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Central Machinery Mobile Base (Video Review)

Central Machinery Mobile Base (Video Review)

04-28-2012 10:13 PM by ParksArt | 5 comments »

Here’s my review of the Central Machinery Mobile Base from Harbor Freight…

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Tool Band-It By Billy Mays!

Tool Band-It By Billy Mays!

04-04-2012 02:33 PM by Dallas | 15 comments »

OK, Don’t laugh. My wife was browsing through a small Korean Dollar store in College Station whilst I was doing some serious research at Harbor Freight.In a big tub of discounted stuff that she found was a whole pile of “Tool Bandit’s” magnetic arm bands. She bought one on a whim, for 50ยข and put it in the trunk with the rest of her loot.When we got home she gave it to me I was somewhat surprised and the first thing I noticed was the weight of the thing. Probably...

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Makita 18v Li-Ion Cordless Blower(BUB182Z)

Makita 18v Li-Ion Cordless Blower(BUB182Z)

03-27-2012 04:19 AM by rance | 10 comments »

How to clean your shop(and other places too)I have the blessed opportunity to use a very good friend’s shop whenever I want. There are two really good things about working there: 1) He has sattellite radio piped in. That means I can listen to 50’s music all day long. He was listening to it before I got there so there’s no battle on what station to set it on. He also likes gospel music from time to time which I also enjoy. A great environment, and a very gracious friend to...

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Super Shop Geek Saftey Gear

Super Shop Geek Saftey Gear

01-30-2012 07:43 AM by newplane | 3 comments »

My old shop glasses had about a million scratches (and half as many layers of some finish) on them and were a nuisance to work with. There were so many times I would forgo proper eye safety so that I could just see what I was doing. (don’t judge me Norm) When I was looking for a light for my bandsaw I saw these amazing 007 geek-squad safety ringers, and I knew that I could toss the old jalopy specs. I tell you what friends they are awesome! Wearing them in the shop I forgot that I had ...

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Spirderman's Flashlight!

Spirderman's Flashlight!

01-30-2012 07:25 AM by newplane | 0 comments »

Well I have to admit I have put off too long getting a light for my bandsaw. I was in Woodcraft today and they wanted almost $60.00 for a magnetic LED light for bandsaws. My wife and I were at the PXtra (store on base) today and I wondered over to the tools…and found this little guy! The great thing is that he can stick to any metal surface. I have used it on the jointer ( to see light between the fence and square..or lack there of), and of course the Bandsaw. It is great when I am free...

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Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

01-27-2012 10:58 PM by TechRedneck | 6 comments »

When I am in the shop, I want to have my essential small tools handy. Pencil, small square, DC Remote, Marker, Marking Gauge, tape measure, Center rule and whatever. I started with a cheap cotton apron that came over the neck and tied in the back. When I added tools it became a little heavy and dug into the back of my neck. I wanted an apron that came over the shoulders and was easy to put on and take off. This seems to fit my needs with a few exceptions. Likes: 1. Heavy cotton with...

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Woodgears.ca Amazing Customer Service

Woodgears.ca Amazing Customer Service

01-10-2012 04:42 AM by dakremer | 24 comments »

I have been following Matthias (as are many) for a while now. You can check out his website here if you havent seen it yet. Hes got some amazing plans you can buy, some for free, and a lot of great woodworking tips It wasnt until recently I decided to buy one of his plans (his 3D router pantograph). I had some trouble printing out his plans to scale, and was getting very frustrated. I emailed him and we finally got it figured out after several rounds of messages. On top of his amazing ...

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Sturdy lumber rack is easy to install

Sturdy lumber rack is easy to install

12-27-2011 01:37 AM by Elizabeth | 9 comments »

Right now this Rockler product (item 39227) is on sale for $20, normally $30, and as I’ve had my eye on it for a little while I decided to go for it and ordered three sets shortly before Christmas. I installed and loaded up all three sets within two hours this morning and am very pleased at the quality of the product. Each set includes two 24” tracks, six 14” shelf brackets and six screws. With my new magnetic studfinder (also reviewed recently) it was a piece of cake t...

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Why did I wait so long??

Why did I wait so long??

12-06-2011 05:24 AM by Tedstor | 11 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.

10-19-2011 03:57 AM 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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