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Forum topic by jayseedub posted 08-22-2016 03:21 PM 615 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jayseedub

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08-22-2016 03:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: favorite tool best tool power tool hand tool handtool powertool love best favorite

[Note, this is not really “What’s your favorite tool”—it’s more about what tool brings you JOY (a subtle difference, maybe, but that’s where I’m headed with this]

I’ve reached a point in my hobby where I pretty much have everything I need (don’t tell my wife).

I have a band saw, table saw, router table, drill press, and chop saw. I have a jig saw, a multi-tool, a laminate trimmer, a dust collector—and an assortment of hand tools that seems to be sufficient for getting any project in the shop or around the house done. An impact drill, two other drill/drivers, a biscuit joiner, some sanders, a oscillating drum/spindle sander. Some old handplanes and a couple homemade wooden planes. I don’t have a planer, a jointer, or a lathe—and I can’t quite justify any need for those. I have an air compressor, with big and small nailguns, staple guns, and a few others. I use sandpaper on granite for sharpening, and have a good assortment of calipers, rulers, squares and accessories.

So, assuming I kind of have everything I need, I started thinking about what I might want?

Since all my “needs” are fulfilled, I now have the opportunity to spend a few dollars (not thousands—maybe dozens or hundreds) on tools—but if I’m going to spend those dollars on something I WANT (not need)—it needs to bring true joy when I use it.

True. Joy.

So—what do you own—what power tool, or hand tool do you own that really makes your woodworking a joy to use?

Was there one tool of any sort (maybe even a measuring tool, or a blade, some finish or sandpaper!?) that just transformed how you approach your work in the shop—or something that made some projects possible—that otherwise might have been impossible before you bought it?

Maybe it was a tool or jig you made yourself?

Tell me about it! Tempt me!


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#1 posted 08-22-2016 03:57 PM

What I want—more room.

I have a list of the tools that I want – do I need them? Probably not, but they would make what I want to build easier and better.

All of the tools that I have give me great joy to use. I think of all the times that I had a very few tools and didn’t know how to tune them up, or couldn’t do something cleanly – compared to now.

In some cases, I have had to make the tool for a job – those are great in their own rite.

Every day I am working on something I find ways to improve what I am doing.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 08-22-2016 04:14 PM

I really love my INCRA 1000SE with sled combo. Was easy to dial in, easy to disassemble (I use the miter guage on pretty much everything with a track), and certainly makes me feel a lot safer doing crosscuts on my table saw. Out of all the tools I own, it may be the nicest in terms of quality and precision.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 04:18 PM

Dustin—good call on including safety in response to this. I made a couple home-made “Micro-Jig” Grr-ripper-type feed handles, and I feel smarter every time I used them. I’ll check into that Incra with Sled Combo—thanks!

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 04:29 PM

I know you said one, but I have two, at the moment.

A “The Fulton 19” jointer plane

 
And a Diston D7 hand saw.

 

The jointer plane was from my grandfather from his father (my great grandfather), and the hand saw was my other grandfathers, from his uncle. Neither are fantastic tools as far as tools go, but the joy comes from the connection.

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 12:00 PM


Dustin—good call on including safety in response to this. I made a couple home-made “Micro-Jig” Grr-ripper-type feed handles, and I feel smarter every time I used them. I ll check into that Incra with Sled Combo—thanks!

- jayseedub

Yeah…one of the safety perks I forgot to mention: using the sled lets me stand off to the side of the material I’m cutting, rather than directly in line with the blade. Not that I’ve ever trimmed off a small end of turning stock and launched it into the wall or anything <cough>
Then again, that’s why we have one super concrete rule in the house: no one walks out into the garage until they hear whatever machine is running shut off.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 08-23-2016 03:25 PM

Opinel no. 7.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#7 posted 08-23-2016 03:28 PM

murch—what do you use the blade for? Are you a carver? Anything you’d like to emphasize about its wonderfulness?

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#8 posted 08-23-2016 03:51 PM

I use this for so many things, it’s a pleasure to use.

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

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Dustin

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#9 posted 08-23-2016 04:43 PM



I use this for so many things, it s a pleasure to use.

- jbay

<drooling>

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#10 posted 09-02-2016 12:22 AM

Man that is a hard question!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all equally!! I guess my one favorite that I use every day is my Southbend metal lathe. I use it a lot in woodworking but I can make/modify lots of stuff for me and others on that machine. The next would be the Grizzly G0555 ultimate band saw.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 09-02-2016 01:30 AM

Probably these books:

Great Wood Finishes Jeff Jewitt Taunton Press 2000
Understanding Wood Finishing Bob Flexner Reader’s Digest 2005

These led to other tools, products (such as dyes instead of pigment stains), etc., but these “tools” (the books) opened an entire new world of achieving all types of finishes, which I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and doing. Finishing is 1/2 of a project, so why not give it the commitment it deserves.

I enjoy every time I use one of my handplanes, whether it’s an old refurb, a Veritas, a Mujingfang woodie or other, that I’ve tuned up to do exactly what I want. They transformed my woodworking – I can flatten any size table or panel, and build an entire large project and barely use sandpaper.

Then there’s the cheap HF lathe I’ve tuned up and used to make some very nice turnings (several in my projects) and used for other miscellaneous projects.

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#12 posted 09-02-2016 03:44 AM

In the realm of power tools, i really enjoy using my drill press. Something about its smooth hypnotic humming sounds i find pleasing. Also the fluid motion of operation relaxes me, not to mention it is tucked away in a nice corner in my garage. Not many power tools do I feel relaxed operating, comfortable but not relaxed. With my drill press in most cases I feel very at ease operating it. Not to say it cannot injure you or that I don’t approach it with safety in mind, but compared to my saws i feel more at ease operating it.

I also enjoy using pneumatic nailers, specifically 18 and 23 gauge.

Hand tools: chisels and my small wood handle claw hammer.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#13 posted 09-02-2016 05:31 AM

Hard to choose….. but one of these two.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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JADobson

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#14 posted 09-02-2016 05:34 AM

My turning saw. First tool I built myself (besides a few mallets) and I love using it.

-- James

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jayseedub

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#15 posted 09-02-2016 01:10 PM


Hard to choose….. but one of these two.
- shipwright

shipwright—what even are those?


Not to say it cannot injure you or that I don t approach it with safety in mind, but compared to my saws i feel more at ease operating it.

- Stewbot

Stewbot—funny you say that—I think one of my worst injuries came from my drill press and a brad point bit. I was trying to drill a 3/8” hole in something really small, held only by my fingers…. The bit grabbed it, spun my index finger underneath its spinning spikes, and shredded a small ripped hole into my finger pad. Not very good looking…. Moral: Clamp your workpieces. Lesson learned, here!

I also agree—there’s a wonderful satisfaction from the tss-thunk of a pneumatic nailer putting that nail exactly where you wanted it.

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