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A (nearly) magnificent throne for the shop

A (nearly) magnificent throne for the shop

04-25-2022 04:12 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

Far superior to any other rolling shop stool I’ve bought, the DeWalt heavy duty rolling shop stool is pretty great. It supports me at a comfortable height (a few inches higher than the Craftsman stools I previously used), has a generous tray under the stool, and rolls (mostly) smoothly around the shop. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect are the wheels, which are small enough that they’ll hit a wood-chip on the floor and screech to a halt, threatening to tip me over. Larger whe...

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Ultimate Control is just One Foot away.

Ultimate Control is just One Foot away.

01-08-2022 12:56 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 11 comments »

Boy and Girls, Many claim that time is free, however, my claim is that time is precious and I will sacrifice shekels to make life easier and hoard whatever time I can muster up… even at a micro level time saving. So I’m always on the lookout for time saving devices… that statement itself is an oxymoron… ya moron (me)! I have a swag of remote controlled power adapters… be they power points or boards, ranging from foot operated, (tablesaw) some cradled for hand operation or can...

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Great $150 3D printer SOLD OUT!

Great $150 3D printer SOLD OUT!

12-19-2021 09:28 AM by Madmark2 | 21 comments »

Skip down to UPDATE for new general 3D printing tips: I’ve been on a Steam Punk kick and the latest iteration of my busy box is based on Arduino. For those that aren’t familiar, Arduino is a credit card sized embedded control computer that sells for about $30. They use these things to teach middle schoolers STEM. The kits come with an assortment of tiny circuit cards (about 1”-2” or so) that have M2 or #2 mounting holes. STEM education Arduino bits & bobs all...

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Bucket Boss Tool Sheath - Never lose your pencil again

Bucket Boss Tool Sheath - Never lose your pencil again

11-13-2021 02:58 AM by Fotodog | 21 comments »

Hello All,I just wanted to share this simple, inexpensive item with you because I find it so useful. I don’t like wearing an apron, so for a long time I wore a carpenter’s tool belt for my woodworking. That’s a bit cumbersome and overkill, so I started looking for something more compact to hole the 4 tools I’m always using: pencil, tape measure, small square, and knife. I also wanted something easy to put on and take off, and this has a stiff flap that slides under your belt. Everything is...

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Heavy Duty Basic Apron

Heavy Duty Basic Apron

08-07-2021 12:35 PM by EarlS | 11 comments »

I’ve been looking for a nice leather apron to replace the one I have that is showing it’s age. Several folks on LJ recommended Hide and Drink. I give this 3 stars - Pros: very heavy duty leather, nice length Cons: the neck strap design means all of the weight rests on the back of your neckthe waist strap has to be tied off behind your backno pencil pocketthe large pockets are at the perfect height to collect sawdust Improvements: With a few design changes this wo...

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Heavy Duty Wall Storage

Heavy Duty Wall Storage

02-14-2021 01:58 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

I’ve been reorganizing my 1 stall garage shop to re-claim more floor space and generally get the tools I use most often organized so I can find them quickly and easily. One obvious way to do that is to install a wall storage system such as peg board or a slat wall system. After looking at the pegboard system I decided it wasn’t heavy duty enough to handle the weight of the unifence and miter bars that I want to hang behind the table saw when they aren’t being used. In a...

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Another Bright shop equipment…

Another Bright shop equipment…

01-15-2021 09:34 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 11 comments »

Boys and Girls, There have been a number of illuminating reviews made recently and I thought I’d shed some light on this workshop addition. Many of us possess some bargain basement cordless 18V Ryobi tools and if they are in anyway operational, you will have at least one battery and if you are not a total penny pincher, may even own a few extra ones,(just don’t leave on the charger… they charge and then run down). If you happen to own a 18V Ryobi battery, read on… If you ...

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Commercial shelving unit

Commercial shelving unit

08-24-2020 02:19 PM by dbray45 | 2 comments »

When we took out our kitchen, we bought several of these to replace the removed cabinets while I made a new kitchen. For less than $100 each, they hold up to 1200 lbs are 18” deep and 4’ across, 6’ high. You come with 4 casters to make one large rack – or – the corner poles are 2 pieces so you can make 2 shorter racks and put them on wheels or not. I am using one in my shed for long term storage and on in my shop for small wood pieces, clamps, air hoses and ...

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Easy-to-assemble, good quality lumber rack

Easy-to-assemble, good quality lumber rack

08-22-2020 11:50 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 10 comments »

Amazon purchase. Needed to get some milled lumber off the floor and picked this product. Each arm rated for more than 100 pounds, I added a third rack to get more support to avoid sagging: the mfgr recommended 4’ spans but mine are 32” apart. Now some math. I bought two boxes of racks. Each box holds two wall mount assys: I have one Wall assy left over and will be buying one more box to get another three mount rack. But others may be okay with wider spans. Anyway, steel bars are soli...

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Nice, inexpensive shop lights

Nice, inexpensive shop lights

02-28-2020 12:43 PM by whope | 12 comments »

One of my fluorescent lights went out in my garage shop and I was already planning on redoing my shop layout so I started looking at upgrading my lights. The big blue box store had a nice LED light but they appear to no longer stocking that item. So I checked the jungle and found these in 6-packs for $44 a pack. The one I was looking at were $21 each, so much cheaper. Wanting to put 4 per bay in the garage, I ordered 2 packs and 3 sets of 5’ connector cables. My son was in town, s...

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