Saturday, April 15, 2017
Have you ever saved anything and later when you went to use it, you found it did not work, fit, or was outdated?
About 35 years ago I bought a good table saw to use in my work. I bought some attachments, among them a ‘modern dado blade’, Craftsman, warranted for life. The dado blade is designed to make groves in lumber. It is versatile but I never found a use for it.
Sherry and I were taught a new to us game, it is called ‘Mexican Train’. I wanted something with ¼” grooves in it to hold the dominos. The tool to do it awaited here in NC. A BRAND NEW (35 year old dado blade) in the original case. The first table saw wore out years ago. So I set my NEWER table saw up in the yard. Removed the saw blade and slipped the brand new, never used Dado blade on the shaft. WHAT? The saw arbor (shaft) on my newer table saw is too short to use my dado blade. SHUCKS. (I did say a harsher ‘S’ word.)
My brand new dado blade is useless to me. I so carefully kept it for many years. Anyway, setbacks in life happen. We work around or thru them. So I put three standard blades on my saw and made the cuts. The little boards work like a charm, but I did want to use the simpler blade.
This is not the first time Keeping something did not work. I had a ‘nearly new pair of ‘Corfam’ (fake leather) inspection shoes when I left the military. I held those shoes for about 10 years, never wearing them. Then one day an occasion came to use them. They still looked new. When I put them on, they practically fell apart. The shiny surface cracked like glass and they actually disintegrated.
There are times in life when things seem to last forever. I can remember when I thought my dad and mom would last forever, I couldn’t picture a world without them. But now for years they have only been sweet memories. They did not last forever. So, that lesson shows me that my sons will not always have their dad and mom. ‘Life’ is the only thing that has a real ‘lifetime’ warrantee, trouble is, IT’s LENGTH VARIES.
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