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Cheap ryobi 5 1/2 cordless circular saw add a zero clearance Masonite base and the little thing makes short work of sheet goods.

 

You're going to have to tell me your secret, because mine's about as useful as a wet fart. I get about 18" inches into a cut and it stalls. Not too many blades for that size, either.

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You're going to have to tell me your secret, because mine's about as useful as a wet fart. I get about 18" inches into a cut and it stalls. Not too many blades for that size, either.

I don't use it enough to drain a battery. That said its no problem to cross cut a sheet of 3/4 cleanly with a Masonite base. Cuts nearly as well as PC 314 which cuts as well as a ts55.

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Perhaps. Three years old and it never worked that we'll. The plywood blade available for it isn't worth the aluminum they seemingly made it from.

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I work alone a lot, no helper.  For me a set of quick clamps prove invaluable - an extra set of hands.  I built an small 10x14 pole shed with no help but wouldn't have been able to get it done with out some quick clamps.  Put a clamp on one of the posts, Put one end of the roof support beam on it.  Up the ladder with the other end and another clamp.  Make sure the location is correct and fasten.  Repeat.

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+1 for what Byrdie said.

On a similar vein, how did I ever get anything done before I started using hold-downs?
Quick whack with a mallet and sha-zam! your board is held tight, another whack and its free.

Hold-downs are under-rated.

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prototypes.  That way, you can see what the mistake you're making will affect.  (OK, so maybe it's just my woodworking skill level...)

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Razor blades. Tiny and disposable card scrapers!

 

Plush floor mats. They're typically used for foot fatigue / standing on, but I think they're great for setting long boards straight up on, rather than directly on the hard floor where they can get dinged.

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Hahaha,

 

    I would agree with you on that one Graham. I would also say being able to rough a set of stairs in is not easy either :) Both of which I can say I have done :) I would say that one of the most underrated things is painters.

 

Nice one Chet, much better to do this than having a grumble :)

 

Electricity

 

Kiln dried wood ready to go

 

And as a group skilled Shuttering and Structural Carpentrs does not get enough love! Think a mortice & tennon is hard to learn? Do one of these on site, with a roofing square and a ready reconner, (no prefab trusses), then thou shall be a man my son! BTW, I have never done one, still a boy ;).

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Hell yeah Charles. A favorite saying around here is a good painter will make a bad job look good and a bad painter will make a good job look bad. I always like to make a friend of all decorating contractors :-).

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A nice rack !!!

For clamps and off cuts etc etc ..... I haven't had a chance to build any in the new shop so my clamps and off cuts are everywhere...

Very annoying !!!!

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You're going to have to tell me your secret, because mine's about as useful as a wet fart. I get about 18" inches into a cut and it stalls. Not too many blades for that size, either.

Did you check to see if the sole of the saw is parallel with the blade?  My PC 314 cuts great with a masonite edge guide, but it didn't cut well until I aligned the sole to the blade.  It took some careful measuring and more careful filing of the saw body's casting before they were parallel.

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After working on a project recently, I've discovered having the cutting surface at an accessible height is another underrated item.

 

Also, having the outlet in the right location is very helpful.  (Or remembering where that extension cord is for my few powered hand tools.)

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prototypes.  That way, you can see what the mistake you're making will affect.  (OK, so maybe it's just my woodworking skill level...)

 

I agree. Giving oneself the time to build a mock-up is so valuable. My mate Mark once said while we were building canoe together: "You know how the second joint is so much better than the first one? Why don't you just cut the second one first!!!!!"

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For me I think YouTube is underrated. I would never have been where I am now without YouTube. That's where I initially found the wood whisperer. Whenever I have a question regarding how to do a certain technique or a video review of a particular tool I'm thinking of buying I can normally find it on YouTube.

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Youtube is a good one. I too found the WoodWhisperer there.

 

Also, considering the weather we've been having in the rectangle states lately. A heated shop is totally under-rated. I was in my shop the other night watching the snow ... and my garbage can ... blow by and thought, "Hmm.... it's nice and toasty in here. I sure don't miss my first shop (which of course wasn't heated. I used to wear Carhart cover-all while I worked.)

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Not only did I find The Woodwhisperer on Youtube, Marc got me into woodworking with episode 120 - A Fancy Raised Panel. It's all your fault Marc!

 

Then I found out about Norm and Roy and I was hooked. I grew up in England and they just don't have shows like those.

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My prized workshop secret, definitely in the underrated category:

 

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Great for:

- mixing epoxy

- spreading glue on edge joints

- cleaning the mouth of a hand plane

- stirring varnish

- opening up a (hand) saw kerf

 

I could go on...

 

John

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