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Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Matthew Lau » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:07 pm

Hey MIMFers,

I just wonder what's the coolest or most useful tool that you have?

For me, it's my NSK Ultimate XL dental micromotor--- a foredom on steroids!
If you can get one, they are the ne plus ultra of shaping and sanding swoops into wood.

Anyways, I'd love to hear/see your favorite tools!
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Mario Proulx » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:58 pm

My most useful, and most often used, tool, is a pencil..... :)
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Brian Evans » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:10 am

my most useful tool, and the one I lose the most often, is my 24" flexible steel ruler. My coolest tool is my antique toothed blade veneer plane. No tearout, ever, on any wood in any direction.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby David King » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:22 pm

I couldn't live without my patternmaker's swivel jaw vise.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:53 am

My most useful tools are the ones at the ends of my arms. They are amazing, and although somewhat worn and abused they have served me well for 60 + years.
My newest "toy" is an old Spiers infill smoothing plane I am enjoying playing with. Probably older than my hands it still works remarkably well.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Mark Fogleman » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:26 am

Mine is a ~4"X6" shooting board/bench hook combo. One side is a block plane shooting board for small parts. Turn it over and it's a bench hook for western (ie: push style) saws. It's also the de facto cutting surface when whittling or chopping instead of my bench top.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Matthew Lau » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:38 pm

Mario Proulx wrote:My most useful, and most often used, tool, is a pencil..... :)


Mechanical or analog?
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Simon Magennis » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:17 am

An old (Stanley) block plane with a toothed blade. Combined with a cabinet scraper my most used thicknessing tool. I've had it for decades.

More recent but superb: a Zyliss vice/clamp. Looks kitchy/gimmicky but once you have one you realize how useful they are. Any table/board becomes are workbench with a vice. In the Romanillos build book you will see various pictures of it in use.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Aaron Helt » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:17 am

My best and most recent acquisition has made the most impact, even though not used the most. I bought a granite flat surface off Amazon. It's about 12 x 12 and 40 pounds. Now, after years of struggling, I can get razor sharp chisels and planer blades. 1200 to 1500 grit sand paper and a Veritas guide and a couple minutes. I used to test my sharpness by shaving the hair off my arm. I know... but it's what I handy. Now, the blade doesn't even touch the skin and the hair just spring off when contacting the blade.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Dan Smith » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:18 am

I would not want to be without my nut slotting files.
I tried all kinds of things with poor results.
Ever-body was kung fu fight-in,
Them kids was fast as light-nin.
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