|Forum topic by DamnYankee||posted 916 days ago||1293 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
916 days ago
In the vein of cosmicsniper’s Top 10 Most Used Tools, and my Top 10 Bought but Never Use, this question is to name the Top 10 “Crappy Tools” that just seem to get the job done. This would be that tool that the general woodworking community might turn their nose up at (like a Buck hand plane verses a LN) but in your shop it always seems to come through to you. Maybe its a fluke, maybe you used for year so that even when replaced with “better” brand you still keep going back to it, maybe you just can’t bring yourself to replace it. Maybe its new maybe its an old hand-me-down. At any rate they’ve proven to be tried and true and hard to part with.
Let’s see what I can come up with…
1 – Tri-square – I don’t even know what brand it is. Don’t know when I got. I do know that I’ve had it so long it had to have been a VERY inexpensive one. Everytime I check it against a newer better brand it seems to be perfectly square so I just bring myself to pay the “big bucks” for a better namebrand.
2 – TS Miter guage – The one that came with the TS. I’ve even purchased a INCRA 2000, but I still keep pulling out the miter guage that came with the TS. I attach aux fences to it, I do lots of things with it. Okay, so the ‘0’ make isn’t quite accurate, but I adjust it and its on the mark and it works.
3 – B&D Mouse sander – yeah I’ve got others, but I still seem to use it on many projects
4 – Hand Brace – got it from my Grandfather and I seem to use it almost as often as my cordless hand drill and/or my drill press. It’s easier to set up than the DP (it proved a HELLOFALOT easier to use to bore the 3/4” dog holes into my workbench than trying to use either my cordless or my drill press – quicker per hole too) and easier to control the speed and torque of cordless. This has proven increasingly the case since I purchased a 1/4” hex adapter for it.
5 – Tape measure – I’ve got one I’ve had for years and years, and I’ve owned a lot of others over the years, but this one continues to hold up while others have fallen apart.
6 – Socket Wrench Set – another tool I bought years ago VERY CHEAP, its an off brand that I cannot remember, still using it, hasn’t broken or failed me yet. No I don’t use it like an auto mechanic might but its gotten used a fair bit over the years. I’ve eyeballed newer nicer better brandnamed sets, but just couldn’t justify the replacement expence for a tool that was working fine.
That’s about all I could come up with.
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