When does it ever end? Why does it affect nine out of ten woodworkers? You have probably seen commercials for it. You’ve seen a man walking along the beach with his dog while the announcer lists the symptoms: guilt, burning desires, odd dreams, empty wallet. Yes, I’m talking about New Tool Acquisition Syndrome (NTAS). Do you wake up in the middle night desiring a new set of chisels, do you while away the hours making up excuses to justify the purchase of a 132” drum sander? Speak with your doctor, or better yet, speak to your wife and let her slap some sense into you.
This time last year, I remember speaking with my accountant and telling him that I would be not be reinvesting my profits back into the business this year. But! I do want to buy a new table saw for a good price at the big woodworking show. And wouldn’t you know the bearings on my lathe started to go, so I went ahead and bought a new and better lathe, then the commissions started rolling in one after another, and what do you know, most of my profits went back into the business.
In my defense, owning a lathe is lot like a bag of potato chips, once you eat one, you just can’t stop! And once you start turning, there’s always just one more tool that you need. Ask any turner and they will tell you the same thing. Oddly enough, I do almost all my work with my 1/2” bowl gouge. Hummmmm, go figure. Hey, but that 4/9th’s spindle gouge will come in handy one day I’m sure.
Once again, I will categorically state that 2011 will be different. I will put a majority of my profits back into the household coffers. Although, I really do need a router plane, and it would be nice to have a better tenon saw, and that new work bench I want to build won’t come cheap. But I swear Honey, that new sliding miter saw just followed me home!
So when does it ever end? Can you really say, “I absolutely have everything I need.” It is a vicious cycle, the more tools you get, you more you want.
Stand up and admit you have NTAS and tell us your story. (It will feel better once you get it off your chest.)