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Don W

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#1 posted 07-15-2011 09:11 PM

I would say first and for most the table saw. It’s the most versatile tool in my shop.
Second would be thickness planer. I do a lot that starts with rough saw lumber. I can’t image my life without one.
third is the band saw (although if it were real I might wind up with the drill press) Either of these can be done by hand, but life is just so much simpler with them.

I could joint with hand planes, i typically finish with them anyhow. Picking three was pretty difficult because my life would be very difficult without a router as well. I know I could learn to do most with some kind of plane, but I’m just not a hand tool purist. I like them, but like power as well.

I really don’t have a “type” of woodworking I do. I build furniture, rustic stuff, tools, jigs, frames, whatever happens along. I have built everything from boxes for baseball cards to condo projects, so I like the mix (no more condo projects for me though).

The interesting thing for me, for as long as I have been doing it, is learning a new or different way to do what I’ve been doing. Maybe I don’t get as good as some, but It keeps me intrigued.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com


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