What's the most useless (used less) tool (s) in your shop..?

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Rick Dennington

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08-29-2014 10:34 PM

For me, that’s an easy one…...I have a DeWalt 20” scroll saw that I’ve had for about 6 years….I’ve turned it on once, and have never even cut a board, or did any scrolling…..It’s got all the bells and whistles, but with my back I can’t sit on a stool and do that stuff….Same with hand tools….I’v got various hand saws, planes, and other items I don’t (can’t) use because of the afore mentioned…..That “stooping over” is a killer on me….That’s why I’ve got all my machines and work benches at about 46” high…...So…I kind of shy away from those..and only use them when I have to..Ugh….. So…..What’s in your shop that you consider useless, or used less…..?? I can prolly come up with some more, but that do for a starter…If I do, I’ll post as each replys…..

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#1 posted 08-29-2014 10:40 PM

I bought a scroll saw for a school project for my son—thought it was a good buy b/c I’d use it all the time. Nope—don’t really like to use it and I don’t like scroll saw projects.

Biscuit jointer—bought used off CL. Tried it on scrap when I bought it—haven’t used it since.

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 11:45 PM

Dentil floss?
All my tools are priceless. Yeah! Right!
I guess that my scroll saw is the least used tool but, when ya need one, it is a value.


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#3 posted 08-29-2014 11:51 PM

Ugh….. So…..What s in your shop that you consider useless…..??
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#4 posted 08-30-2014 12:23 AM

My Veritas MK2 Honing Guide.


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#5 posted 08-30-2014 12:24 AM

Stanley #31 transitional jointer, by the time I got it working I was using a different plane that I like better.

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#6 posted 08-30-2014 03:01 AM

I inherited a sears jointer. It’s a real POS. I’ve only used a half a dozen times or so. I keep it around cuz it was Dad’s.

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#7 posted 08-30-2014 03:52 AM

Blending curve. For some reason I was convinced I needed it for a project so bought it, didn’t end up using it and have never touched it again.

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#8 posted 08-30-2014 04:01 AM


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#9 posted 08-30-2014 04:04 AM

Add another scroll saw to the bunch. I used it for a few things but not something that I really look forward to doing.

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 04:09 AM

Sounds like a lot of tools that we don’t have much use for, or use very little…...I don’t know why it is that we think we got to have them, or can’t do without them…...I also agree with the hammer…I’ve hardly seen mine since I got my air nailers…...that’s been about 10 years ago….Wonder where it got off to…?

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#11 posted 08-30-2014 04:13 AM

Router table. By the time it takes me to get it set up for the project. I can have 2 projects done with my collection of antique british hand tools. And NO burn marks to dand out. Arthritic hands stop even most of theat fun. Just look at the trim work and feel great. Hammer? I have close to a dozen and use them all. OOPS Forgot about the 2 in the house.

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#12 posted 08-30-2014 05:09 AM

Certain clamps, files maybe. Just certain ones that
don’t need using much. Pipe clamps, etc.

In terms of machinery I have a few pieces which
have not had much use. Boring machine, chain
mortiser. They’ll earn their keep someday.


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#13 posted 08-30-2014 05:13 AM

Power planer.

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#14 posted 08-30-2014 06:33 AM

A scroll saw given to me a months ago that has never been plugged in. At least it was free.

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#15 posted 08-30-2014 11:43 AM

A Stanley #75.

Looks like I can avoid thinking about a scroll saw, too. Good topic.

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