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May 4th, 2017 at 8:18am
 
Which One Time Tool should I buy?  Roll Eyes
They both cost the same (about $350 more than they should)
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I really am curious how other people go about these tasks. It seems to me that using the tools above, it would take more room and more time (not to mention money) to accomplish the same task most of us do with a pencil and a square. Maybe it's just me  Undecided
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Re: Decisions
Reply #1 - May 4th, 2017 at 8:41am
 
Hi Ed - You should definitely go with the DF 500 Offset Base System for the Domino Joiner, make sure and get it with all of the extras too.

How could you go wrong with anything for the Domino Joiner?  Cheesy

I'm sticking with my ruler and square.

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Reply #2 - May 4th, 2017 at 9:31am
 
In the video it states that it eliminates fence drift. I guess it does, since you bolt it in place  Roll Eyes. I have never heard of fence drift on a domino or for that matter on my plate joiner (similar fence).

As for the straight edge thingy,
My solution(many years ago) was to buy 7' rails for my Tablesaw. Now I can cut pretty much anything up to 53" wide with accuracy. (those are still only about $210)

I might just save my money and wait for the next solution looking for a problem.
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Reply #3 - May 4th, 2017 at 12:19pm
 
On the plate joiner, does one really need to bolt it down? And set stops for locating the slots? I guess the answers are YES! These tools will make a weekend wood worker into a finish carpenter.  So Ed, you'd better buy both. You might find a way that they'll make you a better turner.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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Reply #4 - May 4th, 2017 at 12:36pm
 
PLUS.... you will need a really good set of lights so you can see what you are doing and I happen to have a pair of 900watt studio lights for only $2,500 EACH and with that, I'll throw in the stands that would normally cost you $150 each!!

Such a bargain!!! You really, really need them!!!!! Shocked Shocked

I figure it's worth a try!! Smiley
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Reply #5 - May 4th, 2017 at 12:59pm
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on May 4th, 2017 at 12:19pm:
You might find a way that they'll make you a better turner.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy


You bite your tongue, just wait until they come out with some sort of turning gadget that costs more than your lathe. Grin
BTW, I'm a woodworker who also turns.
I could probably afford a bigger lathe and some upgraded tools if I didn't have to spend all my money on gadgets just to cut a straight line or cuts slots where I want to, but that's the way it is.
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Reply #6 - May 4th, 2017 at 4:06pm
 

I am chuckling --  my buddy the electrician has the full domino rig.

He is the one who purchased a slightly used 3520b as his starter lathe.  (Might be his ender lathe too.  Only a few upgrades around).


Just depends on point of view and the frugal factor in your make up.


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Reply #7 - May 4th, 2017 at 5:23pm
 
I've got nothing against the domino, but if you buy one you should probably already know where/how you're going to make the hole, without an additional $399
I think you hit the nail on the head about making up a frugal factor, oh it's made up alright.  Grin

I post these things because I find them to be a bit ridiculous, bordering on absurd. I also don't like to see this type of thing become the norm. Many (not all) of the products they sell are simply not necessary to achieve accurate results, the 'one more tool" thing comes to mind.

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Tools that make your task easier and/or more accurate have their place but all these accessories do is make you more reliant on them to achieve your work. Instead of knowing how to use your tools, you can use these items as sort of a crutch.

IMO, Woodworking skills are starting to deteriorate, these days no one can cut a straight line unless they have a dedicated track-saw.  Roll Eyes It seems as people are becoming much too dependent on the capabilities of the tools, not the skill of the operator. Long gone are the days when you could just buy a $39 Skil-saw and perform basic carpentry. It's starting to become as bad as those people who can not function with out their smart phone to perform even the most basic of tasks.
When is the last time you saw someone use an actual hammer, screwdriver or even a hand saw? No, it's much easier to get out the pancake compressor, hook up the air hose and grab the pneumatic nail gun, don't forget the cordless drill-driver, every job needs one of those no matter what. all just to build a dog house or chicken coop. Undecided
I'll get down off my soap box now.
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Reply #8 - May 5th, 2017 at 3:12am
 
what the heck, buy both. after all, you will then have a set of bookends.  Thumbs Up   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Reply #9 - May 5th, 2017 at 8:39am
 
David Hamann wrote on May 5th, 2017 at 3:12am:
what the heck, buy both. after all, you will then have a set of bookends.  Thumbs Up   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes


pretty red ones  Smiley
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Reply #10 - May 9th, 2017 at 4:08pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on May 4th, 2017 at 12:36pm:
I'll throw in the stands

Are they red?   Grin Grin
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Reply #11 - May 9th, 2017 at 5:11pm
 
I could spray them if you'd like!!! Shocked Shocked Grin
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Reply #12 - May 9th, 2017 at 6:12pm
 
You guys are all heart  Smiley
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Reply #13 - Jun 2nd, 2017 at 1:41am
 
I'm w/ya, Ed. A client walked into my meager 400 sq. ft. shop the other day, sit down in a chair, looked around at the tools, ts, scroll saws, planer, RAS, jointer, etc., then looked at the two lathes, & the other tools in cases on shelves & under the project table. He looked at me a minute, shook his head & said "how do you get anything done in here? You don't have a computer. None of your tools are computerized. They are all older tools, & not to many of them are the same brand." I told him the day I have to start draggin' all that fancy junk in my shop, I'll sell out. I'm a self taught wood worker. I use a pencil & a square, I use a square to square up my saw fences, I still use a skilsaw if I have to, I use a tri square to set up my routers. I don't need all that fancy junk. I'd rather spend my money on lathe tools, or something useful for the shop. Like wood?
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Reply #14 - Jun 2nd, 2017 at 8:34am
 
Brad, I'll put it this way. I buy whatever tool I need for the job at hand, cost usually isn't a factor if the tool is necessary. (I cry about the price later  Grin)
Neither of the tools I posted are needed IMO
Honestly, $399 for a glorified story stick, give me a break.
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Reply #15 - Jun 2nd, 2017 at 6:03pm
 
i agree. that's overpriced.
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