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]
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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Inevitably there’s times in your shop that you need a few screws of a certain type, but in order to get them you have to buy a 1lb box — and you always wondered why the old man kept glass jars full of miscellaneous screws. Get a head start on a lifetime of collecting things in glass jars with McFeely’s 5 or 10lb boxes of assorted screws.
McFeely’s is liquidating tons of mixed fasteners left over from their packaging operation, and rather than throwing them out they’re putting them in boxes and shipping them to your doorstep. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get any specific mix, but all of the leftovers are their top-quality screws, such as stainless screws, concrete screws, and plated screws of all varieties — some of which sell for more than $20/lb.
Get the 5lb box for $13 or the 10lb box for $25. You pay around $8 shipping for the first box, and each additional box adds a few bucks. Limited quantities are available — they’re only selling what’s on hand, not creating batches of mixed screws on purpose.