556 Words - Posted on 28th September 2018
Do you remember growing up when you’d save like mad for something? Your first ever guitar, or a skateboard, or a plastic pony! It wouldn’t be the best, but it would be cheap! And it would be yours. And then it’d break and someone you might want to kick in the shins says dolefully, “well, you get what you pay for.” Hmm, thanks for the advice. Too little, too late!
But that kind of advice sticks with you. You just can’t get away from the apparent wisdom of this sage advice. Even if it is just a bald truism.
And so, whether as a student, a new fully fledged cabinet maker or a seasoned veteran, you find yourself staring at your computer screen, knowing how much money you’ve got, what you’d like and what you need. That jack plane is £150, and 4 stars from people with an opinion they simply have to share. And that other plane is £250 and has 4.5 stars. So a half a star’s worth will cost you £100. Good to know, I’ll remember that. See if I can’t by a half a star for less next time. Knowledge is indeed power!
But then here’s an old one on eBay for £30. Thirty quid!!
Bottom line is it’s a nightmare knowing what to buy and how much to spend.
“Spend what you can afford”
There you go, another utterly useless bit of advice from people who should know better.
So here are a few home truths about budgeting to be a cabinetmaker, gleaned from years of watching others spend wisely and unwisely, and from me, personally, spending wisely and unwisely.
Until next time,
Categories: A Makers Year