How many tools today?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler posted 11-11-2012 01:10 AM 960 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View MarkTheFiddler's profile


2068 posts in 2187 days

11-11-2012 01:10 AM

Just curious about something. Most of the tools I used today had to be put away. I was amazed by the sheer count.

Upholster a love seat and make legs for it.

Staple puller
Wire cutters
Yard stick
Measuring tape
Rafter square
2 upholstery needles
Sewing machine
Carpentry hammer
Staple gun
Screw driver
Tin snips
Table saw
Miter saw
Router table
Card scraper
Work horses

I’m sure I can come up with more. I’m thinking that’s just average. Some of you artists use double that in one sitting.

Who can come up with the biggest list? Maybe you’ll have to count each chisel, bit, blade, clamp and band-aid. Can you get over 100?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

8 replies so far

View Clint Searl's profile

Clint Searl

1533 posts in 2359 days

#1 posted 11-11-2012 01:15 AM

I know a project is complete when all my tools are out.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

View eaglewrangler's profile


64 posts in 2535 days

#2 posted 11-11-2012 01:46 AM

I find I have a different list.. tools I put up and those, I leave right there, outside. in the age or resin handles and aluminum squares, a lot gets rained on with little trouble. I still feel some guilt that some tools get care and others wear, but the time saving is huge. In my shop, the frustration comes at putting away four of the same tool or worse not finding one on the shelf the next time. I don’t router much, but have four, 7 circular saws, countless drills etc. and more planes than I ever use. .. I need to clean up the shop or go buy more tools, yeah the latter sounds fun.

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20482 posts in 3104 days

#3 posted 11-11-2012 02:00 AM

I can’t begin to count!!!!!!!!!. I am constantly putting tools away- just so I know where they are when I use them next. Some times I have to pull them out a second time later in the project, but that is okay because I like to know everything is there in its place at the end of the day.It bugs me when I lose one piece of a set – like a drill, transfer punches, sockets, etc. I am missing a spring caliper from the wood lathe and I think I swept it up with the chips and I will empty the barrel looking for it next week!!

You have a good list there and it sounds typical of any good project!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View 47phord's profile


182 posts in 2235 days

#4 posted 11-11-2012 04:32 AM

+1 on what Clint said! Somewhere under that pile of drill bits, rulers, squares, scredrivers, mallets, brads, brad nailers and scrap lumber…I have a workbench.

View exelectrician's profile


2327 posts in 2425 days

#5 posted 11-11-2012 06:42 AM

I cannot afford one of my prescious planes to fall off my bench, so when i see stuff moving one of them toward the edge, I start clearing off the tools I won’t need in the immediate “now”, that way I am constantly getting, and putting away as I work.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

View Manitario's profile


2630 posts in 2881 days

#6 posted 11-11-2012 07:55 AM

hmm, spent some time today scraping some epoxy off a tabletop and doing some sanding: ROS, dust vac, dust collector, shop vac, slotted screwdriver, card scraper, scraper plane, low angle jack plane, 5/8 chisel, utility knife, various grits of sandpaper, rags.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

View patron's profile


13603 posts in 3339 days

#7 posted 11-11-2012 08:23 AM

here we are at 1:00 am
just finished working for today

will clean up tomorrow
and start again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View MarkTheFiddler's profile


2068 posts in 2187 days

#8 posted 11-11-2012 04:58 PM

David – do you EVER sleep! Now I know how you make all those wonderful projects so quickly.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics