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10-06-2007 08:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools that brought 100 percent satisfaction

I found a neat post over at the Sawmillcreek woodworking forum where a poster asked about everyone’s tools that they were 100% satisfied with or better… I liked that it was a more positive thread and I counted up all the votes in the 60 replies that followed.

My question for the LJs is: What tools are you 100% satisfied with or better? I’m talking about tools that do what they’re supposed to do and do it well. In the words of

Here’s the top 11 from SMC if you’re interested:
1) Kreg Pocket Hole Jig: 10 votes
2) Bosch 1590 Jigsaw: 8 votes
3) Festool Tools: 8 votes
4) Ez Smart Circular Saw Guide System: 5
5) Dowelmax: 5
6) Byrd Shelix: 5
7) Porter-Cable Routers: 5
8) DeWalt Router: 4
9) Starrett combination square: 3
10) GRR-Ripper: 3
11) SawStop: 3

Here’s the SMC thread if you want to see it:

I look forward to what you guys think, and be warned… I’m a writer for and I may be linking to this post from our blog :)

-- Editor,

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#1 posted 10-06-2007 09:14 PM

The DowelMax gets my vote! It completely changed my woodworking abilities!! Love it; love it; love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-06-2007 09:30 PM

Thanks Debbie! I appreciate your comment :) G

-- Editor,

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#3 posted 10-06-2007 10:31 PM

Lie-Nielson Planes
Add a vote for Kreg
Add a vote for the PC routers

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 10-06-2007 11:06 PM

everything Kreg, My old Stanley planes,

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 10-07-2007 01:21 AM

Incra Jig Ultra
Porter-Cable router (0ld pre-LR model)
Kreg jig

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 10-07-2007 03:24 AM

Add a vote for the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. I’d put that right at the top of my list as well.

I love my Woodworker's 6 inch Dial Caliper from Highland Hardware.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 10-07-2007 03:36 AM

Oh and my WorkSharp

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 10-07-2007 04:30 AM

My Nova DVRXP exceeded my expectations
My Dowelmax exceeded my expectations
My Lie Nielsen Dovetail saw exceeded my expectations
My Kreg Jig exceeded my expectations
My Woodpeck Precision Router Lift (PRL) exceeded my expectations
My Lee Valley Fence and Sled exceeded my expectations
My Festool TS55 exceeded my expectations
My Festool ES150 exceeded my expectations
My Festool MFT 1080 exceeded my expectations
My Incra Miter 1000SE and Mitre Express exceeded my expectations
My Festool Domino met my expectations
My GRRippers met my expectations
My Dewalt 621 router met my expectations
My Akeda Dovetail Jig met my expectations
My Lee Valley Veritas Planes met my expectations
My Callaway FT-5 Driver exceeded my expectations :)

I have a lengthy list of tools that didn’t cut the mustard too, but this bunch is the cream of the crop in my shop.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 10-07-2007 04:49 AM

I have a few tools that have met my expectations:
My Bosch Table Saw Far Exceeds my expectations
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Incra Miter Express Sled and Incra 1000SE Miter
My Keller Dovetail Jig
My Performax 16-32 Drum Sander

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 10-07-2007 04:58 AM

Add my new Fein Multimaster sander/scraper/saw oscillating wonder tool. Just removed petrified window glazing (2” offset scraper blade), flaking paint (60 grit carbide rasp) from 6 48×20 windows. Finish sanded them (triangular sanding head and 80 grit velcro backed paper. We primed and glazed them tonight by the light of a Coleman duel fuel gas lantern (another classic tool). The wife had nothing for praise for the thing and no evil eye for dropping 300 bucks and change for a sander. Easily saved $500 remodeling dollars. This tool rocks! Now could somebody lift my glass of Tang™ to my mouth…I can’t seem to raise my arms.

Douglas “Ladder-Calves” Bordner

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 10-07-2007 05:18 AM

Doug I have that tool too and recommend it to everyone I can.
Shortly I am going to test the saw blade for quick and accurate dovetails.
Only a guy who has had one of these things running will know what I am getting at.
I have quite literally done impossible jobs with the tool.
I just did a repair to 6×12”cedar beams that had dry rot.
I was able to cut out the rot and replace the damage with a new plug and you cannot even see the repair.

I alsolove my Triton 3-1/4 hp router.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 10-07-2007 05:48 AM

Lie-Nielson Low-Angle Block Plane
Porter-Cable Routers
Incra 1000SE Miter Jig
My Old Stanley Planes (#3,#4,#5 & #8)
General International Contractors Table Saw

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

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#13 posted 10-07-2007 03:51 PM

Definite vote for the Kreg
Was just talking about the DW718 sliding compound miter on another thread
love my Bosch 4000 with the wheel stand
add me to the PC router list
Dewalt’s 9 piece 18V cordless combo was worth it just to get rid of all the extension cords.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#14 posted 04-18-2008 06:23 PM

I agree with the DeWalt router votes. I just got the Starrett protractor and Kreg jigs, so I need to use them more first, but would probably add them as well.

I would also add the Wixley angle gauge to the list. I can set up the table saw or miter saw to 45 degree angles or other settings and be sure of the cut.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 04-18-2008 09:39 PM

I have an old Stanley block plane, I love it. It’s all worn and shiney from my hand, makes quick work of lots of stuff. I’ve got a mixed array of other old planes that are a joy to use.

I’ve got a Dewalt 12 inch miter saw that I use the heck out of, and a Dewalt driver- love’em.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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