THE COBBLER WHO WAS ALMOST KING

Stainless Steel Shoehorn

Before the Empire of Rome, before the Empire of Egypt, before the Empire of Atlantis, there existed the Empire of Spoon Bay. An odd title for an empire granted but such was the name of this historically undocumented peoples. For you geography buffs, Spoon Bay was located due south of the North Pole and due north of the South Pole. Not so coincidentally, the heart of the civilization of Spoon Bayans was located on a bay in the shape of a giant spoon. They rose to supreme power after defeating the Oyster Fork Bayans, but that’s another story for another time.

In Spoon Bay, lived King Albrechtanovich. “King Al” they called him. King Al was a fair and generous monarch. He was wise, thoughtful and never tied criminals to ant hills on holidays. What a guy… King Al ruled for decades and had many wives but was never able to seed his kingdom with an heir. It was all because of a curse cast upon him by Witch Britney of Oyster Fork Bay. She was later tied to an ant hill, but not on a holiday. With the witch “indisposed”, it proved rather difficult to remove the curse. King Al was willing to adopt but their civilization was not yet advanced enough to file all the paperwork needed to open an adoption agency. King Al grew old and the fate of the Empire of Spoon Bay became tenuous.

While walking through downtown Spoon Bay one morning, he noticed a cobbler crafting the most beautiful footwear. “What is thy name?” King Al asked.

“I ameth Steve the Cobbler,” said Steve the Cobbler.

“Welleth, Steve the Cobbler, you haveth a gift that is beyondeth any craftsman I have seeneth in Spoon Bay. Craft me a pair of youreth finest shoes and I will rewardeth thee handsomely.”

“Okey dokeyeth,” said Steve.

Steve the Cobbler worked for three months crafting the most extraordinary pair of shoes for the king. The leather was taken from a cow who was only fed a diet of Ben & Jerry’s Super Fudge Chunk ice cream which made the hide creamy and soft. The laces were made from gossamer threads interlaced with rubies and sapphires. The iridescent soles were made from compressed dragonfly wings to make them light and supple yet hard-wearing.

When the king came to retrieve the shoes, Steve offered him some saltwater taffy while he gave the shoes one last coating of Scotchgard™. Steve came out some time later with the shoes. The king was in awe, never having seen anything as beautiful as those shoes. He was moved to tears. “Steve,” said the king, “if you can crafteth such a wonderful paireth of shoes, you could applyeth your art to ruling the Empire of Spoon Bay. Slipeth those shoes on my feeteths and I will maketh you king!”

Steve knelt down and started to put the shoes on the king. Unfortunately, all the salt in the saltwater taffy made the king’s feet swell up like two hippos at a Serengeti grass buffet. Steve struggled furiously but couldn’t get the shoes around the king’s heels. Too bad Steve didn’t have the Stainless Steel Shoehorn from Harbor Freight Tools! The shoehorn is curved at one end to form an easy finger hold and the stainless steel construction delivers durability and long life. The shoehorn is almost a foot long, which provides added leverage. The Stainless Steel Shoehorn is available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide.

Unfortunately for Steve, the nearest Harbor Freight was several thousands of years in his future. Steve was never made king and was last seen tied to the top of Spoon Bay’s largest ant hill. But not on a holiday.

Stainless Steel Shoehorn
item #: 98082

TOP 10 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR THE HOME CHEF FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!

When you think about creative cooking, kitchen accoutrements or gourmet dinner parties, your first thoughts may not waft in the direction of Harbor Freight Tools. But for those who truly aspire to expand their culinary horizons, or just buy more cool kitchen stuff, there are several must-have items for the home chef available at Harbor Freight!

10.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are an absolute must for any kitchen and these boards offer several advantages over traditional wood cutting boards. The 2 Piece Cutting Board Set from Harbor Freight comes with two boards: 13-3/4” x 10” and  15-7/8” x 11” respectively. They’re made from super-tough polypropylene, making them more resistant to knife cuts compared to wood, heat resistant up to 260° F, sanitary, odorless and non-toxic. With an integrated handle and slim profile, these boards store easily and are quickly accessible for most food prep needs.

cutting board set

2 Piece Cutting Board Set, item# 69459

 

9.

Knives

A few good knives go a long way in making memorable meals. Talk to any home or professional chef and he or she is likely to talk about their favorite knife or knives as they would a loved one. In fact, some chefs prefer their knives to family members—maybe because a good knife is always functional whereas some family members are, well, not. More recently, ceramic knives have found their way into professional and home kitchens alike. Their antimicrobial properties and razor-sharp edges are huge pluses. Slicing vegetables with a ceramic knife is like cutting through butter. Compared to brands you’ll find at specialty kitchen stores, Harbor Freight’s ceramic knives with ergonomic rubber-coated handles are a lot less expensive yet every bit as functional.

6 In Ceramic Knife

6 In. Ceramic Chef’s Knife, item # 98186

3 in Paring Knife

3 In. Ceramic Paraing Knife, item# 98183

 

8.

Electric Meat Grinder

Is grinding your own meat really necessary? No. Nor is it necessary to enjoy the rich flavor of freshly ground beef, pork or turkey… When making hamburger patties, gourmet meatloaf or your own sausage, once your start grinding your own meat, you’ll never want to go back. The Electric Meat Grinder from Harbor Freight features a durable all-metal head and tray for regular use. It also comes with three types of grinding plates—course, medium and fine. The powerful 250 watt motor makes short work of grinding raw meats into ground treats. The Electric Meat Grinder also comes with three stuffing tubes—ideal for making sausage and other stuffed meat delectables.

Electric Meat Grinder

Electric Meat Grinder, item# 99598

 

7.

Hamburger Press

The hamburger press is one of those items you’re convinced you can live without… “I always make patties by hand.” In truth, patties formed by hand often end up looking like patties formed by hand. You can call them “artisan” burgers if you’d like but that won’t help multiple patties cook uniformly thanks to consistent thickness or have the same aesthetic appeal as well-formed patties. Simple to use with an adjustable depth, Harbor Freight’s dishwasher-safe Hamburger Press is a cooking tool that will make you the burger king! You know what we mean…

Hamburger Press

Hamburger Press (in store only), item# 44934

 

6.

Stock Pots

If you like making stew but can’t help stewing about the exorbitant cost of stainless steel stock pots, then look no further than Harbor Freight’s 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set. The set includes 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart pots, each with a matching lid. The mirror finish of the stainless steel provides some decorative flare in the kitchen while providing the ultimate in utility when cooking up batches or your favorite sauces, chili or soups.

stock pot set

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set, item# 94829

 

5.

Fry Cutter

95% of the world’s population love French fries. The other 5% are lying. Harbor Freight carries two French fry cutters, a heavy duty version for fanatic fry frenzies and a smaller version for the occasional fry fixation. While the heavy duty version can be wall mounted and is recommended for more regular use, both are easy to use and turn potatoes into perfectly cut fries every time! Also great for other firm vegetables like turnips and beets.

heavy duty french fry cutter

Heavy Duty French Fry Cutter, item# 66473

french fry potato chopper

French Fry Potato Chopper, item# 93001

 

4.

Electric Food Slicer

Good knife skills are important but sometimes there’s no substitute for an electric food slicer. Harbor Freight’s model features a serrated stainless steel blade for producing thin slices of meat, cheese or bread. Dial the thickness from 1/16” to ½”—create a lavish party platter in no time! A sliding tray keeps hands away from the blade while the safety switch prevents accidental starts.

Electric Food Slicer

Electric Food Slicer, item# 69460

 

3.

Food Dehydrator

More and more chefs are discovering the benefits of food dehydration. The misnomer is that a dehydrator removes the flavor from food as the food dries. It’s actually the opposite. Dehydration removes the moisture which intensifies the flavor of the food. Gourmet beef jerky and fruit roll-ups are just the beginning…

food dehydrator

5 Tier Food Dehydrator, item# 66906

 

2.

Food Storage Containers

Sometimes it’s hard to say what’s better, an incredible meal or the incredible left-overs that follow. Yet, we’ve all suffered from Forgotten Leftovers Syndrome, a chronic condition of forgetting about the leftovers we have and due to improper storage, by the time we remember them, they’ve started to spoil. Harbor Freight has a cure, the 3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set. Each container is microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer safe. The vacuum seal forces air out to better preserve food, plus each container features a date indicator dial to monitor freshness.

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set

3 Piece Vacuum Preserving Container Set, item# 98130

 

1.

Cast Iron Cookware

Despite all the advancements of alloys, coatings, etc., in cookware, there is simply no substitute for tried-and-true cast iron. Go from the stovetop to the oven to the campfire! Nearly indestructible, cast iron is ideal for browning meats and vegetables. Fried chicken? You’ll want a cast iron skillet! Once seasoned, cast iron is nearly as non-stick as those fancy smancy high-tech offerings on the market today which can sell for ten times the price! Harbor Freight offers 3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans with built-in pouring groves for a steal (pun intended). They also have a 12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven for soups, stews and casseroles.

Cast Iron Fyring Pans

3 Piece Cast Iron Frying Pans, item# 44707

dutch oven

12 In. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, item# 44705

 

Get things cookin’ with a visit to one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores nationwide or visit harborfreight.com. Great meals start with great deals at Harbor Freight!

JUTE TWINE – SO INCREDIBLE IT EVEN INSPIRED THE BEATLES

Jute TwineWe often take the obvious for granted—cell phones, spouses, See’s Candy… But every now and then, when we really take pause and imbibe the world around us, our eyes open to the true beauty inherent in all things. We look upon a small child playing “Stairway to Heaven” on maracas and weep at the splendor. We see a dog at the park running after a thrown tennis ball and thank the universe for tennis so the dog has something to fetch.  We look at clouds and revel in the glory that they’re not concealing giant vampire bats. Ah, there’s so much to be grateful for, not the least of which is Jute Twine (item#: 66602) from Harbor Freight Tools, an obvious staple of DIYers and contractors alike.

This 200-ft. roll of biodegradable Jute Twine is ideal for hobby work, crafts, household use and garden applications because it won’t harm plants—probably because jute started off as a plant and it takes care of its own. Keep a couple rolls on hand for binding, cordoning off and other jutesque tasks. This stuff is so amazing, it’s inspired famous recording artists and respective songs like Foreigner’s “Jute Box Hero”, Tag Team’s “Jute There It Is”, Bruno Mars’ “Jute The Way You Are” and the Beatle’s legendary hit “Hey Jute” (lyrics below). And the price you’ll pay for 200 Ft. of June Twine at Harbor Freight? Now that’ll be music to your ears…

 

The Beatles – “Hey Jute” lyrics

Hey Jute, don’t bind too tight
Take a sad plant and make it stronger
Remember to wrap firmly around the stake
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jute, you’re greenish gray
Your  fiber’s thick like a woolen sweater
The minute your unraveling kicks in
Then you begin to make projects better

And anytime you feel the strain, hey Jute, refrain
Double up to make your strands work stronger
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By chintzing on twine so the roll lasts longer

Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah

Hey Jute, tie yourself off
You have bound it, now let it prosper
Remember to leave room for growing stems
You’re binding’s crème de la crème to make it better

So unravel out, wind in, hey Jute, begin
You’re don’t need twist ties to prosper
And don’t you know that it’s just you, hey Jute, you’ll do
The movement comes ‘cause you’re a natural fiber
Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah yeah

Hey Jute, don’t bind too tight
Take a sad plant and make it stronger
Remember to wrap firmly around the stake
Then you can start to make it
Better better better better better better, oh

Hah Hah Hah Harbor Freight, Harbor Freight, hey Jute…

 

200 Ft. Jute Twine
item#: 66602

ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

We received a lot of positive feedback about the TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS article published recently. And we also heard from cosplayers who said “Yeah, but what about this tool…” and “Yeah, but how come you didn’t mention…” That got us thinking, “Yeah, but why not a follow-up article based on the tools and accessories mentioned by readers?” So we decided “Yeah, but let’s do it!”

Before getting started, we’d like to thank all of our readers whose “Yeah, buts” inspired part 2, or as the French say, “Le part 2”. Shout outs to Alex Lamphere, Ben Gregg and BeardedDalek (I don’t think that’s his birth name) to name a few. Another reader Gordon Smuder suggested we also put out a top 10 list of safety equipment for cosplayers making their own costumes. Great idea, Gordon – we’ll likely do one more follow article mentioning those items! To Gordon’s point, you’ll be working with high-speed power tools and volatile chemicals when making your costumes. Protect your eyes, your skin, your hearing and your lungs… basically, protect your entire body—always use the necessary safety equipment when creating your cosplay costumes. And no running through the house holding scissors… Keep yourself together, man!

Without further ado, let’s dive into Another 10 Must-Have Cosplay Tools/Accessories from Harbor Freight Tools…

10.

“Steam Punk” Goggles

We missed these the first time around but thanks to one reader who astutely pointed out their steampunkness, they definitely made the cut this time. Completely functional for welding, this set of welding goggles are perfect for a variety of cosplay costumes.

Steampunk Goggles

2 Piece Welding Goggles Set, item #: 35711

 

9.

Hot Knife

There’s more than one way to cut foam, ICF, nylon rope, webbing, synthetic fabric, wax and plastic! But the hot knife definitely is high up on the list of tools that makes it quick and easy to do so. The Hot Knife from Harbor Freight features a dual-use cutting blade for line and groove cutting, depth-adjusting sled to provide more control and an auto-off feature for added safety. Once you go Hot Knife, you can never go back!

 

Hot Knife

130 Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife, item #: 60313

 

8.

EVA Foam

EVA foam is a staple among cosplayers. The last article addressed many items that can be used to form, shape and cut EVA foam… guess what, Harbor Freight sells EVA foam—and according to one reader, the EVA foam at Harbor Freight Tools is half the cost compared to other retailers. We “disguise” it as floor mats. Actually EVA foam works exceptionally well as floor mats for the garage or shop – dual purpose, what’s not to love?

4 Piece Anti Fatigue Mat Set

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc, item #: 94635

Anti Fatigue Roll Mat

Anti-Fatigue Roll Mat, item #: 61241

 

7.

Glue

The last article talked about epoxies, but sometimes there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned glue. But not just any glue… when your costume is on the line, you need Industrial Strength Super Glue from Harbor Freight Tools! The glue sets in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run—crucial for cosplaying. For heavy duty jobs requiring strong, reliable bonds, this industrial strength super glue gets the job done.

industrial strength super glue

Industrial Strength Super Glue, item #: 68347

 

6.

Scissors

What can’t scissors do? Well, they can’t learn a new language or contemplate supersymmetric flipped SU(5) grand unified field theory, but for the cosplayer they’re indispensable in costume making. Cut out patterns, trim materials, do that curlicue thing with ribbon… the list is endless. As alluded to at the beginning of this article, just don’t go running through the house holding them. Scissor responsibly.

multipurpose scissors

Multipurpose Scissors,  item #: 47877

 

5.

Engraver

There’s a lot of detail work in cosplaying and an engraver tool can mean the difference between making a costume and creating a work of art. Harbor Freight offers two types of engravers, both ideal for working on metal, wood, plastic, ceramic and glass.

Electric Engraver

Electric Engraver, item #: 46099

Micro Engraver

Micro Engraver, item #: 98227

 

4.

Screw Extractor Set

Admittedly, we didn’t see this one at first until cosplayer BeardedDalek pointed out what he uses it for: “dismantling small devices for parts”. With those parts, you can really put some nice finishing touches on your cosplay costume. In short, the screw extractor set removes broken screws hassle-free! Also, if you’ve ever used screws directly on your costumes or accessories, you’ve no doubt had to deal with stripped screws. Hey, we all screw up from time to time. Now we can all unscrew up…

screw extractor set

12 Piece Screw Extractor Set, item #: 40349

 

3.

Utility Knife

Cosplayers use utility knives so much they should probably make holsters for them. A utility knife is definitely a must-have tool. Perfect for cutting balsa wood, paper, foam… ad infinitum. As the name implies, a utility knife delivers “utility”. If it didn’t, it would probably have some fluffy advertising name like the Wonder Knife or the I’m-more-attractive-to-the-opposite-sex-because-I-own-this Knife. “Utility” is what you need and “utility” is what you get with the Utility Knife from Harbor Freight Tools.

utility knife

Utility Knife, item #: 3359

folding locking blade utility knife

Folding Locking Back Utility Knife, item #: 90802

 

utility knife blades 50 pack

50 Piece Utility Blades, item #: 92872

 

2.

Earplugs

We had to sneak in a little safety but trust me, you’ll be glad we did. Cosplayers use power tools and it’s important to protect your hearing among other things. It’s also great if you’re working with a buddy all night to finish a costume, then you fall asleep and your buddy’s snoring rivals the mating call of an adult howler monkey…

disposable earplugs

50 Pair Disposable Earplugs, item #: 96365

Reusable Corded Earplugs

Reusable Corded Earplugs, item #: 94328\

 

1

Tape

It ain’t sexy, but whoomp, there it is. Actually, we saw some cosplay costumes just made out of tape… okay, they were a bit sexy. In cosplay, tape is a hem, costume trim, an accessory… O’ mighty tape, hear our praises!

color coded electrical tape

5 Rolls 12 Ft. x 3/4 In. Color Coded Electrical Tape, item #: 66462

black tape

10 Rolls 60 Ft. x 3/4 In. Industrial Grade Electrical Tape, item #: 69587

 

Let us know what tools and accessories you use to make your cosplay costumes. And send us pictures! We love them pictures! Peace out.

SIBLING RIVALRY AND THE SAWHORSE

folding sawhorseIt’s a story as old as the Bible itself, a story about two brothers, Titus and Dudley Cabazon. Paternal twins, Titus was born three minutes ahead of Dudley. As a result, he was given the cool name, inspired by the Roman emperor Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus. Dudley on the other hand was named after Dudley Do-Right, one of his father’s favorite cartoon characters. He was almost named “Scooby” had his father not experienced a sudden bout of compassion.

As fate bestowed the first born, Titus was great at everything. He excelled in academics, sports and anything else he tried. Even when it came to women… Titus went to their senior prom with his girlfriend, a Norwegian exchange student, Enne Borksoloffsön, who worked as a Victoria’s Secret model during summers. Dudley went to the prom with his cousin Wendy (a.k.a. Wrecking-Ball Wendy because she looked like one). In contrast, Dudley only excelled at one thing: being jealous of Titus.

Before Titus was slated to go to Harvard and Dudley started his career as a cattle prod tester, their father who was a carpenter suffered a slipped disc. Fortunately, he was able to get surgery but his doctor warned him that if he bent down too much while working, he may do irreparable damage to his spine and never work again.

Mr. Cabazon was torn. Early retirement wasn’t an option with Titus going to Harvard but he knew that on any job site, he’d have to bend over to work on carpentry projects. If only there was something that elevated the materials so he wouldn’t have to bend over too much. Dudley resolved himself to finding a solution. Even though Dudley had nothing to gain by his twit brother going to Harvard, he saw the situation as an opportunity to get into his father’s good graces. And if he succeeded, his perfect brother would be indebted to him!

Dudley worked tirelessly for days on end to invent a device that would elevate work pieces. No food or sleep, just occasional sips of pomegranate juice to sustain him. He emerged from his cocoon with a prototype. The device looked like two capital A’s positioned parallel to one another and held together at their apexes by a perpendicular crossbar. Two of those devices side by side could support an ample-sized work piece. “What do you call it?” his father asked.

Dudley beamed, “I call it the sawpony!” The engineering was sound but just one problem, the sawpony was only six inches high. His father liked the concept but elevating materials only six inches off the ground still meant he’d have to bend over a lot. As timing would have it, Titus arrived home after taking Enne lingerie shopping and walked in on his father and brother conversing about the sawpony.

“Hey, what if you put longer legs on it so it would have a height of about 30 inches,” chimed in Titus. “You wouldn’t have to bend over then. What do you think, Dad? Oh, and because it’ll be taller, you should call it the sawhorse!”

Made of Sturdy weather-resistant injection molded PVC, the 350 Lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse from Harbor Freight Tools weighs in at under 4 lbs. Plus, it conveniently folds away for easy storage. The 350 Lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse from Harbor Freight Tools makes it easy to elevate heavy work pieces without all the bending over. Get a set for yourself—and maybe a set for your brother. You owe him…

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse
item# 69446

THE GIANT SQUID TENTACLE OF TOOLS…

Easy ReachAt first glance, the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool (item#: 69447) looks like something a grumpy, wrinkled man on a rickety porch would have on hand so he wouldn’t actually have to move more than 3 inches to grab anything in close proximity.  Think about when you were growing up and Old Man Turner on the corner yelling “Hey you kids, get out of my yard!” as he uses the EZ Reach tool to grab a pine cone on his porch to throw at you, only he’s too weak to throw it so he just drops it back onto his porch and curses under his breath, “Dagnabbit!” On second glance, you don’t have to be a grumpy old man to use arguably the greatest invention since the personal computer. I said “arguably”…

This long reach tool extends your reach nearly 3 ft. Not only can you pick up pine cones on your porch without having to bend down, but you can grab things high up on shelves, or that have fallen behind the couch, or are under the bed… WAY under the bed. The tool has super suction cup grippers—it’s like a giant squid tentacle grabbing onto something but without the fishy smell. Also, the trigger lock keeps the jaws locked on the item, also like a giant squid tentacle. The EZ Reach tool is basically the giant squid tentacle of tools—but in a good way. You know how those giant squid are, once they grab onto something, they usually keep a tight grip on it. Of course, at some point they’ll just let go for no apparent reason because cognitive thought is not really an option for cephalopods. But once you, a human, grabs onto something with the EZ Reach tool, you can use your evolved and superior intellect to hold onto stuff as long as you want, sort of. Eventually, you’ll have to eat and sleep, but I think you know where I’m going with this.

Visit one of 500 Harbor Freight Tool stores to get the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool and start harnessing the power of a giant squid tentacle today! It’s cephalorrific!

EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool
item#: 69447

REMOVE WHEEL BEARINGS, MAKE APPLE CIDER, BUT NOT AT THE SAME TIME…

20 Ton Shop Press“Who needs a 20 Ton Shop Press?” questioned Artie Snarduckerus while perusing the aisles of his local Harbor Freight Tool store. That’s when the call came.

His wife was in a panic. Edna Snarduckerus, who was an automotive psychic, had a premonition that the front wheel bearings on her Mustang would need replacing within the next three hours or else an asteroid the size of Canada would collide with Neptune which would throw off the gravitational pull of  the other planets in our solar system which would in turn lead to the annihilation of earth and extinction of the human race. She wasn’t quite sure how that chain of events laid out but she knew better than to question a premonition based on total random chance that may not have any vestige of truth in it.

Coincidentally, Edna’s father was coming for an afternoon visit to discuss his will and Edna’s future inheritance. Her father was a stern and difficult man—he could be generous one minute and disown you the next. Edna loved her father more than his money—but the money came a close second. She remembered how much her father enjoyed fresh pressed apple cider and Artie has just picked a bushel of apples from their backyard trees. She surmised that a little cider may go a long way to secure her and Artie’s financial future.

To ward off human extinction and sweeten his father-in-law’s mood, Artie purchased the 20 Ton Shop Press, item #32879. He got it home and assembled the shop press lickety-split. His father-in-law was due to arrive within the hour. He wouldn’t have time to remove and replace the bearings and make cider… unless he did it at the same time. He set up racks with the mashed up apple wrapped in cloth on top of each other, then put ply board on top of that, then put the wheel bearing on top of that and went to work.

Despite the rush he was in, Artie couldn’t help but notice how the H-frame shop press had open side heavy duty construction to enable work on long work pieces, not to mention the adjustable table to establish the best working distance possible and how the spring return ram speeds up work. He thought about all the things he could use the 20 Ton Shop Press for—removal of pressure fitted parts, bending or straightening metal, removing and installing gears, U-joints, ball joints and pulleys… and yes, making even more apple cider.

Long story short, Artie finished up the wheel bearings and the apple cider 3 hours and five minutes after Edna’s call. He was five minutes past his wife’s premonition timeframe but he figured the universe would cut him some slack considering traffic.

As it turned out, grease from the bearings got into the apple cider which really cheesed off Edna’s father. He left them nothing in his will—which turned out to be fine because the universe decided not to cut Artie any slack and the world ended as we know it. Did I mention this all happened in a parallel universe? No?

Anyway, it won’t be the end of the world if you don’t visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500 stores and purchase the reliable 20 Ton Shop Press. But do you really want to take that chance? Think about it over a nice glass of freshly-squeezed apple cider.

20 Ton Shop Press
item#: 32879

TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

When you think of cosplay, you may think of places like Comic-Con, E3 or Anime Expo, but you probably don’t think of Harbor Freight Tools. If you’re into making your own cosplay costumes, Harbor Freight Tools should be your first destination. Harbor Freight Tools is your one-stop tool shop for creating your cosplay attire, accoutrements and weapons. While cosplayers are willing to invest ample time and money into their passion, saving money is still a big plus! Harbor Freight Tools is known for “quality tools at ridiculously low prices.” Following is a list of the Top Ten Must-Have Cosplay Tools/Accessories from Harbor Freight Tools. All of these items are available at any one of their 500 stores nationwide or through harborfreight.com. (Note: prior to using any tool or material, please make sure to utilize all necessary safety precautions and safety equipment.)

10.

Heat Gun

Heat guns are a must when working with materials like foam, Sintra, Wonderflex and Worbla. A heat gun provides controlled heat so you can form and shape materials to your costume’s specifications.


(FOA Cosplay made this amazing World of Warcraft Paladin with Sintra)

 

Harbor Freight sells several different heat guns within a modest price range. Plus, there’s a nifty accessory kit to expand the functionality of your heat gun.

1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun (572°/1112°) item #: 96289

 

heat gun

430°-800° /570°-1160° Interval Heat Gun with LED Temperature Settings item #: 69343

 

1600 Watt Heavy Duty Dual Temperature Heat Gun

1600 Watt Heavy Duty Dual Temperature Heat Gun (1000°/1100°) item #: 69342

Heat Gun Accessory Kit 9 Pc

Heat Gun Accessory Kit 9 Pc item #: 68695

 

 9.

Glue Gun

A glue gun is mandatory for costume construction. In many cases, a glue gun is the best way to bind materials, like EVA foam.

pacific-rim-gipsy-danger-cosplay-by-nona-neon-2-620x856

(Cosplayer Nona Neon used EVA foam to make this incredible Pacific Rim Gypsie Danger costume)

 

Harbor Freight sells three glue guns along with the glue cartridges sold separately.

 

Professional Industrial Glue Gun

Professional/Industrial Glue Gun item #95939

 

High Temperature Full Size Glue Gun

High Temperature Full Size Glue Gun item 68334

 

High Temperature Mini Glue Gun

High Temperature Mini Glue Gun item #: 68337

50 Piece MultiTemp Full Size Glue Sticks

50 Piece MultiTemp® Full Size Glue Sticks item #: 68336

50 Piece MultiTemp Mini Glue Sticks

50 Piece MultiTemp® Mini Glue Sticks item #: 68329

 

8.

Woodburner

As the name implies, a woodburner is an excellent way to add detailed ornamentation to wood pieces. However, it’s also used as a detailing tool for other materials such as foam.

Woosburning

(The middle details on this wood sword are 2mm foam detailed with a woodburner)

 

Harbor Freight offers a woodburner that’s ideal for soldering jobs, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather.

woodburner

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner item #: 38593

 

7.

Orbital Sander

Whether you’re evening out the surface of a large shield or smoothing out filler on a mask, an orbital sander will quickly become your new best friend. The time saved compared to hand sanding is priceless let alone the fatigue you’ll avoid trying to generate up to 12,000 OPM (Oscillations Per Minute) on your own (I’m good for 60 OPM myself…)

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(An orbital sander was used several times during the construction of the Mirror Shield from Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

 

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(The finished shield)

 

Harbor Freight carries several types of orbital sanders, including a wet orbital sander. You’ll also find sanding discs in a variety of grits for rough work, finishing work or something in between. Check out their complete selection of orbital sanders and sanding pads.

 

6.

Epoxy

Bonding materials is a given when it comes to making your own cosplay costumes. You’ll need to have one or more epoxies on hand and ready to go. Sometimes you need to bond materials quickly. Other times, you need some wiggle room—time to line up or adjust the materials perfectly before the bond sets in. Harbor Freight offers several different types of epoxies, including:

0.2 Oz. Single Use Quick Setting Epoxy Adhesive item #: 96031

0.2 Oz. Single Use Delayed Setting Epoxy Adhesive item #: 96033

 

5.

Hobby Knife

The hobby knife is simply indispensable for the cosplay costumer maker, especially if you use the pepakura method to build your costumes. It’s also used to cut intricate stencils, EVA foam, you name it…

Harbor Freight sells a 33-piece deluxe hobby knife set that comes with 26 assorted blades, 2 standard blade holders and an ergonomic blade handle. The set also includes scratch awl blades, caliper, jeweler’s precision screwdriver, tweezers and a bonus pen-type precision screwdriver with six bits. It comes in a well-organized case so you’ll have quick and easy access to the blade you need for cutting, carving and crafting.

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33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set item #: 96551

 

4.

Spray Gun

For detail paint work, look no further than the 4 oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun from Harbor Freight Tools! The paint sprays from a standard circle pattern to a pinpoint fan for more accurate and efficient coverage. A spray gun can also be used to apply coats of wood glue to seal EVA foam for making armor and other accessories to your costume. Check out this video on how to do it!

FireShot Screen Capture #080 - 'How to Seal EVA Foam Quickly Using a Paint Spray Gun - YouTube' - www_youtube_com_watch_v=aJ6y1O5qTUQ

(Fan video – using the 4 Oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun to coat EVA armor)

 

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4 oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun item 92126

 

Note: a compressor is needed to run the spray gun. Harbor Freight carries an inexpensive line of compressors and compressor accessories as well.

 

3.

Nitrile Gloves

Before your cosplay costume is a site to behold, there’s a whole lot of mess leading up to it! Paints, epoxies… it’s veritable chemical warfare on your hands! In addition to masks, safety goggles and the like, all available through Harbor Freight, you should have several packs of nitrile gloves on hand. The form fitting gloves provide plenty of dexterity while providing superior chemical resistance. Harbor Freight offers thicknesses ranging from 3mm to 9mm in medium, large and extra-large sizes.

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Check out Harbor Freight’s full selection of nitrile gloves!

 

2.

Safety Goggles/Face Shields

You’ll be cutting, sawing, sanding… and Zeus-knows-what-else to get your costume convention ready. Just remember, it’s all fun and cosplay until someone loses an eye! Make mom proud and put safety first! Safety goggles and face shields are absolute necessities to keep your eyes and face protected while you focus on the task at hand. Harbor Freight has numerous eye safety options from which to choose.

 

1.

Rotary Tool

If Jerry Maquire were into cosplay, he would look at the rotary tool and say “You complete me.” Cutting, buffing, boring, sanding, engraving—more than a dozen jobs can be performed with just this one tool!


(Harrison Krix and Bill Doran create the hammered metal look with a rotary tool)

 

Harbor Freight offers plug-in and cordless rotary tool options. And in case you’re worried you won’t find enough uses for your new rotary tool, then check out the 249 Piece Rotary Tool Accessory Set which includes 67 cut-off wheels, 60 sanding wheels, 12 grinding wheels, 5 fiberglass reinforced cutting discs, 18 aluminum oxide grinding stones, 7 diamond burrs, 3 cutter burrs, 6 drill bits, 6 wheel brushes… the list goes on!

That’s the Top Ten list, but we’re really just scratching the surface. From duct tape to drill presses, batteries to shop vacs and hand tools to workbenches, Harbor Freight has what you need to fortify your cosplay costume making workshop or build one from scratch while saving a ton money in the process!

CUTS LUMBER LIKE A DREAM, BUT NOT THE DREAM WITH THE TALKING POSSUM…

You ever have that dream where you’re in a forest wearing a trench coat and bunny slippers and there’s a talking possum who tells you, “You can’t stay here, the red wind is coming” and then you’re transported to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and when you go to buy peanuts the peanut vendor is actually that same talking possum who tells you, “You can’t stay here, the red wind is coming” and then you fall backwards screaming only instead of sound coming out, the colors of the rainbow stream out of your mouth and you’re completely paralyzed and then a crowd of people, the possum and a unicorn gather around you and start chanting “You can’t stay here, the red wind is coming, you can’t stay here, the red wind is coming”… and then you wake up. I hate that dream. But I love the reality of the Portable Saw Mill with 280cc Gas Engine (item #: 61712) from Harbor Freight Tools!

Portable Saw Mill

The Portable Saw Mill can handle logs and flat stock up to 20” in diameter and width respectively. You can go up to 4-1/2 in. with the cutting thickness and accommodate stock up to 9 ft, 2 in. in length. The blade speed generates up to 3279 FPM – thought it would take forever to build that log cabin from scratch? Think again! The Portable Saw Mill is designed to operate on regular unleaded gasoline—no more fancy smancy special-order portable saw mill gas necessary! To get your Portable Saw Mill, get going to one of 500 Harbor Freight stores no because you can’t stay here, the red wind is coming!

Portable Saw Mill with 280cc Gas Engine
item# 61712

VACUUM STORAGE BAGS AND THE END OF THE PUFFY CLOTHES CRISIS

Vacuum Storage BagIn 1999, the United States government, using precious tax dollars, conducted an 8-year, $330 million dollar study to find out why clothes got puffy with age. The results were truly remarkable – while fibers do breakdown as clothes get washed and worn thus loosening the weave and causing some increase in volume, the real reason why clothes take up so much more space in our closets and drawers over time is because as we get older, the time spent carefully folding and ironing clothes is inversely proportionate to the time spent consuming strawberry margaritas. When the results were published, the public clamored for a solution to the Puffy Clothes Crisis. The obvious answer of switching to regular or peach margaritas had no effect.

The situation was hopeless… hopeless that is until a bartender named Horatio Fanglehorn from El Duende, New Mexico, had an idea. Fanglehorn noticed that pimento olives kept longer than regular pitted olives. As fate would endow, one of Fanglehorn’s regular customers at the Rusty Catfish Bar & Postal Annex happened to be a food deterioration specialist who surmised that the pitted olive had more surface area in contact with air, hence, deteriorated quicker than the pimento olive which had less surface area exposed to air due to a big ol’ pimento stuffed into it (note: “big ol’” is the scientific term for large).

At home, Fanglehorn’s closets were overflowing with puffy clothes. One fine Sunday afternoon while cleaning out the master-bedroom closet, his wife commented “This sucks!” That’s when Fanglehorn had his “aha” moment – suck out the air! Not only will clothes be preserved but more importantly sucking out the air would condense their volume, thus creating more space. Flash forward to Harbor Freight Tools and the Set of Three Vacuum Storage Bags made from durable polyethylene and nylon. The Vacuum Storage Bags are reusable, airtight and watertight. Plus, they’re transparent so you can view the contents, making sure your three-year-old didn’t vacuum seal last night’s leftover lasagna while you fell asleep watching reruns of Breaking Bad. The set includes one large and two medium bags as well as a bonus roll-up compression bag. Pack clothing, blankets or camping gear in the Vacuum Storage Bags then use your vacuum cleaner to remove the air from inside. No pimentos needed!

Thanks to Horatio Fanglehorn and Harbor Freight Tools, you can visit any one of our 500 stores and put an end to the Puffy Clothes Crisis once and for all…

Vacuum Storage Bags, Set of Three
item#95613