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Shaping glass for stained glass projects is probably a task where you want dedicated equipment, so inland makes special grinders like the Wizling CG just for the task.

The Wizling’s motor spins at 3500 RPM and produces 16 oz-in of torque so it can use bits ranging in size from 1/8″ to 1″ in diameter or even beveling bits. Coolant is brought to the bit by a coolant feed sponge which draws water from the reservoir. A 9″ x 10″ open-grid, reversible work surface sits in the reservoir which is removable for cleaning.  Inland constructs most of the Wizling CG from injection molded plastic.

Pricing for the Wizling CG grinder hovers around $100.

Wizling CG [inland]
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Pantographs are usually devices for copying or scaling drawings, but in this case Vermont American’s pantograph allows you to carve drawings into wood with your router. The router simply follows the path you trace, assuming you can accurately trace with a 2hp, 10lb machine fighting back.

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Although the Spyder Scraper blade has been out for a while, for some reason I just noticed it today.  Chuck this scraper from Simple Man Products into just about any brand recip saw and you’ll be scraping paint, wallpaper, linoleum, laminate flooring, glue, rubber backed carpet, or anything that you would use a scraper to remove, only faster.

Okay, given the amount of control you have with most recip saws, I wouldn’t recommend using it for scraping wallpaper from drywall unless you really like spackling. Also being in the throes of winter, it’s probably not a good idea to use it to scrape the 1/2″ of ice from your windshield — I can’t be the only one who has thought of not trying this.

The Spyder Scraper retails for $13, but you can find it for less if you shop around.

Spyder Scraper [Coprorate Site]
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To get a piece to fit an irregular wall, you can scribe the contour of the wall onto the work piece, make the cut with your jigsaw, touch it up with a belt sander, and check it against the wall — then repeat the process until you get it perfect or you give up and call it “good enough.”  Rather than go through all that trouble, the QuickScribe lets you cut the piece with a router in one step.

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Not many people are going to need a stainless steel pipe polisher, but the tool just looks really cool.  You can use Fein’s RS 12-70 to grind pipe welds, sand pipes to a satin finish, or polish pipes to a mirror finish and anywhere in between.

The variable-speed sander can drive the belt to speeds up to 22 m/s.  The belts rides on what I’m assuming are spring-loaded arms that allow the belt to flex around the pipe so you can surface all 360° of the pipe in only two passes.

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Start your drooling: Grizzly recently introduced a sliding table saw with a footprint small enough to fit into smaller shops. Why would you even want one of these saws? For one, forget about complicated miter sleds, the whole 12-1/4″ x 39-3/4″ extruded aluminum table on the left side of the blade can slide.

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Richpower Industries recently introduced their Maglithion PowerSmith cordless tool system which sells in second-tier big box stores like Bi-Mart, Northern, Fleet Farm, Rural King, and Zellers.  The system uses a single universal lithium-ion 12V battery for the entire platform — somewhat like Ryobi’s One+ or Black & Decker’s VPX.  Richpower claims their lithium-ion batteries last twice as long as NiCads and hold their charge for a year.

Right now they sell a drill/driver, impact driver, handsaw, portable fan, circular saw, rotary tool, screwdriver, flashlight, and vacuum.  They claim to be coming out with a sander, ratchet, inflator, jigsaw, grinder, and nailer next.

Pricing is about $40 for a battery and charger, $25 to $30 for the workhorse tools, and $10 to $17 for vacuums and other accessories.  They also offer value-priced combo kits.

Has anybody tried these new cordless tools?  Let us know what you think of them in the comments.

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