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Name a woodworking tool or machine that makes you happy to use.

by Rick M
posted 01-28-2017 05:45 AM


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#1 posted 01-28-2017 05:58 AM

My Fein Multimaster is one of my favorite tools. Can do so many different things with it.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 06:03 AM

Veritas quick release hold down. Love it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 06:13 AM

My routers!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 06:14 AM

My band saw, a Powermatic with mobile base, riser block and tension release, was one of the greatest additions to my shop. It gets used about as much as my miter and even more than my table saw.

My lathe is just damn fun and my get away, when I need to think by not thinking about a subject.

My drum sander gets used even more than my spindle sander, but ooooh that spindle sander. Those curves are so much more tolerable to sand now,

What is it about my Unisaw? I think the smooth whirrr of the blade is satisfying, if a bit scary. Until this, I’d come to take it for granted. However, what makes that saw kick butt is what would make any saw great – a REALLY good fence.

In the end, all the above leave me in love with my dust collector(s), but that would be a quandary, since without the others, there is no reason for them.

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 06:20 AM

The one tool(s) I really love simply because they have been a game changer are my Dominos. Over the years I have moved to better quality machines with more capability but the Domino is the one that provided a quantum jump in speed while maintaining or improving quality and accuracy.

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 06:41 AM

I picked up an old Acme edge sander the other day, quickly becoming my favorite tool.

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 07:07 AM

Using a scroll saw is almost like meditation for me :)
Hours can go by in what seems like minutes.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 01-28-2017 07:14 AM


My routers!

- oldnovice

Been thinking of getting a router dedicated for my router table. Recommendation?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 07:18 AM

For a table you want a PC 7518 3 1/4 hp.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 11:56 AM



For a table you want a PC 7518 3 1/4 hp.

- papadan

Good call. I have the 7539 with the Router Raizer installed dedicated to my table and love it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 12:02 PM

Here’s a few smaller things that are kinda my “best buddies” in the shop:

Well-tuned block plane (or 2)

2mm lead holder with shopmade “sharpener”

A good 6” double square (PEC blem shown)

A machinist angle plate is a super handy thing to have around and I love mygranite surface plate.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Redoak49

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#12 posted 01-28-2017 12:05 PM

I get a thrill with a really good table saw blade. When you get a perfectly smooth cut with no chips, it is amazing. I recently bought a Freud Premier Fusion and get a glass like cut. It almost gives me the shivers. (Yes, I know, I probably need help with a shrink.)

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#13 posted 01-28-2017 01:30 PM

A trim router. I was in the same boat as you. I had $100.00 gift card and wanted to get another power tool that I really didn’t need. Finally I remembered a trim router was something I always wanted but never bothered to get. Worked out great and the price was right.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 01-28-2017 02:00 PM



Using a scroll saw is almost like meditation for me :)
Hours can go by in what seems like minutes.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


Would have to say my Scroll Saw as well.
For such a small and simple tool it just opens up so many doors in terms of creativity.

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#15 posted 01-28-2017 02:32 PM

Table saw (Unisaw) is #1. “most useful” has ended up being my drum sander. I use it on virtually every project.

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#16 posted 01-28-2017 02:38 PM

Any big router with variable speed is going to work well in a router table. Triton made one that would allow raising the collet above the table for easier bit changes. I have a PC 7539 that’s my only plunge router so it’s used hand held. I have the big Milwaukee (can’t remember the model #) that sees dedicated table duty and I haven’t yet found any bit that will slow it down.

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#17 posted 01-28-2017 03:06 PM

Ditto on the big Milwaukee router. It’s a beast and almost too big for hand use.

My fave item after my G0715P is my Incra rules. Such a simple idea beautifully executed. A ruler with pencil slots! Who’da thunk it?

M

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#18 posted 01-28-2017 03:09 PM

I’m a router nut so I agree with the router Idea ,if it’s going to be dedicated to a router table think about a Triton with the built-in lift I’ve been very happy with mine.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#19 posted 01-28-2017 03:57 PM

i enjoy using the router table.

Jim, those tritons are really nice. i had a chance to buy a new one for $100 but passed because my 691 keeps running strong…in hindsight, i wish i had..

-- Two is One, One is None

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#20 posted 01-28-2017 04:03 PM

I used a porter cable 690 in my router table for years and it did a good job but now I have a triton in my table saw extension and a PC 7518 in my router table with a powerlift pro .

very slick lift

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/powerlift_pro.html

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#21 posted 01-28-2017 04:09 PM

Lots of great answers. I would add my Delta model 18 floor model drill press. lots of conveinient extras and a long quill throw. Since I have a Nova DVR XP lathe (love it), the relatively new Nova DVR drill press looks like the bees knees.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#22 posted 01-28-2017 04:11 PM

My Domino cutter, next would be my plunge routers, next would be any of my planes.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#23 posted 01-28-2017 04:29 PM

Freshly sharpened planes and chisels. I can’t stay away from my new workbench.

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#24 posted 01-28-2017 04:42 PM

My CAD software and the laser on my radial arm saw.
The laser on the saw allows me to leave a pencil line, split it, or make it go away. It’s that accurate!
I also love my new Cordoba C9 guitar. Not a woodworking tool, but it is made of wood. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#25 posted 01-28-2017 04:55 PM

I like a lot of my tools but nothing makes me smile more than my woodworking library. Every time i pick up a book i learn something new and get inspired to try new ways.

Difinitely buy books!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#26 posted 01-28-2017 05:04 PM

Here are a the ones that fall into that category for me:

LN low angle jack plane
Woodmaster planer when I’m running something wide through it, or when I use it as a molder
Dozuki saw
Chisels when they are really sharp
Laguna band saw when using it for resawing

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#27 posted 01-28-2017 05:27 PM

I’ve used a lot of Dodds dovetailing machines in the business, but still enjoy my basic Porter Cable 24” dovetailing machine in my shop. Second would be making M&T’s and want a floor model Powermatic…

I don’t do lathe work but think it would be enjoyable to me at this point..

Everything else is WORK….

I’d be lying if I didn’t mention the pen as being a great tool to use…

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#28 posted 01-28-2017 07:08 PM

I have been trying to improve my shop/tools over the last couple of years and the things that have made the biggest differences are adding a real fence (Kreg) to my bandsaw, getting my miter saw off the saw horses and onto a miter saw stand (Dewalt), and building a crosscut sled for the table saw.
Around Christmas I replaced the T12 lights with Costco Feit LED shop lights and there really aren’t enough positive adjectives I can throw out there to describe how much better I can see now.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#29 posted 01-28-2017 07:11 PM

My favorites are:

DeWalt Compact Trim Router (DWP611)
DeWalt 13” DW735 Planer
Porter-Cable 557 Plate joiner
DeWalt DW788 Variable speed Scroll Saw with stand
7 piece X-long (12 inches) Brad Point drill bit set

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Rick M

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#30 posted 01-28-2017 07:53 PM

Jack mentioned a dovetailing jig, is the Porter Cable still the go to?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#31 posted 01-28-2017 08:05 PM

RE all the comments on router lifts and just for reference: I have a Bench Dog lift in my table and I love that bit changes are far faster on it, regardless of which router is mounted, than any of my hand helds.

Just for reference, my lift holds PC biggest (variable speed) inside a box. With a collector attached to the box and the Freud fence, I’m surprised if there is even a half teaspoon of shavings and dust on the table.

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#32 posted 01-28-2017 08:26 PM

All these posts help remind me of the many things I’ve come to take for granted, but that were hard fought for, over the years. For example, I started using mechanical pencils forty or so years ago. Back in the days of Rapidiograph pens.

Now, carpenter’s pencils aside, you’d be hard pressed to find a pencil in my shop. You can, however, find many .5 and .3 Pentels [and lots of lead]. Of course, I have a few marking knives around too.

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#33 posted 01-28-2017 09:01 PM

I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite tool is my hands!

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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Rick M

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#34 posted 01-28-2017 09:21 PM

Doesn’t have to be your favorite. My Hitachi 5” VS angle grinder isn’t my favorite tool but it does what it does so well I enjoy using it. And I can grind metal or buy various carving attachments for wood. Awesome tool.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#35 posted 01-28-2017 10:11 PM

If you have everything, perhaps focus on things that can increase comfort. More light, more comfort(padded flooring?), better dust collections

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#36 posted 01-28-2017 10:16 PM

Mounted router in my new table saw extention

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#37 posted 01-28-2017 10:48 PM

I’ve narrowed it down to two … my (”used to be” Stanley Gent’s saw) dovetail saw, and my (modified kitchen knife) marking knife.
 

 
The dovetail saw because it looks cool, and the marking knife because it feels good in my hand. I have actually cleared out my entire shop looking for this little knife that I had taken in the house and left on my desk!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Kelly

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#38 posted 01-28-2017 10:59 PM

Ah, yes – comfort, them700project!

I have about seven 4’x6’ (1” thick) horse mats over my floor. I plan on adding about seven more, or even more than that. They make my concrete floor a non-issue in so many ways. Instead of a few hours of work manifesting as torture on my feet, I can be out in the shop all day, thanks to the cushion difference they provide.

Of course, one inch thick mats help insulate the shop from the cold and have saved more than one tool from a dull edge or other injury or destruction.

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#39 posted 01-29-2017 12:14 AM

Any tool that doesn’t cause me to bleed makes me happy.

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#40 posted 01-29-2017 12:19 AM



Jack mentioned a dovetailing jig, is the Porter Cable still the go to?

- Rick M

I think the Leigh D4R Pro is a better jig (and usually gets the nod on forums) over the PC Omnijig.

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#41 posted 01-29-2017 12:55 AM

favorite tool is a freshly sharpened handplane. when I’m alone in my garage while the kids are out with the wife, something about planing super thin shavings the full length of the board is satisfying at an elemental level.

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#42 posted 01-29-2017 12:58 AM

The one tool guaranteed to put a smile on my face is my Stanley #45. I don’t know that it’s necessarily my favorite tool, that designation probably belongs to one of my shop made planes, but the 45 is just so much fun. Seeng those curly shavings spilling out is always cool.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#43 posted 01-29-2017 01:25 AM



If you have everything, perhaps focus on things that can increase comfort. More light, more comfort(padded flooring?), better dust collections

- them700project


More light is definitely a good choice

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#44 posted 01-29-2017 01:46 AM

In the hand tool domain, I love my Wood River planes. For a power tool, I’d get a trim router if you don’t already have one.

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#45 posted 01-29-2017 02:02 AM

My Mirka Deros sander has made a world of improvement with tingly hands and potential carpal-tunnel inflammation. Not cheap at $600 but worth every dime, especially if you have gift cards. Plus Mirka discs are amazing. Makes sanding a little less painful.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#46 posted 01-29-2017 02:22 AM

the tools I respect and use most frequently…...........Diamond sharpening plates and ceramic stones. With theses, tools, all most all other in the shop, work nicely.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#47 posted 01-29-2017 02:33 AM

In so far as learning and re-learning curves and quality jigs goes, the Akeda gets top honors by many:

http://www.akeda.com/

Jack mentioned a dovetailing jig, is the Porter Cable still the go to?

- Rick M

I think the Leigh D4R Pro is a better jig (and usually gets the nod on forums) over the PC Omnijig.

- AHuxley


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#48 posted 01-29-2017 04:23 AM

My Sawstop PCS likely is my favorite to use. I do really like my makita palm router, and I added a plunge base for it. Another is my festool midi dust extractor, yea, its a glorified vacuum but wow, does it work well, with very easy bag changes and awesome sanding dust filtration.

-- My "projects" always look better with beer goggles.

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#49 posted 01-29-2017 04:26 AM

Incra Mastr-R-Lift-II. Extremely easy to dial in precise height adjustments. LOVE IT!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#50 posted 01-29-2017 04:32 AM

My Woodpeckers and Incra Layout tools

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