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Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 12-29-2014 05:30 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Przybylski

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12-29-2014 05:30 PM

Hey everyone,
I was just wondering if any of you know of a site where it has a categorized display of power tools that can be looked at and compared quickly from all tool makers? Think of, lets say, the home depot site and how you can view a tool, look at its specs/reviews, and then compare it with another tool on their site. Does anything like that exist but for ALL tools across ALL categories? I’m not aware of such a service and in my Googling have not been able to find one but I could very well be searching the wrong thing.

If one is not available, do you think it would be a worthwhile service to provide to woodworkers and DIYers? There would be a lot more functionality than what I just described to go along with it, but the main idea would be the above.

Thanks for any insight you can offer.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 05:48 PM


That sounds like a good app to develop. My youngest son is like you (a nerd) and he is always thinking of apps to develop …. mostly out of necessity for himself. He currently has 2 apps for the iPod/iPhone.

Keep us informed if you ever come up with such an app … develop it and see if you can get sponsors to advertise and pay you then youʻll have funny money to equip you shop …. what an idea.

Wish I was smart enough to come up with something like that.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Matt Przybylski

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 07:52 PM

Thanks tyvekboy for the encouraging words. I am indeed a nerd and would love to pursue this if there is interest. I have what I think are some incredibly good ideas for a database like this but I just want to see if others think something like this would be of value.

Please to keep the feedback coming.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 08:03 PM

There was something similar to what you are describing. But it appears that they haven’t been active for quite sometime. I used to follow on Facebook, but haven’t seen any recent posts either

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Matt Przybylski

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 08:12 PM

yeah, tool select is dead and they did mostly reviews of tools as videos. their funding dried up after a two year run because of their high production costs and Barnaby, the host, is now in real estate in the michigan area. I followed them along and it was fun to watch their videos but it’s not exactly the same thing I’m proposing here. Thank you for bringing it up, however, always good to get different perspectives.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 03:10 PM

It’s an interesting idea, and I’d love to understand how it could be done.

The info is out there, but sometimes not easy to find and always difficult to tabulate. And, of course, one always questions the validity of reviews provided. Are magazines trustworthy, or just advertising for the manufacturers? Are consumers biased to justify the purchase they made, or remorseful because of unrealistic expectations?

And how does one monetize such a product? Will advertisers shy away from “easy answers” that are not their own products?

If you can figure out all these issues, the software ought to work for virtually any category of product. Could be a great service to consumers, but lots of questions and lots of work.

Let us know if you decide to pursue it. Maybe some of us could even help.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#6 posted 01-01-2015 04:17 PM

IMHO I suspect that all roads will lead to China or at least Tiwan..
Most of our tools are manufactured there.
This data base will be useful of course.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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Matt Przybylski

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 04:53 PM

I’d love to share more info with you but to be quite honest I don’t want to spill all details about this venture as it would really allow someone to just take it right from underneath me :) I am going to invest some time over the next year to do this and it’s going to be slow going as I just had my second child but I have some great ideas for how to monetize it in the future as well.

The thing for me is that I’m in the middle of learning a new framework, AngularJS, and if all else fails this would be a good opportunity to at least build a production site on top of this framework. I make websites for a living (see my portfolio here) and to marry the two (web work and woodworking) would be a natural thing for me to do. It will be my pet project and I would enjoy doing it.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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#8 posted 01-01-2015 05:03 PM

This is the closest I know of what you are looking for.

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 05:27 PM

I believe a website would be very helpful, not only to the hobbyist, but to those that consider themselves beginners, on up to even the professional woodworkers. There are questions on here daily about hand planes, palm sanders, belt sanders, table saws, scroll saws, planers, jointers, on, & on. For those of us that aren’t fortunate enough to have our shops handed to us, or have our pockets lined with gold, we have to do some shoppin’ around to find the best deal that suits our needs. It would be great to have reviews to go along with that product search!! There are times, in my own search for tools, it has been nearly impossible to find an updated, or even a review at all, for that matter, on some of the tools. I’d say put the thought in the big hole, cowboy, & let’er truck!! Ya might step on some toes of them that think they’re the hotshots here, but don’t let them slow ya down, brother!! Sounds like a hell of an idea to me!!! Put it together, let’s see what ya can do. There won’t be a shortage of input from this site, I can assure you. Best of Luck!!!

-- Sawdust703

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Matt Przybylski

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#10 posted 01-02-2015 01:11 AM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I’m going to start putting something in motion but don’t expect any updates for long periods of time because as I mentioned I have a growing family and my own career in general :)

I’ll keep everyone posted when I have something of value.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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