Each year, my nomination remains constant; a DeWALT 3-1/4" hand plane.
About the only use it's seen is to knock down protruding edges of studs
when I'm framing a wall with less than perfectly straight studs. I'm
unable to find a use for it in cabinet or furniture making.
What power tool do you regret buying/receiving?
I found a lot of chatter about Dremel; was that the thread you are
referring to? Sidenote: you can't search Google Groups for any date in
2005 unless you search all dates. Google's aware of the problem and as
of late last night are still working to fix it. (Or so they promised me)
I have one of the planers. I hear this all the time, and I use mine for all
kinds of things. There was an article in FWW, PWW or one of the magazines a
couple of issues ago that discussed flattening a large board. I was doing a
large top to a dresser and was using hand planes. This article used the
electric hand planer to take down high areas. I tried it and I admit, it
worked very well. You can finesse it well (just like a belt sander) if you
are careful. After the large areas are done, go back to the hand planes.
Can't say that any of my tools are useless (except maybe the drill sharpener
that I got at Homier). I haven't used my old right angle drill adapter more
than once in 30 years (except about 3 wks ago) or my Fein or Sears detail
sanders, but once in a while they have some uses, especially the Fein. When
it does get used, nothing would do the job better. Dremmel tools are not
used much, but they are the only solution at times. I don't use my wood
lath much anymore since I have not built early american furniture in about
25 years, but I would not want to be without it.
Not that I'd want to prevent you from buying a tool (even a bad tool
purchase is better than NO tool purchase)...
I just finished fixing 3 sticking doors using a cheap hand plane, no
Also did one with a random-orbital sander, just to see how bad it
would be. Actually, I wish I'd used it for the other 3.
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They are probably expected to do stuff they are not really meant for.
They take off a lot of wood, and it's easy to get it wrong really
fast. They are good for taking off lots of wood.
I have one and hardly use it. I used it for shaping the chines etc on
a boat to take the skin, using a jig. That was one good use.
Oh. And never put your fingers underneath to clear the swarf while you
I believe the rotozip is designed with one purpose in mind: Breaking the
little bits it uses. I broke all 3 or 4 of the bits that came with mine the
first time I tried to use it. I've used the thing to collect dust ever
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