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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Sometimes, when I daydream, it isn’t about winning the lottery or looking younger or writing the great Canadian novel… I dream about tools. I dream of the perfect workshop, fully stocked with an unlimited supply of saw blades, drill bits and Dremil accessories. My dream workshop has plugs all over the place, professional grade power tools and lots of drawers, all full of tool supplies.

That’s for dreams though. My workshop is so far from perfect and my tools are banged up and old, but I love them all the same.

Here are the tools I use for making neckboards –>
My drill press. Couldn’t live without it – it’s a big mother and old, but it works well. I got it for a song from a kijiji listing. Beauty
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I couldn’t do much with the drillpress without hole saws. Thes are the expensive items and continually need to be replaced. I pay more to get the premium carbide grit. They cost a lot more than the bimetal hole saws but the do a much better job and last a lot longer.

The premium

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The bimetal holesaws

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And I just LOVE these clamps! I wonder if they make any just like this only in different sizes. You can never have too many clamps.

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If I could only have one tool, it would have to be my rotary tool(s). I have 3 of them, each for a different function and in a different place. One for sanding in the garage, one for fine drilling in the basement and one for everything else. All i need now is a never-ending supply of fine sanding rings and tiny drillbits – man, do I go through them quickly.

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Finally, there is my belt sander. It is a newer addition to my toolbox and it has really helped in the rough sanding department.

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Dirty, oily, rusty can be so good

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