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Forum topic by zindel posted 10-21-2011 03:14 PM 1346 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zindel

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10-21-2011 03:14 PM

Okay so i am sure there have been lots of these types of topics but i have not seen one for awhile so lets just say we can update the list…in your own opinion what is that one tool that you always thought you didn’t need until you finally got it and thought “How did i live without this for so long?”

I shall start with my router table…i always figured i could do everything by hand until a friend of mine gave me a small table and i had no use for it so i thought i would make my own router table and wow what a difference it has made!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.


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Broglea

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 03:30 PM

Hand planes make life so much easier for me. I once thought they were outdated. How wrong I was.

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whit

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 03:36 PM

I’ve started working with carving tools and hand planes. Clamps on the edge of a bench seemed to work OK before but now they just seem to get in the way. I’d have to say my bench vise is the most recent tool I’ve found that I thought I could do without.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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richgreer

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 03:39 PM

I could list several, but you asked for one. The one I will mention is my drum sander.

I have virtually every other type of sander available and I did not see what a drum sander could do that I could not do with one of my other sanders. I was wrong. The drum sander is in the top 3 in terms of usage. The other 2 are my stationary belt sander and my Festool Rotex (ROS).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 03:47 PM

Table saw. I started with a RAS. Couldn’t see why ya would need a TS UNTIL I GOT ONE. Now the RAS is for sale.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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jim C

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 03:47 PM

My palm router.
I use it on almost every project.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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NBeener

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 03:52 PM

My brain.

‘nuf said.

-- -- Neil

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zindel

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 03:55 PM

haha Nbeener!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 03:55 PM

OK, I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I have JUST ordered (currently in transit) replacement and extra sizes of screwdriver bits to fit my Stanley Yankee #130A and #133H screwdrivers from Lee Valley/Veritas.

I have had these two Yankee drivers for ~50yr and they were my father’s before that. Each had a single bit and the bits were getting rather worn. I have increasingly used these Yankees as I got older because of increasing carpal tunnel in my wrist.

And then, and then… I made the “mistake” of opening the Lee Valley September Catalog ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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WayneC

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#9 posted 10-21-2011 04:23 PM

LOL. The catalog is dangerous. :)

Air compressor and nail gun would be my input to the list.

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

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crank49

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#10 posted 10-21-2011 05:01 PM

A true freestanding woodworking workbench.

I always thought a bench was just where you went to work on small parts.
A heavy duty shelf on the wall, with an iron vise and a toolbox, and power outlets.

Now I realize that was a handyman’s bench. A woodworking bench is a whole nuther thing.
I can now do things that, in the past, I could only admire others had done.
I can build a frame and panel door that you can’t see the joints except for the change in grain direction.
I can cut out and assemble 4 panels for a cabinet and they are all exactly the same. This is empowering.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 10-21-2011 05:06 PM

I’ve got a long list but the one I’ve found my self using more and more is a saddle square it’s great for laying out and I even use it held in place to hand cut the shoulder cut on tenons.
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/veritassaddlesquare.aspx

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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whit

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#12 posted 10-21-2011 06:45 PM

Thanks, HorizontalMike! Here I thought the Yankee screwdrivers were good for sentimental value. Now it turns out I have two tools that are SEVERELY lacking in the appropriate accessories that will make them useful, contributing members of my tool stash. Yeah, Mike, thanks a lot!!! ;)

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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DaddyZ

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#13 posted 10-21-2011 06:53 PM

A good ruler (I have a nice 18” steel flexible) & my Bandsaw !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 10-21-2011 07:20 PM

I’m having a hard time thinking of one. Most of the tools that I buy I already discovered the need for them before I had them so I bought them. I don’t really have anything out of the ordinary just a good solid collection of tools that should be in everybody’s workshop.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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HorizontalMike

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#15 posted 10-21-2011 07:57 PM

Yeah Whit, I’m a quick study. Only took me ~50yr to figure this one out…

;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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