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8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkerscomments (53) September 15th, 2009 in blogs
I spent last week building a fence for my bandsaw. In the process I had to cut a few bolts to length with a hacksaw. Not really a big deal, but it made me think about what other "non-woodworking" tools I use in my woodworking. I found eight that are not traditional tools for wood, but I use them all the time.
- Hacksaw: Cuts steel for jigs and shop furniture
- Putty knife: I use it for removing glue squeeze-out. I sharpened mine on a skew to make it better suited to get into tight spaces, but you can buy knives that are already skewed.
- Wax paper: It's great for protecting my benchtop during a glue-up.
- Scissors: They cut the wax paper (and other paper goods) to size.
- Flashlight: My shop has some dark corners and crevices; the flashlight helps me find dropped screws and other hardware, which always seem to roll into those dark areas. The light is also useful to help me see if I have gaps in joinery, like through dovetails (my eyes ain't what they used to be, and they weren't much to start with).
- Sill sealing insulation: I had a roll of this left over from a home project. I tape this stuff to my benchtop to cushion a workpiece as I put the final touches on it (chamfering edges, smoothing) or finish it. I've also wrapped finished work in it for transport.
- Radio/CD player: Gotta have some tunes, though it's also nice to listen to a baseball or football game, too.
- Coffee mug: Gotta have some caffeine.
What non-woodworking tools do you use?
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