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Harbor Freight Portable pocket hole jig

Harbor Freight Portable pocket hole jig

06-22-2009 06:20 AM by Pete_Jud | 5 comments »

I picked up a Kreg single pocket hole jig a couple of weeks ago for 20 bucks and have fallen in love with the concept. Even “Norm” uses the pocket screws for doing face frames. I saw that Harbor Freight had a 2 hole jig that looked like it worked like the Kreg 2 hole jig for a whole lot less money. I thought I would give it a try. I had a 20 percent off any single item coupon and it cost me 54 bucks instead of 99 bucks for the kreg. The Kit came with the step drill, lock col...

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Dust collector, Harbor Freight 2 HP, model 97869

Dust collector, Harbor Freight 2 HP, model 97869

10-28-2013 05:01 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I am going to post this comment, or something similar to it, elsewhere on this site to get the best chance of feedback. I am a 70-year-old retired worker but am now also a working artist who does wall-hanging collages made from enameled or stained wood pieces. I have items in a half-dozen galleries and outlets in this town and another town close by, and the income from the projects helps to supplement my retirement income. It also helps to keep my wife from harping about me needing to get ...

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Not for the Feinthearted

Not for the Feinthearted

07-08-2009 03:05 AM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 20 comments »

I have looked at the Fein Multi Multimaster and the Rockwell offering, then sighed as I looked at my Social Security check.There is no way I could afford or justify this ocaissionaly used tool nomatter how great it was. Looks like it is waaaaaaaaaay overpriced considering for the same money you could get a good saw,router setup and many other heavy usage necessary tools. Yesterday I had to take the wife on her weekly pilgrimage to Walmart, so after dropping her off there I scooted around t...

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HF Aluminum bar clamp

HF Aluminum bar clamp

01-27-2014 05:03 PM by gamygeezer | 34 comments »

Heat wave yesterday! All the way up to 57F! So I decided to go shopping. I rinsed off the sawdust, trimmed the ear hair, unclogged the sink and cranked up the old DRam. I went to Harbor Freight to check on the locking casters reviewed recently, but really had to browse the whole store. I found a rack of aluminum bar clamps almost exactly like the ones I really like from Jorgensen. Had to get one (or so) of course. I picked the “36 inch”, a handy size, which actually has o...

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Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

Big Bang For Buck Belt Sharpener

01-13-2013 08:12 PM by HorizontalMike | 62 comments »

I had been toying with the idea of getting into Woodturning for some time and the opportunity presented itself, so I started some serious planning. One of the things that goes along with Woodturning is the ability to sharpen your own turning tools. At the time I did NOT own a mechanized sharpening machine/system and had to rely on manually sharpening all of my planes and chisels with the “Scary Sharp” sandpaper to stone methodology. Don’t get me wrong, that system works a...

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works good enough for what I use it for !    Harbor Freight 1/2" Bandfile Belt Sander

works good enough for what I use it for ! Harbor Freight 1/2" Bandfile Belt Sander

03-12-2008 02:15 AM by Dan'um Style | 22 comments »

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks Bought this sander about a year ago. It had low price. Worked good the first time and has not let me down since. Not a tool I use everyday, but find myself using it enough that I always keep it handy,... within reach. Coarse grit sandpaper removes stock quickly and the tool is easy to guide and control. Gave it 4 stars because we know it is a made-in-China-throw-away. For $35 bucks it’s a good deal. If it died tomorrow, would probably buy another, rathe...

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harbour frieght drill press table attachment

harbour frieght drill press table attachment

07-23-2010 12:11 AM by ajb | 33 comments »

i was in the market for a drill press table for my new Delta/Rockwell drill press. I was going to make one out of scrap, but after factoring the cost of t-track and clamps this seemed like a decent $20.00 solution. It came out of the box and went directly on no problems.I used it to counter bore the boards for an Adirondack chair that is in process. It umm, sat on my drill press really well and held the stops where they were supposed too and allowed me to speed right through all my drilling.I...

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A barely viable alternative to the Bora, but most are duds

A barely viable alternative to the Bora, but most are duds

12-15-2013 04:31 AM by paxorion | 9 comments »

After I fitting my power tool collection with both a circular saw and router, I wanted to add a few easy to clamp edge guides to my tool collection. After playing with a variety of different edge guides in the market (Bora, Emerson, Woodriver), I settled on the Bora as the one that felt the best, given the long handle. All reviews about clamp edge tools I read highlighted the aluminum bar’s had a tendency to flex midway through a cut operation, making me think the wide track model was...

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HF 36" Aluminum Bar Clamps, moderately average

HF 36" Aluminum Bar Clamps, moderately average

01-24-2010 04:40 AM by Jeison | 16 comments »

I needed some larger clamps for an upcoming project, and saw these on sale, I got a bunch of the 36” clamps on sale (reg 11.99, but sale + coupon got em for $5.95 each). I think they’re Central Forge brand (like the HF one handed clamps). They have a 32” actual clamping capacity I gave em a little bit of a workout clamping up some scraps to make a few boards, they put some solid pressure on without exploding, so thats always a plus lol! My main concern is that after ...

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Serious Imperfection

Serious Imperfection

10-05-2013 10:50 AM by Purrmaster | 44 comments »

This review is for the Harbor Freight (some call it Central Machinery) item #30289. 6” free standing jointer. I’ve had this thing for about 2 years now. It has probably been the most frustrating tool I have but it has also come in handy. This was my first serious woodworking power tool. I’ve read some reviews that said it was basic, but pretty good. I got this because I needed a jointer and it was the only one I could afford. Every other jointer that wasn’...

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