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From people who brought you the Tri-Vise comes the Lumber Lok, which securely supports most conventional lumber sizes above the ground so you can cut, notch, drill, or perform other operations.

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When I covered a cigarette lighter flashlight a while ago, many people commented that it was a cool idea, but it just wasn’t executed very well. Maybe rather than having your flashlight live in your cigarette lighter, it might be more practical to take a regular-looking flashlight and build in an auto adapter so it can be recharged right in your car without any special cables. Out of the few entries in this category, I looked into two that looked the most promising: an OEM flashlight from Duluth Trading Company and a model from Dorcy.

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We’re going to ignore the cute play on words in the PakRatchet’s name and concentrate on its functionality. Both the PakRatchet and its little brother, the Pocket PakRatchet, store a set of sockets and an extension right in the handle so you can grab the ratchet and go.

The full-size PakRatchet stores seven sockets and a 3″ extension in the handle. The 3/8″ drive ratchet is available in both metric and imperial versions — it’s made from a high-torque composite that’s non-conductive and resists corrosion. The 6-point sockets are chrome vanadium steel.

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Yesterday we posted a Mastercraft tool from Canadian Tire that turned an ordinary drill into a hammer drill. Today we look at their impact driver adapter, which turns a drill into an impact driver and supposedly can increase its torque by an order of magnitude.

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If you only need a hammer drill occasionally, perhaps you could get by with this Mastercraft hammer drill adapter. After chucking the adapter into your drill, you activate the hammering action by holding onto the adapter while you operate the drill.

The adapter requires a drill with at least a 3/8″ chuck. If you want to use the adapter with a cordless drill it should probably be a 12V or higher model. Canadian Tire retails this hammer drill adapter for $25. And for some reason, Duluth Trading Company charges $35 for their seemingly identical version.

Hammer Drill Adapter [Canadian Tire]
Hammer Drill Adapter [Duluth Trading Company]

Are your customers tired of seeing more of you then they paid for? Duluth Trading Company thinks they have the answer — their Tongtail T. The extra three inches at the bottom of the shirt should cover your butt whether you leave your shirt tails hanging out or tuck ‘em in.

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For years this curiously-shaped block was bolted to my dad’s workbench. I’d never seen him use it and had no idea what it was for. When I managed to drop a bolt down a Y-pipe in my teens, he busted out a wire hanger and began twisting it around to form a bolt grabber using the pegs and shapes on this little jig. I felt like a door had just been opened.

Just unwind a hanger and start winding it through the forms and pegs to create almost whatever shape you’re looking for. The straight channels let you make bends to any degree up to 90, and the pegs allow you to create intricate curves. The two forms on the end create corners and half moons which can be compounded to form other shapes entirely.

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Folks who engage in the longstanding shop tradition of “puttering” normally come up with some fun stuff around holiday time. It’s a curious happening that goes down in the space between the holidays and the time when you have to go back to the office. The wrench stocking holder reminds me of something that might have resulted from this tinkering time.

Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like — a metal plate with a bent 6” wrench at the other end. It looks kind of cool, actually. Then again a little time in the shop and a few tools from the junk bin and you could have something equally good in no time.

However if you feel the need to have this one, it’s on sale at Duluth’s for $10.

Wrench Stocking Hanger [Duluth]

 

Speaking of multi-tools (e.g., TM 11/20/09), I just saw the Level Best2 in one of those card pack mailers — PRODUCTS FOR WOODWORKERS. RECESSION BUSTING DISCOUNT COUPONS INSIDE! — that I usually toss into the recycle bin. This “ideal portable tool” comes in 12″ and 6″ sizes, and, if you order one 12″ version now using code LB2, you will “Get One 6″ Tool FREE!” — only $19.95 plus S&H, which appears to be $4.95. If you don’t like yellow, you can get a Level Best2 in blue, violet, or pink, also. They are pretty clear on its four uses: level, plumb, square, and ruler.

Web pricing starts around $6 for the 6″ and $10 for the 12″, so, depending on S&H from other sites, the bundle from the manufacturer could be a good deal. But is this a useful tool? What do you think?

Level Best2 [Manufacturer's Site]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]
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Over the last few years a host of multitools have hit the marketplace with almost every conceivable combination of tools known to man. The Xtreme Tool Kit goes one step further with the addition of actual sockets. We’re guessing the marketing team was desperately searching for something to set their new rig apart.

At least, that’s what we’re hoping happened. The Xtreme Tool Kit features 5 screwdrivers — mini and regular flathead — Phillips and mini torx, an LED flashlight and a multi-wrench with 6mm, 8mm and 10mm sockets.

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