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Re: What hand tools can't you live without?

Put wheels on one end and a retractable pull handle on the other. Some sort of handle on each end to use to pick up and get it in the truck bed. In short, something like the Stanley carpenter's box I used for field work about 10 years ago.

Re: 8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers

I have an old stainless steel table knife. It's the best thing I've found for digging wood putty out of the container and spreading it for filling small defects. Been using it about 35 years.


Re: Calling all benchtop warriors

The benchtop drill press from Harbor Freight has been the best deal, followed closely by the Ryobi 9" bandsaw.

The drill press has performed better and held up much better than I expected it to. It sits on a small dedicated shelf. I've had it for over 5 years, and there's no visible runout or other problems. The main problem I have with it is that the shelf forms the top of the dog's bedroom on the other side of the wall. He gets a bit irritated when I work at night.

The bandsaw stays tucked in a corner on the floor until I need it, when it gets placed on either my table saw or my workbench. Of course, resawing material is out of the question, and finding enhancements (like "coolblocks") for a machine this small is a challenge. So far, there have been only one or two cases in which I wanted to saw something that was too large for this saw to handle. I found a small table at a yard sale and cut it down for a perfect extension table.

My father bought the lathe as Government surplus in the early '50s, and I have mounted it on a prefab bench. That is less than satisfactory, and I intend to build a dedicated stand for it soon. Unless a "honey-do" comes along, I will pick up the lumber Saturday. One thing that the bench allowed me to do was screw on a board to use as a full-length tool rest for turning something that otherwise would have been too large for the lathe. I intend to incorporate that feature in my new stand. I'm still trying to figure out how to put this one on wheels without making it too tippy.

The one I hate is the planer. It's too heavy to easily lift onto a bench, and I don't have room for a dedicated stand. The lack of infeed and outfeed tables makes for a lot of snipe with most boards. I'm hoping that putting the lathe on a stand and getting rid of the prefab bench will free up enough space for a planer stand. I'll figure something out.

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