|Forum topic by jayseedub||posted 08-22-2016 03:21 PM||684 views||1 time favorited||22 replies|
08-22-2016 03:21 PM
[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.
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!