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Why did I wait so long??

Why did I wait so long??

968 days ago by Tedstor | 10 comments »

Easily accessible power is priceless in the shop. While installing new outlets would have been the preferable remedy, it wasn’t particularly practical in my case. This cord reel has solved a lot of problems for me. At 30 ft, its long enough to reach any point in my workshop/garage, and can even reach onto my driveway if necessary. And being mounted on the ceiling makes it easy to manage the cord, keeping it off the floor and away from my feet. The reel includes all the needed hardware t...

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Just the ticket--especially for Festool Boom Arm users.

Just the ticket--especially for Festool Boom Arm users.

1016 days ago by thiel | 1 comment »

Gang, I’m still recovering from the flood (going well!) but having tired myself out already this week, I figured I’d post a review or two. I got the boom arm for my Festool C26 and was shocked to find out that once you install it, you have no place to wrap the (ample) vac cord. A bit of research to find the solution. These cord wrap hooks from Lee Valley mount to almost any kind of tube/bar/board and are just the thing! They also toggle toward the center to allow a quic...

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Iron Dog Tape Clip with 3 Pockets

Iron Dog Tape Clip with 3 Pockets

1030 days ago by TexAus | 1 comment »

I thought I’d post some pics of a little pouch that I love. It is just the right size to hold my tape measure, utility knife, pencils, etc. It has a nice clip on the back so you can easily clip it to your belt or pants. It is very light, has excellent build quality, and looks pretty cool to boot. And the price is not bad either. http://www.shop.irondogtoolgear.com/Tape-Clip-with-3-Pockets-70016.htm

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Ridgid 6hp/14 gal shop vacuum

Ridgid 6hp/14 gal shop vacuum

1046 days ago by gfadvm | 13 comments »

I have 2 of these [my wife stole one for the clinic]. The oldest is 6 or 7 years old. It has survived everything we have thrown at it. The reason I decided to post this review: I was planing some Jatoba today and my dust collection system clogged up again. Taking it apart and running a snake is a pain so I thought I’d try something. I hooked the Ridgid to the clogged 4” line about 16 feet in front of the clog and turned it on. To my surprise the fix was instant! I decided to revie...

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Excellent value - Nothing close at this price point.

Excellent value - Nothing close at this price point.

1048 days ago by TheBossQ | 18 comments »

I’ve been wanting to separate my mechanical tools from my woodworking stuff. I purchased this roller cabinet recently at Harbor Freight after weeks of failed searching for a used Snap-On unit in my price range. It gets quite good reviews on Harbor Freight’s website and another independent forum. Pros:Excellent price point – With $349.99 coupon, I was out the door under $400 with tax.Heavy gauge steel sheet used in construction. – Weighs nearly 300lbs.Durable powder ...

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Keeping it clean - aprons in the shop

Keeping it clean - aprons in the shop

1101 days ago by coloradoclimber | 3 comments »

Like most of you guys and gals, when I get a chance to run out into the shop off I skedaddle. If I do think ahead I change into my grubby jeans and tee shirt, if I don’t think ahead I start working in whatever good clothes I’m wearing. And probably like most of you when my hands get dirty, or if I get glue on my fingers, or finish, or whatever, I just wipe them on my jeans, or shirt tail, whatever piece of cloth that is handy. Not Anymore !!! No more tracking glue and shavin...

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Keep the wet stuff off the dry stuff.

Keep the wet stuff off the dry stuff.

1111 days ago by juicegoose | 13 comments »

Happen to be in the paint department of the local big box store and saw these little beauties. They will fit on all cans, pint,quart, gallon all you have to do is clip them on the inner rim of the can. I tried them on a little can of of sealcoat and it works perfectly. No spilling or finishing going down the side of the can. Cost around 99 cents.

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Guide-99"

Guide-99"

1161 days ago by alan coon | 5 comments »

I got this a few mo. ago it’s 99” inside clamp,3 1/2 wide alum./ with 1/4 T-Track each side. Have had no flex at all ,wish i had this yr’s ago . If your cutting 4×8 ply. this is well worth the $. Have built a couple sets of cab’s with this as i cut on the foor,can’t man handle 4×8’s on the TS by my self any more. Rip and cross cuts good as on TS. Love this thing. Got it from Rockler by the way.

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Central Machinery Mobile Base

Central Machinery Mobile Base

1178 days ago by gardentiger | 9 comments »

Excellent base for your lighter machines. Not a cinch to put together but not bad either. Can’t find much I don’t like about it. Gave it four stars so as not to be accused unpatriotic. Buy USA product until you can’t afford them anymore.

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Pegboard Hooks that stay put

Pegboard Hooks that stay put

1179 days ago by brtech | 3 comments »

It’s a given, the hooks for pegboard come out when you try to take your tool off the hook. You just learn to live with the problem. Sure, good hooks work better than cheap hooks, but the all have the same basic problem. Not these. These are beefy plastic hooks that have one angled peg and one straight peg. You hold the hook at an angle, push in the angled pin, rotate the hook until it’s straight and push in the straight hook. They fit in the pegboard very tightly. In fac...

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