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Old 7th November 2017, 07:10 PM   #11
Jonathan Bright is offline Jonathan Bright  Australia
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On reflection it would have to be GOOD QUALITY stuff. Its the same with everything from soldering irons to garden tools.....
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Old 7th November 2017, 07:14 PM   #12
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Diamond wheel 3 stage knife sharpener.
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Old 7th November 2017, 08:27 PM   #13
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A 13-foot hose for my shop vacuum, purchased when the original 7-footer gave up the ghost.


An rechargeable LED headlamp. How did I ever live without this handy device?


A fiberglass scratch brush, wonderful for cleaning corrosion/oxidation from old parts prior to soldering.
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Old 7th November 2017, 09:46 PM   #14
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A 13-foot hose for my shop vacuum, purchased when the original 7-footer gave up the ghost.
Fully agreed.
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An rechargeable LED headlamp.
If you mean the lamp you wear on your head, again, fully agreed.
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A fiberglass scratch brush, wonderful for cleaning corrosion/oxidation from old parts prior to soldering.
And for reaching that spot between your shoulder blades when your wife, letter opener, or chop stick is nowhere to be found.
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Old 7th November 2017, 10:26 PM   #15
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My table saw was a big step up. Gotta have it for speaker boxes and cutting aluminum sheet for enclosures.
And I thought I was the only one crazy enough to cut sheet aluminum on a table saw. My shop teacher about had a cow when I showed him these pictures.
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Old 7th November 2017, 10:31 PM   #16
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stereo microscope
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Old 7th November 2017, 10:31 PM   #17
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George - a higher tooth count blade would have made a cleaner and safer cut, but shop teacher would still cringe - can you remember if he had all his fingers intact?
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Old 7th November 2017, 11:10 PM   #18
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He's having a cow because you are using the rip fence and the miter gauge at the same time!

A good table saw is a thing of joy. I have used mine to cut brass.
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Old 8th November 2017, 02:09 AM   #19
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remember if he had all his fingers intact?
He was missing about 1/2 inch of his middle finger from a construction site accident when he was in high school in Kentucky.

I whacked a sliver off the end of my pinky trying to one hand a hedge trimmer while up on a ladder. It could have been worse, and most of it grew back.

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a higher tooth count blade would have made a cleaner and safer cut
I had a better blade for the purpose, but it was an expensive blade for hardwood....I just decided to use the crummy blade that came with the saw.
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Old 8th November 2017, 02:15 AM   #20
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What tool do you wish you had bought sooner?
Forgot to mention "Bo-shield" -- pick it up in the bike shop -- invented by Boeing --
wonderful for preventing rust -- i had to keep my contractor saw in the garage and this abated the rust on the cast iron table over winter.
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