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There are tons of different shelf support systems on the market, but not every system works well in every situation. FastCap’s Speed Brace has features that may make it a better choice when it comes to certain tasks.

The first and most notable feature is an alignment notch that FastCap claims makes aligning many supports easy. Just install a straight cleat level on the wall and the Speed Brace’s 1-1/2″ by 1-1/2″ notch slips over the cleat, making aligning each brace almost foolproof. I wonder if using a cleat to align other types of shelf brackets wouldn’t work equally as well, but then what do I know?

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It may not happen often, but sometimes you need to make a cut flush with the edge of your saw — you might be in a tight space or there’s some obstruction in the way preventing you from completing the cut. This is no problem with a hand saw, but it’s almost impossible with a tool like a jigsaw where the blade can be over an inch away from the edge of the shoe. That’s where a flush cut blade like DeWalt’s DW3311 comes in handy.

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Replace the pad on the spindle of any of Bessey’s cast iron, Omega, or all-steel screw clamps with their clamping force indicator and you can tell instantly if you’ve applied the correct amount of pressure. As you increase the clamping force, the red disk starts to disappear inside the indicator; when it disappears completely and you only see green you’re using the right clamping force.

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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.

5lbs Mixed Screws [McFeely’s]
10lbs Mixed Screws [McFeely’s]

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When we posted the EasyCoper a while ago, we were disappointed they didn’t make a similar tool for base or other flat molding.  Now that’s changed — recently EasyCoper introduced the BaseCoper, their new jig for coping flat moldings with a hand-held jigsaw.

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