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What was your very first GOOD tool?

What did it allow you to make you couldn't make before?

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Hey, they were all good tools, even the cheap ones. Every tool that I got allowed me to expand my abilities. If I have to pin it down, then I bought a small B&D router (used) for $10 that allowed me to do things that I wasn't able to do before.

I still have the router and it has been in my stable for somewhere around 45 years.
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My 1st good tool was my brain. Unfortunately it is broken and does not work any more
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Delta Unisaw. My old crapsman contractor saw (early '70s vintage) shook like a scared dog and it was pretty much impossible to make a cut with any accuracy at all. It was the thin sheet metal that attached the saw to the base, not anything specific to the saw itself. For framing a house it was fine, anything beyond that, forget about it.
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Delta Unisaw. My old crapsman contractor saw (early '70s vintage) shook like a scared dog and it was pretty much impossible to make a cut with any accuracy at all. It was the thin sheet metal that attached the saw to the base, not anything specific to the saw itself. For framing a house it was fine, anything beyond that, forget about it.
I respectfully disagree with that Scott, I bought my first 10" Craftsman from a 2nd hand store in 1956 and used it until 2012 when I replaced it in 2012 with another a 12" that I have now.

I mean used it too, I was a carpenter and a cabinet maker for 45 years and another 15 years as a retired woodworker in my shop. it did everything I asked of it.

As for the definition of the "good" tool, is that good as in quality? or "good" as in useful? or "good" as to aesthetics? or "good" as to bargain? So many goods out there.....hmmmmmmmm

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I'd consider my Makita plunge router connected to my Craftsman circle jig the biggest improvement in my tools way back in the day .
I was amazed at how accurately I could make holes for sub woofers and ports , and never used a jigsaw after that . And the best part was I kept the plugs that were made after the hole was cut out which have me a perfect template to do an exact setup for that same woofer or port size in the future
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As for the definition of the "good" tool, is that good as in quality? or "good" as in useful? or "good" as to aesthetics? or "good" as to bargain? So many goods out there.....hmmmmmmmm

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My first table saw, a $500 Craftsman 10". Not exactly a finely crafted piece of equipment but it got the job done for about 20 years until I upgraded to a Unisaw which is a finely crafted tool. It still runs. I sold it a year ago to a young kid for $10. Without that saw I'm not sure I would have pursued woodworking.
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For me it was quality that marked the first really good tool. And that was definitely a table saw. First was a Delta 10 inch direct drive table saw, combined with a Wixey angle finder. Once I learned to set the blade, projects started to get much better. Gave it away to my son in law 3-4 years ago and replaced it with a Laguna Fusion 10 inch saw, which has more power and even greater accuracy. I'd have to add that discovering the woodworking section of YouTube was also a line of demarcation for me. Being able to watch someone with skills do something has made me more comfortable with taking on something new.

The changes adding new, good quality tools continues. For example, buying and learning to use hand planes has allowed me to add a touch of artfulness and finesse that was impossible before.

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