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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 12-03-2013 04:19 PM 1619 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheWoodenOyster

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12-03-2013 04:19 PM

Guys,

I am trying to think of some good tools to put on my Christmas list. Obviously, I’d love a Oneida Dust Collection System and a 55 degree lie nielsen and a 12” powermatic jointer. Unfortunately, those are not really practical things to ask your loved ones for. So, I’d like to defer to my fellow LJ’s here and ask you guys what your favorite tools for under $30 are. I figure that is a good price range to float in when it comes to gifts. I don’t want to just be a taker here, so I’ll dish out my top 5 most useful shop tools for under $30:

1. 3M Respirator
2. Strop
3. Headlamp
4. Simple Honing Guide
5. Card Scraper Set

Those are mine! What are yours?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster


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Micahm

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 04:36 PM

What type of work do you do mostly?

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff

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JohnChung

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 04:37 PM

1) Stanley plane blades. Cheap and effective
2) Machine Oil
3) Japanese craft knife for marking.
4) Mechanical pencil. Draftsman version.

All these tools are always welcomed.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 04:38 PM

I’m pretty half and half as far as power tools and hand tools. I have a 3 HP unisaw, but I can sharpen a plane blade and a scraper.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Priusjames

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 04:43 PM

Nice thread!

Here are 5 more:
Clamp(s)
Doweling jig
Bandsaw blade (is this a tool?)
Squangle
Plans for specific projects from a list I’m interested in

-- Shopsmith enthusiast

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Elizabeth

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 04:43 PM

I love my magnetic stud finder. It has made putting up wood storage shelves etc SO much easier.

http://www.amazon.com/CH-Hanson-03040-Magnetic-Finder/dp/B000IKK0OI

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lightcs1776

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 04:45 PM

My woodworking toolset is pretty limited, so you may already have these, but …

Mortise gauge
Clamps
Sandpaper
Woodworking books

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 05:21 PM

Really like the respirator idea, mine works great when I remember to use it. An ok Japanese style pull saw would be a good one to add, though a nice one would be over $30.

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Tedstor

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 05:32 PM

Kreg Jig R3 Jr Set (typically $35, but can be had for $30 on-sale).
Face Shield (harder to lose/misplace than goggles)
Drill bit set
Jigsaw blades

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JayT

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 05:42 PM

Lots of good ideas above. I would have a tough time narrowing down to five, but a few not mentioned yet that would definitely be in my top 10 are:

Flexible stainless steel ruler (6 & 12 inch)
4 inch machinist/engineer square, great for project use as well as checking machine set up
Kreg Bench Dogs

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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TeamTurpin

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#10 posted 12-03-2013 06:02 PM

Amazon.com has about 20 Japanese saws for under $30. I don’t know what other woodworkers think about these, but I use mine constantly.

-- http://www.teamturpin.org/house/shop.htm

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crank49

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#11 posted 12-03-2013 06:18 PM

Jorgensen Pony Pull Saw. Love this saw. Have a couple of missing teeth on my existing copy, Need a new one.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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pintodeluxe

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#12 posted 12-03-2013 06:32 PM

Sandpaper. Just get me lots of sandpaper.

p.s. Santa I use Klingspor VD900 series sanding discs.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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knockknock

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 06:54 PM

My 2 favorite tools for under $30 are general:

- A “GOOD” ratcheting screw driver with bits (mine is from the 90’s, KMart Cobalt tools I think).
- Fluke Need-L-Lock pliers (versatile needle nose pliers, cutters, crimping section holds small nuts).

For woodworking:

- Empire inch/metric combination square(s).
- Shinwa Japanese square.
- Stainless steel inch/metric ruler(s), never rust and can be used with a knife.
- Cabinet maker’s clamp(s).
- Bird cage awl.

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Makarov

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#14 posted 12-03-2013 07:19 PM

Headphone hearing protectors, gunsmith screwdrivers , 1/4 inch drive socket set , good tape measure, Sheetrock square.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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Kaleb the Swede

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#15 posted 12-03-2013 07:23 PM

My number 4 Stanley hand plane. My brother bought it for 15 bucks at a flea market and gave it to me for Christmas last year when i really got into woodworking. I use it all the time

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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