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What do you wish you bought earlier?

Looking back at all the woodworking you've all done over the years, What is the one tool you wish you bought years earlier then you did?
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-25-2014, 10:28 PM
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Jointer. I usually had one available at work but not at home. I used to use all types of methods to straighten edges but there is nothing like a jointer to make this necessary job quick and easy.
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I have two. A wixie digital angle gauge - this dramatically improved my machine setup time and consistency, and center drilling drill bits - I got these yesterday and don't know how I lived without them!
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Microsoft and Apple stock in the mid to late 70's. That would have allowed me to buy any woodworking tool I want now.

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Williams and Hussey molder, would have saved a lot of hand work and paying for custom radius trim.

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Around 30 years ago I bought a pressed metal TS, jointer and a belt/ disk sander and one of their best routers. After six months I replaced it all with cabinet grade tools. Unisaw, Powermatic 8" jointer,13" Delta planer and a Delta 14" bandsaw. The router flew apart so I picked up my first Porter Cable 690. Happiest day of tool buying ever.

I wish I would have bought the PC speedmatic instead of the 3hp TR12.

I wish I would have bought good sharpening tools the first time. But I tried many not so expensive ones along the way.

I wish I wouldn't have wasted money on pressed metal tools.

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My surface planer--16 years ago I bought my first one--should have had one 40 years ago--
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I wish I would have bought the PC speedmatic instead of the 3hp TR12.

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I had one of earlier models of the PC Speedmatic, that was a hoss, it could handle anything thrown at it, well almost, one of my boys burned it up. I have the Hitachi m12v now, which is a lot like the TR12 and it too is a good router but it can't hold a candle to the PC.

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Delta Unisaw, and the Wolverine sharpening jig.
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I had one of earlier models of the PC Speedmatic, that was a hoss, it could handle anything thrown at it, well almost, one of my boys burned it up. I have the Hitachi m12v now, which is a lot like the TR12 and it too is a good router but it can't hold a candle to the PC.
I'm still in for one but will wait till a project forces me into it. When the TR 12 came out it was the bomb. I was hanging it in a sink cut out rippin on stair hand rails. Had to enlarge the hole to spin the bit.

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Delta Unisaw, and the Wolverine sharpening jig.
When I bought my Uni the left tilt was only a dream. Would have got the Powermatic but the Unifence is so much better. If I had enough call for left tilt cuts I might get a new one. But Mine is American made and hasn't needed anything since I bought it.

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The portable surface planer is an amazing invention---I got my first one about 16 years back---

Boy does that machine open up a new dimension in the wood shop---wish they were available back in the 1970s---what a useful machine.
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The portable surface planer is an amazing invention---I got my first one about 16 years back---

Boy does that machine open up a new dimension in the wood shop---wish they were available back in the 1970s---what a useful machine.
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I guess for me it was a good shaper. I did buy it pretty early in my career but before then I improvised with routers and a radial arm saw.
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When I got started I bought a 8" Poitras Jointer, Inca Table saw with Mortising Attachment, 12" Powermatic planer, Delta Shaper and a 20" Powermatic bandsaw along with an assortment of routers, hand tools, etc but, until recent years I ignored dust control and my lungs probably are suffering from it now. In recent years I have avoided certain woods like black walnut (very dusty) rosewood and others in my inventory because of the dust. The addition of the Festool Dust Extractor connected to their sanders, domino joiner, jigsaw along with my Oneida V-3000 shop system has allowed me to work without nightly rinsing my nose and throat and coughing all night long.

Dust control should have been higher on my priority list years ago.

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This is a retrospect question. Wishing a purchase was made sooner would depend on realizing the need, which also may entail using the machine and figuring out it should be bought.

Most of all my major purchases were delays due to what might be considered an expendable budget. My first Unisaw should have been bought sooner. Likewise a jointer and planer came a bit late. But, I feel there is a reason for everything.

A wet sander for glass was on my list for a long while. I started to get into a lot of commercial work...stores, displays, and glass shelving and showcases. Up to the point of my actually acquiring one, I was doing edge work with a handheld disc sander or belt sander. The wet sander was fast and efficient, and cut processing time drastically, and minimized handling.






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For woodworking: my No.8 plane and my No.4
For my carpentry work: Makita 10" SCMS and an i-vac switch.
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Not one, but all the old arn tools in my shop!
Unisaw, Red Star ras, Delta 14" bs, Powermatic Jointer, Boice-Crane planer.
Old is better (unless you spend big bucks!)
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My old Delta SCMS. I didn't even buy it until about 2 years ago, I don't know how I lived without one for so long. I know some people don't consider it a woodworking tool, and maybe it isn't for fine woodworking, but it's so versatile that everyone that doesn't live in a small apartment should have one.

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