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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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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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