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06-03-2010 at 06:53 PM

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Whats the one tool in your shop that when you bought seemed like a good idea but now just collects dust?
Mine would have to be the hollow chisel mortiser. All though I do use it for tables my main gig is box making now so the mortiser is on the back burner

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 at 07:08 PM

A long list I’m afraid

-- Custom furniture

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 at 07:18 PM

“Woodworker” is just another name for tool collector.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 at 07:20 PM

Dovetail jig, I’m sorry to say. I always forget how to use it!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 at 08:30 PM

I have to go with Steve on this one,dovetail jig. But you know what I always say. Sometimes it’s better to own a tool than it is to know how to use it…...........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 at 08:58 PM

That thing of amabob in the corner.

-- Jim LaCourse

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 at 09:00 PM

Belt/disc sander. I know that this will sound certifiably crazy but I would much rather do my sanding by hand. I just get that confident feeling that it is done right whenever I hand sand.

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 at 09:10 PM

I have a very nice scroll saw, and regretfully never use it. It’s not that I won’t ever use it, but scroll sawing seems to be a somewhat different “craft” from the projects presently on my list.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 at 09:11 PM

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times:

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 at 09:28 PM

Door planer

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 at 09:42 PM

Scroll Saw- I have one with my Shopsmith and I have never hooked it up.

It was the planer/jointer that came with the Shopsmith when I purchased it. Just recently a freind borrowed the planer/jointer and used them and said they worked great. Before that I have never even plugged it in to see if it worked in 3 years. I guess I need to get some use out of it, just not sure if it’s any good or not because I see everyone’s big heavy jointer and new planer. I do have some old wood that I salvaged from a few remodel jobs that I wanted to test the planer/jointer with, maybe I should…..

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#11 posted 06-03-2010 at 09:58 PM

I bought an 18” Leigh Super Dovetail jig about 3 years ago. I put it together and hung it on the wall of my shop. Haven’t ever used it. I did have a radial arm saw that was also rarely used. I sold that recently. Everything else is “essential”!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#12 posted 06-03-2010 at 10:00 PM

I’m with A1Jim, the list is long but I can say that the Delta mortising machine and the PC557 biscuit jointer have never been so much as opened.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#13 posted 06-03-2010 at 10:02 PM

My signature line says it all, but I don’t have a lot of tools that I don’t use. For the most part, I get rid of them if I don’t use them. However, I have a pair of 4ft F-style clamps that, I don’t think I have ever actually used. They seemed like a good idea at the time, but not really. A 4ft long F-style clamp is just not that useful. Also, they are quite heavy.

I really don’t have many that don’t get used because I discovered a few years ago that I can ebay them and turn them into cash that I can use to buy something that I will use.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#14 posted 06-03-2010 at 10:26 PM

As far as my wife is concerned not even one, but I would have to say the cheep Hitachi bandsaw I bought, who knew they were such crap.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#15 posted 06-03-2010 at 11:45 PM

electric brad nailer, electric hand planer

-- PaulMayer,

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