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For The Money Unlikely To Be Beat, But Must Have Sense Of Humor When Assembling

For The Money Unlikely To Be Beat, But Must Have Sense Of Humor When Assembling

01-02-2011 02:50 AM by MattMcC | 22 comments »

So, we will be moving into a new house this summer and I will be moving my woodworking tools to the basement from the garage, where opening the garage door and running a shop vac provided adequate ventiliation and dust collection. Not so in the new basement, so I decided I would invest in a dust collector. After reading many reviews, it seemed that the Harbor Freight 2HP DC unit was a fair value. I decided to take the harbor freight plunge given the cost of name brand units and with my fin...

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Modifying HF's Dust Collector for Better Mobility, Sturdiness & Electrical Capacity

Modifying HF's Dust Collector for Better Mobility, Sturdiness & Electrical Capacity

08-23-2014 01:02 AM by GJK | 18 comments »

Over the past six months, I modified my 22’ x 22’ British-style backyard conservatory to serve not only as my gym, as it has since 1997, but also as my workshop (see, photo 1) [If interested in this conversion, including heroic saga of my fighting off tens of thousands of carpenter ants and rebuilding after they ravaged the structure, see my video on VIMEO http://vimeo.com/103100319] In sharing exercising and woodworking in a closed space, I decided that it was imperative to my good h...

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14" Band Saw Riser Kit for Harbor Freight Band Saw

14" Band Saw Riser Kit for Harbor Freight Band Saw

05-17-2009 11:21 PM by FJPetruso | 22 comments »

About 5 years ago I purchased a Harbor Freight Band Saw & the Riser Kit. I never installed the riser kit & stored it away until I needed it. Last month I failed to use my metal detector & while resawing some walnut I hit a foot peg, like the ones linemen screw into power poles, that the tree had completely grew around & ruined my band saw blade. So I took this opportunity to install the riser kit. I figured I would be playing with & tuning the saw up the whole day. Bu...

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Great for paint

Great for paint

05-08-2012 01:35 AM by Vrtigo1 | 15 comments »

Let me start out by saying that I am pretty new to spray finishes of any kind. I recently built some MDF shelves and got about half way through the first coat of primer on the first shelf when I remembered how much I hate painting. So I tried to get the wife to do it, then when I realized that wasn’t going to happen I set about finding a faster/easier method. I have an Earlex HVLP system, but from the 1 or 2 times I’ve tried to use it to spray paint I’ve found the proce...

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10 piece Router Template Guide Set

10 piece Router Template Guide Set

03-11-2010 03:46 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 11 comments »

I have had this set for quite a few years now, & I highly recommend this set. It comes with an adapter, so if you want to make your own router plate, or table, it will be 100% accurate if installed correctly. The fine threaded nut makes for easy hand tightening, & I’ve never had them come loose. Fits any router that accepts standard 1-3/16” OD threaded guide bushing Machined solid brass construction Includes 7 template guides: 1/4” ID x 5/16” OD; 9/32” ID ...

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Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

04-18-2010 11:03 PM by hypnos | 5 comments »

I recently bought a new Jet ProShop and I needed a mobile base due to my wife wanting to park in the garage. The high price and lack of really good reviews for any mobile base I could find to fit the proshop necessitated some inventiveness. This Central Hydraulics lift fit the bill, it just needed some longer lift runners. Some poplar and 1/4” machine screws brought it to the length I needed to span the base of my table saw. I will be adding bottom braces to my outfeed/assembly table th...

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Harbor Freight Carbide Faced Carving Disc  for 4 1/2" Grinder

Harbor Freight Carbide Faced Carving Disc for 4 1/2" Grinder

03-15-2014 03:20 AM by Jim Jakosh | 11 comments »

I had to carve 2” off the diameter of 4 1/2” pistachio tree that was 50” long and needed something to take off a lot of material without loading up or wearing out. So I tried one of the half donut shaped carving wheels from HF that has pieces of carbide embedded in it. I usually don’t like the cutting tools or sand paper from HF, but this carving wheel is one great abrasive tool. It cut all that wood away and is still sharp enough to do it again. I hate to say that I ...

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Decent and happily low cost trimming tool

Decent and happily low cost trimming tool

12-05-2008 08:16 PM by ferstler | 15 comments »

This tool has been reviewed by another user some time ago, but I thought I would throw in my two cents worth. OK, Chicago tools are mostly junk. I have gone to Harbor Freight many times and observed their stuff, and for the most part some of it actually scares me. However, certain of their offerings are OK, and that rating applies to this little Chicago Electric trim router, stock number 44914. First off, I should point out that Grizzly apparently sells the thing (or something very much...

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Harbor Freight Tools Work Bench affordable and useful

Harbor Freight Tools Work Bench affordable and useful

07-10-2009 09:11 PM by PKP | 20 comments »

I bought this Bench on sale for 159 dollars. plus tax for a total of 175.( I know TN sales tax is high). The Bench was easily put together in about 2 hours. I have to say for the money I dont think you could buy the wood to make your own workbench. I needed a workbench instead of using a door setting on top of 2 old speakers as a work table. The table top is flat and is finger jointed oak, The drawer sides and bottoms are not solid oak but MDF. All the rest of the bench is oak. The inst...

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Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

08-27-2009 07:08 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

Just sharing this. When something raises my eyebrows and gets me thinking then maybe it’s worth passing on. I’m going to talk bang for buck. I hope you don’t mind. Yup, I’ve got a few harbor freight tools but not much. I’ve had mixed luck with them. But a friend let me see one of these toggle clamps. I have some from a wood store and I must say, they are very similar but not identical and but both seem to be of the same quality. They’re probably both fr...

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