Please excuse the double negative in the title but it is the most accurate way of stating my point. I’ll admit that much of my wood knowledge comes from The New Yankee Workshop, so I base my concepts of what tools are most useful on what I see used there. I don’t always see the usefulness of many of tools if I don’t see Norm use them
But now I must confess that there are two tools for which I now have a new appreciation of there immense usefulness.
1) A low angle block plane. I know what a plane does, but I never appreciated what it does. Recently I made some dadoes for shelves. I tested the fit the with a piece of scrap showing a good snug fit. OOPS the test scrap was apparently just a bit thinner than board from which the shelves were cut! As I tried pounding the boards in with a hammer, it occurred to me to grab my low angle block plane. A few quick passes on each end of the shelves and viola perfect fit. I now love this little plane.
2) 10” wooden hand screw clamps. I never figured out what I could use such an odd looking and frankly a little odd to use clamp. I found a couple on sale once and hadn’t used them. Until I need to put some edge banding on a long piece of plywood. How do you balance a long piece of plywood on one edge? By clamping both ends with one of these very useful clamps! If need be then clamp these clamps to the bench.
Two little inexpensive tools that can solve problems no other tool can. These two will see much more use in my hobby now. I look forward to more such pleasant lessons.
Thanks for reading.
-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?