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09-08-2011 05:30 PM

Let’s have a little bit of fun here…

Your job is to list your top 10 tools (power, hand or stationary) in order of frequency they are used. Feel free to explain yourself…do you use a tool because it is truly useful to you compared to others, because it makes you feel a certain way, or because you look twice as attractive to the opposite gender when you hold that tool? :)

I’ll start it off…

1.) Dust collector – It runs simultaneously with all my power tools.
2.) Table saw – It also doubles as my workbench right now, so it’s truly getting lots of use.
3.) Sand paper – Whether for sanding projects or sharpening tools, I go through a lot of it.
4.) Manual screwdriver – I’m always running around the house fixing stuff with them.
5.) LN rabbet/block plane – Not a time when I go into the shop when I don’t need this tool.
6.) Card scraper – Moving up fast…sand paper is starting to drop pretty quick.
7.) Worksharp 3000 – I am obsessed with keeping my tool edges sharp, especially as I increase my hand plane collection.
8.) Router table/router – No better way to customize cabinetry, boxes, or furnishings…and it’s responsible for most of my more complex joinery thanks to the Incra positioner.
9.) Planer – Most things get custom thicknessed.
10.) Power driver/drill – It isn’t used every day, but almost.

Honorable mentions:

Jointer – I often rely on other tools to do these tasks…or I figure dimensioned boards might be flat enough.

HVLP sprayer – Definitely gets lots of use, but I’m not finishing every day.

Measuring tools – It’s amazing, but you’d think these things would get used more than they do, but when you have a positiioning fence and use relative measures for most things, you really don’t pull these out as often as you might think.

-- jay,

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 06:26 PM

1. Dust collector
2. Measuring tools, tape, square, ruler
3. Table Saw
4. ROS
5. Planer
6. Jointer
7. Drills (cordless, drill press, and corded)
8. Chisels
9. Hollow chisel mortiser
10. Band saw

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 06:43 PM

1. Tape measure/square
2. Marking knife
3. DC
4. TS
5. MS
6. cordless drill/driver
7. Stanley #4 plane
8. plunge router
9. router table/router
10. coffee maker

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

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 08:01 PM

1. Band Saw
2.Drill Press
3.Table Saw-2&3 can interchange
4.Belt Sanders-stationary-6×48,6×89,1×42
9. Air Filters(3)
10.Dust Collector

For hand tools
1.Block Plane
2.Glue Scraper
3.Chisels and gouges
4.Battery Drill
5.Back Saw-size of a Dovetail Saw
6.Most important of all, a Broom!!

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 09:49 PM

At least for this day and subject to change the next:

1. Work Bench
2. DC
3. Table saw (sometime I forget to turn on DC so its close to 2)
4. Clamps
5. Band saw
6. Jointer
7. Planer
8. Router
9. Sand Paper
10. Hand Planes

Um, need a top 15 list to represent…

-- ...there's a fix fer dat...

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 09:56 PM

1) Jet tablesaw
2) Jet bandsaw
3) Jet dust collector
4) Delta lathe
5) Shop-made drum sander
6) Veritas apron plane
7) Dad’s Stanley No 5 jack plane
8) PC690 Router
9) Jet mortiser
10) 2 Cherries chisel set


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 10:31 PM

Lately…the eraser on my pencil

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 10:43 PM

1 measuring tools
2 table saw
3 bandsaw
4 spindle/belt sander
5 jointer/planer
6 router table
7 hollow chisel mortiser
8 dust collector
9 chisels
10 sheet sander

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David Grimes

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#8 posted 09-09-2011 04:30 AM

1.) Dust collector
2.) Table saw.
3.) Router table/router.
4.) Miter Saw.
5.) Power driver/drill
6.) Jointer Planer
7.) Chisel set
8.) Compressor
9.) Brad gun
10.) A/C – Heat pump

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#9 posted 09-09-2011 04:56 AM

Nice lists! It’s cool to see how people work, and you really get a picture of the types of things people like to do just by the tools that are mostly used.

Chisels and planes are quickly moving up my own list. I’ve been doing this stuff since middle school (have a scar to prove it) and it’s amazing that I only recently started utilizing such tools. I guess we just model what we see? For me it was my Dad.

BTW, the bandsaw will be highly used if I ever pull the trigger on one!

-- jay,

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#10 posted 09-09-2011 07:03 AM

I fix houses

1 tape measure
2 pencil
3 circular saw
4 square
5 compressor
6 framing nailer
7 chalk box
8 hammer
9 utility knife
10 impact driver

honorable mention, extension cord, sawzall and ladder

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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#11 posted 09-09-2011 07:20 AM

1 Small hammer
2 Medium size hammer
3 Large hammer
4 Very large hammer

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 09-09-2011 11:42 AM

Tom has the right idea – don’t use force, use a bigger hammer!

1. Cordless drill
2. Screwdriver
3. Tape Measure
4. Shifting spanner
5. Hammer
6. Tennon Saw
7. Hack saw
8. Orbital Sander
9. Sanding block
10. Paint brushes

As you can see, my shed has not been used for enough woodworking lately!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#13 posted 09-09-2011 02:33 PM

tomd—My son-in-law would add a sledge hammer to your list, but he calls it a “Paradign\m Shifter”.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 09-09-2011 03:54 PM

Good question, although I don’t know if it wouldn’t just be easier to list the top 10 least used tools as opposed to the most used tools.

I don’t think of the dust collector and the air compressor as tools, but more like appliances much like the A/C and heater. Their always on when I’m in the shop making them seem more like a utility of the shop.

Number one on the list would be power saws. I use the table saw, band saw and the radial arm saw almost equally when in the shop depending on the cut needed or closes at hand. I rarely use the sliding compound miter saw which would make it one of the least used tools in the shop.

Number two, would have to be the jointer. I use it to quickly get a straight edge or remove saw marks. So it gets used a lot. The thickness planer doesn’t get use enough to qualify being in the top 10 list, although is used a fair bit of time.

Number three, is the radial arm drill press. I love the versatility that can be used with this machine and the attachments that can be used with it.

Number four, would be sanders. I use the combo disk and belt sander and the oscillating spindle sander on almost every project.

Number five, is air nailers. From brad to framing nailers they make quick work and many times allow me to glue up a project without using clamps.

Number six, clamps are always being used as a third hand besides doing glue ups.

Number seven, the router and router table are used a lot to profile edges and for some joinery.

Number eight, the work bench and vise without which nothing would get done.

Number nine, cabinet makers steel rules. Since I got these I hardly use a tape.

Number ten, I would have to say is hand tools in general, as I use a wide variety at any one time which would lead into its own top 10 list.

This list may not be in that order but is my top 10 of the most used.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#15 posted 09-09-2011 04:22 PM

Thanks, Greg. Good points. Funny, I forgot about clamps…though I guess they, like the DC, are indeed more like fixtures that just passively happen. For example, I use those Rockler biscuit thingies and paint pyramid doohickeys when I do a lot of finish work, but I guess I wouldn’t call them actually tools.

I do think it’s cool how, for some people, the jointer is more of an MVP than the planer…and for others (myself included), it’s completely the other way around.

I do share your obsevation about the CMS. Mine gets lots of use, but only as a chop saw…or on-site saw. It just keeps me from having to push really long boards through my TS on the miter gauge.

-- jay,

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