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What is your favorite power tool?

I have a ton of tools, literally, but the one that I seem to reach for more than any is my 18v Dewalt impact screw gun. It seems like everything is either attached with a screw or needs to be.

So what is your favorite tool?

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I have a new Woodmaster planer I am still learning to use well...never enough time in the day...so that is my pick of this weeks favorite....I am thinking I am going with my Meadows sawmill as my all time favorite.

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Hmm, - - kinda' hate to name a favorite, - - diminishes too many other favorites, - - but I'd have to say I get a pretty good kick out my floor model oscillating spindle sander, - - it's towards the corner in this here pic . . .
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Nice shop Tom!
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Thanks, Nate.

In that case, - - I'll torture you with a few wider shots.

It's a small shop (about 20 X 20), - - but it serves me well for now . . .

In the first pic, - - you'll notice my smaller surface-planer (13") sends the stock right through the wall, - - the 'outfeed' rollers of the cabinet saw can only fold up into place when the garage overhead door is up, sending the cuts outside the shop (there's a 4' X 10' overhead awning outside the door opening). The same fence that serves the cabinet saw also serves the attached router table. My other cabinet saw (under the slide-compound-miter-saw) serves as a dedicated-dado saw. Gotta economize on the small space, ya' know??
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You have got everything!

How much equipment($) do you think you have?
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Hmm, - - never really even thought about it, - - but I would have to say an easy $PLENTY$ (?) in tools and equipment, - - not including the 2 carports, 2 sheds, and 2 trucks themselves, all loaded . . .

Here's (the smaller) one of the carports, - - they're loaded up with compressors, sprayers, concrete mixers, vibrators, cut-off tools, plate compactors, tile saws, - - you name 'em.

Oh, yeah - - and my basement is loaded with the machines that couldn't fit in the shop, - - the 'less-used' equipment, - - scroll saw, radial arm saw, extra jointer, etc, etc, . . .
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Someday maybe I'll figure out what my 'niche' is . . . .
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Very nice Tom. I would love to have that much machinery. I've still got a few years to go. Ya can't get it all at once.

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Very nice Tom. I would love to have that much machinery. I've still got a few years to go. Ya can't get it all at once.

You got that right, Dave, - - the main thing I need now is more ROOM!!

I'll double the size of that shop one of these days, - - 'n a few more carports would be nice . . .
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You got that right, Dave, - - the main thing I need now is more ROOM!!

I'll double the size of that shop one of these days, - - 'n a few more carports would be nice . . .
My favorite power tool is something that I don't own, a wood chipper. Just love to watch those things suck in trees and spit out the sawdust. Morrrre Powerrr. If it has to be a shop too then the W&H molder, put wood in and nice profiled moldings come out.

Here's more room for ya Tom. I've been here for about 3 years now. I've got 3 shapers, a oscillating sander, table saw, 8" jointer, 15" planer, router duplicator, 60 gal compressor, drill press, bench band saw, W&H molder, Air cleaner, 1 1/2 HP dust collector, bunch of hand electric and non-electric tools. I try to stick with custom cabinets and furniture but I also make elaborate 18th century doors and entryways, wainscoting, moldings and a lot more if they want to pay for it.

Tom, you seem to have most of the essentials. Now like you said... time to spread out.
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I don't think i will post any pictures of my shop...shameful....maybe soon I will get set up, instead of scattered between garages.

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Wow!! Really great set-up, Leo. Yeah, - - I'm planning on just doing shop work pretty soon (I hope), - - but the 'remodeling' work keeps coming in NON-STOP, - - and it's all for regular customers, - - so for now I'll just keep pluggin' along and be patient. The shop's not going anywhere, - - but that really is what I want to do, - - just built-in's, wainscoting, mantels, you name it . . .
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I have a sinful amount of power tools of all brands, shapes, sizes, and flavors. I even have european power tools that are only available recently in the US. I have a bandsaw sawmill, a hydraulic/electric 56" circle sawmill, and a 56" manual circle tie mill, a 4 sided planer, alll kinds of specialty tools, a skid steer, tractors etc. I have way more power tools than I can carry in my 16' cargo trailer. Two, three and four of practically everything too. I am blessed beyond measure.
Now having said all that (and certainly only to make the following point not to brag), you could have them all when I am using a scary sharp chisel or hand plane, because nothing is more satisfying that fashioning a mortise and tenon, scarf joint, or even a simple lap joint when you have at your disposal a set of SHARP, hand tools!
Perhaps my favorite of all is my 2 1/2", 150+ year old, 20" long Slick, which I use to pare down large tenons and even smooth with.
Hand tools brothers. Not power tools. That's where it's at, and the guy who loves power tools more than hand tools simply hasn't discovered the truth yet! :icon_wink:

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Well...I guess Jill was wrong when she told me that she thought I had more tools than anybody......

Those are some great lookin' shops. Soon as mine gets cleaned up a little I might post a pic.

I guess my favorite tool or tools are my sawmills.....I have a Peterson swing blade and a WoodMizer LT28.

Right now makin' wood is as much fun as makin' stuff outta wood
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Ok Steve,...I said it before and I will say it again...sawmills have big blades and are faithful...they don't "swing", and they are not made of bandsaws that laid down on the job!

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scary sharp[/i] chisel or hand plane, because nothing is more satisfying that fashioning a mortise and tenon, scarf joint, or even a simple lap joint when you have at your disposal a set of SHARP, hand tools!
Bois D' Arc, osage (oops) also rives well with a froe... better do any handwork with Bodock green or a guy can work his arm off, good thing it is dense and has a low shrink rate as it dries. It is obvious to me what your favorite (right up there with me too, just don't get my fair share) kinda wood is. I may have a clue to your true identity?
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Tom - I just noticed the hole in the wall for the outfeed for your planer. Too funny.

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Tom - I just noticed the hole in the wall for the outfeed for your planer. Too funny.

Also doubles as a mail-slot!!
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Hey Tom, nice shop, I have that exact same jointer. I have a little shop also, you have to get creative with the layout sometimes, I have everything on wheels and have to use the driveway space to work sometimes.
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