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What One Tool Brings You JOY--True Joy?

by jayseedub
posted 08-22-2016 03:21 PM


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dbray45

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 03:57 PM

What I want—more room.

I have a list of the tools that I want – do I need them? Probably not, but they would make what I want to build easier and better.

All of the tools that I have give me great joy to use. I think of all the times that I had a very few tools and didn’t know how to tune them up, or couldn’t do something cleanly – compared to now.

In some cases, I have had to make the tool for a job – those are great in their own rite.

Every day I am working on something I find ways to improve what I am doing.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 08-22-2016 04:14 PM

I really love my INCRA 1000SE with sled combo. Was easy to dial in, easy to disassemble (I use the miter guage on pretty much everything with a track), and certainly makes me feel a lot safer doing crosscuts on my table saw. Out of all the tools I own, it may be the nicest in terms of quality and precision.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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jayseedub

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 04:18 PM

Dustin—good call on including safety in response to this. I made a couple home-made “Micro-Jig” Grr-ripper-type feed handles, and I feel smarter every time I used them. I’ll check into that Incra with Sled Combo—thanks!

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 04:29 PM

I know you said one, but I have two, at the moment.

A “The Fulton 19” jointer plane

 
And a Diston D7 hand saw.

 

The jointer plane was from my grandfather from his father (my great grandfather), and the hand saw was my other grandfathers, from his uncle. Neither are fantastic tools as far as tools go, but the joy comes from the connection.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 12:00 PM


Dustin—good call on including safety in response to this. I made a couple home-made “Micro-Jig” Grr-ripper-type feed handles, and I feel smarter every time I used them. I ll check into that Incra with Sled Combo—thanks!

- jayseedub

Yeah…one of the safety perks I forgot to mention: using the sled lets me stand off to the side of the material I’m cutting, rather than directly in line with the blade. Not that I’ve ever trimmed off a small end of turning stock and launched it into the wall or anything <cough>
Then again, that’s why we have one super concrete rule in the house: no one walks out into the garage until they hear whatever machine is running shut off.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 08-23-2016 03:25 PM

Opinel no. 7.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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jayseedub

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#7 posted 08-23-2016 03:28 PM

murch—what do you use the blade for? Are you a carver? Anything you’d like to emphasize about its wonderfulness?

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000

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#8 posted 08-23-2016 03:51 PM

I use this for so many things, it’s a pleasure to use.

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#9 posted 08-23-2016 04:43 PM



I use this for so many things, it s a pleasure to use.

- jbay

<drooling>

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#10 posted 09-02-2016 12:22 AM

Man that is a hard question!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all equally!! I guess my one favorite that I use every day is my Southbend metal lathe. I use it a lot in woodworking but I can make/modify lots of stuff for me and others on that machine. The next would be the Grizzly G0555 ultimate band saw.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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OSU55

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#11 posted 09-02-2016 01:30 AM

Probably these books:

Great Wood Finishes Jeff Jewitt Taunton Press 2000
Understanding Wood Finishing Bob Flexner Reader’s Digest 2005

These led to other tools, products (such as dyes instead of pigment stains), etc., but these “tools” (the books) opened an entire new world of achieving all types of finishes, which I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and doing. Finishing is 1/2 of a project, so why not give it the commitment it deserves.

I enjoy every time I use one of my handplanes, whether it’s an old refurb, a Veritas, a Mujingfang woodie or other, that I’ve tuned up to do exactly what I want. They transformed my woodworking – I can flatten any size table or panel, and build an entire large project and barely use sandpaper.

Then there’s the cheap HF lathe I’ve tuned up and used to make some very nice turnings (several in my projects) and used for other miscellaneous projects.

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#12 posted 09-02-2016 03:44 AM

In the realm of power tools, i really enjoy using my drill press. Something about its smooth hypnotic humming sounds i find pleasing. Also the fluid motion of operation relaxes me, not to mention it is tucked away in a nice corner in my garage. Not many power tools do I feel relaxed operating, comfortable but not relaxed. With my drill press in most cases I feel very at ease operating it. Not to say it cannot injure you or that I don’t approach it with safety in mind, but compared to my saws i feel more at ease operating it.

I also enjoy using pneumatic nailers, specifically 18 and 23 gauge.

Hand tools: chisels and my small wood handle claw hammer.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#13 posted 09-02-2016 05:31 AM

Hard to choose….. but one of these two.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#14 posted 09-02-2016 05:34 AM

My turning saw. First tool I built myself (besides a few mallets) and I love using it.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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jayseedub

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#15 posted 09-02-2016 01:10 PM


Hard to choose….. but one of these two.
- shipwright

shipwright—what even are those?


Not to say it cannot injure you or that I don t approach it with safety in mind, but compared to my saws i feel more at ease operating it.

- Stewbot

Stewbot—funny you say that—I think one of my worst injuries came from my drill press and a brad point bit. I was trying to drill a 3/8” hole in something really small, held only by my fingers…. The bit grabbed it, spun my index finger underneath its spinning spikes, and shredded a small ripped hole into my finger pad. Not very good looking…. Moral: Clamp your workpieces. Lesson learned, here!

I also agree—there’s a wonderful satisfaction from the tss-thunk of a pneumatic nailer putting that nail exactly where you wanted it.

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shipwright

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#16 posted 09-02-2016 02:19 PM

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-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#17 posted 09-02-2016 02:21 PM

Best explanation I have of what they are is here:
http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/index.html

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#18 posted 09-02-2016 03:52 PM

True. Joy.

Tough question, but I recall two specific tools that literally made me laugh out loud when I first used them: A #48 T&G plane and the Stanley #45.

I’d never seen the tools in person before getting them into my shop. Couldn’t make the #45 work until I saw a couple of seconds of Roy Underhill using one on his show. Went to the bench, set up a sample board, fettled the plane as he did, and OH WOW!

The #48 was different in that the tool is essentially fool-proof. Clamped up a piece of stock, cut a tongue, and laughed! THIS IS SO EASY to make T&G boards of any size! For the backs of carcases, etc. So cool.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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BurlyBob

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#19 posted 09-02-2016 11:44 PM

The sound of any one of my hand planes slicing a board.

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#20 posted 09-05-2016 03:45 PM

JC, been on hols so only coming back to your thread now. The no 7 is such a handy tool to carry. It can save you an awful lot of walking. The shape & lines of it are a thing of beauty. The blade will take a very keen edge.
It can be locked very simply with it’s distinctive collar so as little fingers can’t get to open it easily.
And maybe best of all, a skinny €10, is great value.

To answer your question – yeah I like to sit out and carve when time allows.

Rgds,
Murch.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#21 posted 09-05-2016 10:01 PM

My chisels and a mallet. I got the chisels in a thrift store no idea who made them. They sharpen easy and hold a edge very well. The mallet I made from Bradford Pair as an experiment to its durability so far so good.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#22 posted 10-20-2016 04:47 PM

Ah, the question that 99% of people do not grasp nor follow, regardless of where you are, who you are & how wealthy or not you are.

I have asked myself this question “all” of my life. “is this a want or need”. I’ve found that most everything I ask myself this question about, turns out to be a want rather than a need. So I didn’t buy it.

Not buying because it was a want has saved me a fortune (literally). By living that way, there is not a want in the world that I cannot purchase now without missing the money at all.

I have 6 kids that I’ve tried to teach this to with only 2 grasping the meaning of it. Thus 4 continue to struggle their way through their lives while 2 are well on their way to financial success. Four will be living on SSI when there old enough to draw it while two will be millionaires by time they reach 35.

Amazing how one little statement can have such profound results depending on how one grasps it.

In regards to your question I can only answer .. there are many wants (tools) for my shop but since I do not “need” them they will remain UN-purchased by me.

-- EdwardNorton

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