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Forum topic by Woodbum posted 12-09-2012 06:13 PM 1428 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2012 06:13 PM

OK ladies and gentlemen, what’s your vote for the best new shop inventions in the past 20 yrs for under 50 bucks.? My two choices are:
VIX Bits and Wixey Digital Angle Gauge (tilt box)

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome


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#1 posted 12-09-2012 06:20 PM

I dunno the age but I think the “quick clamps” would rank right up there (I think I’m up to about 12 or more). [edit] based on a post below, those portable roller stands get a lot of use in my shop also.

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 06:26 PM

The internet!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 06:27 PM

Lithium tool battery.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 06:30 PM

I’m cleaning up shop today and putting away tools. Also trying to warm up after working outside this morning.

My magnetic feather boards leads my list, followed by the digital toys, tilt box, bevel gauge and calipers.

Looking forward to hearing from others, this is an interesting thread.

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 12-09-2012 06:30 PM

A1jim…has to be under $50!!! we had a discussion last night about what our parents would have thought about spending $100’s per month on internet, TV and cell phones.

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 06:37 PM

Twenty years ago $50 bought more stuff.

From an online inflation calculator:
What cost $50.00 in 1991 would cost $81.31 in 2011.

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

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 07:07 PM

pocket hole jigs,and i also agree with the quick clamps!

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#8 posted 12-09-2012 07:31 PM

I have to go with the magnetic feather boards, and pocket hole jigs..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#9 posted 12-09-2012 07:43 PM

Bench cookies

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#10 posted 12-09-2012 08:00 PM

I would go with the Wixey. The ability to calculate minute angles, rather than go through trial and error, is a big time saver.

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

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#11 posted 12-09-2012 08:06 PM

spiral router bits

Not 100% sure if they were around 20 years ago or not, but they certainly weren’t common or easily available.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#12 posted 12-09-2012 08:07 PM

time saver ?

the 52” double belt double platen
lazer controlled wide belt sander
has to be the one

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

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#13 posted 12-09-2012 08:08 PM

If you have one of those David. I will gladly pay you fifty bucks for it :)

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

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#14 posted 12-09-2012 08:11 PM

My woodworking experience started back in the 70’s and most of what I did with woodworking was 70’s and early 80’s. I did some things off and on over the years and only just recently got back into woodworking on a daily basis. I can tell you that I don’t know if I just couldn’t afford it back then, but there sure are a lot of really cool things out there that sure do make a lot more things a whole lot easier. For example somebody mentioned the Kreg Pocket Hole system. I don’t know how long that’s been around, but I only recently discovered it and I think that’s one of the best little inventions ever. That would be my first place item. In a close second is the sanding mops. Another huge time saver. Also sand paper in general just seems to be so much better than it was 30 years ago. Or at least I don’t seem to have to spend as much time sanding to get the same results as I did back then.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#15 posted 12-09-2012 08:15 PM

send $50 every month
and i’ll let you know when i’m done with it
you can come and pick it up

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

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