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Forum topic by Rick M posted 01-28-2017 05:45 AM 10578 views 0 times favorited 119 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick M

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01-28-2017 05:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tools of your dreams

I have some gift cards and I have all the basic machines, saws, drill press, etc. I don’t “need” anything and I can’t use the cards on wood, so what do I want … something better or something that makes you happy because it works so well or because it makes woodworking easier. Can include books, machines, power tools, hand tools, jigs, fixtures, set up tools, or layout tools. I could give examples but I don’t want to color the replies, there is no right answer. Don’t try to tailor your answer to me, I’m interested in what you like or makes you happy.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/


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papadan

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 05:58 AM

My Fein Multimaster is one of my favorite tools. Can do so many different things with it.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 06:03 AM

Veritas quick release hold down. Love it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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oldnovice

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 06:13 AM

My routers!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Kelly

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 06:14 AM

My band saw, a Powermatic with mobile base, riser block and tension release, was one of the greatest additions to my shop. It gets used about as much as my miter and even more than my table saw.

My lathe is just damn fun and my get away, when I need to think by not thinking about a subject.

My drum sander gets used even more than my spindle sander, but ooooh that spindle sander. Those curves are so much more tolerable to sand now,

What is it about my Unisaw? I think the smooth whirrr of the blade is satisfying, if a bit scary. Until this, I’d come to take it for granted. However, what makes that saw kick butt is what would make any saw great – a REALLY good fence.

In the end, all the above leave me in love with my dust collector(s), but that would be a quandary, since without the others, there is no reason for them.

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AHuxley

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 06:20 AM

The one tool(s) I really love simply because they have been a game changer are my Dominos. Over the years I have moved to better quality machines with more capability but the Domino is the one that provided a quantum jump in speed while maintaining or improving quality and accuracy.

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DirtyMike

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 06:41 AM

I picked up an old Acme edge sander the other day, quickly becoming my favorite tool.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 07:07 AM

Using a scroll saw is almost like meditation for me :)
Hours can go by in what seems like minutes.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Rick M

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#8 posted 01-28-2017 07:14 AM


My routers!

- oldnovice

Been thinking of getting a router dedicated for my router table. Recommendation?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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papadan

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 07:18 AM

For a table you want a PC 7518 3 1/4 hp.

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 11:56 AM



For a table you want a PC 7518 3 1/4 hp.

- papadan

Good call. I have the 7539 with the Router Raizer installed dedicated to my table and love it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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HokieKen

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 12:02 PM

Here’s a few smaller things that are kinda my “best buddies” in the shop:

Well-tuned block plane (or 2)

2mm lead holder with shopmade “sharpener”

A good 6” double square (PEC blem shown)

A machinist angle plate is a super handy thing to have around and I love mygranite surface plate.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Redoak49

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#12 posted 01-28-2017 12:05 PM

I get a thrill with a really good table saw blade. When you get a perfectly smooth cut with no chips, it is amazing. I recently bought a Freud Premier Fusion and get a glass like cut. It almost gives me the shivers. (Yes, I know, I probably need help with a shrink.)

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 01-28-2017 01:30 PM

A trim router. I was in the same boat as you. I had $100.00 gift card and wanted to get another power tool that I really didn’t need. Finally I remembered a trim router was something I always wanted but never bothered to get. Worked out great and the price was right.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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GreenIsle

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#14 posted 01-28-2017 02:00 PM



Using a scroll saw is almost like meditation for me :)
Hours can go by in what seems like minutes.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


Would have to say my Scroll Saw as well.
For such a small and simple tool it just opens up so many doors in terms of creativity.

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splintergroup

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#15 posted 01-28-2017 02:32 PM

Table saw (Unisaw) is #1. “most useful” has ended up being my drum sander. I use it on virtually every project.

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