An oscillating sander would be nice. I use an old sears 1 1/2" diameter x 4 " drum in my 1/2" drill press and have a 3/4" thick birch plywood section on the press plate with a hole cut through it. It works yet not quite the same thing. I have 2 older belt sanders 3x24 Makita and a 3x21 old AEG in-line motor I don't use those very often. A disc sander is a much better option for guitar work where a belt sander I would never use. I used them to make tube guitar amp cabs or flatten rough boards yet an old smoothing plane works faster and better for me. Plane's and files and chisels and scrapers I have plenty.
i was going to build another neck for one of my strat's I built in 93 since I never liked that neck and I have all the stuff I need fret wire left over from the 2006 strat build that I sold and the aluminum channel one way truss rod and the rose wood fret board and maple neck blank , all also from stew crack yet I just haven't worked up the will to do it and I don't play the electrics much these days. Might someday use the fret wire to re fret my 2004 Seagull grand since I don't like their fret wire or their fret work much. I'm now just more into playing guitar and have setup the three I have like changing saddles and other bits.
I have a circular saw, a couple of jig saws, multiple drills (electric and battery, because the battery quits recharging and you can't buy a replacement so you have to buy a new drill,) but I also use the drills as screwdrivers sometimes. I often prefer my hand screwdrivers, because I have several with what I call an "attitude" - they are VERY long, so you can really torque them down by hand. I also use pry bars as weed diggers, I call them weed-diggers with an "attitude." I enjoy playing with my Dremel tool, have lots of attachments for it. I am trying to get the Adult Education program that I teach in a division of to offer woodworking for adults (they have lots of neat tools in the woodworking classroom - the Adult Education program is held in the high school.) I would probably get lots more ideas of things I want/think I need. Could be very dangerous.
When i was in high school there was wood working shop. My fear was the power tools and the teacher allowed me to use the hand tools except I had to use the table saw. I was in line to use the jointer and the fellow just ahead of me had his hand right on the table feeding to edge of the wood in, just as I was about to shout stop in a blink of an eye it was to late. He lost his pinkie and I saw it and felt dizzy and buzzing in my ears. Saw a few band saw blades snap and leave the wheels.
I do have a table saw. Never had a jointer , wouldn't mind a small band saw. You can do damage with any tool hand or power yet I still prefer hand tools. The only sander I care for and I have 6 1/4 sheet and three belt and one orbital I prefer the orbital since it's quiet and has speed settings and picks up most all of the dust, the only 1/4 sheet that is quiet and does not vibrate like a buzz saw is an old porter cable, mine was before Porter cable took over might be a Delta brand same thing different name which has no dust collection and an old Makita also with no dust collection. Never saw a 1/4 sheet that the dust collection did anything , by design they just don't have the fan large enough and the holes in the base are far to small.
I did find that hand crank drills are still made , most all are made in China with countless issues yet a German company makes a few nice ones. I can get Batteries for my Makita 1/2" 18 Volt cordless drill with circ saw yet at $70 each min I;ll pass. I just use the corded ones even though they have no clutch I know by sound and feel and the speed i select when it's tight enough yet still check with a hand screw driver at times. From research I found these days most all drills power and battery power have chuck run out. My 1997 1/2" Porter cable does not , the Makita cordless does not yet the replacement for the Milwaukee 3/8" I sold the Hitachi with a key less chuck does. I got it off Amazon. It's nice and built well and the run out is not as bad as others I saw and it's powerful with gear reduction . they are now made in China was $45 I tried a higher priced Dewalt and it was complete garbage plastic gears also made in China. I bored myself to death reading endless reviews and then trying some myself in stores who stocked them even Bosch who made fine tools are now made there. Odd my cheap 1/2" Durocraft drill press made there in 81 still runs like new. Bosch does make a nice 1/4 sheet sander still made is the old plant. All now have that rubber grip crap that smells horrid and then degrades one reason I sold the Milwaukee drill.
I'm beginning to feel like tool time.
Last Edit: Feb 11, 2019 20:44:30 GMT -5 by blues90