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Wanted a Workmate 425, but this is what was available locally...

Wanted a Workmate 425, but this is what was available locally...

04-05-2018 07:27 PM by Holt | 8 comments »

After loosing some tools and what not in a fire, i was left needing a portable work bench. My plan was to buy another Workmate 425 to replace my lost one, but there were none to be had locally. While looking for something similar i found these Kreg units at Lowe’s. The price was a little higher than the Workmate and they had no integrated vise, but they do support various Kreg clamping systems (the package includes one Kreg Bench Clamp). The system also provides a method of hooking two ...

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Drop down power for convenience

Drop down power for convenience

02-04-2018 08:57 PM by copythat | 8 comments »

I recently installed a couple circuit breakers and a bunch of electrical outlets on two walls of my garage shop. I really like having my machines plugged in and ready to go—even though I’m only using, at the most, two at a time. I hate having to bend over for a power cord or hunt for an available extension cord . . . maybe I’m just lazy! In any event, all of my hard work still required that my machinery in front of the garage doors and in the middle of the bays be powered...

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And then there was light!

And then there was light!

02-04-2018 07:58 PM by copythat | 10 comments »

I have a slightly oversized three car garage that I use as my wood shop. It came with three, four-foot, two-bulb, florescent light fixtures—one over each bay. It also came with three garage door openers, each with a low wattage, single bulb. When I turned on all the lights, it was not bad. However, I’m 52 and my eyes aren’t what they use to be. I don’t like to strain, and I like my work area to be bright. I bought five Metalux SLSTP LED Strip Shop Lights (#4SLSTP404...

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Digital Shop clock you can see any angle

Digital Shop clock you can see any angle

01-13-2018 03:37 AM by Rayne | 3 comments »

Anyone been looking for a robust, digital weather station that you can hang in your shop, see the temperature AND relative Humidity outside, inside, shop, AND can actually read it from any angle and most distances? If this is you, Marathon has the answer for you! I have been hunting down for a good weather station for my shop for a long time. I’ve tried several where it was just impossible to read at most angles if you’re not directly facing it. I looked at the details on this...

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A wonderful eyesight helper for tiny things!

A wonderful eyesight helper for tiny things!

12-24-2017 03:36 PM by Holbs | 4 comments »

I started to reshape a handsaw with my normal sight and then with my reading glasses (1.25 Power…Maybe prescription glasses for higher power would work instead of these). Both were not up to par for the tiny delicate work that was needed. I thought about jewelry professionals that use those monocles and that should be exactly what would work! Out searching I go… I eventually found this magnifier. Found out, can not use monocles as the item has to be a couple inches away from ...

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BLACK+DECKER BDH2010LP Platinum 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

BLACK+DECKER BDH2010LP Platinum 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

12-09-2017 05:23 AM by DeLayne Peck | 4 comments »

Small annoying messes, they accumulate around the drill press, on workbenches, and in inaccessible nooks and crannies. Until I pirated this cordless vac from the house, small piles were spread everywhere in my shop. The choice is: Leave a mess or haul a shop vac over. The 20v Max brings powerful suction to small jobs. Much more than the dustbusters of yore. Small chips, sawdust, debris, cookie crumbs and dirt quickly vanish. Obviously, there are limits to what can be picked up. Spi...

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LED Shop Lights 4 PACK

LED Shop Lights 4 PACK

07-05-2017 04:20 PM by DDWW | 7 comments »

I just bought a 4 Pack of LED shop fixtures on amazon and installed them in my shop. They are 35watt with the output equivalent of 100w incandescent. The color temp is 5,000k. In short I like them a lot. The impression you get when you turn on the lights is damn its bright in here. There is a 2 second delay before the lights turn on. Its a little weird but compared to my fluorescents this was instantaneous, not really bothersome once you get use to it. The 4 fixtures were $119 tot...

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Small shop lights 36" Led $30

Small shop lights 36" Led $30

06-15-2017 11:09 PM by htl | 12 comments »

Needed some more light in my small, small shop and was looking at Home Depot when I spy-ed these cheap Led lights with plug and chain. $30Just hang it and it works. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-3-ft-LED-Black-Shop-Light-54254141/206028863

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Menards Folding Steel Sawhorse MX047

Menards Folding Steel Sawhorse MX047

04-23-2017 07:28 PM by Kurt T. Kneller | 14 comments »

I came across these the other day and decided to pick up a couple and give them a try. Over the years I have collected many sets of the plastic folding style saw horses. The problem is eventually some have failed and have been replaced, now I have a hodge podge collection with multiple elevations (even the same mfgr). I never did like the plastic ones and I thought they were a pain to store. There are several things that I really like about the MasterForce sawhorses. 1) Capacity – ...

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Rockler Adjustable Lumber Storage Rack

Rockler Adjustable Lumber Storage Rack

01-17-2017 01:55 PM by jazzman12 | 4 comments »

I have a full wall used as a lumber rack using these brackets , I bought 8 boxes at the time which was a few years ago from elite tools which sells a lot of Rockler stuff in Canada , been searching for more but they seem to have been discontinued , anyone know where you can still buy them . They are sturdy and easy to install and would highly recommend this product Rockler product (item 39227)

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