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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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5000 lumen 4 ft LED light from Harbor Freight tools

5000 lumen 4 ft LED light from Harbor Freight tools

02-01-2020 01:52 AM by James Frederick | 9 comments »

I always new I needed more light in my Garage workshop, so I finally pulled the trigger on the 4ft 5000 lumen LED light fixtures from HF. I had to build a fixture to hold the lights in the optimal position to prevent shadows. Being HF I was a bit nervous but it was only $19.99 each, and some of my time. I must say I could not be more impressed with these lights. They are very light weight, come with chains, and are ready to go right out of the box. The before and after pictures tel the tal...

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LED shop light

LED shop light

08-08-2018 01:39 PM by hairy | 8 comments »

If I get more of these I will need sunglasses to work in my shop. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Lighting-2-8-ft-34-Watt-White-Integrated-LED-Shop-Light-SHLP-36IN-40K-80CRI-DNA/301158095 $15 at Home Depot. Great light. No switch, you have to plug in or use in a switched outlet. That suits me fine, I usually don’t turn on all the lights anyway.

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It's Daylight in My Shop

It's Daylight in My Shop

06-04-2018 04:10 PM by CharlesA | 14 comments »

I’m getting close to finishing up my new shop setup outside Atlanta. On the “Deals” thread on LJ I saw that these Feit lights were on sale at Costco. Online they’re $40/2 pack. Locally they were selling for $20/each. My first clue that somethign was up was when 2 different complete strangers, upon seeing them in my cart, told me what great lights they are! I linked them together in my garage (5 of them—1 more is installed separately). I plugged them into a ...

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Wanted a Workmate 425, but this is what was available locally...

Wanted a Workmate 425, but this is what was available locally...

04-05-2018 07:27 PM by Holt | 8 comments »

After loosing some tools and what not in a fire, i was left needing a portable work bench. My plan was to buy another Workmate 425 to replace my lost one, but there were none to be had locally. While looking for something similar i found these Kreg units at Lowe’s. The price was a little higher than the Workmate and they had no integrated vise, but they do support various Kreg clamping systems (the package includes one Kreg Bench Clamp). The system also provides a method of hooking two ...

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Drop down power for convenience

Drop down power for convenience

02-04-2018 08:57 PM by copythat | 8 comments »

I recently installed a couple circuit breakers and a bunch of electrical outlets on two walls of my garage shop. I really like having my machines plugged in and ready to go—even though I’m only using, at the most, two at a time. I hate having to bend over for a power cord or hunt for an available extension cord . . . maybe I’m just lazy! In any event, all of my hard work still required that my machinery in front of the garage doors and in the middle of the bays be powered...

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And then there was light!

And then there was light!

02-04-2018 07:58 PM by copythat | 10 comments »

I have a slightly oversized three car garage that I use as my wood shop. It came with three, four-foot, two-bulb, florescent light fixtures—one over each bay. It also came with three garage door openers, each with a low wattage, single bulb. When I turned on all the lights, it was not bad. However, I’m 52 and my eyes aren’t what they use to be. I don’t like to strain, and I like my work area to be bright. I bought five Metalux SLSTP LED Strip Shop Lights (#4SLSTP404...

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Digital Shop clock you can see any angle

Digital Shop clock you can see any angle

01-13-2018 03:37 AM by Rayne | 3 comments »

Anyone been looking for a robust, digital weather station that you can hang in your shop, see the temperature AND relative Humidity outside, inside, shop, AND can actually read it from any angle and most distances? If this is you, Marathon has the answer for you! I have been hunting down for a good weather station for my shop for a long time. I’ve tried several where it was just impossible to read at most angles if you’re not directly facing it. I looked at the details on this...

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A wonderful eyesight helper for tiny things!

A wonderful eyesight helper for tiny things!

12-24-2017 03:36 PM by Holbs | 4 comments »

I started to reshape a handsaw with my normal sight and then with my reading glasses (1.25 Power…Maybe prescription glasses for higher power would work instead of these). Both were not up to par for the tiny delicate work that was needed. I thought about jewelry professionals that use those monocles and that should be exactly what would work! Out searching I go… I eventually found this magnifier. Found out, can not use monocles as the item has to be a couple inches away from ...

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BLACK+DECKER BDH2010LP Platinum 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

BLACK+DECKER BDH2010LP Platinum 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

12-09-2017 05:23 AM by DeLayne Peck | 4 comments »

Small annoying messes, they accumulate around the drill press, on workbenches, and in inaccessible nooks and crannies. Until I pirated this cordless vac from the house, small piles were spread everywhere in my shop. The choice is: Leave a mess or haul a shop vac over. The 20v Max brings powerful suction to small jobs. Much more than the dustbusters of yore. Small chips, sawdust, debris, cookie crumbs and dirt quickly vanish. Obviously, there are limits to what can be picked up. Spi...

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