"Must Have" tools?

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby DaveLott » Mon May 28, 2012 4:05 pm

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby Old aussie » Mon May 28, 2012 5:36 pm

Fishing lures are designed to catch fishermen, not fish, a lot of tools in woodworking do the same thing ,i get caught every
time a new tool comes out , some are very handy but not essential,


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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby BORD » Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:03 pm

Made another run down to Pops house last weekend. Picked up his extra chop saw and table saw. The chop saw is a monster 15" Hitachi. The table saw is a 8 1/4" bench top model. Kinda opposite ends of the spectrum. Also got a Stanley rabbit plane, a Rockwell sonicrafter multi tool, and some mahogany from the boat he never finished.

As payment for borrowing all these tools i had to help him make a run to the dump and install a new kitchen counter top and sink. I think I got a good deal. :D :D


Pulled the trigger on the waterstones and guide. I bought two combo stones from Norton. One is a 220-1000 and the other is a 4000-8000. I was a little disappointed when I pulled them out of the box and they were not perfectly flat. I fixed them up with a course diamond pocket knife sharpener though. I put them to good use fixing up the iron from the Craftsman plane. Boy, that 8000 grit stone leaves a mirror finish! Plenty sharp to shave arm hair! :shock:

Oh and I ordered a riser block kit for my band saw. It should be here on Thursday. Now I just need to get 2 or 3 new 105" blades. I was thinking of a 3/4" in 3 TPI and either a 1/4 in 10 TPI or maybe 6 TPI.

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby BORD » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:44 pm

I ordered the last few things I think I'll need as far as tools.

1. Lapping plate for the wet stones.
2. 2 new 105" blades for my bandsaw with the new riser block.
3. Woodriver block plane set. one standard and one low angle.
4. New batteries for my 19.2V Craftsman cordless drill. The stock batteries died finally after 7 years.

That's it. I'm done for tools(for now :twisted: ). Time to buy some WOOD! :D :D

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby Old aussie » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:40 pm

This is a must have tool ,I tried to get away without buying one but no that did not work ,wish that i had it from the start i
would not have such a mess in my shed.....

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby BORD » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:50 pm

I haven't picked up a dust collection system yet although it's in the list. I did get a JET air filter though. Man that makes things nice in the shop.

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby Andy Garrett » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:15 pm

I never wished I had an arm saw of any kind. My table saw was heavily used. My jigsaw was mandatory for plywood, but the most used saw in my shop was the Japanese pull saw. Wow is that thing awesome!

Also among the most used tool in my shop..., wood rasps and cheese grater type planes. They allow for more precision in handfinishing a wood surface. The cheese graters are also great for smoothing the rather splintery edges of meranti ply.

A dremel is handier than you might think too.
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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby Muellerd » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:53 pm

What brand/model Japanese pull saw do you use Andy?
Where do you find yourself using it the most (as far as boat building goes)?

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby Andy Garrett » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:39 pm

I bought mine at Sears. Not sure of the brand--has a two-tone gray handle.

When I was a kid in shop class, I never liked that hand saws always cut on the forward stroke. A pulling cut just seemed more intuitive to me way back then. Discovering the Japanese pull saw was a blessing. I bought a miter saw and mitre box at the same time. I never used it even once.

I used it everywhere cuts were needed. Unless the cuts were very long or curvy, it was almost always easier to grab the pull saw and use it. Certainly faster! You can pull through a 1x6 plank of mahogany in seconds! It's faster than retrieving a jig saw, plugging it in, and making a power cut.

I think I did almost all of my cross-cuts with the pull saw. Rips, especially on long planks, were just fed through the table saw with a fench locked down, but cross-cuts..., pull saw every time.

The fine teeth on the pull saw and light pressure also make short, straight cuts on plywood favorable to a jigsaw because of fewer splinters.

Best tool in my shop. Fast and easy!
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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby Roberta » Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:12 pm

The pull saws are Great!! I picked mine up at Ace Hardware. Great for cutting notches for shears, chines and battens and the angle cut for the chines at the stem.

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby fergal butler » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:37 am

I just got given this by a friend who is cleaning out his dads shed, as I have no table tools I thought it would be nice to restore it till the weather picked up :D I don't no anything about it but it's built by INCA and has a planer/thicknesser, saw and mortiser.

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby khundley » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:47 pm

Nice find, Fergal! I just broke down and painted an old plainer with a belt/pulley system made by Homecraft (think it is early 50s vintage), and it works great, except that 2 weeks after I finished, the bearings started rattling, which causes a little extra tear-out. Need to replace them, but damn, the thing works beautifully! Got it for free from my wife's uncle. I used it to plane down the surface of 2 guitar necks and fingerboards, worked perfectly. I actually have a grizzly 4.5" jointer planer that works great....the old one was even better till the bearings went kaput. Good luck and have fun with that!

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby SeaPea » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:27 pm

Every boat shed needs a "concrete floor epoxy remover"
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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby fergal butler » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:52 pm

Well she is back in business :D Now back to the boat.

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Re: "Must Have" tools?

Postby ttownshaw » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:54 pm

Nice Work!
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