Tools I wish I never bought

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Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Postby Mario Proulx » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:19 am

I had never read this thread before now.... Kinda funny.

Every. Single. Bridge., on every guitar I have built or repaired has been held down by three old wood cam clamps. Yet someone here said he regrets buying them...

I also never pass-up a Dremel at a yard/estate sale. Yeah, they're under-powered, but chuck a specialized stone or bit in one, and leave it there. Saves time, immensely saves time. Just grab the tool, do the task, and move-on.... They're not routers; they're everything else.
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Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Postby Jim McConkey » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:02 pm

And if you have a dog, they are used by many vets for trimming nails. Plenty of uses all around!
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Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:27 pm

Bridge City Toolworks produces some beautiful tools, but like Woodpeckers, one has to ask - is this really worth the money? Although to be honest, I think Woodpeckers has "jumped the shark" more than once on some of their tools!

One tool Bridge City produces that I've long coveted is the Kerfmaker. At $60 it's a bit steep for what it does, considering it really is a stupid-simple tool. I wish Veritas would have produced this, as it would have been just as nice and maybe half to 75% of the Bridge City version.
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Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Postby Mark Fogleman » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:32 am

The PC Profile Sander and the Festool Linear Sander.
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Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:22 pm

I had to think awhile to remember tools I wish I never bought, but I remember at least two - both of them Bosch products. The first was a biscuit jointer that was cheaply made and didn't hold adjustments very well (I think they make a better one now) I replaced it with a Lamello. The second one was a 4X24 beltsander. I had used the old model which was fairly bullet proof, the new model was similar but had a few new features (the front handle was repositionable) I thought would be nice to have. It had a problem with the thrust washer failing and allowing the motor spindle to move and jam into the housing. I stay away from Bosch tools.
Bridge City makes some interesting looking tools, but I'm not sure I could pay $2,772.22 for a block plane. And I have to wonder about their designer's experience as a tool user. Most handplane users feel weight is an advantage in a handplane. Bridge City Tools look like they have tried to minimize the weight of their planes. It doesn't surprise me they do an initial offering and then discontinue the tool.
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Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Postby Matthew Lau » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:18 pm

Thanks for the posts!
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