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    What Would You Buy for $20?

    Over in another thread talking about a $10 discount on a $20 purchase at Woodcraft, new guy Joseph asked this question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Shaul View Post
    I'm new to woodworking. Assuming I have $10 ($20 post-discount), what do I buy?
    I thought about it for awhile, but didn't have a definitive answer. I figured it'd be a good spark to start an interesting conversation. What do you consider essential in the shop -- that can be had for $20 or less?

    Here are a few thoughts to get the ball rolling. I'm going to say the suggestions don't necessarily have to involve purchasing from Woodcraft.

    For $20 or less...

    • A good tape measure or rule
    • A decent square
    • A couple pipe clamps
    • A case of pop (barley or otherwise) to bribe a woodworker into giving a little hands-on mentoring

    Let's hear your ideas.

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    Lets see.
    roll of blue tape
    glue
    sand paper
    brad gun (hf) i have 2 from hf and 1 senco.
    4 cans rattle can laquer
    My brain ain't woke up yet but i'm sure i could come up with a lot more.

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    Well, with a pair of vice grips, a multi-tip screwdriver, a roll of duct tape and some bailing wire, I can fix just about anything

    ....but that is not really wood working is it?

    I think that the most useful tool in the shop is often knowledge and that comes with experience for the most part, but I do find good books of great value.

    In know it would depend on what kind of woodworking you do, but for $20, you should be able to pick up a good book, used books would offer an even better deal, or, the Fine Woodworking online subscription is something to look into.....

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    Otherwise, it would really depend on what tools you have now, and what you want to do for work.
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    For me it would be a giant pencil eraser and a box of band-aids
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    Although I assume this is prompted by the Woodcraft offer; a couple right to left tapes so you can use the tape and lay a mark "normally" (no slight to left-handers intended).

    A.
    10' Tape R to L, 16ths
    06K15.01 $4.80

    I bought these to go with them:

    SS Cabinetmaker's Rule,
    set of 4 (24",18",12",6")
    06K20.50 $24.90 (a little high for this thread)

    All reliably match and are used almost exclusively. Never knew how useful a saddle square was till I had one.

    Veritas® Saddle Square
    05N56.01 $14.50

    I'm not trying to push LV, they just happen to have a lot of nice stuff in that range.

    At Woodcraft (as always, depending on what you do):

    #142012 Little Wizard Metal Detector Sale: $9.99
    #147068 Forstner 7 Piece Bit Set Sale: $12.49
    #145481 4-in-1 Hand Rasp Sale: $5.99
    #144740 Kreg Mini Jig Kit Price: $21.99
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    hmmm $20
    EZ Squeeze dust collection hose clamps $5.99 ea for the double model, going to need 2, so 12.00 there, add to that either the 4 in 1 hand rasp or the carver's rasp $5.99 ea leaving $2. so just to kick it over the top of $20 a pair of Fastcap magnifying Bifocal safety glasses of the appropriate diopter. (Laugh all you want you young folks who don't know from short arm disease yet) $6.99

    so $25 or so, just a bit over the $20 mark, but not a bad haul for $20.

    I also saw a rosewood 4" engineers square for $19.99

    there are two router accessories for about $25, there are numerous similar priced items, bringing an item just outside of the coupon down to a reasonable amount of money (Not that it was unreasonable, but a discount helps... Period. )
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I think I'll be getting myself some good triangles, and maybe those forstner bits.

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    Oh yeah, maybe a set of PALs if you have a contractor saw. Best $20 I ever spent when I had my contractor.
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    Are those el-cheapo forstner bits worth buying? From metalworking, I've learned there are two kinds of bits: Those you chuck after one use, and those you don't.

    Incidentally, is this clamp durable enough I could mount it (if temporarily) on my drill press?
    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/202...le-Vise-4.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Shaul View Post
    Are those el-cheapo forstner bits worth buying? From metalworking, I've learned there are two kinds of bits: Those you chuck after one use, and those you don't.

    Incidentally, is this clamp durable enough I could mount it (if temporarily) on my drill press?
    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/202...le-Vise-4.aspx
    ok on the forstner bits, i have a set of CMT brand that are normally the same price as these were. and i wouldnt doubt that these were the same ones just differnt package.. and for 13 dollars i would buy them easily.. as for the clamp on the drill press i cant help you i have a small 4" machinest vise that just collects dust.. i clamp the stuff to thew table with normal clamps and that works for me.
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