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    Post what woodworking tools in general, you wish you hadn't have purchased!

    Just what the title says! My list would take me hours to compose, so let's limit it to just two (and not the $5.00 new items that always seem to follow us home): First is an ECE frame saw. I just could never get used to not using my western-styled handsaws. Second would be the various scratch stocks that I never seem to apply enough time to get to work acceptably.
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    Woodjoy Bow Saws. Iíve got the large and small. These are too big to be considered turning saws. Beautiful tools but Iíve never gotten the hang of them, probably because I havenít put the time in to do so. Like you, I donít see anything that my numerous western handsaws and backsaws canít do. Or for that matter my bandsaw or scrollsaw.

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    Biscuit jointer - Sold it but could have used it a time or two in the nearly 20 years since I sold it.
    Cheap dovetail jig - Sold it. I can do them faster by hand and I am pretty poor at it.
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    $100 delta scrollsaw. Kreg pocket hole set.
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    Cheap sandpaper, peachtree and wood river cabinet clamps. Cheap screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Zaffuto View Post
    Just what the title says! My list would take me hours to compose, so let's limit it to just two (and not the $5.00 new items that always seem to follow us home): First is an ECE frame saw. I just could never get used to not using my western-styled handsaws. Second would be the various scratch stocks that I never seem to apply enough time to get to work acceptably.
    That exact same frame saw. It looks impressive hanging on the tool wall but that’s it.

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    Iím going to go with a dovetail jig. Iíve never used it. Havenít even had the desire to use it. Of the dozen drawers Iíve done, I basically butt jointed or finger jointed and never looked back. None of my clients have ever complained (Theyíre family after all.)

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    Another vote for dovetail jig. And the 15 gallon compressor I finally managed get rid of.
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    I have a dovetail jig. Somewhere.......

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    My dovetail jig was used once for a test fit. Hand cutting seemed easier.

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    Any jig for cutting dovetails.

    Sharp saws cut straight.

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    Bloody Holtey!

    The shavings are too thin. And it's impossible to avoid fingerprints!




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    Biscuit joiner. Never really used it and now I have a Domino which is better than a biscuit. I should try to sell it.

    Way back I bought a Rockler fixed finger dovetail jig. Took too long to set up and I just never used it. Sold it. Now I do dovetails by hand.

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    ECE Primus planes. They work really nicely, if you plane really slowly. If you try to get something done, the spring makes them chatter the worst of anything cutting wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Henderson View Post
    Biscuit joiner. Never really used it and now I have a Domino which is better than a biscuit. I should try to sell it.
    ....
    Mike
    Mike, I find this interesting. So many sold their biscuit joiners and purchased a domino. Obviously they think that they do the same thing and that dominos are better than biscuits.

    Well, I don't. I think that they do different things and have strengths and weaknesses which compliment each other. So I have a DeWalt joiner and a Festool Domino 500.

    Have you attempted to join mitred ends with a domino? It would poke a hole through the sides of 3/4" boards and thinner. Now a biscuit is long and low, like a spline. Ideal.

    Want to align boards in a panel? Dominos are overkill. No need to mortice that deeply. The extra strength is unnecessary - it's just alignment. The biscuit is ideal.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Last edited by Derek Cohen; 05-13-2020 at 10:08 AM.

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