I’ve been holding back on posting this and not sure why. About a week before WIA my woodshop was entered and some of my tools were stolen. A DW735, ShopFox Hollow Chisel Mortice machine, a dilapidated Delta benchtop drill press and several hand power tools. Not a hand tool was touched.
The missing planer pizzed me off to no end but the HCM was personal. Sarge gave me a really good deal on it several years ago and it had become kinda special to me. I fiddled with it for quite a while and got it humming – no screeching and smooth cuts. Very little cleanup; light paring with a sharp chisel..
But that’s small change compared to the feeling that you know it’s gone. Never thought I’d get that attached to a hunk of steel. It aint no hunk of steel! It’s the end of my arm/hand when making mortices; it was part of me.
Gawd that hurts. Tomorrow morning will be the first time I’ll be back in the woodshop since it happened. A new hossy coming up!
Keep your woodshop secure! Take pics of all your stuff, record serial numbers, model numbers, every dang thang you can think of about each and every tool. Burn two copies onto a CD and keep one offsite. Take pictures of your woodshop regularly and file ’em away for safekeeping. DAMHIKT.
Bob @ Kidderville Acres
A Woodworkers mind should be the sharpest tool in the shop!