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RE: [SCA-Archery] Harbor Freight Tools, Was: Long bow

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  • Rj Bachner
    Heya This is why I suggested, recommended what have you using Nicholson files and rasps they are the best no matter where you get them. I spose I should have
    Message 1 of 11 , Dec 27, 2006
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      Heya

      This is why I suggested, recommended what have you using Nicholson files and
      rasps they are the best no matter where you get them.

      I spose I should have suggested http://www.leevalley.com/wood/index.aspx?c=1
      they carry the best tools and have as good a price as you can hope for.

      Ragi

      -----Original Message-----
      From: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Scott Jaqua
      Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 12:23 PM
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Harbor Freight Tools, Was: Long bow

      Carolus wrote:

      > Beware Harbor Freight tools. They are made in China and are often of
      > questionable materials. Not to say they don't work, I have a number
      > of them myself, but they often are of poor quality. Notably, their
      > files and rasps dull on hardwood and their anvils dent even under the
      > pressure of hot iron. Expect to put a lot of time in sharpening a
      > spokeshave from them if you want a quality edge and not something for
      > a quick and dirty project.
      > Carolus

      What he said, in spades! I have a number of Harbor Freight Tools. I am
      replacing them as time and money allows. It's a poor workman that blames
      his tools. But truth be told you can really only do quality work with
      quality tools. So while a poor workman blames his tools, a good workman
      fixes them!

      Quality tools not only make for quality work. They also save you time.
      The time spent making a tool "work right" can be better spent making
      whatever it is you want to make. I spend way too much time fiddling with
      my Harbor Freight, metal cutting band saw. It should just be a case of
      selcting and installing the correct blade and going to town. I should
      not have to stop cutting to fix blade tracking problems on every cut.

      My father had a great number of tools from Harbor Freight. Which
      surprises me still. He had the money to get the best and the skill to
      make use of the best. But while we didn't grow up poor, we sure didn't
      have any extra when I was kid. And in reading my fathers auto-biography,
      he really did grow up dirt poor. So I'm thinking the "making do with
      cheap tools mind set" was firmly locked in for Dad.

      As for the Harbor Freight ASO (Anvil Shaped Object) Carolus is talking
      about. It really is that soft. I have an earlier one that is a little
      better then what they are selling now. But it is still slated for
      replacement, once I get my new shop set-up. As it is, it is currently
      relegated to demo and teaching purposes only as my traveling anvil.

      Njall
      (Tool Junky)

      Scott B. Jaqua
      Hagerson Forge.



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