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Jacksdad

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07-18-2017 03:27 AM

I’m not rolling in money but what is the worst woodworking purchase that you have made. The worst tool I ever bought is a Craftsman radial arm drill press. I thought it would be a good idea, the head moves in and out to drill to the center of a 34 inch board. The problem is the table is small and flexs so much to the point it is almost useless, plus the motor is undersized it says it’s 1/8 horse but like all Craftsman tools that’s peak horsepower so it’s actually 1/16 horse. I paid $300 dollars, I should have returned it.


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 04:02 AM

Worst purchase is an online woodworking membership. I don’t want to say which one because I have tons of respect for the person(s) involved and he/they are good people but the site is poorly setup and much of the content costs additional money beyond the membership fee. Worst tool purchase was a Crown marking gauge I bought in the 90’s. I’ve never liked it and the ones I make are better.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Rich

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 04:14 AM

Mine was by Craftsman too. Back in the ‘80s I bought their newfangled flex shaft drive table saw, where the motor and arbor are connected by a flex shaft much like those on rotary tools. The shaft made a 180º bend between the motor and arbor and under anything but the lightest load would start to wobble. That, combined with the typical crappy stamped metal side extensions and sheetmetal fence that wasn’t flat, made it totally unusable. I sold it to a coworker who loved it, so everyone wound up happy.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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JCamp

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 11:10 AM

Harbor Freight chisel set. The handles literally fell apart. Only a $10 mistake tho

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Sparks500

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#4 posted 07-18-2017 12:19 PM

Ryobi BT3000. Tablesaw that does everything, none of it very well.

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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mramseyISU

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#5 posted 07-18-2017 12:29 PM

I bought a biscuit jointer because Norm told me to and I might use it once every couple years. I’d just sell it but I’d feel guilty about the poor sucker who buys it.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 07-18-2017 01:16 PM

The Porter Cable detail sander…..worse piece of junk ever put on the market. After that, and a very close second: a Craftsman Radial Arm saw. I’d get it tuned and set to zero, and it would shift before the first cut. For the record, I love the RAS…as long as it’s not a Craftsman.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Aj2

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#7 posted 07-18-2017 01:18 PM

Cheap clamps from Rockler they didn’t make it thru one glue up.I was able to return them but it was a waste of my time and time is something you don’t get back.

-- Aj

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 07-18-2017 01:19 PM

FREUD SAW BLADES!!!!
However, I can thank them for sending me on a search for good blades.

-- 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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BenDupre

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#9 posted 07-18-2017 01:30 PM

Besides my Black and Decker electric caulking gun,

the most useless tool I own is the Craftsman Autohammer.

I Actually used it once to install some can lighting between joists where backswing was limited.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Ripper70

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#10 posted 07-18-2017 01:38 PM

3M Sanding block. Wastes as much sandpaper as it utilizes. Stupidest excuse for a tool I’ve ever purchased. Went back to Home Depot and got my money back the same day, though. Just on principle.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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BlasterStumps

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#11 posted 07-18-2017 01:57 PM

I buy mostly “old sh_t”, (according to my wife) so when I get a bad tool, I can’t complain much. If I get home with a bad tool, it’s usually because I didn’t look close enough at it before buying it, which has happened several times. : (

However, when I first thought I was getting into woodworking back in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I bought a Shopsmith with several attachments and stuff. One thing in particular in that bunch of “stuff” was the set of shaper cutters and an arbor for them. Well made it all is but, a good purchase it was not. Without a speed changer, which I didn’t have, the cutters turned much too slow and would hog. I shot a couple boards across the shop with it. One piece whizzed passed me and hit the big metal swing up door on the other end of the shop leaving a nice big dent. I still have the set of cutters somewhere.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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Rich

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#12 posted 07-18-2017 02:07 PM



The Porter Cable detail sander…..worse piece of junk ever put on the market.

- Fred Hargis

I forgot all about that, probably because it is stored somewhere that I can’t even recall. Seemed like a cool idea, but the adhesive on the back of the paper wasn’t strong enough for it to maintain the shape of the sanding head. What good is a detail head if the sandpaper is always flat?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Babieca

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#13 posted 07-18-2017 02:27 PM

Harbor freight workbench. I’ve modified it into something useful , but I could have spend the same money on wood and a couple lengths of threaded rod and built myself a much better bench while learning along the way.

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gargey

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#14 posted 07-18-2017 02:27 PM

Contenders:

-Lie Nielsen crosscut backsaw. I got a lemon.
-Kreg pocket hole jig. Because I don’t use it at all.
-Stupid jig that lets you cut sheet goods with your circular saw. Because its still in the box because there are better ways to do it.
-Dividers. Who the hell needs dividers? Ever heard of a ruler? (No not the stupidly expensive crucible ones)

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Rich

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#15 posted 07-18-2017 02:49 PM


-Dividers. Who the hell needs dividers? Ever heard of a ruler? (No not the stupidly expensive crucible ones)

- gargey

Make yourself a sector and you’ll use them all the time. It makes some tasks easy that would otherwise be difficult and inaccurate.

You’ll also learn a lot about design principles in the process.

https://www.byhandandeye.com/sector-secrets/

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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