What is your Favorite Tool?

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Blog entry by Chefdavid posted 08-11-2010 03:46 AM 2076 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was working today in my workshop and I began to wonder what my favorite tool that I own/use. I began to wonder, I enjoy all of my tools, some more than others. I focused on my newest tool, my planer. I like it and the things that is allows me to do, but it is not my favorite tool. Than I began to think about my skill saw and how much I use it and what I use it for. Still not my favorite tool. Well as I was standing in the middle of my workshop I noticed what I was leaning on. My Jawhorse by Rockwell. This is by far my most favorite tool. Basically it is a floor clamp. It does not have a motor, or a switch, in fact it is power by…well me! I got it as a Fathers day gift last year. The more I use it the more things I find to use it with. So my question to all lumberjocks, what is your favorite tool in your shop? I am looking forward to your responses.

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 04:02 AM

My favorite tool is my jointer. It’s a basic 6” wide grizzly model that was my entry in real furniture building. Before that I was using “S4S” lumber from the depot to build things and it just wasn’t coming out well. Once I got the jointer it was the start of working with the wood.

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 04:23 AM

My Shopsmith is at the center of almost all my activities in the Shop. The Sjoberg workbench is also my indespensible hand tool, assembly, gluing, and clamping station.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 04:23 AM

I going unplugged, it a small low angle Veritas block plane and shooting board. I don’t know what it is but a connection was made long ago and it my finish touch on plenty of tasks at hand, a real joy to use with beautiful results…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 04:32 AM

Sketchup is my favorite tool. I also find using a card scraper to be very relaxing.

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 04:45 AM

I would have to say a TIE between my table saw and my jointer. I use other methods of cutting ,shaping, sanding ,scraping, chiseling, and hammering. BUT I AM VERY CONFIDENT on my table saw and the jointer.
I am trying to go unplugged more each day !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 04:46 AM

My tablesaw!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 06:25 AM

Does the intercom to the house telling ME lunch is ready count as a tool ?
If so, I might change my answer.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 04:02 PM

hmm… i love my chisels, but i have to say my hands are my favourite tool :) they let me do everything i want to in the end.

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#10 posted 08-11-2010 05:43 PM

I love precision, so recently, my Wixey digital angle gauge and Bosch digital angle finder have been my friends. Really, though, I’d have to say that it depends on what problem I’m trying to solve at the time. I was really pleased recently with my planer when I needed to create an angle on a piece of molding. Sled + planer…Bingo! But I couldn’t have accurately made the sled without the Wixey gauge, at least not without a lot of trial and error. Anyway, my answers might change depending on the day.

-- Robb

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#11 posted 08-11-2010 08:49 PM

Most defiantly my router sooooo much fun

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 08-11-2010 09:07 PM

Unfair question! I’ll go with flemming’s excellent answer: my hands.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 08-11-2010 10:49 PM

My tools are like the women in my life.Some are a joy to handle, some not worth having…others were fun while they lasted.

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#14 posted 08-11-2010 11:18 PM

Your right Div, that is an unfair question. So in the interest of being fair I’ll use Bill’s answer of my tools are like women reply. LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 03:26 PM

It’s impossible for me to choose a favorite.
I like them all, of course, or I wouldn’t keep them.
The most useful? Tablesaw, ShopSmith, mitersaw, 6×40 belt sander, Shark pullsaw, Oh phooey, I could go on and on!
Ones I like the most, but not on the list above?
CarveWright, Legacy Ornamental Mill, Planer, all my routers, bandsaw, scrollsaw.

The answers above are all good and I agree with all of them, proving that favoriets are not possible.


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