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684 days ago

I got to thinking the other day, that there are two types of woodworkers: those who buy tools as they need them for a project, and those who buy tools whenever they want or can afford them. I’m in the second camp, myself (of the “when I can afford them” variety). Yes, I am a tool junkie. I have used most of the tools I’ve bought, but there a couple that I bought that I rarely/never use:

—Rip hand saw: although I use my crosscut hand saws a lot, I rarely use my hand saws to rip, preferring instead to fire up the tablesaw (or whatever). The weird thing is, I want to buy more rip hand saws.

—Spokeshaves: I havent’t needed these for as project yet, but I have ‘em—just in case

—Large adjustable wrenches: I have no excuse for these ones… heck, they’re not even woodworking related. But I bought a 15”, an 18” and a 24” adjustable wrenches. Why? Cause they were big and cool.

How about you? Any tools gathering dust in your shops?

-- John, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 684 days ago

Bowl turnning lathe tools, simply because I don’t turn much other than cylinders w/ coves and beads for lamps and table legs, and I don’t have access th green logs to try bowles.

Also I’m just now learning to to set up a sliding bevel guage against a protractor to lay out angles to cut to.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 684 days ago

Of the power tools, probably the sabre (reciprocating) saw. Of the hand tools, the sledgehammer.

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Paul C.

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#3 posted 684 days ago

SuperFMT. Easily the least used tool I own. Bought a mortiser and never looked back. Badly want to sell it.

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#4 posted 684 days ago

#1 Belt Sander #2 Rigid 6” ROS #3 Several planes #4 Roto-tool

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 684 days ago

Most used and least used: Credit Card.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 684 days ago

Router. TwIce in 3 years.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 684 days ago

I never seem to use my router either.

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#8 posted 684 days ago

Dallas, Use the credit card to set releif of doors when installing hinges and cutting their mortises??

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 684 days ago

Wood lathe, Bought for me by my Father(RIP) I will never get rid of it but only used it to make a few things for him(ships wheel). Paul c if I was close to you I would buy the mortiser,need one for a project I have in mind.

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#10 posted 684 days ago

My Jet mortiser (a CL buy I couldn’t pass up).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 684 days ago

The circular saw. I still use it when I have to, though that is becoming less and less often as I improve my planning and skills in the shop. About the only reason for me to use a circular saw would be to rough cut a piece of ply from a 4×8 sheet to get it ready for the TS.

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

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#12 posted 684 days ago

For power tools, I would have to say my scroll saw (bench mounted) followed by my lath. Maby one of these days I will learn how to turn.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#13 posted 684 days ago

my circular saw’s i have three i’m a tool junkie also.i’ve change my habits from hand tools to woodworking tools since i’m in to woodworking now.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 684 days ago

Probably my coping saw. I had to use it on a project recently-and that reminded me of WHY I never use it.

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#15 posted 684 days ago

Mike…and that’s exactly why I use my circular saw a lot. I don’t like handling big sheet goods on the TS.

Other than all the hand-me-down tools from my dad, I’d say my drill press doesn’t see much use. That’s probably because it’s an HF bench top version with an itty-bitty table.

-- jay,

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