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Ceiling Shop Lights

Ceiling Shop Lights

01-11-2016 12:09 AM by Roger | 36 comments »

I’ve been picking a few of these up from Rural King for the past few months, because they were originally 40 bux, and they’ll be on sale until the 23rd of this month, Jan, 2016, for 20bux. A “few” amounts to 24, which is a bunch o greenbacks, but, like I said, I’ve been getting them a little at a time. Anyhoo, I know these pictures will not do justice of how fricking bright these units are. While in the store, Rural King, they had them on an endcap with 2 of t...

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Does what it says, just not enough light

Does what it says, just not enough light

01-03-2016 09:52 PM by ic3ss | 20 comments »

Shop lighting is on my to-do list this year. I found this light had a good review on LJ so I bought one at HD for $55 yesterday. It says it produces 4000 lumens at 4000K light temp. I can’t verify the light intensity but in my garage shop with the other lights off and the door closed, this is what it looked like. The picture is just slightly darker than reality but not much, this is pretty accurate. I know everything would be brighter if I went ahead with more of these for the re...

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Wrist Attached 3.25"x2.25" Dry Erase Board

Wrist Attached 3.25"x2.25" Dry Erase Board

01-01-2016 10:43 PM by Holbs | 9 comments »

Just started to use this thing. It’s awesome :) Many times during a project, I have 5,000 numbers and fractions flying through my head. I go measure something and move to cut it, just to forget what that measurement was. Measure twice and cut once. This little pad helps a great deal. It’s only $11 and cheaply made, but it is what it is. Elastic band to go around your arm (or leg or whatever application) secured via velcro. Comes with dry erase marker with the little white ...

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Home Depot HomeDepot BucketHead wet / Dry Vac

Home Depot HomeDepot BucketHead wet / Dry Vac

12-22-2015 03:44 AM by Jagerheister | 16 comments »

I heard about this bucket vac a few weeks ago. I needed something really portable, and didn’t want to make a huge investment. I purchased the vacuum at Homedepot for $21 plus a few more dollars for the bucket. I gave it 5 stars because it works, and it’s cheeper than dirt. My review is as follows: https://youtu.be/zyL5sQcQ2L4 If you like the video, please subscribe. Let me know if you have any questions about it, and I’ll get back with you. Thanks

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Fantastic quality, and great looks- but a big investment.

Fantastic quality, and great looks- but a big investment.

04-29-2015 03:57 PM by StumpyNubs | 7 comments »

I recently got my hands on a pair of high end headphones. Since I listen to music and audiobooks in the workshop, and I know a lot of others here do too, I thought I’d give them a quick review… First off, they’re stunning. I mean, look at these suckers! That’s hand carved ebony, which immediately appeals to me as a woodworker. Wearing these around the shop just makes me look good! Each set has a different look, with its own unique grain pattern. They come in a high ...

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Relief for my aching joints.

Relief for my aching joints.

02-26-2015 03:52 AM by Hopdevil | 19 comments »

Well, while I refuse to grow up, I must admit, I am growing older. My knees and my feet are complaining on a regular basis. My concrete floor is cold and hard (duh). My wife and I went to our local BJ’s Wholesale Club (like Sams and Costco) to get a membership. She had gotten a good deal on a membership through Living Social. As we were wandering the aisles, we came upon these floor mats. They come in a packet of 8 – 2 by 2 squares for a total of 32 square feet for I think @ $1...

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T5HO Lighting Fixture - cheap, lots of light, easy install

T5HO Lighting Fixture - cheap, lots of light, easy install

02-04-2015 03:59 PM by brtech | 12 comments »

I’ve hesitated to post a review for this, mostly because I wasn’t sure how long the offer on them that I used would last. It’s been nearly a year, so I’m going for it. This is an 8’ fixture (actually 92”), that holds two lamps. So they are end to end, not side by side. The lamps are not included. Buy the fixtures here:http://www.ebay.com/itm/LITHONIA-LIGHT-FIXTURE-2-BULB-120-277-VOLTS-MS5-1-54T5HO-277-OSPS-GMF-/121246665458?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_...

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Great apron for the price

Great apron for the price

12-12-2014 02:25 PM by BinghamtonEd | 4 comments »

I’ve been using this apron for about 3 months now, and for full disclosure, it is the first apron I’ve owned. I tried on a few others, but none of the other ones I tried fit well around my shoulders/neck. This apron looks to be similar to the 83200, which may have been discontinued in favor of this model. My initial reaction when I took it out of the box was that it seemed durable and well made. I had read other reviews that the material was thin, but I didn’t find thi...

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A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

11-20-2014 01:30 AM by Jeff Mazur | 6 comments »

Not much to say about this, just wanted to share my latest and probably cheapest shop acquisition. This AcuRite Temperature and Humidity Monitor cost me $10 at HD, has a clearly readable LCD display, shows current relative humidity, current temperature, hi/lo for each over last 24 hours, and gives you your choice of F or C display. For mounting, it has a spring-loaded belt-clip type device on the back with a pretty strong magnet built in (in the photo you see it mounted using just the magne...

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Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise.  What's not to like?

Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise. What's not to like?

03-25-2014 03:54 PM by JayT | 37 comments »

Like many woodworkers, I wanted to learn to make hand cut dovetails, but struggled with getting a precise joint. After some disappointing early results, I was ready to either quit or get some help. Somewhere along the line I had seen a blog post that linked a David Barron video where he used a magnetic saw guide. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of the 1:5 guides and hope that helped my joinery. I know that traditionally dovetails are 1:8 or 1:6, but since the ratio is fa...

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