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Forum topic by buckbuster31 posted 09-22-2017 03:34 PM 1407 views 0 times favorited 49 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2017 03:34 PM

I wouldn’t exactly call it a gimmick, but I absolute love my glue bot. What are some other tools that are almost a gimmick but work perfect!?


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#1 posted 09-22-2017 04:12 PM

I think saddle squares are a recent innovation
and a bit gimmicky, but I use mine often.

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#2 posted 09-22-2017 04:31 PM

Hello Brad, I got your gluebot beat. A free gift from Grizzly about 16-17 years ago, I use it daily for something.

I think it is 1 pound, but may be 2. I use it to set rivets, flatten things, weigh things down, it’s just handy as hell and I wouldn’t be able to function without it. LOL

Loren, what is a saddle square>

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#3 posted 09-22-2017 05:00 PM

I love this! http://www.incra.com/measuring_marking-incra_gauge.html

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#4 posted 09-22-2017 05:24 PM



... love my glue bot.
- buckbuster31

I used to think they were gimmicky too, until I bought one. Wish I had bought one years ago.

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

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#5 posted 09-22-2017 07:01 PM

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#6 posted 09-22-2017 07:05 PM

Anything electrical … I think the whole electricity thing is just a fad!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#7 posted 09-22-2017 07:54 PM

Thanks Loren, I always called those edge squares.

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#8 posted 09-22-2017 08:03 PM

Not sure you would call it gimicky, and a LOT of folks fuss about them, but I absolutely LOVE my Ryobi biscuit joiner. If it were lost, stolen, or ruined, but I would go buy a new one tomorrow if mine were no longer there…

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#9 posted 09-22-2017 10:50 PM


- Loren


Lee Valley has a lot of Gimicky Stuff,amongst some very fine tools.

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#10 posted 09-22-2017 11:37 PM

This thing lets you measure the short dimension of a mitered frame.

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#11 posted 09-23-2017 12:20 AM

Hmmm. Favorite and gimmicky is a tough one. I can add one gimmicky tool — as in total POS that went into the trash. I tried everything and all it did was chip and tear.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#12 posted 09-23-2017 12:37 AM

Rich, I’ve got one of those planes I use all the time. Quickest way to ease an edge.

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#13 posted 09-23-2017 12:43 AM


Rich, I ve got one of those planes I use all the time. Quickest way to ease an edge.

- papadan

¯\(ツ)

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#14 posted 09-23-2017 01:08 AM

OK, here’s one that’s sort of gimmicky AND a favorite — lumber crayons. I keep red, black, blue and yellow ones always at hand and use them to mark everything. Part names, orientation, which edge was jointed and should go against the fence for the rip, carpenter’s triangles on panel glue ups, which face goes against the jointer for panel joints so the angle error cancels out, which edge of a rail or stile gets a stick profile… the list goes on and on. When I bring a load of lumber home, I mark each with what type of wood, length and width, so I can see at a glance what will work for the pieces I need.

I do keep some white chalk for dark woods, but prefer the crayons because they don’t rub off as easily and the different colors give me more versatility in marking. The crayons sand off easily, and also can be removed with acetone.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#15 posted 09-23-2017 01:55 AM

Seems gimmicky but it fits in your pocket and is really quite handy. I use mine all the time as a depth gauge, marking gage, and small square.

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

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