Friday, November 5, 2010

The right tool

When doing any project, there is a tendency to use the project as a reason to acquire another tool (he who dies with the most tools, wins).  But then this delays the project, which now depends on shopping for the tool.

Sometimes, the "best" tool for the job is the one you have, rather than the shiny, expensive, special-purpose one you see in the catalog.  Because with the tools you have, you can get right to work.  Bob over at Boat Bits talks about a personal example of this.

On the other hand, one should not fall into the trap of the lazy craftsman either:

"All tools are hammers, except for screwdrivers.  Screwdrivers are chisels."

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