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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 12-06-2009 04:35 AM 1400 reads 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.
Here goes:
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
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.



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#1 posted 12-06-2009 04:51 AM

some nice stocking stuffers roger…i like the one for holding small items with use of the router…im going to get that one…...thanks for the good suggestions…...so can i crack a joke now…..or should i keep this a stright forward no nonsense thread….......i shall keep it straight…....and ya know i have to say something here..ive seen thses cookies from rockler…..if im not totaly wrong…cant a piece of plywood and the same rubber stuff do the same as those do…and for a mush lower cost…..has anyone made there own cookies…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 05:10 AM

well i guess i better boost moral here…im the only on to post so far for you roger…, that was my dads name…..you wanna be my daddy….....i can cook good….....and will turn your elecrtic blanket on when needed…...but ive got to go…the boss said she needs the phone line…....goodnight jocks….if i dont rise in the morning…god bless you all…....and thankyou so much for your friendship and help…...amen….....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 05:21 AM

hey roger ,
these are nice stuffers , some i have , but they will make good presents for ww friends .
and a good review !

althought i think you cheated just a bit at the end !
( i saw that on the other post ) .

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 05:24 AM

Good ideas Roger.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 05:40 AM

Roger, What is the clamp with a riing on it for?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 05:43 AM

David, I can’t say enough good things about the tape measure and the small part holder. I never imagined that the tape measure was all that useful – but it is, and I find myself choosing it over all the rest I have. The small part holder is easy and fast to clamp and it gives me more confidence routing medium to small pieces – and for what it costs and the safety it provides, it is a must have.

-- 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.

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 05:45 AM

thats the one i have !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 12-06-2009 05:50 AM

Topomax, It’s a drill press press clamp, the ring you see is an eyebolt that goes through the drill press table opening so that you can tighten it to the table. With a little bit of ingenuity though you could make this clamp adapted to run on a miter rail on a router table or saw. For the money you can’t beat it. You can always modify it to serve another purpose.

-- 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.

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 06:15 AM

I’ve got a couple of Drill Press clamps like the first picture but I got it at HF about 5 years ago. I’ve not seen the small parts one but here is an addition to your list.

I was walking through HF on Black Friday and I kept running into the same gentleman. We were going opposite ways in the same isles. So we stopped and talked a couple of times. The last time was in the pliers aisle. He leaned over and picked up a wire cutter and he said that they were the best toenail clippers he’s ever had. He showed it to me and I put it in my cart and told him to get another.

I’ve since gone back and picked up three more for my wife and a couple for the shop. Price 1.99 They truly the best clippers I’ve used.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 06:51 AM

I thought it looked like a clamp you would put on the side of an overhead I-beam to tie something off or use for lifting:-)) I didn’t know it unscrewed to attach to a drill press table. I’ve always used a couple of machinist vises on my drill press when I need to hold something.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 09:13 AM

Hey Roger,
Nice review…informative and well done.

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 11:06 AM

Roger good ideas there but I find myself unfamiliar with the HF reference…never mind worked it out…no HF here thought.
Hey there Grizz
Just a few “cakes” I made from ply and router mat.
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-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 12-06-2009 11:24 AM

Roger good job! I like that tape measure, neat idea. And the HF router holder and feather boards. I’ll have to take one of my HF 15% or 20% coupons and go get some, for that price you can’t go wrong. If they send me the coupons I’ll use them even if the stuff is already cheap! I like wood feather board better but hey, at that price what the heck. Think I’ll print his out for easy shopping!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 12-06-2009 03:46 PM

Nice gift ideas, Took me a while to figure out Hf also.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 12-06-2009 04:37 PM

Guys, thanks for the responses. HF is of course is Harbor Freight, which is really 2 seperate companies – the physical stores and the online store – owned by a father and son, seperate companies that work together. You have to be selective when purchasing HF stuff because they do have a lot of “not so good” products, but for comsumables and selective items at a bargain price they can’t be beat. Karson’s example is typical, you can find a simple tool for uses other than what it was designed for: note that the tool he refers to costs $1.99.
The Small Parts holder is almost a give away at $1.97 and works on router tables, sanders and saws – I’d get several of them.
The tape measure is more useful than you think and the HF Feather Board is very good.
If you have time to spare, a walk around a HF store or an online visit you might find something of interest. Just be careful at what you select.

-- 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.

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