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If you could have any new tool...

by thatwoodworkingguy
posted 05-20-2010 08:14 AM

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 01:10 PM

Torque workcenter…it seems like a super tool

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 01:59 PM

The Festool Domino with all the extras….............but at almost 2K, its a distant dream

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 02:07 PM

A portable storage unit to hold all of the “other stuff” that my shop shares the garage with!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 02:18 PM

A pair of side snipe planes or a set of 30º edge floats to make a pair.

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 02:38 PM

ill take it one step futher scott how about just a seperate building all together just for my shop complete with a finishing room and a storage room to house all the beautiful wood, climate controlled the works even a lock on the door to keep the others away


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#6 posted 05-20-2010 02:49 PM

Just a 3 phase left tilt Unisaw. Power and it talks so sweet when you turn it on, barooom!

It eats anything you feed it and never complains… if you respect it.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 02:55 PM

First, I need a place in my shop to put it. Then I need an open end belt sander.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 03:00 PM

For me it would have to be a category I could chose from. Something I have been giving serious thought to these days. After achieving a knowledge of tool use I’m ready for a new arsenal of good quality hand tools to work with. For years I have used cheap chisels and hand planes as well as other hand tools, and have gotten by quite well. I now have about the majority of machines and power tools I want minus the air tools I want. But my hand tools are a sorry looking lot, some of which don’t work well due to the quality of the materials.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 03:01 PM

I would like a floor model spindle sander…possibly the Oliver would be nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 03:07 PM

If I had room I would truly love an over head stroke sander. sweet sander.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 03:15 PM

Powermatic 66 Tablesaw. With a good set of stack dado blades and a good combo blade. The old craftsman is getting on my nerves8)

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 03:34 PM

been lusting over a new bandsaw for months now.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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Jon Spelbring

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 03:41 PM

A bigger shop would be nice, but the tool I’m most lacking is just the time to spend in the shop.

-- To do is to be

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 03:51 PM

a complet set of those beautyfull handplanes from Clark and Williams

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#15 posted 05-20-2010 06:05 PM

Saw stop

-- Custom furniture

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#16 posted 05-20-2010 06:56 PM

My definition of “new” is anything made after WWII.
A 1950’s Stanley Router Plane would be nice.

-- 温故知新

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Rick Dennington

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#17 posted 05-20-2010 07:00 PM


I actually have about 3 that I’m looking to buy. (1) A 8-10 ” jointer, either Delta, or Powermatic. (2) A 22-44 Jet drum sander. (3) A 15-20” planer (undecided on the brand).
I’m gonna sell my old planer and jointer, and try to pick these up soon, then I ll be pretty well set…....

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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Mary Anne

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#18 posted 05-20-2010 07:12 PM

I have completely given up on the idea that there is only one more tool that I need. It has become a running joke when I say, “all I need for the shop is…” My current ‘all I need’ is an air filtration system. But I’m sure there will be more.

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#19 posted 05-20-2010 07:17 PM

An 8” jointer instead of my tabletop 6” Delta. Or an electrician to rewire my whole garage. Hmph.


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#20 posted 05-20-2010 07:27 PM

So true Mary Anne…”If I only had__, my shop would be complete”. But lets say just for reality sake, based on the size of my shop and a realistic budget, I would love
14” Band Saw- Rikon, or Grizzly
8” Long bed Jointer with a helical cutter head-Grizzly
13” portable planer w/ helical cutter head-Steel City
3 1/4HP Plunge router-Triton
Open end drum sander
Veritas router table top/fence/sled/stand
Double the clamps that I already have


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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#21 posted 05-20-2010 07:40 PM

Brad, Super list.
I just have to separate from a list like that from what I ”want” and what I ”need
Actually my best idea is to focus on winning the lottery, that way I won’t want or need anything.
But in the real world I’d like some cooling for the shop as it gets too hot in the summer.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#22 posted 05-20-2010 07:48 PM

The present items on my wish-list are kind of straightforward and simple… a bandsaw (mine died a fiery death. I miss it.), a router table, and a table-top lathe.

I also have serious, serious lust for a table-top jeweller’s CNC mill/lathe but that’s another story.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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David Craig

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#23 posted 05-20-2010 09:04 PM

I have had news that my department will be going away in a year or two, so have been working out a tool buying and debt riddance plan. Thought line is that my means are simple enough on a lower salary but tool buying won’t be in the cards forever. My next “big” tool purchase will be the Grizzly ultimate with riser blocks. Surrounding that purchase will be a ridgid slimiline angle grinder, ridgid circular saw (which will pretty much complete my hand power tool collection), and the ridgid spindle/belt sander. After that, I need to think about a lathe to replace my current HF one.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#24 posted 05-20-2010 09:13 PM

a Nice big powered drum or large self fed cabinet type belt sander for doing wide wood sheets say up to 32 inch or so.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#25 posted 05-20-2010 10:54 PM

Well the next big thing I’ll definetly be getting is a 14” bandsaw, but in the category of “it would be nice to have if i can justify buying it…” wwould be an oscillating spindle sander or a radial arm saw

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#26 posted 05-20-2010 11:01 PM

Guess I should get my band saw and lathe set up before I worry about what is next, eh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#27 posted 05-21-2010 03:36 AM

I would like to have an invisible helper..That would sand, sweep ,sharpen my chit better than me ,square up my power tools , teach me how to adjust a lee valley bench plane,catch my chisels when droped, run to the hardware store, read directions and thummbnail me some drawings and occasionaly tap me on the shoulder and tell me to slow down..That speaks english..

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#28 posted 05-21-2010 04:20 AM

If I had the cash and the room… a big-a$$ drum sander.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#29 posted 05-21-2010 04:29 AM

I’ll 2nd or 3rd a Powermatic 66 table saw to replace my Craftsman Worksite saw. It’s not a bad saw but I have outgrown it and it doesn’t provide the quality and preciseness that I now need. Oh well, I can dream, can’t I!!!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#30 posted 05-21-2010 05:56 AM

A good workbench….. Then maybe some of those L&N Chisels, a full set would be really great.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#31 posted 05-21-2010 08:03 AM

Multi Router. What a great tool, can do almost anything. Too bad it runs about 3k…..

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#32 posted 05-21-2010 08:59 AM

(1) I second the Multi router but would settle for a router boss with all the goodies.
(2) Hitachi resaw bandsaw CB75F
(3) Large wide belt sander
(4) Powermatic lathe
This is fun to dream up what tool would be part of a dream shop

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#33 posted 05-21-2010 07:45 PM

Oh, if you want to talk fantasy..well..

European sliding table saw w/ scoring blade
Timesaver dual wide belt sander
Timesaver stroke sander
Epilog laser engraving system
5 axis, dual spindle CNC with vacuum hold down system
36” segmented drive planer with helical cutters
Large shaper with sliding table
Powermatic 25” resaw bandsaw
Dedicated production mortise/tenon machines
50’x50’ air conditioned timber frame shop, with an office loft, open floor plan with skylights
Professional cyclone dust collection system piped through shop with 6” metal ducts and automatic start
Sandra Bullock


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#34 posted 05-21-2010 08:28 PM

Thickness sander or a 12” or 16” jointer.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#35 posted 05-21-2010 08:53 PM

What a fantasy! I can just hear it now “Le plane, Le Plane monsieur”.
Only one question: Would Sandra Bullock and your wife get on?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Rick Dennington

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#36 posted 05-21-2010 09:34 PM

Het Toolz, Don’t tell anyone, but I was told from a good source (Kent Shephard) that I was only the second person in the whole world to see his Torque Work Center when I went to see him for a visit. Boy, did I feel privilaged.
I got plenty of room and lots of money to buy one…..I just wouldn’t know how to operate the dang thing… lol…... But I have to say… it’s quite a machine, and don’t blame you for wanting one…..

Roger…. I’ll PM you later, and we’ll catch up on our medical evaluations….. lol.

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#37 posted 05-21-2010 09:54 PM

I am reasonably well set. I would like to add a wide drum sander to my shop. But like so many others, I mostly want a bigger shop…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#38 posted 05-21-2010 10:57 PM

Does a gift card for Woodcraft or Rockler valued at 10 grand count? I guess a good bandsaw or top of the line router table would be on the list.

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#39 posted 05-21-2010 10:59 PM

One more clamp than what I ever need!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#40 posted 05-21-2010 11:24 PM

For me I have to start with storage – that is usable storage. I have shelving that runs the length of my garage but there really is no good way to organize it everything always seems just to get piled in. I would love a full wall of pegboard above nice cabinet base of drawers.

To acquire this I need a real shop something around 30×50 should do it.

-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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