What tools do I NOT need?

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 05-03-2012 01:53 AM 2229 views 0 times favorited 40 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2012 01:53 AM

Adam Cherubini once had a post listing the tools that you DON’T NEED.
See here:

Do you guys have any other to add to the list?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 02:09 AM

I don’t buy glue brushes – old toothbrushes work just fine.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 05-03-2012 02:19 AM

Battery powered anything (except maybe a flashlight);-)

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 02:24 AM

I have to agree with Mark. After my last set of Dewalt batteries died on my, I decided that I was done with battery tools.

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 02:27 AM

Personally I need every tool I can get my hands on! I’m a tool guy, I probably have 8 or 9 tools I use on almost every project, and 3 or 4 I occasionally use. I like knowing that whatever the project/job/renovation/landscape/cement, etc etc I have to do, I have the tool for it. Where to put them all? Now that’s the question that needs to be asked, and answered :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 02:29 AM

Clamps! Who needs ‘em?

Kidding. I know that basically amounts to blasphemy around here.

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 02:31 AM

There are many tools I don’t consider a need. Do you really need every size chisel available? How about every different scroll saw blade? That being said, I’ve never met a tool I wouldn’t take home, or at least try out.

-- It is what it is...

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 02:59 AM


For many years I believed with each additional tool I acquired, fewer were then still needed. After a long life I at last understand the truth is exactly the opposite.

Have a nice day,

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 03:03 AM

Actually, I did think of something. Mortising attachments for a drill press. Haven’t used one myself, but I’ve been doing my homework for a while now, and it’s tough to find anyone with something positive to say about them.

Oh, and another. Polyshades. Avoid like the plague.

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#9 posted 05-03-2012 03:23 AM

On Polyshades…agreed…not really a tool though.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#10 posted 05-03-2012 04:11 AM

I can say with certainty that you do not need a Slickplane.

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#11 posted 05-03-2012 04:57 AM

Not sure I can answer this question since the tools that I could use are often tools that I decided I didn’t need a few weeks prior :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#12 posted 05-03-2012 06:22 AM

In fine work I have found shoulder planes superior to
rabbet planes in refining joints. That said, a very sharp
chisel can work just as well and is faster if you have
the skill to use it well.

The irons don’t shift in my side rabbet planes. Perhaps
the author only had experience with snipe bill planes and
not the machined metal ones. They are useful tools when
you need them… but pretty much a professional’s tool
as the need doesn’t come up much and the planes are
an expedient to getting the work assembled and out the door.

I agree with him on the block planes and low-angle planes.
I’ve found them not that useful. In carpentry a block
plane comes in handy in an apron pocket though.


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#13 posted 05-03-2012 06:44 AM

Belt sander

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#14 posted 05-03-2012 07:51 AM

No belt sander…really…...a cure for all ails…or a least a good many!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#15 posted 05-03-2012 09:41 AM

If I knew what I could refurbish, sharpen, and what a properly set up tool felt like when I started, I would have considerably fewer newly manufactured tools. So if you can acquire that knowledge without buying new tools, you could save a bundle by sticking with vintage tools that you refurbish. Oh, also learn about vintage tool manufacturers. Last week I picked up a few Witherby socket chisels for $3 each . . .

I prefer what Ron Herman said at a lecture of his I was at recently, “The more tools you have, the more problems you can solve.”

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