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Forum topic by jdmaher posted 12-21-2016 03:19 PM 518 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2016 03:19 PM

Since its the Christmas season, I’ve recently been asking lots of people for their Wishlists. The other day (for the first time this year), someone asked me for MY Wishlist. Unprecedented! It got me thinkin’ . . .

In woodworking, I mostly “wish there was”. I bet others feel the same. So, I’ll start a thread.

Maybe, some wise one will tell us that what we want already exists. Maybe, some clever person will decide to solve a problem and satisfy a wish recorded here. Of course, I hope no one just says “Stop being cheap / lazy / stupid / etc.” (I know all that, already.)

So, here’s three I think about often.

1. An idiot-proof way to do half-blinds dovetails quickly. Routing ‘em takes too long to set up and wastes too much wood for one bloody drawer. Hand chopping is too painstaking. I have no skill, and I’m running out of years to build it.

2. Wish someone made reliably very good paring chisels I could afford. I’ve seen new Japanese ones that LOOK good, but I’ve never heard a consensus opinion that a particular one is definitely worth the investment. Even used ones seem to fetch a princely price and, again, I don’t know what’s a great one to be on the lookout for.

3. Wish more sawmills / lumberyards offered ”flitch form” lumber. I believe Hearne Hardwoods does a great job showing and selling this stuff, but it is very pricey and many people have issues with Hearne. And my all-time favorite wood purchase came as a ”flitch form” from our very own Lumberjock Rich Eberly. But, hey, sawmills all have to cut these boards from a tree, so why doesn’t EVERYONE do this?

What do you wish for?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 03:24 PM

I wish I could order time by the bucket and be able to get into the shop!

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 05:14 AM

My one wish so far is easy.

Be able to get my own small workspace out of my apartment. I have one decent sized room with a kitchen and bathroom. Would love to have a place I don’t have to worry so much about the wood chips and dust from my right now, small carving practice

-- Jodie, aka, BlindyCarver

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 05:32 AM

I’ve never used them bur I’ve never seen a bad review of narex’s paring chisels. They are reasonably priced too.

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 05:35 AM

I wish for a handheld adjustable laser cutter/burner. Sized like a pen for writing on and cutting wood.

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