HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR HOBBY & CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

For the hobby and craft enthusiast, Harbor Freight is a veritable treasure trove! Whether it’s a weekend craft project with the kids or a serious life-long interest, Harbor Freight offers numerous items for all hobbyists! And with Harbor Freight’s incredible values, you can give great gifts this holiday season within your particular budget while having plenty left over to gift the giver! Below are a some suggested gift ideas broken down by price range.

Under $10

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner

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

Every hobbyist should have this versatile tool in their arsenal. The 30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner is ideal for soldering jobs, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. Harbor Freight’s woodburner tool contains tips for both soldering and wood burning, all in a convenient carrying case.

 

12 Drawer Storage Organizer

12 Drawer Storage Organizer
item#: 99896

Storage, sorting and organization are constant considerations for hobbyists. Harbor Freight has numerous items in all three categories but one item takes the cake decorations, beads, fasteners, buttons and more when it comes to combing all three! The 12 Drawer Storage Organizer has eight small and four large transparent drawers for easy identification. It can also be mounted to a wall or stand alone on a worktable.

 

Under $25

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set
item#: 96551

This item easily made the cut—and keeps making cuts! The 33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set features 26 assorted blades, three standard blade holders and a deluxe blade handle with an ergonomic grip. Plus, the entire ensemble comes neatly organized in a convenient storage carrying case. For the majority of hobbies and crafts, this knife set is an absolute must!

 

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit
item#: 68696

With this one tool alone, you can sand, debur, grind and polish metal, plastic, wood and more! Adjust the variable speed control from 8000 RPM to 35000 RPM using a convenient thumbwheel speed adjuster. 1/16” and 1/8” collets are included. To tackle numerous projects, the kit also includes 31 accessory bits—all neatly packed in a storage case.

 

Under $50

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw
item#: 61608

Cut picture frames, molding and plastics without having to fire up your big table saw! The 2 miter slots featured allow you to cut precise angles with no hassle. The mini table saw also includes a blade guard and eye shield for safety.

 

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler
item#: 67631

Utilizing a rubber tumbler barrel for quieter operation, this rock tumbler gives a smooth, polished finish to rocks, semi-precious stones, glass and even metal! It’s ideal for jewelry making as well as other hobbies where smoothing and polishing are needed to achieve the desired effect! Harbor Freight also sells a variety of abrasives to work with the 3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler.

 

Under $100

1-6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit

1/6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit
item#: 69434

Get creative when painting with this air brush compressor kit. It’s easy to change colors and simple to clean. This air brush compressor and airbrush kit works with lacquers, oil-based paints and latex-based paints. It’s ideal for a wide variety of hobbies and crafts!

 

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw
item#: 93012

The 16 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw does a great job cutting highly intricate curves and designs quickly and precisely. It also features a tilting table for making precise bevel cuts. A built-in air pump keeps the line-of-sight clear of sawdust when cutting. Additional features include a cast iron base for less vibration and variable speed control for working with a wide range of materials.

 

Under $200

8 x 12 Bench Top Wood Lathe

8″ x 12″ Bench Top Wood Lathe
item#: 95607

When the budget allows a bit extra for that someone special (including yourself), consider the 8” x 12” Bench Top Wood Lathe. The lathe features a ½ HP motor and has a variable speed range from 750-3200 RPM for precise control. The lathe includes a #1 Morse taper and tail stock, 2” and 6” face plates as well as 4” and 7” tool rests. Not to mention it’s so cute!—in a functional, power tool sort of way…

 

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench
item#: 93454

Often times, hobby and craft people commandeer the dining room table, kitchen counter or other surface not intended to indefinitely house their endless projects. The 60 In. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench provides the solution. The workbench features a generous 60” top, convenient shelf and four storage drawers, each felt lined to protect tools and other accessories. A wood block vice is included to enhance usability. Now the family won’t have to eat off the back of the couch…

 

We’re really just touching the tip of the hobby and craft iceberg here. There is a vast multitude of supplies, tools, adhesives and safety equipment—all great stuff for hobbies and crafts available through Harbor Freight! It also goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that if you’re not sure exactly what to get the hobby and craft enthusiast on your list, a Harbor Freight Gift Card is always a viable choice! Check out any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide or visit the website to discover Harbor Freight’s complete inventory of items to turn this season into Happy Hobby Days!

 

10 Legendary Favorites from Harbor Freight Tools!

Everyone’s got their favorite tool or accessory that they got from Harbor Freight Tools. Even if nothing else in the store tickles their fancy, there’s that one thing they either love to own, or dream of getting someday.  Actually, it’s more like 20 or 30 things, but for the sake of this post, here are 10 of the Customers’ Favorite Tools from Harbor Freight:

 1. 3-Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy-Duty Floor Jack #61282

3 ton steel jack low profile

You won’t find another deal like this classic workhorse– for the price, this baby can’t be beat! Tired of paying someone else to do your tires, brakes and rotors? The Pittsburgh 3-ton Low Profile Steel Floor Jack almost immediately pays for itself. It rolls smoothly on the garage floor, fits under the low, low show cars, lifts to almost two feet and lowers with ease. Plus, the floor jack’s dual-piston Rapid Pump technology lifts most work loads in just 3-1/2 pumps. Sells for $92.99, but you can usually find a coupon or sale on the 3-ton steel jack for even less. Read the customer reviews and you’ll be a believer, too!

2. 13-Drawer 44″ Roller Cabinet #68784

13 drawer tool cabinet

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, this is a real nice box. For all the sizes and types of tool chests Harbor Freight has, the U.S. General 44″ Industrial Roller Cabinet is the darling of the bunch. Sizable and sturdy enough to handle a slew of tools, yet easy to roll around the shop floor– not to mention smoothly opens and closes the drawers on ball bearing sliders– the 13-drawer tool cabinet hits the sweet spot like no other. Priced at a doable $389.99 (and that’s when it’s NOT on sale!), it’s built with the same industrial quality as other brands that go for 4-5 times as much. Comes in a glossy powder-coated red finish, guaranteed to snazz up the garage and turn the neighbors green.

3. 12-inch Double-Bevel Miter Saw with Laser #69684

12 -in double bevel miter saw with laser

“Pleasantly surprised,” “Nice handling,” and “Holy crap, that’s sweet!” come to mind when operating the Chicago Electric 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide. At $199.99, it handily surpasses all expectations with its smooth, clean cuts and precision accuracy– at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. It cuts through lumber like butter, and will even go through old oak without chipping. And powered with an ample 15 amp motor, the 12″ miter saw will tackle any house job you’ve got to throw at it.

4. 90-Amp Flux Welder #61849

90 amp flux wire welder

Welding continues to be a growing hobby in this country, and the “5-star”-rated Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder has been a wildly popular choice for beginners to get their feet wet. Extremely easy to start and practice with, the 90 amp welder doesn’t require gas to operate and needs only 120 volts. Great for 18 ga.- 5/16″ steel and stainless steel, it’s a great go-to tool for vehicle repairs, creating shelving brackets, making a welding cart and other structural components, trailer hitches, small welding repairs and cleaning jobs… If you’re a newbie, or just looking to do small jobs around the property, or if you’ve ever considered trying your hand at welding, this wire-feed welder is the ticket! Goes for $111.99, but like the other Harbor Freight favorites, a coupon or sale is always around to seal the deal.

5. 8750/7000W 13 HP Generator #68530

8750-7000 watt generator

Predator generators have built a rock-solid reputation for quality, price and staying-power, and the EPA-certified Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watt, 13 HP (420cc) Generator has literally been a light in the storm for so many power-deprived families and preppers. This generator, hands-down, is the best buy for your buck. While the rest of the neighborhood struggles in darkness, this bad boy will keep the lights on, as well as the fridge, central air, big screen TV, electric water heater, etc. When you consider the motel and fast food costs you’ll be saving– or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, cooking your own food and getting the hot showers you so love, without a hitch… the $599.99 investment is a sweet price point. But don’t believe me. Check out the reviews by the actual owners!

6. 4-pc. Ratcheting Tie Down Set #61524

ratcheting tie downs

Whether you’re moving furniture, securing a kayak to your trailer, strapping gear on the roof rails, hauling timber, holding a garden tractor or ATV on the truck bed, or keeping your tool box from rattling around the back of your Jeep, these Haul-Master Ratcheting Tie-Downs are the greatest invention since sliced rope. Easily adjustable to secure loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers, their ratchet handles make it a snap to adjust strap length and pull tight. The tie downs’ vinyl-coated S-hooks also prevent scratching on painted surfaces. At $13.99, these weather-resistant straps are an extremely popular “no-brainer add-on” for customers who come to Harbor Freight with other purchases in mind.

7. Mini Moving Dolly #61899

mini mover dolly

Move 1,000 pounds for $11.99? That’s what we’re sayin’… cheaper than buying your buddies pizza and beer to help you move the stuff. Is it any wonder why the Haul-Master Mini Mover’s Dolly is on Harbor Freight’s Top 10 Favorite list? Save your back as you move stacks of loaded boxes, heavy machinery, engine blocks and transmissions, or furniture when the wife’s got a hankering to redecorate. The carpeted surfaces protect furniture finishes and the hard-rubber swivel casters won’t mar your floors. Did I already mention, they’re $11.99?

8. 8-Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras #61229

8-channel DVR with Cameras

A great addition for home protection, the Bunker Hill Security 8-channel DVR with 4 Cameras and Motion Detection installs easily and can be set up to monitor on your computer or smartphone, so you can keep an eye on things while you’re away! Each camera offers a wide view span with a high resolution, so you can spread them over the areas you want observed and glimpse the four shots simultaneously. It even comes with night vision to keep you apprised of any nefarious nocturnal characters that venture onto your property (imagine your neighbors’ surprise when they see their kid up to no good on Facebook). The 8-Channel Surveillance DVR set sells for $299.99, and you can often find it on sale or a coupon. You can also use the Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon. Hey, where else can you get a room with a view at such a low price?

9. 3-Gallon 100 PSI Oilless Air Compressor #61615

3 gallon 100 psi oilless air compressor

If you’re looking for a small air compressor to keep in the garage for filling tires and balls, or maybe using with a blow gun, airbrush, brad nailer or other small jobs, the Central Pneumatic 3-Gallon PSI Pancake Air Compressor is just the ticket. For an airy $59.99, this little gem is there to save your family bike trip, keep the bounce in your game and help put up the trim and Christmas lights. The fact that it’s “oilless” means less maintenance for you, and the “pancake” low-profile shape means you’ll save garage space and easy portability to wherever the air compressor is needed. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?

10. 12,000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch #61256

12000 lb off road winch

Finally, the top ten list rounds out with the uber-popular Badland 12K Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake. Smell the mud, don’t get stuck in it! This off-road winch is a veritable lifesaver in the swamp, snow, ice and that black, slimy, stinky stuff that they don’t have a name for. Awesome for trucks, ATVs, Jeeps and other 4-wheelers… even great for uprooting trees. It also comes with an incredibly handy remote for easy operation. Don’t be the bud who needs his bacon saved– save your buds’ bacon with the Badland 12K winch!

So, there you have it– the legendary favorites of the Harbor Freight Tools catalog. Chances are you already have one of them. Chances are even better that you’ve got a mind to go buy one (or four) real soon!

Low Cost Auto Restoration Tools

dazed chevelle Remember back, driving your parents’ station wagon or sensible Buick, dreaming of the cool wheels beyond your reach? Cherry Bomb and header and 4-barrel carb were part of our vernacular, just not part of our lives. It’s funny how, now as we get older, we can do all the cool stuff we wanted to do when we were punk teenagers. We were car crazy, man, and many’s the time I envied the guys in the neighborhood who were out on their front lawns, working on their Dodge Challengers or GTO “Goats”—

—not just because they HAD them (which would have been enough), but because they WORKED on them. They probably borrowed their dads’ tools, saved up working shit jobs to get parts and supplies, and spent Satyurdays doing whatever it took to keep their wheels “cherry.” Nowadays, though, when you hear (and feel) a carb-powered 426 Hemi thundering down the road, it’s a geezer you’re more likely to see behind the wheel than a punk. And chances are, that geezer is one of us. Classic car restoration is more popular than ever, and with the help of online parts stores, chat forums and YouTube videos, guys who thought they’d never get to rebuild their favorite classic rides are now living the dream– in their garages (and on their lawns), doing just that. If you’ve decided to restore a vehicle yourself, I salute you. Not only will you save thousands of dollars, you’ll be embarking on a long, challenging– even therapeutic– journey that will reap rewards for years to come. But before we start doing that victory lap, to “Eye of the Tiger,” let me suggest some basic tools you’ll want right out of the gate to make the dream a reality (unless, of course, you like repeatedly going back & forth to the store when you’re in the middle of doing something): The Must-Have Tool The Air Compressor will quickly become your best friend over the course of your restoration. It’s the first thing you’ll need for your arsenal. Between the Die GrinderPaint Sprayer and Impact Wrench, you’ll get a lot of use out of it and, believe me, you’ll thank yourself every time you facea big chore that you don’t have to do manually. It needs to have a decent enough CFM—at least 5-6 CFM per minute at 90 psi– so that the long bursts of sanding, buffing or cutting won’t wear too hard on the compressor. You could get the job done with a 29-Gallon Tank Unit, but if you can swing it, go for a 60-Gallon Compressor, with power to spare. By the way, the Die Grinder is great for polishing the inside of the head ports, cleaning up metal and using with a cut-off wheel to repair panels. Air power, man… it’s a bacon-saver.

Engine Work Compression Tester will help diagnose vital motor issues, such as worn piston rings, burnt valves and bad head gaskets.  This is a great first tool to use when you get your new project car home. You can even take it with you to test a car before you buy it! While it’s not vital for the project, you may want to consider picking up a “cherry-picker” Engine Hoist, especially if you’re planning to restore more than one vehicle. A good 2-Ton Shop Crane should be sufficient, and will more than pay for itself in the long run. Most likely, you should have the cylinders re-bored. A cylinder bore gauge is needed to check for taper, out-of-round and oversize on the cylinders if you are rebuilding the motor yourself. Any critical wear on the cylinder can be reached with this gauge. An Engine Cylinder Hone will de-glaze the cylinder walls and give them a nice, smooth finish. Next, you’ll want a Valve Spring Compressor to remove the valves for a rebuild. Also a cheap valve lapping tool, with grinding compound, helps reseat the valves. Piston Ring Pliers will help you remove and replace the rings on the pistons without breaking them. A Piston Ring Compressor is needed for the installation of the pistons. Also, a piston groove cleaner will remove the carbon crud from the piston grooves. A Dial Indicator is used to measure run-out on things like the flywheel, and endplay on the crankshaft. While there are various types of mounts, including magnetic base and screw mounts, I recommend the clamping mount because it’s faster and easier to work with. Next, a Stud Puller is necessary for removing stripped, rusted and otherwise stubborn head studs, as well as exhaust & intake manifold studs. Another tool you cannot live without is the Torque Wrench—two, actually. Get both a 1/2″ drive and 3/8″ drive for your tool cabinet. These are essential to torque all your bolts to factory specs. Have a complete Tap and Die Set on hand, preferably with both SAE & metric. You’ll find this invaluable for cleaning up old bolts and restoring rusted holes. A good Digital Micrometer is needed to precisely measure anything.

Body Work MIG Welder. You won’t get through a restoration job without it. Why a MIG welder, as opposed to another type? Well, for starters, if you’re new to this kind of project, the MIG is the easiest to learn. Also, they work with the most common types of metals, overhead welding is easier, and the MIG welder works fast. You’ll also want a Hammer & Dolly Set, otherwise known as a “Body & Fender Set.” These tools go a long way in repairing and straightening steel panels, and all-around custom fab work. This one, made by Pittsburgh, probably has the best price you’re going to find, and one look at the customer reviews should convince you there’s no need to keep looking. A Step Drill is essential to make quick, clean work out of drilling large diameter holes for auto-body jobs such as installing chrome trim, and for firewall holes. A Spot Weld Cutter works great in restoration projects and does just what its name implies. Also, a Plumber’s Torch is great for softening and shaping metal. As you work on your project, you’ll find a Bench Grinder and Drill Press are extremely helpful in the auto restoration process.  Plus, a Wire Wheel on the grinder is a must and makes cleaning up parts quick and simple.

Additional Work Make sure you include various Brake Tools, a Tubing Bender and brake flare tool. Finally, get a CreeperPaint StripperTransmission JackDent Repair Kit, and a Comprehensive Mechanics Tool Kit, and you’ll be equipped to tackle most everything involved in your car restoration, as well as many other future projects. Of course, you’ll inevitably be needing cleaners, sealants, lubricants and the odd part along the way, but consider yourself the proud owner of an equipped auto restoration garage.

gremlin Now, get out there and make that Gremlin Funny Car a reality!

Vertical Jump – The Central Pneumatic 2HP, 29 Gal, 125 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor

Get the boost you need to fully power your pneumatic tools and equipment! The Central Pneumatic 2HP, 29-gal. Vertical Air Compressor (#69865) allows up to 125 PSI of air at your control. Features include an easy-access handle, smooth rolling wheels and a fully-shrouded pump and motor for protection. Woodworking, sand blasting and metalworking shops– or anywhere where pneumatic tools are used– can benefit from this powerful air compressor! Out of the box, the cast iron vertical air compressor comes with:
  • An oil-lubricated pump for reliable performance
  • Twin capacitor motor for easy start-up
  • Adjustable handle and semi-pneumatic tires for easy maneuvering
  • Thermal overload protection
  • Dual pressure gauges and a built-in quick coupler

Here’s what a couple of happy owners of the air compressor have to say:

 “I’m using this for sandblasting small items and for normal home use. It can supply a steady 60 pounds of pressure indefinitely, and obviously a lot more for brief periods of time. The compressor is relatively quiet. It takes about 2 minutes to fill up and shut off. The tank seems to hold its full pressure indefinitely, and is ready to use anytime. After a month of use, it seems like a good quality product.”  newshirt – Colorado Springs, CO
“I find uses for it EVERY DAY. Blowing up balls, handheld palm & air nailers,staplers, impact wrenches… blowing off sawdust & ? after weed eating, cooling off, too! EASY to move, inside if it’s cold out for easier starting, it won’t trip breakers OR blow fuses that way! DARN good value for the money! H-F stands behind their products!”  Ugly Gene – Pinee Bush, NY
This sturdy, capable vertical air compressor, priced at the incredibly low $357.99,  is currently available only at Harbor Freight Tools  brick n’ mortar stores. Pick one up for your shop and never worry about having enough power again.

The Small But Powerful Pancake Air Compressor

pancake-compressorWhether you’re a professional contractor or a weekend warrior, you’ll likely need an air compressor at some point.  But at Harbor Freight, we know that not all air compressors are created equal and sometimes you don’t need one that’s big and powerful.  For general purpose work like stapling and nailing, the Pancake Air Compressor handles just about all your light duty work and takes up less space in your garage or workshop too!  And best of all, with this handy little item placed strategically in your work space, your friends will see you as a guy who’s always prepared.  Neighbor needs air in his tires?  He’ll come right to you.  Or perhaps your child needs some detailed air brushing done for his or her art project.  You can save the day by tirelessly doing the painstaking artwork yourself!  There won’t be any monetary compensation but the smile on his face when he gets that B+ for your stellar artistry will be reward enough.

 “For doing trim work, it has plenty of air and keeps up with the nailer just fine. It is light and easy to move around and most of all it is very quiet.” Max Linzmeyer from Nevada

“I paid just under $50 and it works like a charm!” BSBRoss from Ringwood, NJ

Of course, if you want, the Pancake Air Compressor is small enough to easily hide away from family and friends too. Let’s face it, your neighbor never returned your weed-eater and you’ll be instilling a strong work ethic in your child by making them do their own darn art project.  You work hard enough as it is!  But luckily, so does this tough little air compressor.  Just in case you’re in a generous mood.  And after spending just $55.00 on this Oilless 1/3 Horsepower Pancake Air Compressor, there’s a good chance you will be.