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Top 5 can't-live-without-them woodworking gadgets?


What are your Top 5 can’t-live-without-them woodworking gadgets?

… and why? ;)

Martin Sojka, Maker of Craftisian

23 Replies

Tweezers and Kleenex and duc tape !!! LOL always get splinters and if you get a cut Kleenex and duc tape wors wonders. and need a quick clamp? duc tape will hold a piece in place.

  1. Pencil
  2. Ruler Metric
  3. Tape measure Metric
  4. Food
  5. Beer, for after a hard day.
    With these 5 things you can make anything.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Safety glasses
Ear plugs
Tape measure
Carpenters pencil
I carry these things all the time, even when I’m not in the workshop, it’s kind of like always having your weapon in the army, you would be nakid without them.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

6" hook rule
3" square
16’ tape measure
3-4 sharp Pencils
Marking knife


Pencil, pencil sharpener, safety glasses, combination square, tape measure. It’s pretty hard to do ANYTHING without those 5 things.

Losing fingers since 1969

Tape pencil square and now reading glasses for splinters.


Forgot one, I have been using veneer calipers more and more.


In my past:
Pocket bevels (two kinds), tape measure, pencil ( behind ear), biggest bandsaw you can find.
In my present:
Chevalet, hide glue pot, veneer saw, veneer hammer, press.

That was then. This is now. …… Things change.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Dial (veneer) calipers, tape measure. My two steel rules 6" & 18", pencils & pencil sharpener

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Pencil, tape measure, sharper, a sharp chisel, and a hammer. Can’t live without them!

Christopher Richard

Oh you know I forgot to mention my machinists squares.

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

pencil, measure tape, square, covered tea mug.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

1. My apron that holds . . .
2. Pencil
3. Square
4. Tape Measure
5. and Knife

Making sawdust is what I do best!

Funny you mention knife. I have a folding knife that resides in my pocket 100% of the day and it gets used very often for all kinds of stuff, but I don’t recall ever using it in the shop. Not even once except to break down cardboard boxes.

Losing fingers since 1969

I use a knife to score wood fibers tenons so i get a clean cut and no tearout. Also on vveneered plywood or on veneers

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

That’s probably why my knife never gets used in the shop – it has to be sharp and this thing is about as sharp as a rubber ball because I use it for scraping, probing, cleaning, screwing, opening boxes… Anything that doesn’t require a sharp blade. LOL

Losing fingers since 1969

A mortiser, yes it’s a tool but not a common one and very gadgety but 48 wrought iron spindles perfectly mortised into 4 top and bottom oak railings made it a valuable gadget.
Mechanical pencils
Angle finder
Bottle opener for the end of day

1. Swiss Army pocket knife
2. Sharp pencils
3. Tape Measure
4. Mitre Square
5. Woodburning Pen


1. Dremel multi-tool
2. Swiss Army Knife
3. Straight-edge carving knife (I love the whole set, but the straight-edge is the one I can’t live without)
4. Tabletop bandsaw
5. Earplugs

1. Safety glasses
2. Ear Muffs
3. Pencil
4. Tape Measure
5. Hmmm. . . . .. Probably my Router.

Keith "Shin" Schindler