Being as I am not very good at woodworking, I feel the need to pay back for some of the help LJs have given me. So here are some things that could be used as stocking stuffers that would not break the bank. Some of these products may require a “tweek” to be perfect, all have been tried and tested by me, so I’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.
Measuring Tape is always a very useful item to have around especially if you are into Jig making. Sadly these tapes are pretty expensive for a 2 or 3 foot length, but I have found a source that can supply all kinds, colors, graduations, widths you could ever need. This one roll I purchased for $7.52. It is 1/2” wide and has 50 yards on it. You can review all their tapes at FindTape.com
While we are on measuring I’d like to recommend a tape measure to you. I purchased one on a whim and I have been thankful that I have had it many times. It features graduations on BOTH sides of the tape, so if you are holding the tape up high you can still read the measurement from underneath. Simple but saves a lot of cuss words. It is available from Amazon for $6.50 – made in Taiwan.
Since I’m new to woodworking, safety has been a great concern and I have invested in jigs and holders for safe operations. The Small Parts Holder below left is one I purchased to hold small pieces on a routertable. I paid $19.95 for it.
The larger picture shows my original purchase ($19.95 from a WW store) side by side to a HF purchase which cost $1.97. They are exactly the same – made in Taiwan.
Of course you can never have enough clamps, especially for a drill press. so you might want to consider the following:
The one on the left I purchased from Amazon for $23.48 and the one on the right (which IS all steel) I got from HF for $1.77.
You may be interested in a featherboard. Here are 2 examples on ones I have tweeked to suit may needs.
The one on the left cost $22+ and the one on the right cost $5.99 from HF. The HF one also has a level vial in a dial setting with degrees plus a magenetic strip on one side for it to stand upright on a metal surface. Notice that the miter slot guides are pretty awful on each. So it’s and easy modification to make them right. The pictues below show I only replaced the miter slider bar to make them perfect. Both these units are well made, the HF is from Taiwan.
Lastly here are 2 Foot Switches that I have found to be of great help. Usually an On/Off foot switch or a “Billy” deadman’s peddle switch costs from $22.00 to $28.00. The ones shown are from HF and are exactly the same ones as sold in WW stores.
Well that’s all I have for now. Maybe some will find this interesting and maybe get some budget minded stocking stuffers for friends or for yourself.
A Merry Christmas to One and All – I hope you all get Stuffed.
-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.