Re: Im the only carpenter left in the world without a Multi tool
I resisted for a long time, thinking it was yet another new fad tool that every kid on the block felt they needed. Then I was doing a job on my old 1968 Pearson sailboat and someone mentioned that one of those plunge-cutting oscillating saw tool thingies would probably do the job. I finally grit my teeth and bought the Porter-Cable from Lowe's.
It's now become one of those few tools I wondered how I did without before. There are certain types of cutting it's perfect for - mostly renovating old work. I don't think I'd see much of a need for it in building new from scratch, but for plunge-cutting, it's great. I've not only used it on my boat, but also for several finish carpentry projects inside and outside my house. We installed solid oak hardwood flooring throughout our second floor, and this tool was perfect for trimming the door casings nice and flush with the new flooring. I also neatly excised some rotted wood from around some exterior window sills and casings and also pilasters around the front door, and made angled scarfs. I fit new pieces so neatly, it's hard to tell the wood has been patched until you get up close and look right at it.
Is it an absolutely necessary tool? Nah. But it sure does make certain jobs a whole lot quicker and easier. My only complaint is that the blades are expensive dollar-wise, but seem kinda cheap material-wise. They burn up and get dull too quickly.
- Bill T.
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