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Harbor Freight Router Inlay Kit

Harbor Freight Router Inlay Kit

10-12-2011 08:11 PM by ChuckC | 9 comments »

I recently bought the Harbor Freight Inlay Kit. HF obviously doesn’t make it but there’s no other name on the package. I was looking at them from other stores and for $35 for the kit and even more for the templates I always passed it up. This one was $10 and I had a coupon that brought it down to $8. The HF one even adds a centering pin which was a nice touch and the bushing is solid brass. I still needed templates so I designed something quick in Sketchup and cut it out on the...

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HF Work Bench On Sale

HF Work Bench On Sale

10-03-2011 09:41 PM by SPHinTampa | 14 comments »

My homemade workbench top (my first big project) gave up a few weeks ago. I saw an advertizement for this and had a coupon for 20% off so net price for the work bench came out to $129 …. not a bad price. Pros:- Assembly is solid .. .I was worried it would be flimsy and it is not- Vice quality is acceptable Cons:- 1/2” bench dog holes that are spaced inconvienently far apart- Either I am bad at assembly or the mounting hardware is slightly off … i had trouble keepi...

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Harbor Freight Wireless Driveway Alert System 93086

Harbor Freight Wireless Driveway Alert System 93086

08-16-2011 08:11 AM by TopamaxSurvivor | 16 comments »

In order to do any work or woodworking, we need to keep our tools safe and sound. Unfortunately, unincorporated south King County, WA does not have viable police protection. Most city cops in the area just laugh when you tell them you are in the unincorporated area because they know there are no cops. Unfortunately, the thieves know it too. Fortunately, we have annexed into a city and the police actually come rather quickly. I had thieves trying to steal my tools at least 3x a year fro...

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Harbor Freight 3/4" Pipe Clamp with Base

Harbor Freight 3/4" Pipe Clamp with Base

05-18-2011 04:00 PM by zindel | 12 comments »

about a week ago i needed to pick up some bar clamps to handle a larger project that I was fixing up. I started off at Ace hardware because i knew i needed the pipe and thought i would check the prices of the clamps…and wow they were $17 big ones, and for 2 of them that means $34 + $22 for the pipes…no thanks. So i pulled out the good old phone and looked on HF to see their price…$9.99 on sale plus these have a base which is a bonus if you ask me. I have used them for a few ...

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A $9.99 guage thats not bad

A $9.99 guage thats not bad

05-18-2011 03:39 AM by Dave | 9 comments »

I purchased one of these gauges two years ago. And have found it worth the ten dollars I spent. It has a good brass knob and it will hold tight. The pins are of a good spring steel. After 2 years of use they are just as sharp as day one. I have just purchased a second one for general purposes. I do have a store near me so I am able to pick the one I purchase. I had to true up one of the pins on the original but it was not a big problem. The HF site has 2 reviews as follows:This is the first H...

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MT2 Drill Chuck

MT2 Drill Chuck

03-12-2011 10:33 PM by ChunkyC | 10 comments »

Harbor Freight 1/2in MT2 Mini-Lathe Drill Chuck I purchased one of these last week based on a posting from LJ member Hairy. I paid $14.99 + shipping which is a good price for drill chucks with the arbor! A high precision chuck it’s not and this chuck isn’t going to win any contests for the best chuck of the year but it does make a good chuck for woodworking. The chuck that I had for my DP wouldn’t chuck up smaller bits so I needed to do something. I’ve been lo...

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Harbor freight bench top drill press

Harbor freight bench top drill press

02-09-2011 09:33 AM by adaughhetee | 9 comments »

For a cheap way to drill straight holes you can’t beat it. More for the hobby woodworker though. Unlike everything else I have bought from Harbor Freight assembly was very simple. My only complaint is the power. On the lowest speed(620rpm) I can stop the chuck in my hand. Although with a 1” forstner bit it will go right through oak/ walnut without any trouble. Anything bigger and you might as well give it up. But, for 69.99 then a 20% coupon I can’t complain. Just don&...

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Good, reliable jig, no longer in the HF catalog...

Good, reliable jig, no longer in the HF catalog...

02-05-2011 04:47 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Since the family blowup at Harbor Freight, a lot of good tools have gone out of the catalog, in particular, the aluminum taper jig. Now I am not sure what all can be said about this thing. It’s just about as straight forward and simple as can be, and it works exactly as you would expect it to. When they were available, they were often on sale for about $13.00, or $11.40 after the 20% off coupon… The jig slides easily along the fence, holds tight and secure, the adjustments h...

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2 hp dust collector

2 hp dust collector

02-04-2011 01:25 AM by tchaser | 18 comments »

I recently purchased a 2 hp dust collector from harbor freight and found,that for the money, it is a very good tool. Assembly was pretty straight forward and took about 2 hours.Yyou should keep a sense of humor when doing that as the instructions are pretty vague and not very accurate as far as descriptions. I bought this to replace a jet DC-650 and it does have considerable more suction pressure and moves a lot more air. All though not as much as the delta counter part which was 3 times the...

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Decent Dust Collection Really Cheap

Decent Dust Collection Really Cheap

01-23-2011 12:13 AM by patcollins | 6 comments »

My 1970’s Craftsman Contractors saw has zero dust collection and much of it falls straight down so I thought about using some sort of bag for it. I happened on this canvas “Table Saw Dust Bag” at Harbor Freight and it was only $5.99 so I thought I would give it a whirl. The material is pretty cheap and the snaps aren’t anywhere close to being put on straight or even, but that’s alright. The bag came with the male end of the snaps attached to sheet metal scre...

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