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My Top 3 Tools
« on: April 20, 2007, 03:41 PM »
My top-3 non-Festool tools, the ones that just give me absolute pleasure to use, are:

1.  My Lie-Nielsen #8 Jointer Plane.  Wow, nothing like using an ultra-flat, sharp, well-tuned tool that makes child's play out of making any edge or surface flatter than any of my power tools can.

2.  My Felder sliding table saw.  If there was a stationary machine that is Festool-esque, this is it.  With it's 9' stroke, you can cut a panel down in no time flat, and with no tearout thanks to the scoring blade.  In fact, we cross-cut the ends of my friend's 300 lb, 8' long workbench top with it, without any noticeable deflection of the outrigger.  This is the reason that my ATF55 is my least-used Festool.

3.  My Grizzly 12" Ultimate Jointer.  I honestly could not get a .001" shim under a 6' straight edge, layed across both the infeed and outfeed tables.  This thing is built like a tank, definitely industrial and vibration free.

That's it- Nothing else really pegs the pleasure meter like my Festools.  Now, for my top-3 Festools:  

1.  The Domino is an engineering work of art.  Remarkably quicker and easier than my hollow chisel mortiser (for sale!) and the slot mortiser I used in a school, and the biscuit joiner has already been sold.  'Nuf said.

2.  ETS 150/3 Sander.  For the first time, I now actually enjoy sanding!  I use hand-planes for all the course work, so I just need a fine sander before finish.  This sander is just a pleasure to use.

3.  OF1400 Router.  Wow, this is my newest tool, just used it last time to edge-route a door.  I cannot believe the superior dust collection this has!  The last time I used my Bosch router, I had loads of dust in my face, my hair, all over my clothes, and my shop was a disaster.  Not so with the OF1400- No clean-up necessary!  I can't believe that I didn't buy one sooner.  I need a little more practice to learn how to keep the router flat on the work, as I tend to accidentally rock it.  I'll buy the wide base, to see if that will be the training wheels I need.  Never the less, the dust collection, ergonomic ratcheting chuck, and other refinements push this to the top of my must-have tools.

-Todd

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Offline T. Michael

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007, 01:35 AM »
Todd,  Nice shop.

You could/should replace all your mdf drawers!

What's that white machine behind the Grizzley jointer?  Looks like an edge sander, what brand?

Thanks,

Mike, your neighbor in Portola Valley, who also loves his Domino
T. Michael Ward

Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007, 04:26 AM »
Hey Mike,

Good to meet a fellow silicon valley guy. 

Yep, it's an edge sander.  I sold it a while back, it just didn't get a lot of use.  I use hand tools a lot more often than I used to, so the sander was just gathering dust, hehe.

Todd

Offline ejantny

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007, 07:13 AM »
In the same picture is that a Woodpecker's router table with the blue frame.

The sander is a Jet, I think.

Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2007, 12:08 PM »
Yes, that's a Woodpecker router table and router lift.  The Incra fence is terrific.  I have an older Twin Linear, not the new LS system.  I love the precision.  At first, I was wondering if I had fell for a gimick when I bought the Incra.  But being able to make exact, repeatable adjustments has been great for general router table work.  Making dovetails on it works surprisingly well, too.  Not shown in the pictures is a large outfeed table that I made for the Felder, and the router lift drops right in to it.  It has a downdraft cabinet under it, just like the Woodpecker router table.  So, I can use the sliding table to make dados and other profiles on large stock.  It's a poor man's substitute for a sliding shaper.

Todd

Online vkumar

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2007, 01:06 PM »
Todd,

Which model number is the grizzly jointer?  I want to buy a 12 inch jointer but Grizzly has several.  Ideally I would like to buy one with the carbide spiral head.

Vijay
Another neighbor in Sunnyvale
Vijay Kumar

Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2007, 01:34 PM »
Hi Vijay,

It's the G9860 Ultimate 12" Jointer.  This is their high-end, industrial model.  Quite a sweet machine.  It has straight knives.  I also have an Oliver 22" planer with Byrd helical head.

As an aside, I have a Felder 16" jointer-planer that I'm picking up in July.  I'm going to very soon put the Grizzly jointer and Oliver planer up for sale.  If you'd like to come over and take a look at both, feel free.  I can give you my opinion of both straight knives and helical, as I own both.  I live in San Jose, at the base of the east foothills.

Todd

Offline Terry Fogarty

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2007, 03:17 PM »
Geeez tough one.

No1 -  is so easy-  My Frontline Engeneering Bandsaw jig.  ;D ;D

Words fail me when it comes to describe it. Basicly it turns ANY bandsaw into the greatest machine cutting tool ever.
Although i have no connection, im happy its an Aussie invention  ;D Brilliant, just brilliant. [my "Domi chair legs" thread were cut using this gig]

No2 - Getting tougher because its Domi and it dont count.... Grrrrrrrr   :'( Actualy i thinl Domi is No1 and the Bandsaw jig is 2.... no the Bandsaw gig is..... no Domi is.... no Bands... no Domi...... Arrrrrgggggg

No3 -  tougher and tougher as its my 150/3----- darn--- this is supposed to be non Festool  >:( Anyway she`s my beautifull newish baby and i love her :-[  She has changed my woodworking life. Now i actualy enjoy trying to get a good finish ;D

No4 -  tougher and tougher and tougher -  But its my TS75 - Now Albert Davies - "man of Mystery"  is responsible here  ;D Good bloke. He passed his old one on to me for a temporary loan and found out how much i craved her and didnt want to give her back..... grrrrrrrrr..... and (he) decided i could keep her (for a fee ;D)  Geeeeeze im so happy and in love again.

No5 - My Grandfathers old  Bailey No 5 Jack with Lie Nelson blade... it shaves so good all the girls in the neighbourhood come to me for a brazilian ;D

No6 Hmmmm i could go on and bore all of you so ill just stop here ;) Gottsa love out tools ;) ... Tezzer



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Online vkumar

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2007, 03:48 PM »
Todd,

I'll have to stop by one of these days.

Vijay
Vijay Kumar

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007, 04:27 PM »
No5 - My Grandfathers old  Bailey No 5 Jack with Lie Nelson blade... it shaves so good all the girls in the neighbourhood come to me for a brazilian ;D

 :o :o :o I'd like to see that!
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

Offline Terry Fogarty

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2007, 04:48 PM »
No5 - My Grandfathers old  Bailey No 5 Jack with Lie Nelson blade... it shaves so good all the girls in the neighbourhood come to me for a brazilian ;D

 :o :o :o I'd like to see that!

Brice, i would have to have proof you are over 18 (in triplicate) before you can see the girls in the neighbourhood with my Festools ;)
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Offline PatR

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Re: My Top 3 Tools
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2007, 05:11 PM »
Tezzer

1. I am well over 18
2. I will send you proof in triplicate on 4 x £20 notes (Irish, can't count) and a certificate signed by Major Edwin Phipps
3. As an ex-rotary wing pilot I am expert at landing on strips in the Brazilian Forest and have a Bush licence.
4. Can bring my own Tormek
5. Grateful for an early response

Pat and the Lad  ;D