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Just for fun I wanted to start an off the wall discussion.

If you could be any woodworking tool or shop fixture, what would it be? And why?

I'll start. ---I think I would chose to be a workbench. I've never been one to be on the sidelines while the action is going on. Since the workbench is used in almost all projects, I would rarely not be part of any project. It is solid, dependable, able to take abuse, and versatile. (Note-I didn't say I am all of these things, but would like to be) I would want to be trimmed with exotics and have all the bells and whistles.

What would you be?
Be philosophical, reflective, or maybe even silly--Let's have some fun!
 

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so you basically like to be used and abused? ....hmmmm…

I would like to be a japanese chisel. Sharp and does elegant work (at least trying to).
 

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In my shop, it would have to be the tablesaw as first choice. Hands down.
Then it would be a router. Boy, oh boy, do I use routers.
I don't have as many as A1jim, but I do have five and they play a big part in what I do.
Third choice would be the band saw, which gets very heavy use.
So, that's it.
Three choices.
1. Tablesaw
2. Router
3. Bandsaw.

I don't really have a bench, as such. I have a good, solid worktable that I designed to be disassembled and stored flat.
Everything in my shop except the tablesaw has to have wheels or be able to be folded up, stored or in some way allow our car to be parked inside at night.
Every night.

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I'd be a lathe because on the lathe some real expressive artistry can happen. Art can and does happen on any shop tool but I think the lathe gives the user more freedom to express themselves.

I have virtually no desire to go into the shop and make something that is very similar to what I can buy. I always want to make something that I cannot buy elsewhere. For me, that's the purpose of having a shop.
 

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Very unique discussion!
Mmm, maybe I want to be a clamp… I don't want to cut or punch (not be but or punched) somebody else, so I would say I will only hold them together, hug them so hard together?!? Sounds like playing Cupid.
 

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I would be a humble chisel. I like to make a lot of different things and the only universal woodworking tool that can do more things than any other is the humble chisel. In fact I perhaps too impulsively defy anyone to name a more versatile tool (I didn't say faster).
 

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Hmmmm. Maybe a handmade rasp. I'd like to get into those intricate spaces and make subtle curves. Does this mean I have a grating personality?????
 

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Sander.. specifically, a random orbital sander. My favourite aspect of woodworking is the "make or break it" finishing part. Doing something very intricate with a random moving power tool.. if it goes well, you'd never know I was there.
 

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I am thinking dual drum - drum sander.
I am mostly stationary, but on a mobile base I can be moved rather easily.
I can be abrasive at varying levels of grit, depends on the job.
I love input, with a slow speed feed for processing.
What is fed in might sound like it is getting a good scrubbing,
but what comes out is a better than it started product.
Sometimes my sand paper slips and cuts grooves in the project !!
Those are the ones that don't talk to me anymore…LOL

This was fun and reflective, Thanks Kent !!

Lisa
 

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cordless drill--then I'd get to be used on something new all the time, go to places outside the workshop, be used to make everything from furniture to decks. If I die, just put my battery in the charger and wait an hour :)
 

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a bandsaw ,
not a herky-jerky one ,
and not a honky-tonk , get attention one .

but a chello one ,
that brings smooth and resonant music .

and when i find a table saw mate ,
that is sturdy and constant ,
we will wed ,
and create many round /square things ,
and put them in their place .
 

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Interesting thought here. I guess if I were to be a tool, my choice would have to be the Radial Arm Saw. The reason would be because of its versatility in its use. As well as it can be a finicky tool to set up sometimes, and people tend to leave you alone. Guess that's why I have a happy go lucky attitude.
 

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Dust Collecting system!

A No Brainer for me!

1. I'd be Sucking it IN all the time, which I really NEED to do.

2. I'd get lots of good Fiber in my diet!

3. Blood Sugar control would be a piece a cake!

4. I'd have a nice Low Calorie input… would be able to get my weight down!

Yep… and I'd have hand into every project in the shop! :)
 
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