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Kent Shepherd

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05-10-2010 03:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fun

Just for fun I wanted to start an off the wall discussion.

If you could be any woodworking tool or shop fixture, what would it be? And why?

I’ll start. ——-I think I would chose to be a workbench. I’ve never been one to be on the sidelines while the action is going on. Since the workbench is used in almost all projects, I would rarely not be part of any project. It is solid, dependable, able to take abuse, and versatile. (Note—I didn’t say I am all of these things, but would like to be) I would want to be trimmed with exotics and have all the bells and whistles.

What would you be?
Be philosophical, reflective, or maybe even silly—-Let’s have some fun!


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#1 posted 05-10-2010 03:51 PM

so you basically like to be used and abused? ....hmmmm…

I would like to be a japanese chisel. Sharp and does elegant work (at least trying to).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Don Butler

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 03:52 PM

In my shop, it would have to be the tablesaw as first choice. Hands down.
Then it would be a router. Boy, oh boy, do I use routers.
I don’t have as many as A1jim, but I do have five and they play a big part in what I do.
Third choice would be the band saw, which gets very heavy use.
So, that’s it.
Three choices.
1. Tablesaw
2. Router
3. Bandsaw.

I don’t really have a bench, as such. I have a good, solid worktable that I designed to be disassembled and stored flat.
Everything in my shop except the tablesaw has to have wheels or be able to be folded up, stored or in some way allow our car to be parked inside at night.
Every night.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 04:16 PM

I’d be a lathe because on the lathe some real expressive artistry can happen. Art can and does happen on any shop tool but I think the lathe gives the user more freedom to express themselves.

I have virtually no desire to go into the shop and make something that is very similar to what I can buy. I always want to make something that I cannot buy elsewhere. For me, that’s the purpose of having a shop.

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

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 04:19 PM

Very unique discussion!
Mmm, maybe I want to be a clamp… I don’t want to cut or punch (not be but or punched) somebody else, so I would say I will only hold them together, hug them so hard together?!? Sounds like playing Cupid.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 04:24 PM


Divide and conquer!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#6 posted 05-10-2010 04:52 PM

I would most likely be a hammer.

I find that I am routinely used to smash things into submission.

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#7 posted 05-10-2010 05:04 PM

I would be a humble chisel. I like to make a lot of different things and the only universal woodworking tool that can do more things than any other is the humble chisel. In fact I perhaps too impulsively defy anyone to name a more versatile tool (I didn’t say faster).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-10-2010 05:07 PM

Hmmmm. Maybe a handmade rasp. I’d like to get into those intricate spaces and make subtle curves. Does this mean I have a grating personality?????

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 05:09 PM

Sander.. specifically, a random orbital sander. My favourite aspect of woodworking is the “make or break it” finishing part. Doing something very intricate with a random moving power tool.. if it goes well, you’d never know I was there.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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

Dust collector…..I think you can figure it out

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 05:48 PM

I am thinking dual drum – drum sander.
I am mostly stationary, but on a mobile base I can be moved rather easily.
I can be abrasive at varying levels of grit, depends on the job.
I love input, with a slow speed feed for processing.
What is fed in might sound like it is getting a good scrubbing,
but what comes out is a better than it started product.
Sometimes my sand paper slips and cuts grooves in the project !!
Those are the ones that don’t talk to me anymore…LOL

This was fun and reflective, Thanks Kent !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 05:51 PM

cordless drill—-then I’d get to be used on something new all the time, go to places outside the workshop, be used to make everything from furniture to decks. If I die, just put my battery in the charger and wait an hour :)

-- Derek, Iowa

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#13 posted 05-10-2010 05:58 PM

Measuring tape… you can’t do much without me!
Measure twice – cut once!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 05-10-2010 06:08 PM

A hammer! Remember, Never force it. Get a bigger hammer. That way you don’t break the handle.

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#15 posted 05-10-2010 06:14 PM

Either a screwdriver so I could screw all day, or a nail, so I could get hammered. :-)

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

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