SYS-STF D 150
Only among friends could I admit... I made a huge mistake. Thankfully, through judicious spending, and diligent scouring of woodworking stores, sites, and craigslist, was I able to rectify my error and bring sense back to the universe. Making my poor Sys-STF D 150 whole again...
I purchased this innocent looking Systainer, size three, because I really needed a Sys3 for all my turning tools and junk, and my local WW shop didn't have any Sys3's, besides this one. Being a Festool n00b, I didn't fully realize and appreciate that this box, with accompanying plastic insert, cost more than an actual empty box. Nor that I was aware of insulting its kharmic destiny by proceeding with my awful plan to cleft Systainer from Insert.
Here is what my mind saw, untrained Fes-Jedi that I was (not).
I'm sure my turning tools and what-not enjoyed a happy occupation of Sys-STF D 150, but it was a pitiful role for a sandpaper storing juggernaut... It was not until I became an acolyte of the searchtempest.com side of the shopping force, that my errors were revealed.
Lo, a whopper of a deal presented itself, and I pounced! A RO 150E for only $90!? (bare tool only, mind you) Which child did I need to sell and where do I send the cold hard cash!? Smuggled from Florida to Wisconsin, my newfound friend came into my life and started sanding like a dervish.
This started me down the slippery, slippery slope of sandpaper hoarding. And why stop with only the RO150, when Festool offers such ergonomic and convenient sanding pads. The added luxury of using the 150mm abrasives on both the Rotex and the sanding blocks was like having bacon on your cheeseburger.
More and more boxes arrived from Festool-Crack-Dealin' "Bob 'mojo-to-go' Marino", all stuffed and crammed with 150mm sandpapers.. smooth, white, maroon, coarse.. I took in all kinds. I had no dignity.
But where, oh friends, was all this to be kept? Out on my bench, in an embarrassing and obvious-to-my-wife pile of boxes?!! As the towering edifice of cardboard shame grew, I knew it would eventually topple...
My thoughts turned to the Sys-STF D 150.. and the sad, sorry life I had imposed.
Luckily, nothing with a Festool logo or label gets thrown out.. and I found that abrasive insert, under a pile of broken dreams and forgotten projects.
Like a Rotex-on-6 I tore through things, emptying turning tools, dumping out mandrels and CA glue. "Into the Systainer I cast thee", I cried, and the Sys-STF D 150 was reunitied with its soulmate, the abrasive insert. Lovingly, I transplanted colonies of 150mm sandpaper into their new abode. Almost 400 sheets of Festool sanding citizens call the Sys STF D 150 home now.
Like the chapters of life, I created bookmarks to denote the transitions through the grits. 24g Saphir, to mercilessly tear stuff up. 60g Rubin, to knock some sense into it. 120g Rubin, bringing calm consistency. 220 Brilliant, like a gentle hug. And 320g Brilliant, the final kiss g'night to finish a project.
Thinking back, it only made sense that the Sys STF D 150 is always with the Festool that made it whole again, the RO 150 E.