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But only 768 pages this year as opposed to the 800+ pages last year. But, nevertheless, a good source of wants and needs, especially the wants.
 

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Now we enter the realm of temptation../............LOL.

Check Credit Card before opening......LOL
 

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This is my catalog of choice.
 

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Catalogs are great. I get them and they live in the bathroom for maybe a week. I look, read, and then maybe I'll look at the website. Mostly I look and then recycle. A little clarification for those with wandering minds, I put them in the recycle bin on the porch. Problem with catalogs is they often give you the perception you need something that in reality you really don't. I have some of these 'Tools" in the shop that have seen little use and just a few I was glad I had when needed.

An example was the thread on the mortising machine. Yes, I would love to have one but looking back at past projects and those I see in my future it would get some but very little use. At $1,300+ for a good machine and then another $200-250 for the good chisels and sharpeners it just didn't add up to being practical. And jeeze, I've got a decent set of mortising chisels I haven't used yet as I haven't tried to cut any mortises by hand yet. That's on the list of using up some scrap, practice cutting mortises with a chisel. I can drill out the waste and cleanup with the chisels.

So instead common sense kicked in. I get that once in a blue moon. I bought a Delta DP mortising set from Home Depot for $99.99 w/free shipping. I realize the chisels will be less than stellar but I have the Lee Valley cone sharpeners in route to give them a better shot at being decent. If that turns out well I'll look at better chisels like the Lee Valley premium set. Total outlay would be about $350 and not take any more precious space up in the shop. I'll certainly let you know how this turns out along with some pictures to show the results.

But back on topic, catalogs are great for showing you what's out there and helping you spend your money. They also hit your impulse reactor, a dangerous thing for some of us. Fortunately I've managed to slow that reaction time way down and don't keep the credit cards on me to add to that critical thinking time needed to make better judgement calls.
 

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Just like a kids years ago with a Sears catalogue LOL before Christmas :) It never hurts to dream a little. Just make sure your want, really justifies the need and your finances before you place that order.
 

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Since we finally got indoor plumbing, catalogs are useless.
 

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I keep one catalog around because it shows the profile of bits, something I just can't seem to visualize just by looking at the bit. It also helps me remember the names of bit types. The little grey cells seem not to be tuned properly anymore. I keep getting a U-line catalog twice a year, no idea why. Straight to recycling it goes.

I filled my shop with tools and accessories when I was still making lots of money, so I don't often see something I don't already have and sometimes I buy something I already have.
 

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I keep one catalog around because it shows the profile of bits, something I just can't seem to visualize just by looking at the bit. It also helps me remember the names of bit types. The little grey cells seem not to be tuned properly anymore. I keep getting a U-line catalog twice a year, no idea why. Straight to recycling it goes.

I filled my shop with tools and accessories when I was still making lots of money, so I don't often see something I don't already have and
 

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Mostly I look and then recycle. A little clarification for those with wandering minds, I put them in the recycle bin on the porch.
If you put them in an Amazon box, tape it shut, and leave it on your porch, you may not even have to carry it to the recycling place.

I love catalogs. I go thru each one, mark just what I want, then after a few days toss the catalog.
 
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