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Favorite tool
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:16:10 PM »
I was wondering what might be your favorite or most used tool in your shop.  Mine? 2 hand held Dremel tools.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 09:53:05 PM »
A ruler.

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 10:16:52 PM »
A bandsaw, not my bandsaw.

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 10:34:57 PM »
X-Acto knife
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 10:52:27 PM »
My feathercut drop bar with customized bows!
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 11:32:37 PM »
Not necessarily my favorite to use but sandpaper is the miracle tool.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 04:33:40 AM »
My Solingen razor plane!

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2017, 04:46:22 AM »
A hammer because when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 04:54:18 AM »
Yup, the razor plane.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2017, 06:07:47 AM »
Reading glasses!!!

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2017, 07:13:18 AM »
 My imagination!!

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2017, 08:00:53 AM »
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2017, 09:37:26 AM »
I like my Logan 210. It's a modern lathe in the sense it was made sometime after the industrial revolution.


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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2017, 10:00:44 AM »
I know the question is for a single "Favorite tool".

For me, there are 3 basic tools that are almost indispensable for my work.

A set of Xacto knives with plenty of replacement blades.  (I buy the #11 blades in boxes of 100.)

Sandpaper blocks of different sizes with plenty of sandpaper sheets in different grades.

Dremel tool -  (Two of them are useful so do not have to spend so much time changing tools.)

Then, there is a separate bench that holds (in no particular order of importance)

Scroll saw
Drill press
Sander (with a belt and disc)
Vice

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2017, 10:21:29 AM »
Magnetic building board.

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2017, 10:30:56 AM »
Magnetic building board.

Mike,

Didn't you make your own custom magnetic building board from scratch?

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2017, 11:28:09 AM »
My Laptop, a second 34" monitor, and surround speaker system  rates real high

Problem solutions, or great ideas are a few clicks away

where I learned why and where to get Bob Hunts favorite tool so I got 2 and spare blades
Great tool Bob thanks...

Looking at the background of many model photos I saw a lot of guys have multiples of many tools that get adjusted or changed frequently. One fellow had something like 3 Xacto and 5 scalpel handles all with different blades

so I went wild with my budget one month and added to my Dremel type rotoary and Knife tool sets....Havalon has great selection and prices for scalpel handles and a wide variety of blades

BUT The MOST Favorite is my small form 9" band saw

MOST USED is a  el-cheapo HF variable speed scroll saw with Sanding blades instead of saw blades

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2017, 01:12:01 PM »
Dremel MotoSaw.  Mounts on my bench as a scroll saw, but detaches from it's base to become an electric coping saw. I use i more than my band saw.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2017, 01:38:30 PM »
Only one? How about some must-haves?

Permagrit set of sanding tools would have to be my fave, where I could live with generics of the others listed below.

Razor Plane (I have several, no real fave, they all work well when adjusted right. My allergies really appreciate them reducing sanding)

Morris Building weights.

Vari-speed dremel.

And... and endless supply of good #11 blades in a good handle.

I have a shop full, but I "think" that's my top building tools list. When I think back to being a kid and building everything with a single edge razor and 2 pieces of sandpaper, (rough, and not so rough) I have to laugh, my how we do get spoiled.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2017, 01:43:21 PM »
AEROBROACH hinge slotting tool...best hinge tool ever!!

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2017, 01:46:55 PM »
Only one? How about some must-haves?

Permagrit set of sanding tools would have to be my fave, where I could live with generics of the others listed.
EricV

I'm interested in getting some perma-grit tools,  Eric.  Where's the best price place to purchase them from?
They are a bit pricey,  although i know a bargain over time,  pennies on the dollar.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2017, 02:34:59 PM »
I'm interested in getting some perma-grit tools,  Eric.  Where's the best price place to purchase them from?
They are a bit pricey,  although i know a bargain over time,  pennies on the dollar.
Thanks,
Chris

I have not seen much variance in pricing, but AirCraft Spruce seems to be the cheapest @83 for the full roll up tool kit, but Amazon @89 might actually be cheaper because of the free freight over $35 deal.
Alternately, AirCraft Sprice might also be cheaper because you can buy individual tools and if you only need a couple of shapes, then there ya go.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2017, 03:25:16 PM »
I find myself reaching for my machinists square frequently.

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2017, 03:32:03 PM »
Not intending to be a wise guy, but my hands. y1
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2017, 04:34:22 PM »
Not intending to be a wise guy, but my hands. y1
me too, really pleased with what they can do with aid of ordinary tools!

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2017, 05:51:29 PM »
Mike,

Didn't you make your own custom magnetic building board from scratch?

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Yes I did Charles.  I just bought everything piecemeal and put it together

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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2017, 06:04:00 PM »
Yes I did Charles.  I just bought everything piecemeal and put it together

Mike

Mike,

Do you remember what you spent total?

Are they on the marketplace or did you just come up with the idea?

I have three wings to build in the near future and I don't want to work with tubes.

Did you put up photos?

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #27 on: July 18, 2017, 07:20:58 PM »
Machinist's 1x2x3 blocks are often useful, but beyond the bandsaw, the belt/disk sander, the drillpress and shop vac, I think my Jim Crockett "Copy Cutter" is just awesome, and most of y'all won't know what one is, or why it is so totally cool.  ;D Steve

 
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #28 on: July 18, 2017, 07:47:28 PM »
AEROBROACH hinge slotting tool...best hinge tool ever!!

Hey Chris,
Can you tell us more about this!  Where did you get it and can you possibly provide a picture.  I'm really interested because most of the tools on the market are junk!

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2017, 08:01:23 PM »
I like my Logan 210. It's a modern lathe in the sense it was made sometime after the industrial revolution.


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« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2017, 08:32:58 PM »
Every tool in my shop is my favorite when I need it.   In fact I have some that are doubled up because I could not locate the one I needed and went out an bought another one.    D>K
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« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2017, 10:00:48 PM »
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« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2017, 10:54:01 AM »
Hey Chris,
Can you tell us more about this!  Where did you get it and can you possibly provide a picture.  I'm really interested because most of the tools on the market are junk!

Thanks,
Randy Cuberly

Randy,
I ordered straight from AEROBROACH.COM  $20 bucks if I remember.
It is a spade shaped blade(3 actually: thin, med, and thick for different sized hinges) that fits the red xacto handle and has "teeth". You just put the point on the centerline, make sure the first two teeth line up as you begin plunging in and begin a "wiggle' manuever, checking your line up in all directions as you go. It makes the cleanest cut i've ever seen and no picking or buldging of the outer surfaces. I practiced on a piece of wood and made 3 slots and then went straight to work on my Legacy 40 wing from Bob Hunt...didn't want to mess that one up. This single tool took hinging from my LEAST favorite job in modelling to...well not my least anyway. It really is a great tool. There is a video on the web site as well i believe.

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« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2017, 09:08:24 PM »
Thanks for the info Chris.  Cutting hinge slots is definitely my least favorite part of building.  In fact I hate it!
I'm going to check out the tool.  Biggest problem with the current DuBro tools is getting the slots straight.  The blades are too flexible and wander off center.

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« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2017, 09:13:09 AM »
     My coffee cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2017, 03:08:07 PM »
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2017, 04:47:55 PM »
Thanks for the info Chris.  Cutting hinge slots is definitely my least favorite part of building.  In fact I hate it!
I'm going to check out the tool.  Biggest problem with the current DuBro tools is getting the slots straight.  The blades are too flexible and wander off center.

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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2017, 05:11:51 PM »
My good old balsa plane, with Wilkinson Platinum razor blade (running on bluefoam surfaces)
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« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2017, 06:49:31 PM »
Although not what I would call a favorite, I find that there is no substitute for my mini lathe and mill. There are just some jobs you can NOT do any other way.

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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2017, 08:19:52 AM »
Sliding table on my bandsaw.
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« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2017, 09:55:27 AM »
Thanks for the reminder Allan

Mentioned above, in my long winded post, was my 9" band saw as fav....\\\

I do a lot of other wood working, and have a very good 14" that I use a lot with the stock table and fences....

I have a project with a lot of cuts that a sliding table would greatly speed up the process and ensure better cuts then my current hand feeding and control

Have looked at several different DYI sliding table ideas....

Allan....did you buy one or copy a DYI version?


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« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2017, 12:52:42 PM »
Thanks for the reminder Allan

Mentioned above, in my long winded post, was my 9" band saw as fav....\\\

I do a lot of other wood working, and have a very good 14" that I use a lot with the stock table and fences....

I have a project with a lot of cuts that a sliding table would greatly speed up the process and ensure better cuts then my current hand feeding and control

Have looked at several different DYI sliding table ideas....


Allan....did you buy one or copy a DYI version?


Sorry for slight hi-jack ---but a PM would not give any others that are similarly curious ---the answer....the beauty of forums and the internet
I have made several over the years, at least five.  Just made another this week for a flying buddy.  Kept it simple, most bang for the buck. Can post some pics later if interested.
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2017, 10:02:57 AM »
Allen I would love to see YOUR sliding table variant

perhaps another topic so as to not drag this fun topic too far off topic

I have been looking very hard at getting a bunch of the INCRA bits n kits to build fixtures, sleds, and other helpers for router,  band saw(s) and table saw(s)
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Re: Favorite tool
« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2017, 11:45:11 AM »
Allen I would love to see YOUR sliding table variant

perhaps another topic so as to not drag this fun topic too far off topic

I have been looking very hard at getting a bunch of the INCRA bits n kits to build fixtures, sleds, and other helpers for router,  band saw(s) and table saw(s)
OK starting new topic "Bandsaw Sliding Table"
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