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Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

12-20-2014 04:44 PM by JoeinGa | 11 comments »

As I age, I find my grip just isn’t as strong as it used to be. Simply opening a pickle jar is sometimes a pain and this carries over into my shop as well, especially during the colder weather. Several years ago I had several glue-ups fail while making cutting boards and upon close inspection I realized it was because the clamps could have been tighter during the gluing process. I had also noticed that sometimes my hands would slip on the smooth wooden handles of my Jorgy clamps. N...

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Milwaukee Heat Gun

Milwaukee Heat Gun

12-16-2014 11:20 PM by Dallas | 2 comments »

About 8 days ago my heatgun went Titsup on my. It wasn’t much, just a cheap Craftsman from about 35 years ago and it worked OK but never seemed to be that great.So a few days ago I was playing on the Bay of E and found a Milwaukee Dual Heat unit for $5, buy it now with $5 shipping.I figured that if it was junk, I wouldn’t lose much so I bought it.It arrived today and I had to try it out for it’s intended purpose, which for me is bending the binding for guitars. I was cert...

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Green Wood Craft - Part of the BBC Mastercrafts Series

Green Wood Craft - Part of the BBC Mastercrafts Series

12-15-2014 07:35 AM by Druid | 8 comments »

I’ve been watching a few BBC programs on “old”crafts, and they are really interesting. The first one that caught my attention was on working with green wood, and here’s the link to it (and the others in the series). The “outdoor workshops” and the hand tools are mostly things that we don’t see these days. You might also find the “workshop” construction interesting for outdoor demonstrations such as craft fairs. Each topic is split into 4 ...

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Single-purpose freebie: Paper cutter

Single-purpose freebie: Paper cutter

12-14-2014 04:54 AM by paxorion | 5 comments »

Harbor Freight item 60274, 47877 is one of the many freebies I stock up on. I wouldn’t call it a multi-purpose tool. My family has one purpose for them: to cut paper, and usually coupon trimming. Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I seem to only cut HF coupons with these scissors, sometimes for more scissor freebies. My wife uses them to trim coupons when we are on a long drive. The complaints I have for this too are: They may be relatively sharp at first but dull very qui...

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Light duty freebie that I treat as a consumable

Light duty freebie that I treat as a consumable

12-14-2014 04:42 AM by paxorion | 2 comments »

The smallest Harbor Freight tarp (item numbers 953, 69248, 69136, 69128) comes up as a freebie every now and then. I stock up on these whenever I see the freebie. The tarp is very thin and very light duty. I treat them as consumables and generally don’t expect them to last more than a couple of uses. I’ve had 2 of them tear on me after snagging a sharp corner of something. Usually they serve to line the minivan when picking up lumber (or an annual Christmas tree), or cover u...

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Excellent but Elusive Freebie.  Hard to get this wrong.

Excellent but Elusive Freebie. Hard to get this wrong.

12-14-2014 04:35 AM by paxorion | 1 comment »

I have one of these magnetic parts holder and I have one more freebie coupon to use. Like the 6” counterpart, as a parts organizer, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do: keep the screws in place where I need it. My opinion is the same for this 4” parts organizer and the 6” parts organizer. At the current price of $3 (sans any coupon you might use), it’s hard to get it wrong, and it’s probably coming from the same factory line in China that other stores sell for more...

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Great Freebie when the coupon appears.  Hard to get this wrong.

Great Freebie when the coupon appears. Hard to get this wrong.

12-14-2014 04:31 AM by paxorion | 1 comment »

I’ve been lucky to pick up 2 of these guys with HF freebie coupons in the last few months. As a parts organizer, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do: keep the screws in place where I need it. At the current price of $4 (sans any coupon you might use), it’s hard to get it wrong, and it’s probably coming from the same factory line in China that other stores sell for more. Would I pay for it? Well I got by without it before getting them as freebies. Now I have...

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Broke in 15 minutes.  Waste of a freebie.  Get something else

Broke in 15 minutes. Waste of a freebie. Get something else

12-14-2014 04:24 AM by paxorion | 0 comments »

Harbor Freight Items 61319 and 45807 look good in picture but don’t be fooled. It is not an LED light. It is not bright and gets hot when on. I highly doubt it would be comfortable to use. The kicker that made me really regret wasting a HF trip freebie, this thing broke within 15 minutes of getting it out of the package. Sure my daughter and I were swinging it (gently?) like a slingshot and (gently?) tossing it to each other, but I say it simulates being jostled around in a tool ...

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Don't pay for it.  It might be useful to spread around for convenience.

Don't pay for it. It might be useful to spread around for convenience.

12-14-2014 04:17 AM by paxorion | 7 comments »

Harbor Freight item 47770 is a screw driver set I often see as a no-purchase freebie. The screw driver is a very hard plastic and highly uncomfortable to use for hand driving screws. I’ve only found 2 uses for them: Convenience – I scattered a few of the philips head screwdrivers around the house for the occasional battery change on one of my kids toys. Unconventional use – I keep the flat heads in my cars as it came in handy once to pop off the plastic tabs that ho...

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My go-to HF Freebie.  Keep a look out for no-purchase freebie coupons.

My go-to HF Freebie. Keep a look out for no-purchase freebie coupons.

12-14-2014 04:03 AM by paxorion | 5 comments »

The Harbor Freight item numbers 69111 and 69052, is a mini LED flashlight that is my go-to HF freebie. This is also one of the products that continues to pop up as a no-purchase freebie. I keep them all over my car and house because I pick one up with a no-purchase coupon almost every time I am at HF and don’t buy anything. From a performance standpoint, the LEDs are bright, and it will do the job. Since I have them scattered (at least 2) in every room of my house, I never have to...

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