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Rather than buying a vacuum pump for clamping and veneering, connect Black Jack’s vacuum generator up to your air compressor as your vacuum source. You just need to make sure your compressor can supply 3CFM @ 90psi. Black Jack doesn’t state the pressure drop the generator can achieve, but all the retailers use 10psi drop in pressure for their example calculations.

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Yesterday we featured a product that can turn your a chisel into a plane; today we’ll show you a plane that you might use in some of the same operations where you’d use a chisel, like removing glue or trimming plugs. It also works well at trimming box and dovetail joints flush and cleaning up rabbets. You don’t want to use this plane like you would a normal plane though, because there’s no support in front of the blade.

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This cast-iron chisel holder from Veritas converts a 1″ beveled edge chisel into a rabbet or shoulder plane. The 1-3/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long by 2-1/2″ high chisel holder grips the chisel at a 45º angle with a solid brass thumbscrew. Once the chisel is properly seated, you can use it to clean up rabbets, tenons, and hinge recesses or cut 1″ wide grooves and dadoes up to 3/8″ deep.

Made in Canada, the Veritas chisel plane will run you $50 before shipping.

Chisel Plane [Lee Valley]

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Good Forstner bits can be expensive; you don’t want to just chuck them out when they get dull. You could bring them in to be sharpened, or you could do it yourself with a few simple tools that you can acquire separately or buy in a kit from several different retailers.

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Pocket screws allow you to quickly and easily join pieces. Several companies sell similar variations of the pocket screw jig, and they all work pretty much the same way. One exception is the Route-A-Pocket. It takes a few more tools and a little more effort, but produces what the manufacturer thinks is a better-looking and stronger joint.

Line up the Route-A-Pocket jig on your work piece, chuck the special router bit and a 3/4″ bushing into your router, and you’re ready to make the pocket. Once the pocket is cut, you stick the pilot hole drill bit into a bushing on the end of the jig and drill the hole.

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Most manufacturers sell adapters so you can use a router or a jigsaw with their saw track, but DeWalt also sells two accessories for their track saws that can both help align the track and be used as a layout tool.

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Made in Japan and sold by Lee Valley, these finger files allow you to shape wood in tight places, and being smaller than a full-sized file, they might offer a bit more control.

The coated stainless steel files have a medium-fine tooth pattern that can cut quickly and evenly in all directions, yet still leave a smooth finish. The edges of the files don’t have teeth, so you’ll only remove the material you want.  Forget about your file card too; these files supposedly resist clogging.

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Whether you created the emergency with the P.O.G.O. Pry Bar in the first place or the cause was totally unrelated, the P.O.G.O Pry Bar can help you shut off the gas before the situation gets any worse.

BRW intended the pry bar to be used in search-and-rescue applications — P.O.G.O. actually stands for Pry Off, Gas Off. The fact that it looks like a pry bar anybody might have in the toolbox just means that it’s a pretty useful design in a number of situations.

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With the proliferation of oscillating multi-tools, we’ve seen an array of new accessories — but the Dremel Multi-Flex is the most curious yet. Dremel designed the the Multi-Flex bracket, or yoke, to hold a variety of blades and wires for cutting and sanding materials such as wood, metal, and plastic.

The downside to this tool is the same as the old C-arm scroll saws — you don’t get a flat cut, as the yoke swings in an arc. But unlike a scroll saw, you’re holding it in your hand, so maybe you can compensate for this shortcoming.

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Custom LeatherCraft, known for their aprons and tool holders, has come up with a way to store some of those odd parts and tools that would otherwise end up buried in the bottom of your tool apron — stuff them into one of their clip-on zipper bags and hang it from your belt.

It looks like these bags are made from the same 600D polyester which their non-leather aprons and tool holders are made. They sell them in a three pack with a 9″ by 7″ bag, a 7″ by 6″ bag, and a 6″ by 5″ bag. Pricing starts around $7 for the set.

Clip-on Zipper Bags [Custom LeatherCraft]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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