money. If you are willing to make the investment, and you think it’ll make you happy, then go nuts and please send me pictures so I can be a little jealous.
However, what’s really the most important thing about tools, and what makes them the best, is the feeling that you get when you use them.
I’ll give you an example:
Have you ever used an old tool that belong to your father or your grandfather? Maybe it belong to either one of your parents? Maybe they’re passed away?
How did that tool feel in your hands? Did you feel a connection to your past family members by holding the same tool in your hands as they once held in their hands?
Even if you’ve never had this experience, you can walk into an antique store and have a very similar feeling by picking up some of the older tools. You may just feel a connection to the past, and suddenly that tool feels pretty darn powerful.
Objectively, it may only be an average tool. There may be newer versions that are more expensive, flashy, or have more features, and honestly work better.
However, if that tool doesn’t make you feel the same way the older tool does when you hold it in your hands, then it will not be the best tool.
The best tool is the one that makes you feel happy to hold and use.
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