What is the most used hand tool in your shop?

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739 days ago

Since my wife bought this for me it has become one of the most used hand tools in my shop.

This is the other most used hand tool in my shop.

It seems lately everything I pickup I drop. By virtue of the floor moving further and further away these tools see almost constant use.

How bout you guys? What’s yours?

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#1 posted 739 days ago

For me, probably a square. Both combo and engineer. If those count.

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#2 posted 739 days ago

Tape measure or pencil! If we were to narrow it down to hand tools with cutters, I’d have to say my block plane.

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#3 posted 739 days ago

Light switch.

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#4 posted 739 days ago

tape measure, pencils, clamps, sanding paper and block

-- Art

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#5 posted 739 days ago

My glasses.

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#6 posted 739 days ago

#8 jointer, I’d say.

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#7 posted 739 days ago

tape measure then cheater glasses

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#8 posted 739 days ago

On a serious note it would be my 8’ pocket tape rule. I carry it with me in my pocket everywhere I go except to church. When you think of it what do you do more than most anything else? Measure.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 739 days ago

combo square, cabinet scraper, and a pencil.

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#10 posted 739 days ago

Tape measure for me.

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#11 posted 739 days ago

Infra micro 1000 table saw miter gauge. Perfect parts everytime!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#12 posted 739 days ago


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#13 posted 738 days ago

No contest….morning routine come to the woodshop fire up the coffee maker build a fire in winter,turn on the fan in summer…pull my stool up to the table saw open the laptop an sign on to LJS an sip coffee…so i guess coffee cup…or….laptop… cup would b it yep most used tool…


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#14 posted 738 days ago

Thumb :)


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#15 posted 738 days ago

Hey! I’ve got one of those “picker-uppers”, and you’re right about it being a handy device. You can even pick up snakes with it. I know.


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