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Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

comments (64) December 15th, 2009 in blogs

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Vote in our polls to help us find the most-requested woodworking gifts of 2009.

Then post a comment on our blog for a chance to win one of these prizes: Laguna DriftMaster Bandsaw Fence,
Laguna LT Ceramic Bandsaw Guides, Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2 Adjustable Mouth Block Plane
Brass Cross Peen Hammer, Leigh 18” Dovetail Jig, or an Oneida Dust Deputy Deluxe.

Over the last few weeks, more than 200 individuals let us know what they put on their wish lists this holiday season. We’ve rounded them all up into this collection of polls.

Vote in our polls

Hand tools
Power tools
Shop gear, jigs, accessories, etc.

Note: These polls are thoroughly unscientific (but, we hope, entertaining).

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Comments (64)

penorris penorris writes: Being new to woodworking I would be happy to win any tool.

Posted: 6:22 am on January 11th

Indy_Dan Indy_Dan writes: Riving knives are a great addition to the new Unisaws!
Posted: 2:50 pm on January 8th

canepole canepole writes: I would like to get a new table saw with riving knife and improved blade guard.
Posted: 7:49 pm on January 7th

okotok okotok writes: I love using handplanes, but thicknessing thin, wide boards can get pretty monotonous. A drum sander would look real good in my shop!
Posted: 2:43 pm on January 7th

Lori K Lori K writes: I did not ask for/vote for any machinery this year. The economy is too tough for something that big right now, but I would love to be able to upgrade my bandsaw in the near future. Though I will probably go for a dovetail jig(after loads of research it would definitely be the Leigh)first since I already have a (crapola)BS.
Posted: 11:30 am on January 7th

JimScott JimScott writes: Howdy Boys. I made the mistake of letting the wife in the garage-shop last Summer and now she has her own wish list for new kitchen cabinets, built-in bedroom dressers, and other "Old School" charm for our home. Now this brings up the problem of box store wood use for face frames and doors; you know, the "why aren't these all the same thickness" problems. Solution? A Dewalt Planner! I voted for that tool because it's a good answer to my situation; you know, the "What?! $600 dollars!!" problem. I sure love her but she just has no grip on what things really cost. Funny thing though, that new ring I got her apparently doesn't count. Happy New Year and don't cut any fingers off!
Posted: 1:19 am on January 7th

ligo54 ligo54 writes: Santa was not able to bring me a table saw. But how can one begin without that? And space is always a problem....
Posted: 12:19 am on January 7th

oldewood oldewood writes: A decent midi lathe would find lots of use in my shop.
Posted: 3:28 pm on January 6th

DDolphin DDolphin writes: Two things I sorely need to upgrade is trade in the old contractor table saw for a new cabinet saw (Thanks to a very close call this year SawStop jumps to the top of my list.) The other item is to move from my little bench top jointer to a full size floor model (and as long as I am wishing - make that with a helical cutter) And though it wasn't on your list, I had a chance this summer to play with a lazer system that definitely makes it on my list. Of course, you know what they say, wishlists are sorta like, mine is just bigger than most.
Posted: 11:49 am on January 6th

cfristad cfristad writes: Oh the tools santa wanted to give me this year, but instead he's left me a new car and payments to boot... I know it shouldn't feel like a lump of coal, but... it's what we needed.
Posted: 11:07 am on January 6th

professorss professorss writes: After more than 40 years of woodworking, I have nearly everything, so this planer represents an upgrade, not a must have.
Posted: 10:27 am on January 6th

wagonboss wagonboss writes: My new craze is turning, so a newer, more modern lathe would be a nice addition to my shop. I really enjoy being able to start and finish a project in a few minutes time, rather than starting and finishing a few days later, as in most projects.
Posted: 9:13 am on January 6th

pedorn pedorn writes: I'm so tired of "making do with a hand tool that wasn't meant for the job at hand. Like using a stanley duplex rabbett plane to trim sholders and cheeks of tenons. I also agree that one should save to purchase fine tools rather than purchase cheap tools immediately. The difference is striking.
Posted: 9:07 am on January 6th

michael2160 michael2160 writes: Well, Santa did get the Rikon 10" band saw down the chimney and it is a neat little machine. It is light enough to store in a corner and put it up on my workbench when I need it.

I am think about writing a review on it later this year. If anyone else has one, let me know what your experience has been.
Posted: 2:57 am on January 6th

cjh20 cjh20 writes: Looks like Santa couldn't get my SawStop down the chimney. May be the Easter Bunny will have better luck.
Posted: 4:09 pm on January 5th

West Creek Charlie West Creek Charlie writes: I have a fairly well equiped shop but a dust collector would go a long way in helping me complete it. Thanks again for the quality information made available through this magazin and web site.

Posted: 1:35 pm on January 5th

Kikodoss Kikodoss writes: Well, after my little TS accident this weekend, I and my wife would really love to unwrap a SawStop PCS. Hope the TS fairy is paying attention.

Posted: 3:02 pm on January 4th

Sophus Sophus writes: The table saw I have is unstabel(too cheap) so my son and I wish a new prof table saw.
Posted: 4:01 pm on January 3rd

egentry egentry writes: Thickness planer, spindle sander, and a bigger workshop would be perfect.
Posted: 1:50 pm on January 3rd

ricwalker ricwalker writes: I'd gladly pass down my old tablesaw for Stopsaw today.
Posted: 12:27 pm on December 31st

butchf18a butchf18a writes: Power tools I have, Norm may say "you can never have too many clamps", well I feel the same way about routers...bring 'em on.
Posted: 11:49 pm on December 28th

dafus dafus writes: A Sawstop would be nice, but a European planer/thicknesser would be ever so nice!
Posted: 11:04 pm on December 28th

bt inquiry bt inquiry writes: I would love to get an 8" jointer with a spiral cutter head for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 12:26 pm on December 24th

papazian papazian writes: Dear Santa I would really like to replace my 30 year old Craftstman table saw with a cabinet saw. A better rip fence and dust collection would really make me happy.
Posted: 11:04 pm on December 22nd

kenalley kenalley writes: Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a quality table saw, a bandsaw for resawing, a planer to keep those board faces smooth, and a jointer to work the edges... What a happy woodworker I would be if you could drop one of these items off to me this Christmas day! :)
Posted: 1:32 pm on December 22nd

chucktown chucktown writes: Oops... I listed this in the PT section too, the more the better I guess.
I am still waiting on my new Saw Stop PCS... hint for Santa.
I could also use on of those 12" Jointer/Planer combos, maybe from Laguna, you just gotta dream.
Happy Hoolidays
Posted: 7:46 am on December 22nd

woodworker52 woodworker52 writes: I have older and smaller table saws and joiners and would love updated ones. I also could really use drum and belt sander to save some hand sanding.
Posted: 7:14 am on December 22nd

JimFuller1 JimFuller1 writes: When we're talking wishes, I can go with an 8" helical jointer, a better bench top planer like the DeWalt 735, and a good set of mortise chisels so I don't feel guilty about all the power tools. ;-)

Merry Christmas ya'll!
Posted: 12:21 am on December 22nd

aciej aciej writes: All I want for Christmas is a 10" Laguna Platinum Combination saw. That would keep busy for quite a while. Oneida 2 hp cyclone would also be nice.
Posted: 9:16 pm on December 21st

APO APO writes: Dear Santa:
My shop sure needs a jointer.
Posted: 8:50 pm on December 21st

sadie170 sadie170 writes: Santa wants me to have a Sawstop PCS table saw.
Posted: 8:23 pm on December 21st

michael2160 michael2160 writes: I have a MM16 band saw but I keep a 1" carbide blade on it 100% of the time.
I talked Santa into a getting a Rikon 10" band saw to keep the bigger one company.
Posted: 10:53 pm on December 18th

slydogx slydogx writes: Nice BIG bandsaw
Posted: 12:45 am on December 18th

YoPedro YoPedro writes: A full size lathe would be a nice addition to my shop for next year.
Posted: 2:40 pm on December 17th

monomoy monomoy writes: You can never have too much Dust collection. the a Oneida Dust Deputy Deluxe would be a great addition to my shop. Come on Santa I know you can do it.
Posted: 12:40 pm on December 17th

dbrodhagen dbrodhagen writes: What woodworker doesn't need some type of tool. What I could really use is a decent dust collection system to run all my machines off of. The wonderful Leigh Jig would certainly come in handy too! Merry Christmas.
Posted: 1:20 am on December 17th

brownman brownman writes: A few days ago I looked into purchasing the Laguna LT ceramic bandsaw guides and was shocked at their cost. I left a message for them to call me back when they would be willing to negotiate a price I could afford to pay. I haven't heard from them yet! Maybe Santa will bring them this year!
Posted: 12:20 am on December 17th

jplumm jplumm writes: I desperately need a dust collection system. I'm tired of coughing up walnut dust and filling tissues with black boogers if you know what I mean? I have enough tools to create lots of sawdust, but I just want to do it without breathing in all those carcinogens.
Posted: 9:50 pm on December 16th

AlPap AlPap writes: This year has passed very quickly and I have learned a great deal from the editors, readers, and authors of FWW. As I heard someone once say, "If you aren't learning - you must be dead." Well I am not dead but my workshop might look like it. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year. And my Santa grant your and my wish list this year.
Posted: 9:32 pm on December 16th

Tex4 Tex4 writes: A gift to all my fellow woodworkers who's shop time seems limited to late nights and other times when you are over-tired - print out the following in large type and post it prominently in your shop:


Unfortunately, I can't locate the source of this quote but believe it came from an old English workshop. I have it on the wall printed in black with blood red text shadow - put up after bracing a small piece with my left hand while trimming it with a very sharp chisel in my right hand - the last step before turning in at 2:00 a.m. Fully awake, that piece would gave been held in a vice and the chisel would have dug in to my bench top and saved me a trip to the hand surgeon.

Is a SawStop on my list? You betcha!!
Posted: 8:20 pm on December 16th

MPQ MPQ writes: Seems hand tools are on my mind as I try to figure out how to be productive in the evenings in my basement shop which resides under my sleeping children's bedrooms! So and planes, hand saws, chisels, and the time to use them would be great. Santa, can a good boy get a stocking full of shop time?

Oh, and a big silly cyclone so I can stop rolling that one bagger around the room like a drunken mechanical square dance.
Posted: 8:15 pm on December 16th

marleyjune marleyjune writes: A smaller wish - a good set of featherboard...
Posted: 5:40 pm on December 16th

Hal W Hal W writes: I have most of the woodworking tools I need (there's always the need for more clamps), but after moving from Ohio where I had a basement shop to Memphis where they don't even have basements, what I really need is a heated/air conditioned shop to put all the stuff I have to work. Garage shops don't work in Memphis... at least not for me. Its either too hot and humid or too cold. Plus we have two cars to house in the garage. Are ya listening Santa? I've been good. Sort of.
Posted: 4:14 pm on December 16th

TedFurlong TedFurlong writes: I'd love a SawStop PCS--The nicked tip of my right middle finger is a constant reminder of how potentially dangerous the table saw can be if misused or incorrectly used, and I have been leaning to this option over the Delta or Powermatic versions because of the safety feature.

Oh and I forgot to vote for a Rigid Spindle Sander
Posted: 2:18 pm on December 16th

oldfarmboy oldfarmboy writes: Getting uninterrupted time to work in shop so there is time to think through a project and not have 10 .5 hours but a 5 hour sesson would be nice.

A sliding table saw would be nice but may not fit in my shop. and spare set of hands to manuver heavy boards and plywood.

There is lots of great stuff out there but I am just trying to keep from overfilling my shop with stuff I do not use although pretty to play with it..
Posted: 1:44 pm on December 16th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: post
Posted: 12:36 pm on December 16th

missoulamatt missoulamatt writes: everyone needs a small lathe and a big planer. Matt
Posted: 11:48 am on December 16th

caocian caocian writes: A CNC machine would really be handy for guitar building
Posted: 11:07 am on December 16th

Papawsshop Papawsshop writes: A combination belt/disc sander would put a smile on my face.
Posted: 10:31 am on December 16th

WileyR WileyR writes: The definitive answer is "YES"--altho one of the table saws and/or any other multiple choice of the same type item would suffice.
Posted: 9:55 am on December 16th

ckemler ckemler writes: Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brings me a Saw Stop. And a moisture meter. And a dado plate for the Saw Stop. And a dado cartridge for the Saw Stop. And an extra regular cartridge for the Saw Stop. And the mobile base for the Saw Stop. And $10M so I can quit my job and spend all of my time in the shop. In fact, how about the cash and I'll pick up all of the other stuff?
Posted: 9:47 am on December 16th

t58martin t58martin writes: I need space, power for more machines. Has to be the garage as basement is just too tight.
Posted: 9:20 am on December 16th

jgwpat jgwpat writes: Just treated myself to a Dewalt planer for my 80th birthday and it is great. Now I need a bigger dust collector, then an 8" Jointer, a new unisaw and if Santa hears this and delivers ??? I will then need a new bigger shop to get everything in ! I simply cannot imaging a life without a good shop. I really have been a good (old) boy Santa.
Posted: 9:11 am on December 16th

philtomlinson philtomlinson writes: new central dust collector would be great
Posted: 9:01 am on December 16th

jeff2037 jeff2037 writes: A planer is my next big addition (after a bandsaw).
Posted: 8:56 am on December 16th

mtrwhlbyr mtrwhlbyr writes: After too many years to count it is time to replace my 10 inch sears table saw and very old converted meat cutting band saw, Saw Stop And Grizzly for resawing sound like the way to go. Now that is a wish list!
Posted: 8:24 am on December 16th

Aggie83 Aggie83 writes: Definitely a bandsaw - something in the 14" variety
Oh, and a thickness sander ...
And better dust collection ...
and ...
Posted: 8:18 am on December 16th

jaysieg jaysieg writes: My small shop would love to see a 12" bandsaw: efficient and functional. And more experience with hand planing!
Posted: 7:50 am on December 16th

jd2c jd2c writes: Santa brought me a bench top mortiser, just in time to make a baby bed. Now I'd like to upgrade my tablesaw as a first priority then a stationary planer.
Posted: 7:12 am on December 16th

bill_tily bill_tily writes: What I really need is more space to work in.
Posted: 7:07 am on December 16th

NCScroller NCScroller writes: I have the mini lathe. A full size lathe would be nice.
Posted: 7:05 am on December 16th

BorisE BorisE writes: A 14" bandsaw and a planer would make me a happy chappy.
Posted: 6:26 am on December 16th

Rohcna Rohcna writes: Of allthe things I really want.. and to a degree need.. at the top of my list is a 14 inch bandsaw.. lke the Rikon or Jet. Cabinet type.. If Sant felt really generous I would like a Laguna... and then I need some lumber to finally make my workbench..
Posted: 6:21 am on December 16th

skierdhh skierdhh writes: Santa can't decide which table saw to bring me.
Posted: 5:24 am on December 16th

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