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I thought I had snagged a pretty good deal a couple of days ago at Menards when I bought two 6″ Irwin Mini Quick Grip clamps for $10 after a $5 rebate. Then I stumbled upon the above display at Home Depot — an eight-piece set of clamps including: two 6″ and two 12″ inch mini clamps, two 2″ spring clamps, and two 2″ Handi-Clamps for $25 total, no rebate required.

Personally, I don’t use spring clamps very often, so in my opinion they don’t add much value to the set. I also wouldn’t pay more that a few bucks a piece for the Handi-Clamps since I’ve only used mine once, but I never have enough Mini Quick Grip clamps. And four for $25 isn’t such a bad deal.

I’m not sure when the deal ends, but the display was in Home Depot’s “gifts” section, so presumably they plan on selling it either until Christmas or until they run out of stock. So if you’re looking for stuff to put on your Christmas list, this set is a pretty safe bet — I know it’s going on mine.

Irwin Clamp Set [Home Depot]

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The single most common question we hear about our building supplies is: “Where do you get [insert material stock here] for that price?” Surprisingly enough, the answer is the same place you do most of the time: the big box. We just strike at different times.

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We’ve covered cheap mortising attachments here before, but this Orion mortising attachment at Woodcraft looks like it’s a much higher grade tool.

The Orion supposedly fits most drill presses with 2-5/8″, 2″, 1-7/8″, 1-1/2″ (think DP350) diameter quills. It features a micro adjustable fence which can hold work pieces up to 4-1/2″ thick. The mortising attachment also comes with hold down rods, a setup block, and 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ chisels.

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I can’t speak for any other area, but here in North Texas cycling seems to be steadily climbing to become one of the most popular outdoor activities (hey, we love soccer now, too — anything can happen). Recently even I started to re-familiarize myself with the West’s new favorite saddle. This, of course, brings the dilemma of shop space: Vehicles and tools/storage get the floor; everything else steps aside.

Amazon is currently selling the Racor PBH-1R ceiling-mounted bike lift for $18.43, more than half off normal retail, and Prime eligible. The specs: one 48-foot rope with a locking mechanism good for ceilings up to 14 feet high, a solid steel hardware pulley system, a rope cleat, and a couple of wood screws. Installation’s up to you (make sure to drag out the stud finder for drywall) and requires only a few basic hand tools — a Phillips screwdriver, drill with 1/8″ bit, and tape measure. Racor says the system will hold up to 50 lbs., though if you ask me, that’s on the heavy side for a bike.

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If you’ve been looking to pull the trigger on some inexpensive benchtop gear from Skil, Lowe’s may have your deal going on right now. From now until the 14th of June, you can get 15 percent off select benchtop products like table or bandsaws.

Sure, it doesn’t apply to everything they’ve got, but there are four or five models to pick from in the lineup and consumer-level gear is better than no or broken bench tools.

Be it Father’s day or just because you feel like it, it’s not going to last long. This isn’t a rebate type of thing — they’re just knocking it off the top and moving them out, we suspect, for newer models coming in behind them.

[Lowes]

 

When Sean reviewed the GRR-Ripper almost three years ago (TM 6/19/07), most of the comments indicated it was too expensive at ~$70. Well, through May 29, 2010, Woodcraft has it available for $59.99, a $20 reduction from its current list price. Amazon has it for the same $59.99 price (they’re linked to Rockler). The GRR-Ripper grips and hold both sides of the work piece, and can be used on table saws, router tables, and jointers.

Any more TM users of the GRR-Ripper since Sean reviewed it? What do you think? Is this a Dealmonger @ $59.99?

Micro Jig GRR-Ripper System [Woodcraft]
GRR-Ripper Adjustable Push Block Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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This morning I was out at a friend’s garden helping her place fencing around some tomato plants. Since the pre-made garden fences for sale in our area are too narrow for our boisterous plants (and okay, we waited a few weeks too long to enclose them), we set to the task of unwinding some smaller-diameter fences we had lying around and patching them with separate pieces of garden fencing.


Our un-weeded glory

As it turns out, my friend’s tool collection is a bit thin, and we had a tough time unwinding and re-hooking wire without the appropriate tools. This brings me to the Black Rhino fencing pliers, which are designed to grap, strip, bend, pry, or whack any bit of fencing you please, and would have been quite helpful in this situation. I initially looked at Irwin’s nickel-chromium pliers which have heavier-duty handles, but the drop forged steel Black Rhinos are cheaper at only $14.49, and just fine for this purpose.

Any skilled garden-fencers out there? Share your expertise in comments!

Via Amazon [What’s This?]

 

While supplies last, Lee Valley has a 1200W heat gun for $19.95. This gun has a two-speed fan (7.3 and 15 cfm) and a dial-operated variable-heat control, shown below, from 110° F to 930° F (45° C to 500° C). For safety, they encased the gun’s heating element in ceramic and added a thermostat to prevent overheating.

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For a limited time, Rockler has their HPL Router Station available for $399.99. The HPL, shown above, has a 24″ × 32″ high-pressure laminate top, a 3″ tall 32″ long fence, the FX aluminum router lift, and 32″ tall solid steel leg set (1/8″ thick). Cabinets and shelves can be added using the pre-drilled holes in the legs.

The top has “two easy-access fence slots, an 8-point plate leveling and locking system, and an aluminum miter track.” The FX lift has a 3/8″ thick aluminum plate and accepts the following routers: Porter-Cable 690/890 series, Bosch 1617-16-18, DeWalt 610, 616, and 618.

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Large machine purchases are not as common as they were a few years ago — to try to combat this issue, the folks at Delta are bringing the rebates. From now until May 31st Delta is offering a $100 mail-in rebate if you purchase select woodworking machines and the base for it.

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