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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 10-09-2010 08:37 PM 2966 views 0 times favorited 100 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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10-09-2010 08:37 PM

Greetings all: Maybe I shouldn’t say “useless”....maybe I should say “used less”. I have a few, if I could think of all of them, but actually 2 come to mind right now….One, of course, is the DeWalt 788 scrollsaw (most useless to me), but I won’t get into that one, cause I posted on another topic about it…..The one that I found the most
useless is a Lewin circle cutting jig, or as they call it, a router compass…..I bought this thing about 3 years ago, and it’s been hanging on the wall…brand new… Why? Because it is made for a 6” router base, and all my routers have 7” bases…..I called the ww supplier I got it from and they only sell the 6” size….So…I’m stuck with this sucker…..It got me to thinking…....What’s the most useless or used less in your shop? Name all you can think of…..I may have one, too, but right now I can’t think of it…..lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......


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jusfine

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#1 posted 10-09-2010 08:41 PM

For me, a panel carrier. One handed gripper for lifting and carrying plywood or other panels.
Works fine if the panel is only 20 inches high, otherwise you have to raise your arm to where it’s unbearable and uncomfortable to use. Only cost $30 so not out that much.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 10-09-2010 08:57 PM

That’s one I haven’t thought of…..I have one of them also…..It kills my back to use it…....good one…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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lilredweldingrod

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

This may sound funny but; handsaws. With two separated shoulders, I have no use for then at all. Fortunately they where freebies. And a HF router/shaper. Since I made my router table, I never use it. It works fine, it is just to high for my new low rider stature these days.

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8iowa

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#4 posted 10-09-2010 09:12 PM

I’ll have to admit that my scroll saw is never used. This fact “bugs” me, because it is a high quality tool. Doubling my consternation is the fact that I have duplicated this tool in both Gainesville and the U.P.

Maybe someday I’ll be glad I have it. I hope so.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 10-09-2010 09:19 PM

The brooms, vacuum cleaner and dust collection system ! Looking at my shop today OBVIOUSLY I AM NOT USING THESE ITEMS. YIKES !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 10-09-2010 09:27 PM

Stanley No. 70 Box Scraper.

An eBay buy.
I did not know what it was, I thought it may have been a coopering tool due to the convex sole.
It may still be of use as one of my Jolly rouges wants to make an African style drum.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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jusfine

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#7 posted 10-09-2010 10:22 PM

Hey, good one! Haven’t seen that blum jig for awhile, I have one too (as well as the 12 Volt Pc drill).

Wonder where mine is? I use mostly full extension slides now (Accuride) so the jig won’t work with them.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 10-09-2010 10:26 PM

Board carrier.
I tried to fit one to the side of my wheelchair.
I capsized. LoL
After everyone stopped laughing, I also saw the funny side.
Then there was the forks in the front, again, crash!
Now I get others to move the 8×4 sheets.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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John Gray

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#9 posted 10-09-2010 10:32 PM

A mortising attachment for my drill press I’ve had it 3 1/2 years and it’s still in the box.
My Bosch sliding 10” miter saw I haven’t used it since my wife got me the super accurate MiterSet (www.miterset.com) to set my table saw miter gauge for Christmas 2 years ago. I’ll think of more later probably and post them too.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Howie

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#10 posted 10-09-2010 10:34 PM

Three things, a pc4212 DT jig, a Woodline joint jig and a Woodcraft roll around base.
Since I bought a Incra LS-25 I have no use for either the PC or the Woodline and since I discovered I can use the furniture dollies at HF for roll arounds I don’t use it. Frankly my 14”grizz 555 is more stable on the HF than the Woodcraft.
Anybody got something to trade? I live in Florida

-- Life is good.

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NBeener

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#11 posted 10-09-2010 10:36 PM

Not a direct answer to your question, but …. by a fair bit … the most useless thing IN my shop tends to be me.

Working on it, though.

Really. I am ;-)

Alright: if I had to pick something, it’s the three mini-plane set I bought at HF. I swore I’d use the HECK out of ‘em, and … if I ever OPEN them … I probably will ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Howie

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#12 posted 10-09-2010 10:40 PM

Beener, I sharpened mine on my WS and use them a lot for box making.

-- Life is good.

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NBeener

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#13 posted 10-09-2010 10:41 PM

Sweet !

There’s hope for the little guys, yet !

Thanks, Howie :-)

-- -- Neil

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Tracey615

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#14 posted 10-09-2010 11:39 PM

I purchased a Zyloc vise at a tool show years ago, I do not remember how many now. Still in the box, I’l never use it I guess. It must have had some appeal or I would not have bought it. I also have a dovetail jig still in the box.

-- Trace the Bald

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Napoleon

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#15 posted 10-10-2010 12:36 AM

Years ago i bought a orbital sander from dewalt. I turned it to see if it works and havent used it since.

Waste of money..

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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