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TOOL of the YEAR

by b2rtch
posted 12-12-2013 11:14 PM

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 11:24 PM

I’d have to say my wood slicer bandsaw blade. It has made re-sawing so much easier.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Jeremy Greiner

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 11:59 PM

Interesting, I have a glubot (larger version) and had a ton of problems with it. The main bottle seal wouldn’t hold and I found glue squeezing out the top as well as the nozzle made things very messy. Maybe I just got a glitch one. Since then I’ve switched over to using the really cheap squeeze bottles I use for cooking (though I don’t use the glue ones for cooking stuff) .. they work great.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 12:14 AM

This is my second Glu-Bot and both give me satisfaction

-- Bert

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 12:19 AM

Delta T2 fence

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 12:21 AM

a divorce decree??? Just kidding

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#6 posted 12-13-2013 12:29 AM

Probably my Ridgid trim router.
But I also like my Milwaukee M12 radio too. Nice addition.

Merry Christmas to all!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 01:05 AM

My Hitachi MV12 v2 3/14 hp router. I love that thing

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 01:15 AM

My grizzly 14” anniversary edition bandsaw with riser block, I no longer have to plane 3/4” off a board to get 1/4” material!!! or the incra ts/ls combo package #1, even a hack like me can make corner post dovetail boxes with this system.

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 01:35 AM

The Micro Jig GRR-Ripper. I now own 2.

It did not improve my work or make me a better woodworker, and I’m always looking to improve.

It does make ripping thin stock easier and much safer.

-- Nicky

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 01:45 AM

I have the Micro Jig Thin Kerf SteelPRO and I alos “love” them, great tool

-- Bert

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 01:47 AM

probably my used delta jointer off craiglist.didn’t realize how useful a jointer is until i started using it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 02:02 AM

Band saw!

Before that, all my curved pieces had to be cut rough first with a jigsaw, then I had to make a pattern out of mdf (also with a jigsaw), then clean that up by sanding, then clamp it to the rough-cut piece, then run a flush trim bit. PITA! That was all to avoid flare-out of the jigsaw blade around curves.

I can also cut some of my tenons on the band saw now which is easier sometimes. But perhaps the hugest benefit of the band saw for me is resawing. I resaw close to the desired thickness, then either hand plane or run through the planer without killing myself (or the planer).

I can make ogee bracket legs now. Can cut curves in stock thicker than 1” now, etc. Absolutely love it. It’s a Porter Cable.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 02:14 AM

I am shopping for a 18”band saw.
I would like to find a used one but I just can’t find one in Utah.
I am now looking at a Rikon for $999.00

-- Bert

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 02:40 AM

Vega Pro 40” saw fence. It’s my second Vega fence, the first came on a Powermatic 63 Artisan saw years ago. It’s a vast improvement over the fence that came on the 22 year old Grizzly 1023 I restored.

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#15 posted 12-13-2013 02:42 AM

My hands down favorite tool of this year is my Lee Valley Bevel-Up Jointer hand plane. The thing is so easy to adjust and work with. I bought the PM-V11 blade. I like it a lot.

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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#16 posted 12-13-2013 02:44 AM

Most definitely my new tablesaw. My accuracy improved tremendously and also the variations of jigs I can now use.

-- Just getting started.

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#17 posted 12-13-2013 02:49 AM

Kreg Pocket hole jig. Best $35 I’ve spent in a long time.

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#18 posted 12-13-2013 03:00 AM

Bert, I’ve seen machines in Utah and Nevada auctioned off
sometimes for very reasonable prices on
- you just have to look once or twice a week and check
the locations for the shop liquidations they do now and then.

My answer to 1,2, and 3 is the Veritas steam bending strap
and adjustable stop. Answer to no. 4 might be a 2.5”
hose going to the guard on my table saw shunted into
my dust collection system. I probably got it in 2012
but it was still a great safety upgrade.

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Gene Howe

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#19 posted 12-13-2013 03:04 AM

DeWalt 735!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#20 posted 12-13-2013 03:11 AM

Byrd Shelix heads for my jointer and planer, plus Wixey WR550 digital read out for my planer.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#21 posted 12-13-2013 03:20 AM

table saw … I bought a new Canadian made General 3hp. I just can’t imagine a finer piece of machinery. Smooth, quiet, dead flat. everything about this saw is first class. one word of warning though, buy general Canadian and not General international. The internationals are made in Riceland and are junk. They are however have price. My thinking was I will never need another table saw in my life and I can pass this down to my son and he can also use it for his life time. works for me,

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#22 posted 12-13-2013 03:22 AM

A router. Mine is a Dewalt DW618 I picked up during the fathers day sale.

-- paxorion

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#23 posted 12-13-2013 03:28 AM

Ridgid oscillating sander. Really the only tool I bought this year, but it’s easily one of the most convenient things in my shop. Instead of using the bandsaw to round off a quick corner or shape something, this beast eats it up in a hurry.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#24 posted 12-13-2013 06:01 AM

I bought a lot of tools this year. I guess the best tool and my least used is my LV shooting plane. Have not yet made a shooting board for this plane.

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#25 posted 12-13-2013 06:36 AM

+++++ for lab 7654 2 posts above

Ridgid oscillating sander

And, he said it all.

Great Thread

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#26 posted 12-13-2013 06:49 AM

8” parallelogram jointer. It just makes attaining flat, square surfaces really easy.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#27 posted 12-13-2013 09:45 AM

Ridgid oscillating sander,
I have one bought used for $100.00 many years ago, without a doubt this is the most used tool in my shop.
I “love”it.
Thank you Bruce.
Thank you Loren for the link.

If you could indicate the brand and model of the tool you bought ,that might help other people to make the “right ” choice.
If a TS is good for you , it might also be good for someone else.

-- Bert

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#28 posted 12-13-2013 12:29 PM

Grizzly G0690 and thanks for the tips on dust collector

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#29 posted 12-13-2013 12:51 PM

Bosch ROS variable speed with the HEPA filter dust collection system. You can see it actually suck up dust from just beyond the perimeter of the sanding disc as it works. Liked it so much I went back and bought a second without the variable speed.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#30 posted 12-13-2013 04:06 PM


-- Bert

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#31 posted 12-13-2013 04:23 PM

I’d have to say Renaissance Wax. To keep my tools from rusting as they sit there not being used. Boo.

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#32 posted 12-13-2013 04:42 PM

No tools unless you call a book a tool ,Charles Neil’s “Finishing Simply Put” It sure makes things easier in the relm of finishing. It’s a great gift to give yourself.


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#33 posted 12-13-2013 04:43 PM

Stanley #5.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#34 posted 12-13-2013 04:44 PM

Books are knowledge, and knowledge is definitely a tool when correctly used.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#35 posted 12-13-2013 04:57 PM

Veritas medium shoulder plane. It is so easy to set up and makes fine tuning tenons a snap.

Wood Slicer resaw blade is a very close second.

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#36 posted 12-13-2013 05:04 PM

I would have to say my grizzly metal cutting bandsaw, because it introduced me to a widow whom I was able to assist in selling off her late husband’s machinery, a portion of which she gave to me. But the best result was a new friendship.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#37 posted 12-13-2013 05:11 PM

It’s a woodworking tool, but I bought a Milwaukee electric impact wrench to remove lug nuts from our cars….I love it! It’s so much easier than removing them by hand. I also bought some ratcheting wrenches that are pretty slick.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#38 posted 12-13-2013 05:13 PM

I think I am going to have to go cheapo on you and say my card scraper set.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#39 posted 12-13-2013 05:13 PM

I think ratcheting wrenches are among the best tools EVER invented.

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#40 posted 12-13-2013 05:37 PM

My Veritas small bevel up smooth plane (with money from last Christmas) and my cabinet scrapers.

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#41 posted 12-13-2013 05:39 PM

All of my tools! A year ago I had nothing but a desire to get into woodworking. Now I have a RAS, table saw, router and an odd assortment of hand tools.

If I had to pick 1 though, I’d go with the poster above and say my Kreg Pocket Hole jig. So incredibly handy.

-- I'm New! I'm New! I Don't Know What To Do!

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#42 posted 12-13-2013 05:59 PM

Can I say the workbench? I didn’t buy a bench but did buy the lumber and vises to build it. It has opened up so many more possibilities for work holding than my old wall mounted utility bench. The shop is a better place just for having it in there.

Runners up would be: Floor standing drill press (used Delta) and Stanley #45 combo plane

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#43 posted 12-13-2013 06:02 PM

My Hitachi 12” SCMS … makes breaking stick stock down much faster/easier/safer, and I have found the depth-of-cut function very useful for the dados I needed when I built my ShopDog sawhorses.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#44 posted 12-13-2013 06:12 PM

Stanley 220 block plane I bought for $5 at an estate sale. After cleaning and sharpening, it works great.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#45 posted 12-13-2013 06:13 PM

I bought a Dowelmax set fro $100 and is by far the best tool in my shop for 2013.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#46 posted 12-13-2013 06:22 PM

I bought a bunch of new tools but don’t have time to use them, the auto industry has taken all my time.

890 hrs of OT this year Ive worked a year and 1/2 in one. who’s buyin all these cars

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#47 posted 12-13-2013 06:24 PM

I am gonna buy either the Hitachi M12v or the Milwaukee 5620 for my router table that should be my best tool

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#48 posted 12-13-2013 06:33 PM

+1 distrbd, my dowelmax was my 2012 tool of the year

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#49 posted 12-13-2013 06:41 PM

I finally got a moisture meter for keeping track of my rough sawn lumber as it dries. No more waiting 5 years just to make sure it’s dry!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#50 posted 12-13-2013 07:08 PM

This was the year of measurement tools. I bought several different Wixey type tools. I had the angle measurement tool for a long time, but I got a height tool, a protractor and a new caliper that was very nice….
marking knives, some starret straight edges and a couple highly overpriced, but nice woodpecker tools.

-- Mike

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