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TOTD (tool of the day) V3

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    cmeyer25
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    Bellingham, WA

    Here’s the new thread, I hope you all can share all the tools that are making your work easier, simpler, or just more enjoyable. Or something that is the workhorse of that particular day.

    Whatever it is, share pictures so we can all benefit from learning more ways to use the tools we all need, love, or should put on that never ending “to get” list!

    Charlie
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    #689189
    smallerstick
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    North Bay, ON

    My new (old) Stanley 5 1/2 is just a joy to use. For a 100+ year old tool to take the finest shavings and leave a mirror finish is a real testament to the craftsmen who made these tools. Not surprising that Veritas and Lie-Nielson use these as models for their products.

    And one more nomination for TOTD; the Glide. Here it is trimming to length and square a 2 1/2 x 14 lamination of hard maple. No tearout, no blade marks, no burning, just a straight, clean cut. I can’t see the saw cutting much larger than this LOL.

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    cmeyer25
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    Bellingham, WA

    My new (old) Stanley 5 1/2 is just a joy to use. For a 100+ year old tool to take the finest shavings and leave a mirror finish is a real testament to the craftsmen who made these tools. Not surprising that Veritas and Lie-Nielson use these as models for their products.

    And one more nomination for TOTD; the Glide. Here it is trimming to length and square a 2 1/2 x 14 lamination of hard maple. No tearout, no blade marks, no burning, just a straight, clean cut. I can’t see the saw cutting much larger than this LOL.

    Someday I hope to get into hand tools like that. I have to figure out sharpening everything though, and it’s really kept me out of it. But I can see why that tool gives you so much satisfaction. Same with the glide – I have one too and it is an awesome tool.

    My TOTD today was my gravity rise stand for my tablesaw. It is wonderful being able to wheel the tablesaw in and out of the shop so easily! I cut a bunch of plywood outside today, something I’d normally just do inside and deal with the dust. And rearranging is so much easier with it on the stand now too!

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    #689294

    Drill and driver again. We found a big horizontal blind at the ReStore for $15. It’s about 6′ wide and the slats are heavy plastic with a texture. Not the greatest looking and they didn’t have mounting hardware. I just drilled some holes in the channel and put a dowel in there so the channel wouldn’t collapse and screwed them to the uprights on the deck. Makes a great privacy/sun screen for cheap.

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    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #689369

    Drill and driver again. We found a big horizontal blind at the ReStore for $15. It’s about 6′ wide and the slats are heavy plastic with a texture. Not the greatest looking and they didn’t have mounting hardware. I just drilled some holes in the channel and put a dowel in there so the channel wouldn’t collapse and screwed them to the uprights on the deck. Makes a great privacy/sun screen for cheap.

    That sounds like a great solution and idea, and the price is definitely right

    #689452
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    My TOTD was the old corded Makita drill. I needed to drill 1/2″ holes for 6″ long bolts to assemble the new outfeed table. I got the holes started on the drill press but they needed to be extended into end grain of hard maple. I have a cheap long brad point drill that takes a lot of pushing and the only thing that will take that kind of beating is the old drill. Can’t remember the last time I used it but glad it was there.

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    #689963
    Doobie
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    TOTD was definitely my new Bosch 14 gallon extractor. I’m a fan. Although I’m still not crazy about needing to disable its auto-clean function every time I don’t want it on. Bit of a pain in that regard.

    #689969
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    The old Rockwell planer was the TOTD yesterday. So easy to mill hardwood with that machine. It’s big and heavy but I wouldn’t go back to a lunchbox planer again.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #690035
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    Someday I hope to get into hand tools like that. I have to figure out sharpening everything though, and it’s really kept me out of it

    Same here Charlie I really want learn some hand tools and sharpening also. I keep grabbing hand tools when I see them for a good price.

    is a real testament to the craftsmen who made these tools.

    It is so true too Peter.

    Greg
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    #690056
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Tool of the day were the Super Wicked Awesome Cabinet Jacks.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #690069
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    The old Rockwell planer was the TOTD yesterday. So easy to mill hardwood with that machine. It’s big and heavy but I wouldn’t go back to a lunchbox planer again.

    Those old big heavy tools if you have them are great. Can’t really beat them. Buying them new is expensive and used most of the time they need extensive repair.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #690144
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    Today it was the genie lift. I needed to remove some obsolete fire system components that were up 24’ and my tallest ladder wasn’t quite up to the task.

    Charlie
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    #690154
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    Today it was the genie lift. I needed to remove some obsolete fire system components that were up 24’ and my tallest ladder wasn’t quite up to the task.

    I sure it was much easier to do this off the genie lift then a ladder.

    Greg
    Do More of What Makes You Happy

    #690184
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    The TOTD was my new PLS 180 greenie,, man I love this new laser.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #690217
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    The TOTD was my new PLS 180 greenie,, man I love this new laser.

    Glad that laser is working out for you. Were you using it to install those cabinets?

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #690219
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    The TOTD was my new PLS 180 greenie,, man I love this new laser.

    Glad that laser is working out for you. Were you using it to install those cabinets?

    Yes Iwas,,, man you up early….

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #690221
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    TOTD was definitely my new outfeed/assembly table. It performs both functions beautifully. Big improvement!

    BE the change you want to see.
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    TOTD was definitely my new outfeed/assembly table. It performs both functions beautifully. Big improvement!

    Man that’s a nice table,

    #690297
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    TOTD was definitely my new outfeed/assembly table. It performs both functions beautifully. Big improvement!

    Nice hear you are happy with your new outfeed/assembly table.

    Greg
    Do More of What Makes You Happy

    #690320
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    First time I used a feather board while ripping at an angle and it really made a difference for my French cleats! So I’m going to say this old feather board wins TOTD for me today.

    Charlie
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