How many tools today?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler posted 628 days ago 559 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View MarkTheFiddler's profile


1732 posts in 793 days

628 days ago

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

1396 posts in 966 days

#1 posted 628 days ago

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

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

View eaglewrangler's profile


59 posts in 1142 days

#2 posted 628 days ago

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

11099 posts in 1710 days

#3 posted 628 days ago

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


174 posts in 842 days

#4 posted 628 days ago

+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


1488 posts in 1032 days

#5 posted 628 days ago

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


2265 posts in 1488 days

#6 posted 628 days ago

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


12977 posts in 1946 days

#7 posted 628 days ago

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


1732 posts in 793 days

#8 posted 627 days ago

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

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase