This week is has to be my Dad's old miter box saw. I'm trimming out a
couple of rooms and forgot how nice a really sharp back saw in a good
miter box is for some trim work. There's no noise, no power cord to
bother about, no dust flying about, just a nice clean cut. It was
top-of-the-line before power miter boxes came into widespread use and
is still my tool of choice for trim carpentry.
For a power tool that is relaxing to use because it isn't too likely
to damage either you or your project, it's hard to beat a 1/2 sheet
orbital sander (e.g., PC 505) followed by a ROS as a distant second.
Next would probably be portable drills. After that, it's all
downhill, because even minor attention deficits are going to hurt
either you or your project or both.
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