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04-17-2012 03:32 PM

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I was reading an article in Popular Woodworking Mag and I got to wondering: What tools do you keep around that only do one mundane task around the shop? I have a few such tools, but I would have to say that my go to is the old school Craftsman Robo-Grip pliers. Leave a comment to share your favorite.

-- Richard-- "If it ain't tight, then it ain't right."

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 03:41 PM

Probably, my most reached for tool in my shop is an old pair of bankers shears (scissors).

I use them for everything from opening packages to cutting sandpaper. They are strong, sharp and cut up to 8” in a single stroke.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 03:51 PM

a pencil :))

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 03:52 PM

Gotta say its my pencil sharpener, it can only sharpen regular pencils, but it does one heck of a job i tell ya. Old school crank handle scored from a tag sale for $1.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 04:24 PM

I have an old pair of side cutters that have an amazingly sharp edge near the tips of the blades.

They are particularly usefull when an 18 guage nail goes sideways and has to be cut off.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 06:34 PM

The measuring tape and pencils

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 06:56 PM

Haha, I love these answers. Keep um’ coming guys.

-- Richard-- "If it ain't tight, then it ain't right."

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 07:07 PM

4” grinder. Not a wood tool but in my daily barrage of stuff I build I reach for it over and over to cut through things that I’d have to waste a lot of time on by hand.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 07:20 PM

Most of my tools are dual use – planes shave, saws cut, throw them and they are missile hazards.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 07:31 PM

My cheapo Groz 3” engineers square. I think it is in my hand at least once a day…..every day.

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 08:07 PM

The usual every day stuff – Speed square, measuring tape, pencils, Kreg jig and the not very often, but damn useful when you do use them – trammel, calipers.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 11:04 PM

My square. It’s an old Starrett my grandfather gave me when he reitred. He is a millwright and at 93 can still build anything from nothing, and diagnose a mechanical problem over the phone.

-- It is what it is...

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 12:52 PM

enurdat1…I have the same kind of grandfather. What a wonderful generation. I get scared to even think about today’s youth and our future ahead. Every chance I get I try to drag my boys into the workshop to tinker around and help so they learn something.

-- Richard-- "If it ain't tight, then it ain't right."

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 01:02 PM


-- Visualize whirled peas

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#14 posted 04-18-2012 01:40 PM

Measuring tape and pencils.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 04-18-2012 01:45 PM

corkscrew ???

-- David in Damascus, MD

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