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12-12-2013 11:14 PM

Which tool that you bought since the beginning of 2013 most:
1-improved your work.
2-made your work easier
3-made you a better wood worker
4-made your work safer

For me this tool is very humble and very inexpensive.
This the FastCap Glu-Bot.
I “love” this tool, it makes my life and my work much easier and for very little money.

-- Bert

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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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#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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#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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