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    Default What is Your Favorite Tool?

    A guy asked this last night. I had a hard time, and hesitantly agreed with another guy who said his cordless screwdriver. Upon reflection though, I think it is my pocket knife. It, and its predecessors, have been with me for about 65 years and it gets used multiple times a day.
    What's yours?

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    Too vague.

    Might as well ask 'What is the BEST boat?'

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    uhh....huhuhuhuhuh

    just had a beavis and butthead moment
    give me a sec it'll pass
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    phew
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Cane knife now. Trim, slash, pick up every day.

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    so back in the day it was probably genglandoh
    today, i dunno, maybe tlt
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I think it’s my green Arkansas whetstone.
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    Block plane, chisels, and spokeshave (yes, more than one—sue me…) I can often pretend for at least 10-12 seconds that I’m a real woodworker when I pick these up.

    Then I cut myself or drop something on my foot.

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    Chisel. Even if many of my projects don't require it, I find it very satisfying to use when I need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so back in the day it was probably genglandoh
    today, i dunno, maybe tlt
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    I think it’s my green Arkansas whetstone.
    I think he is also at band camp

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    The one that I needed a couple of minutes ago but I cant recall where I put it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    The one that I needed a couple of minutes ago but I cant recall where I put it.

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    Tool:

    "Someone whose ego FAR exceeds his talent, intelligence, and likeability. But, of course, he is clueless regarding that fact. He erroneously thinks he is THE MAN!"

    So many options, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    The one that I needed a couple of minutes ago but I cant recall where I put it.

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    1/2" socket, erm i mean 13mm
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    1/2" socket, erm i mean 13mm
    Just make the 12 fit.

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    I would have to say the table saw. I think it is the most useful tool that I have.

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    the 12 usually fits after deploying the 13 impact socket wrench
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    My fish spatula
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    Hammer, the mother of all tools. Otherwise, which ever knife comes handy first.

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    I'm a chisel guy, too. I always have a couple ready at hand.

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    My favorite is the proxxon mini table saw. It's so nicely made and accurate I sometimes push scrap pieces through it just for the fun of it.

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    The most useful tool would be a tossup between the work bench and the air compressor, the bench cuz it's used for everything I make and the compressor because it drives so many useful tools.

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    I think if I were to get back into model building I'd have one of those...but for now my Grizzly will do the job.

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    That's a tough one...

    My Opinel?

    Maybe the Lie-Nielsen bronze low angle block plane?

    I do have a antique 3/4 inch firmer chisel that takes an edge like nobody's business. I do love that chisel.

    Or my antique Henckels carbon steel prep knife - think tiny 6-inch French chef's knife. Really fine blade. But my carbon steel knives from E.Dehillerin in Paris (made in Thiers in the Auvergne, like they've been making them for the last 6 or 7 centuries.)

    It's tough.

    [edited to note...]

    Or... maybe my Mannlicher-Schönauer M1903 carbine in 6.5mm x 54 M-S. It's a yeoman edition - no fancy woods, no checkering, no fancy engraving or anything. But you can drive tacks with it at 200 yards, even with iron sights.

    Low serial number, probably the 1920s. Mannlicher couldn't tell me, because they apparently lost, cough, more than just a few records in the recent unpleasantness.

    But it is a most perfect piece of machinery. It feels good in the hand, it looks good. Everything is buttery smooth.

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    Just about any old electric drill - you can drill holes, you can grind, you can sand, you can cut metal, you can cut wood. You can chuck just about any rotary tool bit and be off and running. Yeah, you can do these things by hand, but then you need multiple tools and it takes lots more time.

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    I like my litle shop wac that is small enough that I can carry it too the marina. I should have goten one years ago instead of covering everything in dust
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    If pressed to choose a favorite, it would probably be the first tool I bought for myself with my own money - a Craftsman 12oz curved claw hammer - purchased sometime in the mid 70s, when I was in my teens. It's comfortable, well balanced, and has always been close at hand for almost 50 years. The head has begun to creep up just a bit, but it's still solid and all original.

    I've accumulated close to a dozen other hammers of various types over the years, but my first is still the most comfortable and the most generally useful.

    Runners up would include a nice antique Stanley block plane given to me by a dear and long deceased friend, my favorite 3/4" chisel that holds an edge like nobody's business, a pair of Makita cordless drills with aftermarket battery packs that seem to last nearly forever, and a Delta table saw my wife gave me when we bought our first house with a bit of workshop space in the basement.

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    My vise, a Wilton with copper jaws, is always satisfying to use.

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    I'm not able to choose a favorite. I like them all.

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    Probably my bandsaw.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryLL View Post
    Tool:

    "Someone whose ego FAR exceeds his talent, intelligence, and likeability. But, of course, he is clueless regarding that fact. He erroneously thinks he is THE MAN!"

    So many options, so little time.
    Think we need to define 'tool'. A pocket knife is likely several tools.

    I suppose a fork or a spoon could be considered tools. As could, I suppose the stove and the microwave.

    Clamps might be my favorite tool in regards to building something.

    Pens and pencils, and erasers, are tools in the broader sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsub86 View Post
    I would have to say the table saw. I think it is the most useful tool that I have.
    I miss having a table saw, but I think measuring where to cut is important, which brings us to rulers.

    One could argue that math is a tool.

    If we are talking about building something tools, I think I'd go with electricity.
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    My oscillating saw (tool). I use it all the time on the boat and around the house.

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    Lately a pair of linesman pliers. Before that 5 mm allen wrench.

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    I like that you narrow it down to one spesific size
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    My espresso machine. Without it all other tools would be useless.

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