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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 02-23-2012 11:23 PM 7096 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woke up today with HF on my mind. Clamps…..that’s what I told myself. In retrospect I now realize that telling myself that would make it easier to go there and have less guilt until I actually bought something else….which I knew I would, no I didn’t know, I tried not to know. I guess I need to go a little easier on my daughter from now on because if she feels the way I did today when she is in a clothing store, she just can’t help herself.

Anyway, I did get clamps, about ten of them in various forms mostly bar clamps. They have a new line and they are closing out the old line, so about four of them were 2.99 for 15 inch clamp. Of course I had to walk right by the belt sanders, but it was no problem until I noticed that the heavy Chicago sander didn’t have a price. Things like that get to me so I asked the manager who was walking by, (a rather friendly guy), we talked for about 30 minutes and he found it for me. Pretty good deal too. Heck, I even got the service agreement.

After that first step into evil spending, the rest comes easier. Drill bits, chisels, a nice heavy stand for my grindstone, and a couple of hand planers. I’m probably forgetting a few items.

So I’ve been down in the man cave working all day. I’m exhausted and in need of a beer.

I put the grindstone stand together and made a wall mountable shelf for my chisels and screw drivers. I’d snap a pic of it but its on the floor with a couple heavy saw horses holding it down while the glue dries, which is ironic with all these clamps I have that none would clamp this thing.

I made it out of some shelf that came in a Bush entertainment center, (I always keep those things, got them all over the house), and some reclaimed oak from an old Lazy Boy recliner I took apart last week. It will hold about 20 chisels and drivers which frees up a lot of room in my tool chest.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 11:40 PM

Welcome to LJs!

You’ve purchased from HF, it’s official: Your addicted!

As the saying goes, though; If there are no pictures, IT DIDN”T HAPPEN!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 02:14 AM

Welcome to lumber jocks the evil tool fairy has struck I see that guy will make you buy things you didn’t even know you needed till you get home with then and find something to do with them.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 04:49 AM

Here is the driver rack I made a few hours ago. Nothing fancy, made for utility and it hangs on the second shelf of my work bench. It does take up a bit of shelf space, but I have a whole two car garage to work with. I’m still in the process of setting the shop up so no pictures of that yet.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 08:57 AM

Unluckily or perhaps luckily there is no Harbor Freight in Canada as far as I know. I have plans to order a couple things online though.

I hope your shop turns out well. Remember, a shop will never be complete. You’ll eventually say, “I don’t like it. I need to move that tool.” or you’ll get 20 new clamps and need another clamp rack but you really don’t have the space so you move another thing and another thing and another. These are the daily problems I encounter.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 04:09 PM

The transformation from human being to woodworker has begun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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