So I’ve been budgeting for a new tool for my collection for awhile now. I’ve crunched numbers, done my research. Yesterday was the day. I was going to buy myself a circular saw.
You might be wondering why someone like myself, with a variety of saws already in my collection, might find a need for such a purchase. Well, it’s as simple as this. A) I have an addiction to power tools and B) my miter saw can’t make cuts on boards wider than 4″ (because it’s not a sliding compound miter saw – it just comes straight down) and my jigsaw is a worthless piece of crap that shreds wood like… like something that shreds wood.
In order to finish the kitchen island project…
Let me take a moment to bury my head in shame at the idea of having to admit that it’s been almost a year and I’m STILL not finished with this thing.
OK… back to the point. To finish the island, it needs a coat of paint and a top. Now, the top is actually finished. And my God is it hard to resist that urge to go down to the basement on a daily basis and curl up on that beautiful wood structure and rub my face on its perfectly smooth sanded surface. But this is supposed to be a cutting surface that food touches so I’ll refrain for now.
Unfortunately, though, it’s got a rough edge. Even though I measured, re-measured, and triple-checked, once all was glued together, some boards were longer/shorter than others. And not that 1mm or two is a killer, but you do want to have a counter top was a clean edge. My miter saw couldn’t make that cut. And my jigsaw would just gnaw the edge to bits ruining a rather expensive and labor-intensive project. So a fancy new circular saw was necessary.
I finally had a free night after work to swing by Lowe’s. I’d written down the exact saw that I’d decided on. It was close to Father’s Day, so all the tools were on sale. And with my Chase card, I’d get 5% back (not much, but hey – more than nothing). I decided to go to the self-checkout since I only had one item, but when the option came up to get a 1yr guaranteed replacement plan for only $14 extra, I couldn’t pass that up. Not like we’re on a streak of breaking things recently or anything, right?
Unfortunately, as soon as I hit that button, the screen told me I needed associate approval. And as luck would have it, a group of obscene people had suddenly taken over the attendant’s attention. Think people of walmart dot com. So much so that another attendant even appeared to deal with whatever situation had arisen. Thankfully, a man came up to use the register next to me and also needed the attendant’s assistance, so he being much taller than myself was able to snag her attention and when she came over he merely gestured towards me saying that I had been waiting much longer.
I smiled and thanked him while the lady typed in her code. Then he glanced down at my saw and just smiled and asked “Father’s Day?” I responded with my usual “No, actually it’s for me.” Which, as expected, received a wide-eyed look and a “good for you!” But while that usually gives me a little pride, I suddenly felt horribly guilty.
And immediately got in my car and called my mother. And in her perfect calm-you-down tone, she reminded me that my father certainly doesn’t want a circular saw. He much prefers a sweet card from his daughter than a tool he’ll never use – we don’t really get into gender stereotypes in my family anyway. My dad’s one of the handiest dad’s I know, but the power tools are momma’s. So I should really get around to signing that card. I just need to remember where I put it first…
So what did I end up buying?
I bought the DEWALT DWE575. It’s a 7-1/4″ lightweight corded circular saw. One of the lightest you can buy weighing about 8.8 lbs. And since I have puny arms, that was a big selling point for me. And so was the brand. DEWALT tools are certainly more expensive. I could have easily gotten a SKIL or Ryobi for half the price, but I’ve gotten to a point in my hobby, that it’s important to me to buy quality. I also prefer corded tools believe it or not. I have a cordless drill for convenience when I need a quick job. But for all my other power tools, I like the added power you get from a corded and you never have to have that moment in the middle of a project when you run out of juice and have to sit there while it charges.
Oh the things I shall saw…