I was trained as a machinist, and finding angles always drove me up the wall. For some reason, I find it really hard to trust my own math when creating fixtures with Joe blocks and sine plates, and wind up verifying everything seven ways. Denali has a little something that may take the sting out.
While digital protractors like this have been around for a while, it’s hard to pass up Amazon’s $23 price on this one. Strictly speaking, it may not be accurate enough for precision work, but +/- 1 degree is more than enough for woodworking and sheet metal layout. +/- 1 degree is probably the best you’d get with a steel protractor. More accurate versions are available from Bosch, but ninety percent of the time, Denali’s little 11-incher should be plenty, and it’ll save you a lot of close-up guesswork.
While it is assumed that most of our readers have outfitted themselves with a set of the common tools, this Denali 115-piece Home Repair Kit might be a good idea for those that haven’t.
The Denali kit includes a hammer, 4 pliers, 16 Allen wrenches, a ratcheting screwdriver with over 60 bits, 88 drill bits (but no drill), a utility knife and a pretty big bag to store it all.
On sale at Amazon for $45, the Denali Home Repair Kit appears to be practical enough for most basic home repair/home improvement jobs that appear on the weekly “honey do” list.
If you’re in the market for a cheap portable workbench, you can pick up this Denali benchtop work stand over at Amazon for $20. The bench’s steel frame and strong bamboo top will hold a hefty 60 lbs, and the whole unit weighs a reasonable 7-1/2 lbs. You can secure the workstation to most smooth surfaces with four heavy-duty suction cups.
The worktop features a protractor and ruler, in both SAE and metric units. You can insert the four included pegs into 18 available slots. You’ll have to throw another $5 worth of merch into your cart to qualify for the free shipping, which is a better value than paying the standard shipping rate.
Amazon is selling this Denali 10″ Compound Miter Saw right now for $60 with free shipping. Sure, it’s not the finest miter saw you’ll find, but hey — if you’ve got $60 spare dollars, you can have a miter saw! It’s got a 14 amp motor, adjusts from zero degrees to 47 degrees with five positive stop positions, and includes a one-year warranty.
Sizod writes: “It’s made by Denali and it’s $49.99 plus free shipping from Amazon, and with a 4-out-of-5 star rating it might be worth a look.” From Amazon’s description:
- Powerful 14 amp motor allows for tough cutting applications
- Polished base delivers miter cuts from 0-47 degrees with five positive stops
- Uniquely designed bevel adjustment handle for tighter clamping force and accuracy
- Spindle lock button for quick and easy blade change and work-piece clamp for securing materials
- 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty
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