Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

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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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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Glenn Cummings » Sun May 06, 2018 4:20 pm

Compass Plane.
I have three old ones. Don't get used much.. but they are cool.
For those who find this a new and unfamiliar tool, the sole plate can be adjusted from convex.. through flat... to concave

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=co ... pass+plane
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Matthew Lau » Tue May 22, 2018 4:41 pm

Good to see the tips.

Hey Clay-- I wouldn't recommend getting a Norris infill. IMHO, the adjuster is really finicky and sorta sucks.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue May 22, 2018 7:05 pm

I hate these kinds of threads - kinda like asking which of my kids is my favorite.

However, I have to say that my 1-2-3 blocks and brass setup bars, together with 6" and 12" milled steel bars are pulled out more often than just about any other tool, save a pencil (mechanical).

I almost never use a ruler or tape measure to do layout when I can stack these things to yield a perfectly repeatable scribe, score or mark.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Bryan Bear » Wed May 23, 2018 10:53 am

Matthew Lau wrote:Good to see the tips.

Hey Clay-- I wouldn't recommend getting a Norris infill. IMHO, the adjuster is really finicky and sorta sucks.


I have a Norris style adjuster on my Stanley No. 62 (it's the newer sweetheart 62 not a vintage 62). It just takes some getting used to. It is different than your typical Stanley Bailey adjuster but that isn't necessarily a bad thing just something you have to get used to.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Steve Sawyer » Wed May 23, 2018 11:14 am

I have Norris adjusters on several Veritas planes, and really like them.
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Matthew Lau » Wed May 23, 2018 6:47 pm

Hey guys, I'm a Lee Valley fan too (along with their Norris adjusters).
It's a matter of their execution---Lee Valley does it really well!

But yeah, as a very inexperienced, wannabe, armchair "luthier," I figure that I should learn.+
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Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Postby Bob Hammond » Fri May 25, 2018 8:41 pm

in some ways, a cool tool is my Rockwell Uniplane - it can surface just about any wood in any orientation, and down to very small pieces. Woodturners such as Max Krimmel (he's also a guitar builder) use them to surface and build up stock by gluing small pieces together. I have also seen a video where one was used to mill an aluminum block.
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