Time for the 1st annual useless tool award

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Forum topic by a1Jim posted 12-30-2015 07:06 PM 8162 views 4 times favorited 219 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2015 07:06 PM

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Hi folks
I have been looking at some new woodworking catalogs and thinking that many of the items listed are ridiculously easy to make or totally unnecessary ,at least from my point of view. So I thought it might be fun for everyone to list their most useless tool and why, who knows it might help others from making the same mistake and buying those off the wall items. I have to admit I’ve bought some over the years and many are still in their package after years of being put up on the shelf.
Happy new year

So what’s your nominee for most useless tool or accessory ?

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 12-30-2015 07:10 PM

This is a great topic, Jim! I am commenting so I can follow (and also to wish you a Happy New Year!) I am thinking of one of my most ‘useless’ tools and I will get back to you all on that later. Thanks for all you do for LJ’s and have a wonderful year ahead! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 12-30-2015 07:16 PM

Thanks Sheila
Thanks for all of your great contributions on Ljs,I always enjoy your work and designs. May you and yours have a glorious year ahead too.

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#3 posted 12-30-2015 07:16 PM

I guess there are a lot of them and it depends on the woodworker and what is important to them. For me it would be zero clearance inserts that are being sold for between $15 and $50. It may make sense to someone who has loads of extra cash but we are woodworkers and making a zero clearance insert is pretty easy for us to make.

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#4 posted 12-30-2015 07:22 PM

That’s a good one Tigger ,I would add plastic push sticks

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-30-2015 07:33 PM

Table saw blade stiffeners for thin kerf blades,I wonder how many woodworkers bought a set, used it a couple of times and noticed no difference except losing an inch and a half in blade set is hanging on a hook somewhere in my shop.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 12-30-2015 08:12 PM

Rockler is full of useless items:

Like your hand is so unsteady you can’t run a bead – besides I spread the glue for 100% coverage, who cares that the bead of glue is exactly centered?!

And all this time I’ve used a straight edge . . .


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#7 posted 12-30-2015 08:19 PM

HAHA that’s one of the catalogs I was looking at. yep there either useless or you can make it yourself.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-30-2015 08:32 PM

I am just coming out of the field and back into this being a hobby, of sorts. (One of the reasons for my lack of posts for the last several years.) I have bought many one time only tools to complete a job, that, if I would have had the time, I could have made, cheaper. I will look through my stuff and post a couple when i get the chance.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#9 posted 12-30-2015 08:42 PM

A wooden strait edge Someone is selling wooden strait edges to the hard of thinking What do mean the only charge eight pounds for a wooden strait edge Why don’t you make a wooden strait edge
Are you serious ? – you bought me a wooden strait edge ?

You did … errrr … like … keep the receipt didn’t you ?

And people wonder why I don’t like Christmas…... oh well only 360 days to next years Christmas present

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#10 posted 12-30-2015 08:46 PM

I succumbed to the salesman’s pitch for one of these at the South Florida State Fair back in the late 70s. Just HAD to have it!
It’s still in the original carton, I think I may have used it 3 or maybe 4 times !

Considering what I paid for it (OUCH! ) I just dont have the heart to throw it away !

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#11 posted 12-30-2015 08:49 PM

I guess that my addition would be the tape measure that would clip on a belt loop. Anybody want one?


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#12 posted 12-30-2015 08:58 PM

My favorite useless tool is the double cut saw—the kind with counterrotating blades. Found one at Costco at a pretty good price. Tried it out when I got it home. Yes, it cuts. Then I thought, what the hell am I going to use this for? When I sold it (via CL) I had to ask less than Harbor Freight was getting for their version (which may be the same thing). So I lost money on that deal.

Why did I buy it? Well, I thought the technology underlying the counterrotating blades was so cool.

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#13 posted 12-30-2015 09:08 PM

How about return on investment?

Pay $200 for this?

or $40 for this?

I use my Harbor Freight multi-tool a lot. I’ve had it for 4 years and have abused it. If it died today I will have gotten my money’s worth. It’s not for precision woodworking anyhow.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#14 posted 12-30-2015 09:16 PM

I must say I did not buy it but it was very tempting for a White Elephant party.
The tool serves an honorable purpose of saving you an aggravation of taking a real star bit out of the box and try if it fits. Instead you use the tool for that then look for the real bit based on its number. ( However since there are no numbers on the real bits you would have to take out a few anyway.
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#15 posted 12-30-2015 09:22 PM

Glad your back from the field Dennis it must be getting kind of cold out there:))good to have you back.
Ya Big I know how it goes wood straight edge hmmm
Yes Joe your not alone, I know we do get caught up in some stuff not really thinking what we will do with it.
Hey bill I guess you were planning on shooting from the hip, or measuring from the hip.LOL
Runwith ,they look so cool on TV,next up a Vegimatic for sanding wood ???

-- Custom furniture

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