Stan Galat posted:
... and that's how it is with tools. If you buy the right ones, you'll surprise yourself how often you'll end up using them (as long as they aren't super-specialized). Tools are just good to have, even if you don't use them for months (or years) at a time. That's why Dr. Clock's giant shop purge shocked me in the extreme.
My dad would spend an inordinate amount of time working around not having the tools or materials he would've liked for a particular project. My theory is that tools are very, very cheap (no matter what they cost)- it's labor that is horribly expensive, even if it's your own.
You only have one chance at this life. Spending time uselessly trying to make the wrong tool work is not how I want to spend mine.
Basis for the axiom "...you're more likely to injure yourself trying to cut with a dull knife than a proper sharp knife."