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live4ever

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07-13-2011 10:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: banter question

What were the tools, accessories, techniques etc. that you waited to acquire or learn and once you finally got them, asked how you had ever done without? You know, the stuff you might obtain on a whim but end up using everyday…or the technique you put off learning and now it’s your new best friend.

Let’s hear it!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.


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#1 posted 07-13-2011 10:35 PM

TiteMark wheel. Stanley #7.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-13-2011 10:41 PM

Workbench, hands down. Pursued the build on a whim, and it changed my life by ushering in handplanes of all types, chisels, handsaws and associated joinery.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 10:45 PM

Air Compressor and nail guns…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 10:53 PM

^can I change my answer to Wayne’s;) For jig making, Titebond, a nailgun, two minutes and you’re using it? Can’t beat that.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 10:58 PM

Al – pls keep your eyes on your own paper… :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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live4ever

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 10:59 PM

Hmm, I ought to use a nailgun more. I just never whip it out because my compressor makes such a racket.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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live4ever

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 11:00 PM

I just got an impact driver, never felt like I needed one. How did I ever drive screws without it?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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SCOTSMAN

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 11:16 PM

I just bought a new impact driver and chucked drill from, dewalt both 18v I too am amazed with the power of the impact driver. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Cosmicsniper

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 11:41 PM

Incra TS-LS fence for the table saw.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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tyskkvinna

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#10 posted 07-14-2011 04:39 AM

Planer, for sure. Being able to use “any piece of wood” radically changed my world.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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ShopTinker

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#11 posted 07-14-2011 04:44 AM

Definitely my DeWalt 14 volt impact. I still remember the first time I used it. I was hanging cabinets and driving 3” screws. After nearly 30 years of driving screws with a drill I was truly amazed at the ease and power of the impact.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Manitario

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#12 posted 07-14-2011 04:46 AM

I’m just starting to use handplanes and I love them, and hope to never have to use a sander again.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 07-14-2011 04:47 AM

Remote control starter for the dust collector

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 07-14-2011 04:53 AM

Cabinet scraper – most simple tool which was replaced by sandpaper. It has now become woodworking best kept secret. When gluing up projects and the joint has a slight defect, I used to try sanding out the defect and often made it worse. A card scraper shaves off the defect quite effectively leaving a smooth flawless joint and much quicker then sanding. How about burn marks on rip cuts? I used to try sanding these eye sores out. It would take a long time and usually ended with a wavy edge. Cabinet (card) scrapers do a good job in less then a minute.

The hardest thing about these historic tools is learning how to sharpen them. Google the technique and learn. It’s worth the effort. Took me a few trials and I’m glad I learned.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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Dark_Lightning

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#15 posted 07-14-2011 05:01 AM

Pneumatic nailer. I started a 650 square foot home addition in 1988, and got nerve injury driving 16- and 20-d nails into the girders (using a two-pound hammer, I don’t have a lot of patience), joists and blocking all in one weekend. I borrowed it from my B-I-L, who was a contractor. He offered, but I wanted to be independent. After a weekend of nailing, I caved in and borrowed it. It made the framing a TON easier. I gave it back in good shape. Now, I use a brad nailer for small stuff. There are some other good suggestions here.

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