HOW TO TURN YOUR OLD SPEAKER INTO A LIQUOR CABINET

pioneer speakers

Remember when your speakers were the nicest pieces of furniture you owned (even beating out the cable spool coffee table and matching orange crate record holders)? Even now, I”ll go so far as to say they’d still be the most gorgeous pieces in my house if I still had my Marantz quadrophonic ruling the roost.

marantz white

Ah, but the world has moved on to iPod docks and Bose Wave systems, and other soulless devices of aural sterility. Perhaps, though, your Pioneers (or JBLs or Advents) are still in the garage, under boxes of Christmas lights or the old carburetor you swore you were going to rebuild. Maybe the cones are shot, but you just haven’t been able to bring yourself to part with that beloved part of your history. Well, now you don’t have to! Not only can you keep your lattice beauties, but you can emancipate them from storage and return them to their rightful place– the entertainment room!

speaker liquor cabinet completeTurn that deceased speaker into a liquor cabinet… or any kind of cabinet you like, as explained by Hippiesarah on Instructables.com. Here we proceed with the idea of keeping the cabinet looking like a real speaker. Of course, you can fashion it however you want.

Tools Needed:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Wire Cutter
  3. Cordless Drill
  4. Miter or Circular Saw
  5. Staple Gun
  6. Hot Glue Gun

Materials Needed:

  1. Unused speaker(s)
  2. Sandpaper
  3. Wood (for shelves; amount depends on the size of speaker)
  4. Paint
  5. Hinges
  6. Corner Brackets
  7. Light
  8. Pencil
  9. Paint marker
  10. Nitrile Gloves

How-To:

Step #1 – Gut the Sucker!

gutted speaker

Wear some nitrile gloves– or other type of gloves that keep you dexterous– when you’re doing this. The cabinet’s insulation might be fiberglass, which can irritate the skin.

Remove the speaker cover. Most just pop off with velcro or pop-ins, but be careful not to break the cover frame from too much effort, especially if it’s an older cabinet. There’s also the chance it’s screwed in. Carefully remove the speaker, insulation, wiring and components.

Step #2 – Trace Your Outline

tracing the speaker

Once the speaker is completely gutted, put the cover back on. Then with a pencil,  mark exactly where it lays on the face of the speaker. It’s important you don’t cut the opening bigger than the speaker cover, so as to maintain the illusion that it’s still just a speaker. Remove the speaker cover again and use a paint marker to clearly outline where you want to cut.

Step #3 – Time to Cut

cutting speaker

Cut as straight as possible along your drawn lines. Once you’re finished, measure the width and depth of the speaker cabinet so you can cut your shelves. For this, you could salvage wood from old furniture or resort to buying a piece.

Step #4 – Sand and Paint

sand and paint

Sand where needed and paint the interior and your shelves any color you like. If there is a hole on the back of the cabinet, you could simply staple black fabric over the opening– or you could keep it to string in a light cord if you want to add electric illumination.

Step #5 – Brackets

brackets

When the paint has dried, it’s time to add the hardware. At this point, you should have an idea where you want your shelves to go. If you want to make your liquor cabinet like this, give the top shelf a good height to store your shot glasses, then give the next shelf room enough for rocks or highball glasses. Screw the corner brackets on the bottom of your shelves, then to the speaker walls.

Step #6 – Hinges

hingesYou might find that when you start to add the hinges, you run into a small issue. If you want the cabinet to look like an ordinary stereo speaker, then exposed hinges betray you (et tu, hinge-ay?)  In the top photo, see how the hinge lines up perfectly with a small space in the speaker cover? The fix: get a strip of scrap wood and sand it down till it fits tightly into the space. Then hot glue it into the cover and attached hinges as normal. With a quick dash of black paint marker, you can’t even tell anything was done.

Step 7: Light ‘Em Up

For convenience, and to add that touch of class, you may want to have a light in your liquor cabinet. This could be done by simply sticking in an LED click light with adhesive back, bringing electric lights through the cabinet’s back hole and stringing them around top, or getting one of those magnetic drawer lights that come on when you open the door.

Step 8: Bar’s Open!speaker liquor cabinet completeTime to stock your shelves and lie in wait for your first unsuspecting guests!

Or,  let’s say you’ve got towers. Maybe you’d like to try something like this, not quite as clandestine.
tower speaker cabinet

Or, maybe you don’t drink. In that case, perhaps you’d be interested in repurposing your speakers into a media library cabinet:

speaker media cabinet

Whatever your inclination, you can refer to these basic steps and your once-retired stereo speakers can give you hours more of pleasure! And remember, Harbor Freight‘s got the tools that can make it happen! “Sound” advice, no?

How To Build a Teardrop Trailer

teardrop trailer complete

In the March/April 1939 issue of Popular Homecraft an article ran– along with detailed plans– for a new, cool oddity called the “Honeymoon House Trailer.”

It was built in the late 30’s by Louis Rogers of Pasadena, California, a guy who literally saved his dimes for the little traveler so as to take his new bride on their wedding trip. The 8’x4’ floor plan had tongue-and-groove flooring on a pine chassis, a Chevy front axle with 28” wheels and 1926 rear fenders.  The mini trailer slept two and had a raise-up deck lid for a rear kitchenette, complete with ice box and stove. A curtain-enclosure outside the starboard entry served as the “dressing room.” The whole project set him back about $60 ($1,026 today). This may or may not have been the very first teardrop trailer, but it was certainly in the ballpark.

DIYers went crazy. They followed Rogers’ plans and soon added touches of their own. After World War II, subsequent models morphed even more, sporting Jeep wheels and exterior skins made from bomber wings. After the 50’s, though, their popularity waned as big RVs appeared. Then, once again, the teardrops returned with a vengeance. Today you can find a number of websites for plans (some free!), photo galleries, forums and clubs. Teardroppers believe that creating, renovating and modifying unique, personalized models are what give the little campers their timelessness—and the most rewarding way to own a teardrop!

vw teardrop

The coolest part of all this is, you don’t have to be a master builder to make your own drop-dead gorgeous teardrop trailer. If you’ve got just a basic knowledge of woodworking and some tools, you’re already ahead of the game.

First thing, how to go about it? On a recent Google hunt, I found this most EXCELLENT “HOW-TO” tutorial on building a teardrop trailer on Instructables.com with extremely detailed steps, TONS of pics (man, you gotta have pics!) and a comfortable daily planner. Building it on a Haul-Master 1720 lb-Capacity. 4’x8′ Super Duty Trailer

HF super duty trailer…the author created this beautiful camping capsule, complete with aluminum siding, wiring and lights, vent fan, sink-&-stove kitchen area, windows on the sides and front, and a roomy bed with a second kid-sized bunk, all for under two grand!

teardrop beds

Necessary Tools:

teardrop camping

While it’s not exactly a 2-weekend project, the finished product will leave you buzzed with such sublime satisfaction, and give you years of fun and memories that you just can’t buy.

Of course, most of the tools necessary to make this dream a reality can be found at Harbor Freight Tools. Make sure you check the ads for specials and coupons for even greater savings!

How To Make Your Very Own MAN TABLE

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So, up ’til now you’ve proven your manhood through food dares, awkward school fights, asking-a-girl-out dares, changing your own oil, jumping in a frigid lake with your bros, peeing in a soda bottle whilst driving through the night, crying at the end of “First Blood”… but lately, you’ve been getting a growing hankering to MAKE something– something COOL. If this is uncharted territory for your ever-emerging MAN within, here’s a DIY project worthy of bragging rights and endless sprees of fist and chest-bumping: The Man Table.

The Man Table, by definition, should be rugged, solid, rough-hewn and indispensably usable. Something that takes a beating and just smiles back at ya. This isn’t a beauty contest, bucko. We’re talking about a baptismal exercise of Man and Tool. I actually stumbled on this “how-to” quite by accident on Instructables.com by a guy named “Pointy” in the Netherlands, and I’ve been thinking about little else for future garage activity. Just be warned, this project is “metric-centric,” so get used to using the other side of your tape measure.

So, here’s what you’re going to need:

Tools and Materials

Power Tools
Angle Grinder with Cutting Discs and Abrasive Discs

angle grinder
Welder (in this case a stick welder)

stick welder
Jig saw

jigsaw
Power drill with 2, 5, 8 and 10mm drill bits (our numbered bits will work!)

power drill
Hammer

hammer
Clamps

clamp
Angle Finder

angle gauge
Marking tools (pen or painters tape)

Center Punch

center punch

 

Adjustable Wrench

adjustable wrench

Materials:
– Steel angle 30x30x3mm, total 4,6 meters
Measurements 700mm (2x), 1600mm (2x).
– Steel angle 40x40x4mm, total 4,2 meters
Measurements 700mm (6x)
– Steel plate 15x15x4mm, 6 pieces
– MDF board 160x70cm
– Reclaimed wood for the inlay (Meranti is used here). Bear in mind that the thickness of the MDF + inlay = 27mm MAX when using 3mm steel. Otherwise, the wood will be too high above the tabletop.
– 18xM8 Nuts and bolts
– Box of nails
– Black spray paint

About the Steel…
If you can get the steel angles at a metal shop that will cut them for you (45 degree angles), go for it. Your world will suddenly get so much easier. Use regular steel, not stainless, for two reasons: One, you’re using it inside and it will be painted. Two, stainless is harder to weld (and for paint to stick on it. and regular is cheaper.. so, four reasons).

Table Top Frame

table top frame

Tools needed
Angle grinder with both discs
Welder
Angle gauge

First step,  lay out the four pieces of 30×30 into a rectangle. If the steel isn’t cut in angles yet, do that now, using the grinder with the cutting disc. Take your time measuring out the angles, using the angle gauge, always measuring twice before you cut. If you cut them at the wrong angles, you might be forced to to shorten the whole thing to make up for the mistake. You can only fix so much with the welder. After cutting the angles, lay the pieces together. Do they fit? Are there any obvious gaps? If not, then sweet! A trick the tutor used with his stick welder was grind a small angled edge of the materials to be welded. By doing that he created a ‘path’ to drag his welding rod on.

Get out the welder and tack-weld it first. That way you can fix and prevent mistakes before the whole thing is welded solid. As said, this isn’t a beauty contest, so don’t worry about having photogenic welds. The primary goal is only that they’re tough and can take a pounding.

Switch the grinder to the grinding disc now and clean up the welds. Fill in the gaps with the welder and grind it flat again. Don’t sweat any grinding marks you might leave. This is all about badass Man personality, right?

(If, for some reason, you have to clean the stuff up between steps, be sure to mark the corners so you don’t forget what goes where later (see bottom photo above)

Legs

Legs

Tools needed
Angle grinder with both discs
Welder
Clamps

First you need to cut the corner braces. Stick a piece of painters tape diagonally from corner to corner, making a 45 degree angle.

An unwanted result of welding flat objects is the risk of them curling up when you’re just welding one side. To prevent this, tack the corner braces on and then flip it and weld the other side, too. That way you make sure the brace is flat and flush against the tabletop’s frame. Use the clamps to keep it from curling and keep them clamped until they cool. By tacking and flipping you can work a lot quicker. Just make sure to add the corner braces before welding the legs. Be sure to suspend the legs in mid-air before welding the braces on. This is why you see bolts in the above photo.

After welding the corners, then grind and clean them up.

Drilling the Bolt Holes

bolt holes

Tools needed
Power drill
Steel drill bits for 2,5,8 & 10mm
Center punch

Now to drill the bolt-holes. Three bolts per side are sufficient– and it looks good. The corners should be 15.5 cm. The first bolt goes in dead center in the corner profile and the rest space out + 5CM.

Center punch it first to prevent your drill from slipping. To save time, drill all the holes before moving on to the next bit size up. When you get finish with the 2mm holes, put the tabletop frame upside down and line up the legs flush with the top. Then insert drill bit in each hole and give it a little spin. This way you don’t have to centerpunch the legs and they all fit nicely to their corners. Then do 5mm, repeat, then 8mm, repeat. Finally, span your 10mm bit and give each hole a quick spin. This will remove any burrs left.

Putting Together the Frame

table frame

Tools needed
Adjustable Wrench

This is a pretty straightforward step. Legs + top + bolts: First bolts go in with the table upside down, then flip the frame and do the rest of the bolts. Sit on it to test the weight. As the pride floods you, feel free to let out a Tim Taylor grunt.

Painting the Frame

paint the frame

 

Tools needed
Black spray paint

Paint…

Putting On the Top

putting on the top

Tools needed:
Jig saw
Hammer

Either cut your MDF board to size yourself, or have it done at the local home improvement store. You won’t lose Man Points if you do the latter. There’ll be some small cuts you need to make to accommodate the bolts; just measure how much the bolts protrude, and maybe a 1/2 cm extra, and saw. It doesn’t need to be precise, the wood will be covering it.

Finally, the last step is to drop in your reclaimed wooden top. As I mentioned earlier, this DIY guy used reclaimed Meranti. You may have your own ideas. Just lay it down, mark off any protruding stuff and cut. Then nail it down to the MDF.

I’m a Man, Yes I Am

final man table

Now just let the Man within take over and do what you do with your magnificent creation. Maybe run your hands over the perfectly imperfect surface and watch the end scene of First Blood again.

 

HOW TO MAKE A HAMMER HEAD COAT RACK

Hammer Head Coat Rack

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As Father’s Day is upon us, we at Harbor Freight thought we’d share this DIY project idea that we stumbled across recently: a relatively low-cost, low-time-consuming enterprise, creating a snazzy coat rack out of hammer heads. It occurred to us that this would make the ideal gift for that someone who likes to spend copious amounts of time in their garage, shop, cabin, studio or ice fishing shanty. While the claw hammer seems to be the predominantly popular hardware, you can use a number of different types of heads and styles. What we’re offering here is a suggested “how-to” “carpenter-style” rack that we liked. If you’re comfortable enough with your tools, by all means, have at any deviation you’d like to take:

hammer head coat rack multi 1

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Materials:

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Cutting the Wood

  • Cut the red oak rack boards 9 in. wide x 3 ft. long
  • Using your 1/2″ roundover router bit, bevel the edges
  • Measure 3/8″ from the top of the board and draw a straight line across
  • Drill eight 1/8″ holes equal distant from each other across the board and, using the #8 wood screws, assemble the rack
hammer head coat rack cut heads

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Sizing Up the Hammer Heads

  • Get a feel for the right height, length and angle you want your claw hammer. Do you want it straight, or at a slight angle? Do you want 2″, 3″ or 4″ of handle? Here’s one at a long, heavy angle:
hammer head coat rack 5

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  • Mark and cut one hammer handle.
  • Hold the hammer head  to the board and make sure it’s the angle and height you want. When you know, cut the other four hammer handles exactly the same way.
hammer head coat rack mount heads

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Mounting the Hammer Heads

  • Pre-drill holes in the base of the handle stub with a 7/32″ drill bit
  • Pre-drill holes on the board with a 1/4″ bit
  • Mount the hammer heads on the board with the 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ tap con screws
hammer head coat rack mount angles

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Mounting the Rafter Squares

  • Mark and drill four 3/16″ holes in each square, two holes on either end
  • Mount the squares to the either end of the board (as shown)

miniwax polycrylic

Protective Finish

  • The Miniwax Water-Based Polycrylic is a good coating because it can go over bare wood as well as water, and oil-based, stains. It dries quickly, doesn’t have an odor and leaves a durable shell against scuffing, etc.
  • If you prefer, you could sand the hammer handles and boards and stain it with a richer color before adding the Miniwax.
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Happy Father’s Day!

Once the coating is dry, your coat rack is ready to mount– or wrap for Father’s Day! If you want to scan other methods and ideas, we’ve linked each of the above photos to their respective sources. After all, there’s more than one way to skin a hammer. Meanwhile, keep in mind that Harbor Freight Tools has whatever tools you’re missing at low prices, making this project even easier!

Four Power Tools That Bring the Love to DIY

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Considering man’s entire history on the planet, the technology of tools has certainly exploded in just the last 100 years. This is largely due to the introduction of electricity. Although many a “long-in-the-tooth” garage warrior will tell you there are still plenty of projects around better served by a hand tool, we know there are far more jobs out there where a power tool would send the hand tool packing. Besides, nothing quite makes you feel like a virile master of the universe like a live, heavy-duty power tool in your hand.

While there are many awesome and formidable-looking power tools you could put in your shop, I’m here to tell you about four that you’ll definitely want to get before the others.

Cordless Drill

18V Cordless Drill

18v Cordless Drill

Why You Want To Have It

Before you look at any other power tool, this is the one to get– the must-have for your arsenal. Most of you are probably too young to know what it’s like to hand-bore holes with a manual drill, but let me tell you, it’s nothing to get nostalgic over. Forget the blisters, the muscle fatigue, the sheer boredom– and that’s on the first hole. With a good, ample cordless power drill you’ll be able to take on a multitude of tasks in an afternoon: drill holes into sheet rock, drive screws into a 2×4, “earthquake-proof” furniture, install towel bars, and sawing circular holes in the back of your entertainment center. You get the point: If you don’t have a cordless drill in your possession, you may as well be launched on an ice floe and die.

What to Buy

When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery. An 18v is a good size for home use, and make sure it’s got variable speeds for different jobs, and is reversible. The reversible feature will come in handy if you need to take some screws out when you realize the outhouse door needs to swing out, not in. Most competitors sell 18v models for about $100-$200. You can purchase a sturdy 18v cordless drill at Harbor Freight for $25-$55.

 Reciprocating Saw

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7.5 Amp Reciprocating Saw

Why You Want To Have It

From the first time he knocked down his toy blocks with vicious glee, man’s life mission is to destroy stuff. This is why the reciprocating saw is so wonderful. Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen, demolishing a carport, or doing a tricky plumbing or electrical job, few tools offer the sheer destructive force and ruthless precision of a reciprocating saw. The reciprocating saw cuts through metal, wood, drywall, cable, PVC and most other materials like they were room-temperature butter.

What To Buy

Yes, there are cordless reciprocating saws, but I don’t recommend them. Nothing can set your day into a tailspin like running out of battery power in the middle of a good demolition. The corded ones will finish the job, and, depending on what you’re doing, they’ll have plenty of power to do it quickly and efficiently. Whether or not you want to get one with a rotating handle will also depend on what you plan to be doing with it, but in most situations it isn’t necessary. At Harbor Freight, you can get a decent model for $30-$60 dollars (I tend to lean on the credo “you can never have too much power,” but again, it depends on what you’re doing with it). Also make sure you have a good assortment of blades on hand. Happy busting!

 Oscillating Multifunction Tool

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Why You Want To Have It

The oscillating multifunction power tool is the basic weapon of choice for all the small-to-midsize cutting, scraping, sanding and sawing projects on your to-do list. For all the things they do, these babies are easy on the wallet and pack the juice you need to put some real muscle into the tough jobs. The multi-tool easily cuts through cable, air ducts, downspouts, plasterboard and pipes… sands down cement, concrete, stone, plaster, tile adhesive, paint and wood . . . it can even saw through wood up to 2″ thick! It’s definitely a “go-to” tool for remodeling and repair jobs, as well as hobbies, tile, car repairs, even scraping freshly painted windows or old floor coverings. Get one of these in your hands and you’ll wonder how you ever managed this far in life without it.

What To Buy

Here’s another case of cordless vs. corded, and again, I say get the corded. Don’t get me wrong, there are some quality cordless multi-tools out there, too, but I keep thinking of that scenario when the power drains down just when you were making some headway. Still, there will be those rare occasions when you need a corded one, so get both– they’re cheap enough– just make sure you have the corded one first. Also take the time to peruse the myriad of attachments made for this wonder tool. You can walk out of Harbor Freight with an oscillating multifunction tool for $20-$40.

 Circular Saw

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Why You Want To Have It

If you genuinely enjoy the long, steady, back-aching activity of cutting wood with a handsaw, please disregard this section (hey, some people like yodeling). But if your projects often take you to the task of cutting stacks of 2x’s and sheet lumber, then you’d be a fool not to have a circular saw in the garage– and I pity the fool that don’t have this tool. A circular saw can do the job of a handsaw in 1/10th the time, and frees you from the blisters and sore muscles that often accompany the hand tool alternative. Just make sure that when you get one you educate yourself on all its. safety practices. It’s also a whizz at cutting skin and bone.

What To Buy

One last time, get a corded model. There are two basic types of circular saws: the smaller traditional type and the more heavy-duty “worm drive” saws. The worm drive saw cuts through wood like butter, but they’re also heavier and more unwieldy with one hand.If you’re a weekend warrior with garden-variety cutting jobs, the smaller one will be fine. If, however, you’re a professional, the worm drive will more likely be your brand of bourbon. At Harbor Freight, circular saws range from $33-$90.

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THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS IN YOUR TOOLBOX

handy andy tool set

So, up until now you haven’t had much call to for bunch of tools (and you’re sticking to that story). But then things start happening. The bathroom faucet is dripping. The Mrs. decides it’s time to install new light fixtures. It’s the night before a birthday and you need to put a bike together. The cute divorcée next door needs a pair of big, strong hands. It’s time to be self-reliant. With just a handful of tools– and some elemental know-how that you can pick up from your dad or YouTube– believe it or not, you can personally handle most of the basic household projects that speed bump into your personal time. So, as you embark on this new journey of self-reliance, we’re here to share with you you the 12 simple-yet-powerful tools you need to have in your arsenal. No doubt, others will chime in with suggestions of their own because, well, that’s what tool guys do. The great thing about these tools is, they’re all affordable, so you can be all locked and loaded after one quick trip to Harbor freight. Here they are:

 

claw hammer

Claw Hammer

Claw Hammer

The hammer could be your favorite go-to tool. From driving in nails (or yanking them out), to starting screws and aligning holes, to full-scale demolition detail, the 16-ounce claw hammer packs just the right punch you need for the job. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself pulling it out for projects you don’t even need it for. You know, just in case. Instead of the “old school” wooden handle, we recommend you go with a fiberglass one: they absorb impact a heckuva lot better and they don’t crack or splinter. Also, when you go buy one, try a few different hammers out and feel the heft and balance in your hand. Like a bat or a bowling ball, if it feels good, it makes all the difference. Just watch out for passing patrons when you start swinging it in the store.

 

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Flathead & Phillips Screwdriver Set

Screwdriver Set

Contrary to popular belief, the slotted flathead screwdriver is not dead, not yet. Therefore, it’s inevitable that you’ll need both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers in your journeys. Start out with a basic set of both. Besides slotted screws, the flathead screwdriver is also excellent for lifting the lids off paint cans, scraping off old paint and epoxy, nudging things and emancipating personal items locked in briefcases with lost keys. The Phillips screwdriver has gained more popularity, though, because it’s designed to give a user more torque than is possible with a flathead screwdriver, so when possible, go with Phillips screws.

stripped screwAlso, the last thing you want to have in the middle of a project, is a screwdriver or a screw that starts stripping before you can loosen or tighten, so make sure the following things are true:

  • Make sure the pilot hole is approximately the same size as the inside diameter of the screw threads.
  • Make sure the screwdriver head fits the screw nicely.
  • Put some weight into it when you’re turning the screw, so that it holds its place and isn’t tempted to slip its grip.
  • Make sure the screwdriver is in line with the screw as you turn. Coming at it from an angle is a sure method of stripping.

This Pittsburgh Pro screwdriver set is an excellent starting point for your tool arsenal. As jobs come your way, you may need to acquire either a larger or smaller one, but these will tackle most household projects.

 

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Tape Measure

Tape Measure

Whether you’re building a workbench, seeing if a big screen TV will fit on a wall, verifying the diameter of a pipe, or measuring a room, a trusty 25′ retractable tape measure is a must. In fact, since they’re so inexpensive, we’d go as far as to say buy four: one for the toolbox, one for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the car. I mean, who likes fetching a tape measure on the other side of the house? It also goes without saying, throw a pencil in the box as well. If you’re grabbing the tape measure, you’ll probably be grabbing one of those, too.

 

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Adjustable Wrench Set

Adjustable Wrench

Of all the tools in your arsenal, besides your hammer, this baby will probably see the most action. Because one adjustable wrench can handle different sized nuts and bolts, it’s like having 50 wrenches in one. So you could literally be walking around the place, tightening your kid’s trike wheels, the BBQ’s frame, the microwave cart and the Gatling gun tripod without ever going back to the toolbox. When using an adjustable wrench, adjust the jaws to fit precisely over the nut, rocking the wrench slightly as you tighten, to help secure a firm fit. Also, for added strength, make sure the nut is positioned as deep as it will go into the throat of the adjustable wrench. As with the aforementioned screwdriver set, the crescent wrench set shown could take on most of whatever your honey-do list can throw at it. There may an occasion to get a bigger one along the way, but those kind of jobs are rare and far between.

 

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Socket Set

 Socket Set

If you’re dealing with a lot of nut-n-bolt action– usually on an engine or other machinery– then it’s time to put aside the crescent wrench and pull out the “big guns”– the socket set. Socket sets can exponentially speed up a project like an ordinary crescent wrench never could. They’re so convenient and effective, in fact, you’ll actually get giddy over the chance to pull it out. This is because of the ratchet that comes with it, a mechanism that eliminates the need to remove and refit the socket on every stroke. Also, because the tool will turn the bolt when swinging in one direction, but won’t pull it back when returning.  A good basic household socket set with about a dozen or so sockets, a ratchet and an extension will prove almost always sufficient for household jobs, such as driving in lag bolts, tightening bolts or other occasional repairs, builds or tasks. Like all guys, you will love your ratchet, and will probably look for excuses to buy several. Which brings us to the Husband’s Litmus Test: If she says, “But, you already have a ratchet,” then you know, she doesn’t understand you.

 

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Locking Pliers

Locking Pliers

Locking pliers are designed to provide maximum locking force and come in handy when you need an extra hand to work with. Then, when the job is done, a quick release disengages the tool for the next step. Extremely versatile, you can employ this multitasking tool as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet, or a clamp. The three shown here can take care of most stuff around the house and garage.

 

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Needle Nose Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

An valuable tool for electrical work, this little guy can be a lifesaver for projects that require you to cut, bend, re-position, grip or strip wire. They’re also used for crafts, jewelry making, computer repairs, bomb defusing and other functions . Because of their long and skinny shape, they’re particularly useful for getting into tight spots. You can also use them to pinch your bratty nephew.

 

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Cordless Drill

Cordless Drill

Power tools are awesome, but most are unnecessary for the garden-variety shtuff around the house. That said, a cordless drill is a must-have component in your toolbox arsenal. It can be used for drilling holes into sheet rock and driving screws into a 2×4. So, if you’re “earthquake-proofing” furniture, installing towel bars or sawing holes in the back of your entertainment center, this is the go-to tool . When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery. An 18v is a good size for home use, and make sure it’s got variable speeds for different jobs, and is reversible. The reversible feature will come in handy if you need to take some screws out when you realize the outhouse door needs to swing out, not in.

 

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Hand Saw

Hand Saw

Now, let’s turn to Old School. A great misconception is the idea that you need an electric saw to make cuts. All you really need is a simple hand saw in your toolkit. You don’t have to run an extension cord, you don’t have to recharge a battery, and you can catch yourself alot faster if the cut’s going awry.The image of a wooden-grip hand saw has long been the iconic symbol of the DIY craftsman. A good general-purpose hand saw is the go-to tool for trimming branches or cutting lumber for a DIY project. It’s also the one tool you want to make sure you’ve got a good pair of work gloves to wear while using.

 

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Magnetic Torpedo level

Level

Whether you’re hanging pictures, putting up a curtain rod,  or affixing shelves to a wall, a straight line is absolutely crucial. You don’t want to put a bunch of nails in the wall, only to step back and see your family portraits are all askew. To get the job done right the first time, you need a level. There are some hoity-toity laser levels out there, but you can’t beat the sweet satisfaction of getting that bubble in the middle. Of course, if you enjoy getting the stinkeye from certain cohabitants,  go ahead and just keep doing it by eye. ‘Cause you’re so good at it. Seriously, get this tool, you’ll be happy you did. On the level.

 

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Utility Knife

Utility Knife

This tool might not put out the sexy like other tools, but we bet it’ll never gather dust at the bottom of your toolbox. You’ll find the utility knife to be a stupendous sidekick with every project: Stripping wire, cutting rope, rubber hose or plastic strapping, snipping the sealed tips off epoxy tubes, scraping paint… you get the point. When nothing else in the arsenal can help, the utility knife steps up to the plate.

 

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Toolbox

Toolbox

Well, duh. As time goes on, you’ll probably graduate to a tool cart, then a tool cabinet, and maybe even a wall of tool chests. In the meantime, the humble shlep-around toolbox is the perfect receptacle for carrying your basic tools to any household project. Keep it simple and solid, and it’ll never leave you, even when you need more storage.

 

No doubt, some of you think we overlooked some items you think are crucial to the ensemble. Duct tape. WD-40. The InSinkErator tool. Everyone’s needs could slightly deviate based on their home situations, but we’re standing by this list. So? Go thou, get thee tools and be useless no more.

 

HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR REMODELERS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

Remodeling isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life! Considering the high costs of goods and services, do-it-yourself remodeling is the best way to save money while turning a home into a castle. For the remodelers on your holiday gift list this year (including yourself) we’ve put together a list of must-have remodeling items from Harbor Freight Tools!

Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc
item#: 1800

A good set of drill bits is a must for all remodelers. From building shelves to installing a magnifying mirror in the bathroom, drill bits are the go-to item. This particular set of titanium nitride coated drill bits lasts up to six times longer than standard bits. Plus, the 1/4 in. hex shank is specially designed for cordless screwdrivers, enabling you to quickly change drill bits. The set includes 13 fractional sizes ranging from 1/16” to ¼” by 64ths.

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife
item#: 62358

A utility knife is a staple in the remodeler’s tool belt. Crafted of lightweight aluminum, this utility knife features simple one-hand operation that allows you to cut swiftly with ease. Other great features include a quick-change mechanism for easy blade changes and removable clip so it can be carried on a belt or in a pocket when safely folded.

25 ft. x 1 in QuikFind Tape Measure

25 ft. x 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure
item#: 69030

Before remodeling, you’ll probably spend more time with a tape measure than your family! During remodeling, you’ll be double-checking your progress with a tape measure. Basically, you’ll become BFFs with your tape measure, so make it a good one! This QuikFind Tape Measure is just the ticket! It features a durable ABS rubber-wrapped case, easy-to-read fractional markings, thumb lock, belt clip and wrist strap, plus an extra thick blade for taking longer measurements without the frustrating “kink factor”.

3 Pc SAE Metric Torx Folding Hex Key Set

3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set
item#: 94905

I have this reoccurring dream—I’ve won the lottery only instead of being paid out in cash, I’m given an IKEA gift certificate and I decide to furnish my entire home with their furniture. The packages arrive and I open each one and take out the parts to assemble. The hardware is included but there are no hex key wrenches. NOOOOOOOOO! I wake up in a cold sweat, then run out to my tool box and locate my 3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set from Harbor Freight Tools. I gently pet it in relief… but I digress. This set of compact hex key wrench can handle SAE, metric and star fasteners. They’re constructed from durable chrome vanadium steel with a black oxide finish to resist rust. Each set features color-coded handles for easy identification and rubberized comfort grips. They’re a dream to use—the good kind of dream.

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer
item#: 47873

A good hammer is crucial for remodeling—and the world’s best nutcracker, though a bit messy. The professional quality 16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer features a drop-forged polished steel head and comfortable, shock absorbing fiberglass handle for continuous use. The claw can be used to remove nails but is ideal for ripping lumber when framing or performing other large-scale remodeling jobs.

Still under $10 (but tough to fit into a stocking)

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc
item#: 68045

When using a reciprocating saw, you’ll need replacement blades at the ready. Look no further than the Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc from Harbor Freight! Designed with a 1/2” universal shank, these reciprocating saw blades provide fast, aggressive cutting on a variety of materials and are made from heat-treated, shatter-resistant bi-metal that keeps an edge longer compared to conventional blades.

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr
item#: 66287

If you like splinters, callouses, lacerations and punctures, avoid these gloves at all costs! On the other hand, actually both hands, they do a pretty darn good job of keeping you protected. These split leather work gloves feature leather finger tips with a full leather index finger for added protection. Canvas backing provides breathability and comfort. An extended 1-1/2” cuff protects the wrists. They come in a pack of five—keep one pair in the tool box, one in the garage, one in the back pocket and keep two pair handy for your friends and family members who are helping you remodel but forgot their gloves… One size fits most remodelers!

12 in. Tool Bag

12 in. Tool Bag
item#: 61467

Tools rule! But they can get a bit unruly when they’re all over the place… Keep your remodeling tools under control with this 12 in. Tool Bag. The heavy-duty polyester bag features a zippered closure with a gatemouth design that stays open when you want it to so you can find tools easily. The bag also boasts 15 inside pockets and 6 outside pockets to hold tools, hardware, you name it. But under $10? It’s too good to be true. Must be a holiday miracle!

5 Pc Pliers Set

5 Pc Pliers Set
item#: 69351

During remodeling, pliers get a lot of use! This 5 Pc Pliers Set is a great general purpose set to have on hand. The pliers are constructed of heavy-duty drop forged and hardened steel with a polished finish to withstand frequent use. Comfort grips mean less user fatigue during long projects.

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc
item#: 61344

Try remodeling without screwdrivers and you’ll be screwed! I worked for hours on that pun so please enjoy it… This complete screwdriver set includes slotted, Phillips, square and star drive tips to accommodate most screwdriving tasks. Each screwdriver in the set features a chrome vanadium steel shaft and magnetic tip. A ribbed cushioned grip provides total control and comfort during operation.

Under $25

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings
item#: 68239

When it comes to power tools, a good cordless drill is mandatory. This high performance Drill Master cordless drill driver has the versatility of 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of drilling tasks. A built-in lamp with LED bulb provides visibility even in dark corners. Additional features include a keyless chuck and electric brake, plus the battery is interchangeable with other 18 volt Drill Master tools.

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 68861

This multifunction power tool is the Swiss Army knife of power tools! With a comprehensive selection of attachments, you can use this tool to cut through cable, air ducts, downspouts, plasterboard and pipes, sand down cement, concrete, stone, plaster, tile adhesive, paint and wood—and even saw through wood up to 2 in. thick! It can even tutor your kids on their SATs so they can get into a good college—try that with competing brands… (Claim based on lab rats who did really well on their SATs after being tutored by the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool; actual human results may vary.)

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc
item#: 61637

High speed steel titanium nitride drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bit sets. This drill bit set features regular 118° tips for drilling in wood, metal, plastic and most other materials. Bit sizes range from 1/16 in. to ½ in. by 64ths.

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer Stapler

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler
item#: 68019

Get two great tools for the price of one! Load the 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler with brad nails to work on household trim, paneling, bookcases, drawers and cabinets. Insert staples and it becomes an effective air stapler for furniture upholstery! Features include a quick-release nosepiece to clear jams quickly and a lightweight design for less user fatigue on long jobs. The combination air nailer/stapler also features a 360° rotatable exhaust.

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse
item#: 69446

When working with 2 x 4s, plyboard, drywall or any otherwise unwieldy material, sawhorses corral the issue. This saw horse weighs in under 4 lbs. yet holds up to 350 lbs. Storage is also a breeze—the sawhorse folds flat to 1-3/4 in.

Under $50

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw
item#: 62370

Once you start using a reciprocating saw for remodeling, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it! For cutting PVC pipe, embedded wood, plywood and even sheet metal, a reciprocating saw makes the job quick and easy. Features include a pivoting shoe plate for increased stability and a rubber grip for comfortable operation. The handle rotates completely through 180° with five positive stops at 0, 45° and 90° left, and 45° and 90° right for cutting from any angle.

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver And Flashlight Kit

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver And Flashlight Kit
item#: 68287

Here’s another great cordless drill but with an added bonus, a swivel-head LED flashlight with 3-position tilt to illuminate your work in dim areas. The drill itself features 21 torque settings, electric break, keyless chuck and an interchangeable 18 volt battery compatible with other select Drill Master tools.

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 67537

Compared to the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool, the variable speed feature provides added precision control over tough jobs and detail work. Delivering between 10,000 to 20,000 OPM (oscillations per minute), the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool is designed with a die cast aluminum gear housing and sealed bearings for durability. An overmolded grip provides comfort for long jobs.

1 2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill

1/2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill
item#: 68169

When remodeling, you may need more than a drill—you need a super drill! The ½ in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill features a 7.5 amp motor that delivers the power to drill through concrete, wood and steel. With the comfort grip handle, hand fatigue is greatly reduced during tough jobs.

7-1 4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System

7-1/4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 69078

The built-in guide laser on this powerful circular saw ensures straight, accurate cuts. And don’t let the lightweight aluminum construction fool you—this circular saw is designed for tough jobs while also providing the versatility for bevel cuts in wood. Other features included a dust chute and protected trigger with safety lock.

Under $100

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System
item#: 61973

A good compound miter saw is indispensable for remodeling! Harbor Freight’s 10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System features a 45 degree tilting blade for precise bevel, miter and compound cuts. Make quick work of wood moldings, PVC pipe and other materials thanks to the powerful 15 amp motor. Additionally, the integrated laser lines up the cut when accuracy is a must!

1-1 8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer

1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer
item#: 69274

This heavy duty power tool is really three remodeling power tools in one: use it to drill precision holes, for heavy-duty drilling and as a demolition hammer for cutting and breaking! The 10 amp motor delivers powerful performance while the anti-vibration handle reduces fatigue. This rotary hammer also features a quick-change SDS system, adjustable 360° side handle and these words from Mr. T: “I pity da fool who don’t use the 1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer from Harbor Freight Tools!”

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer
item#: 67450

Roofing, vinyl siding, upholstery panels, fiber cement siding… big jobs demand a nailer that’s up for them. That nailer would be the 11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer from Harbor Freight Tools! This air nailer drives nails fast and hard while its lightweight design prevents user fatigue. It also features an adjustable roofing gauge for accurate tile spotting and steel contact safety with dual carbide inserts for less wear and tear. A 360 degree exhaust prevents that wind-blown look, so it’s a great nailer for everyone except Fabio.

18 Volt 1 4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver

18 Volt 1/4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver
item#: 68853

The powerful motor of this hex impact driver delivers 1050 in. lb. of torque to handle heavy duty driving in a variety of tasks. This cordless driving tool features a 1/4 in. quick-change shaft for quick and easy bit changes, onboard bit storage, all-metal housing for strength and durability, and an ergonomic overmolded cushion grip for comfort and less user fatigue. An included one-hour quick charger means less downtime during remodeling jobs.

14 in. 3-1 2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw

14 in. 3-1/2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw
item#: 61481

With its high performance 15 amp motor, this cut-off saw will have you cutting through metal and other hard substances with ease! The wide D-handle grip has a full-width trigger for comfort and control while the quick-release vise lets you position your workpiece quickly. This cut-off saw also features fully shielded bearings to ensure smooth operation over a long service life.

Over $100

If the person on your gift list has been extra good this year, we’ve got some things that’re sure to ring their sleigh bells (not legal in all 50 states). Starting with…

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 61969

This compound miter saw has all the great features of the 10 in. version but can provide smooth, accurate cuts in larger work pieces – up to 12 in. wide.

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder
item#: 67646

You may think all ladders are the same. The 17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder is sure to change your mind. Supporting up to 300 pounds and constructed from strong aircraft grade aluminum, this ladder can be used in 23 possible configurations—step ladder, wall ladder, scaffold, workbench and many more! For remodeling, this ladder is a step up compared to standard ladders. Pun completely intended. Don’t forget to tip your waiters and waitresses on the way out.

8750 Peak 7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III
item#: 68530

Powered by a reliable Predator engine, this generator is ideal for countless remodeling projects. It features an electric start with recoil backup, 12-hour run time at 50% capacity, low oil indicator/shut down and a heavy duty 1-1/4″ steel roll cage. It’s also great to have on hand for emergencies between remodeling projects.

5 8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
item#” 60600

Paint decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors, frames—and save countless hours and hassle compared to brush/roller painting with this powerful airless paint sprayer. The 5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit features a stainless steel paint pick up that won’t rust or corrode. The spray gun can also pump straight from 1 or 5 gallon buckets for easier cleanup! Comes with a No. 517 nozzle for 12” to 16” fan width and an integrated filter and trigger-lock for easy flushing and cleaning.

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile Brick Saw

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw
item#: 69275

The two-position cutting head on this professional tile saw enables the user to adjust the blade for a variety of tiles or bricks. The saw also features a powerful dual capacitor motor with sealed bearings and thermal overload protection plus a heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration.

 

There you have it, a wide variety of incredible gifts in all prices ranges for the remodeler on your holiday list! If you’re still undecided, you simply can’t go wrong with a Harbor Freight Tools gift certificate! And don’t forget to check out harborfreight.com or any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide for the latest deals and even more tools and accessories for remodeling.

 

 

Harbor Freight Celebrates International Girls Day

Recently, Teddy Robertson posted on her blog:

“Surprisingly, the Flint store is very female.   Of course, you see a lot of women in Home Depot and Lowes.  They are selecting paint colors or lighting, or bathroom fixtures.  At Harbor Freight women roam the drill bit aisles.  And what’s more, women—middle-aged women—are on the floor helping them with real tools.  Maybe years back they would have worked in the shop.  Today they work at Harbor Freight.”

Today, November 14, is International Girls Day, and it’s fitting that Harbor Freight Tools takes notice. The girls have been coming to HFT in growing numbers, sharing the checkout lines with the boys, carrying miter saws and cordless drills; on the Web, you now stumble across Girl Power blogs like Pink Toes & Power Tools and Ana White, sounding the alarm that women are taking over the home DIY projects.

That being said, I’d like to submit…
10 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own
tape measure 30 ft
  1. Pittsburgh 30 Ft. X 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure #69081 – You can never have too many tape measures around the house, and you’ll like this guy because it displays the fractions. Not to say you’re working with a dumbed-down tool, something akin to a Jitterbug cell phone, but rather something that helps determine measurements faster and more efficiently. The tape extends a long way before it falls, and you’ll appreciate the rubber-wrapped case (not that you ever drop your tape measure, right?). Heavy-duty and helpful! $4.99plier set 7 piece
  2. Pittsburgh 7-Pc. Pliers Set #69355 – Pulling, pinching, stripping, bending. You can face all manner of tasks in the home, and these babies can be invaluable. And the quality-to-price ratio is NICE! 8.9932 pc screwdriver set
  3. 32-pc. Screwdriver Set #90764 – You’ll probably put the most mileage on this set around the house as it accommodates most all domestic jobs, including a bendable snake unit that’s awesome in hard-to-get-to areas! $7.99claw hammer
  4. Pittsburgh 16 Oz. Claw Hammer With Fiberglass Handle #47872 – I’m sure you have a hammer somewhere in the house. Hammers are like tape measures; it’s good to have a few around. Whatever you do, though, invest in a nice claw hammer. It’ll do a good job driving in nails, but it';; also help you remove the bent ones if you make a mistake… which I’m sure never happens. Hammers are the great go-to’s for hanging pictures, putting together modular furniture or small woodworking projects. This fiberglass one provides a comfortable grip and less shock than the wooden ones.  $3.99 socket set 64 pc
  5. Pittsburgh 64 Piece 1/4″, 3/8″ And 1/2″ Socket Set #67995 – For nuts and bolts, and screwing in lag bolts in your beams for heavy wall-hangings and earthquake straps, putting together the tyke’s bike, or working on the car. You might think this set’s a bit overkill, but you never know when you’re going to need the odd-sized piece– and socket sets provide torque strength a mere wrench can’t come close to. $31.99torpedo level
  6. Pittsburgh 9″ Magnetic Torpedo Level #96676 – Take away the guesswork and eyeball calisthenics when trying to hang pictures or put up shelving. You’ll learn fast what a godsend this simple tool really is.  $7.99 staple gun
  7. Fasten Pro Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun Kit #96755 – For everything from craft projects to reupholstering chairs, making wood box valances, putting up plastic sheeting, running cords along the wall, window screening, and other DIY projects. Another tool you’ll love love love!  $6.99 5-drawer tool cart
  8. U.S. General Tool Cart, Five Drawer, 700 Lb. Capacity #69397 – You’ll need a place to store all of these handy tools and, take my word, you’ll outgrow a toolbox almost immediately. A larger one on rollers– like this 5-drawer favorite– is great to move around your home, craft room, studio or garage. It gives you plenty of room to organize and quickly access the tool you need when you need it!  $199.99 3-8 cordless drill 68239 19.99
  9. Drill Master 3/8″ Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 18 Volt #68239 – A rechargeable drill is essential to have around for your light-to-medium DIY projects around the house. They’re light to carry and great for making holes, or using as a power screwdriver to speed up the fastening process. Got a remodeling project in your future? Get it!  $19.99 orbital palm sander 5-in
  10. Chicago Electric 5″ Random Orbital Palm Sander #69857 – If you’re restoring furniture, an old boat or other object of love, invest in an orbital sander. Great for getting a smooth finish on large surfaces, and the palm sander version gives you great control. $24.99
There are other great, handy tools for your collection that you’ll eventually want: stud finder, brad nailer, jigsaw, compound miter saw, circular saw… and Harbor Freight Tools has them all at tremendously low prices! It’s a great way to get your projects off the ground without smashing too many piggy banks.
Of course, there’s more to life than always working. As Teddy Robertson closed in her post:

“Last year toward the end of summer Dennis came home with battery powered fly swatter he’d gotten on sale for $3.99 (reg. $7.99).  We sat on the porch in a warm twilight sipping margaritas and swinging at mosquitoes.  Can’t beat Harbor Freight.”

You go, girl.

Harbor Freight Tools Father’s Day Gift Guide

father's day butterfly

Ah, Dad… He’s the guy who taught you how to hammer a nail, ride a bike, catch a fish and belch like a man. When he came home from work, he’d give you that bear hug, smelling like cold air and Old Spice, his five o’clock shadow bristling against your baby-butt-smooth cheek, and you loved it. He was the soft touch when it was time to go to bed, but you needed just a little more TV time… and when you went to bed, he could throw you up in the air like you were flying! He knew how to make your mom laugh like no one else, and he knew how to make the perfect pancakes on Sunday morning.

Father’s Day is the day we get to thank Dad for all of it– for making our childhood more magical, and for making us feel special when he took the time to do things with us. Harbor Freight understands what dads like, and he knows how you can thank them, too. All you have to do is visit the website and you’ll know why it’s their favorite toy store. So to help make the decision of what to get him easier, here are 10 popular items currently on sale at Harbor Freight Tools, any of which that will make him smile:

 

1. Drill Master 3/8″ 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver with Keyless Chuck #68239

Drill Master 3/8" Cordless Drill/Driver

This Harbor Freight favorite is a great general-purpose drill; home use, furniture building, etc. The keyless chuck is tight, the power is strong, and users love the LED light! This high performance cordless drill driver has 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of chores around the house and garage. It includes an electric brake and the battery is interchangeable with other 18-volt Drill Master tools. For sale at $18.99, it would cost more to buy a new battery for any other drill! In fact, pick up a Drill Master 18V NiCd Replacement Battery along with it, so when Dad’s on a roll, he’ll never have to stop to charge!

 

2. Pittsburgh Automotive Pneumatic Adjustable Roller Seat #46319

adjustable roller seat

What a great idea to save the back and knees! With a thick cushion, integrated easy-to-reach storage tray and a 15″ to 20″ lift range, this pneumatic adjustable roller seat is as practical as it is comfortable. Non-marring casters allows for smooth mobility while the 360 degree swivel seat and one-hand height adjustment lever let Dad get into the perfect position for whatever he’s doing. Whether it’s working on a bicycle, motorcycle, washing and waxing the car, lug nuts, changing brakes, wheel bearings, painting low cabinets, etc., he’ll be quietly thanking you again and again while he’s relaxing on his roller seat. At just $22.99, this is the ticket!

 

3. Pittsburgh 22-Piece Fully-Polished SAE and Metric Combination Wrench Set #47467

22 pc wrench set

The legendary Pittsburgh 22-piece combination wrench set from Harbor Freight includes 11 of the most widely used SAE wrench sizes and 11 of the most popular metric sizes to accommodate almost any wrenching moment. Fully polished, they’re made of chrome vanadium steel and a chrome plate finish for added durability, and come with an organized portable storage rack for quick access. This wrench set is great for everything from around the house to auto work– even working on trucks, trailers, tractors and farm equipment! And at just $16.99, everyone should have a set of these! And did I mention the lifetime warranty? This set of wrenches is awesome!

 

4. Pittsburgh 21 Piece High Visibility 3/8″ Drive SAE/Metric Socket Set #67900

21 pc SAE metric socket set

A good socket set makes your life so much easier. How about a great socket set? Well, now you’re talking! The wrenches in the Pittsburgh professional-quality set are constructed of rugged chrome vanadium are triple-chrome-plated. They also come with high visibility markings for quick and easy socket selection, a quick-release ratchet with reversible 72-tooth gearing and a comfy cushion grip. An awesome set, believe me, and it beats paying hundreds for those big name brand sets off the tool trucks. And, of course, it’s got that lifetime warranty! Pick up a set (or two!) for just $14.99.

 

5. Pittsburgh 60 Piece Alloy Steel SAE/Metric Tap & Die Set #35407

60-pc tap and die set

And while we’re talking about incredible deals on hand tools, what do you get the man who’s got all the wrenches and sockets he’ll ever need (like that’s going to happen)? Why, a Pittsburgh 60-pc. SAE-metric tap & die set, of course! Thread and bore taps like a pro with this tap and die set!  This tap and die set will perform– and out-perform!— other tool & die sets that cost ten times as much. Each tap and die is constructed of long-lasting alloy steel and the sizes are embedded in, not printed on, the surfaces. This set will cover most all Dad’s tap and die needs and, in no time, it’ll become his go-to tool for creating and repairing his own screws and bolts. For the home workshop and auto shop; thread plastic, wood, brass, and even plate steel– everything from an aluminum frame to a hardened steel bumper! Tell Dad to keep them oiled and they’ll last him a lifetime– which, it just so happens, is how long the warranty lasts. Only $29.99 at Harbor Freight.

 

6. Chicago Electric 4″ Angle Grinder #91222

4-inch grinder

Dad will save time and hacksaw blades with this angle grinder. This lightweight grinder is powerful and easy to operate while he’s cutting or shaping a brick walkway, cutting steel bolts, rebar, masonry, plaster, copper or galvanized pipe. or grinding welds, removing rust, removing bolts, sharpening sections on blades like sickle bars, etc. This grinder’s 4.5 amp ball-bearing mount motor delivers 11,000 RPMs for fast stock removal. It also has a spindle lock for fast and easy wheel changes, easy access brushes, a removable side handle, an easy-to-replace carbon brush and aluminum gear housing.  Included with the grider are a 4″ grinding wheel, arbor wrenches and a 7/8″ arbor adapter. Other cutting blades sold separately. An incredible price at $19.99!

 

7.  Cen-Tech 3-In-1 Jump Starter and Power Supply #38391

3-in-1 power supply 38391

The car battery on Dad’s old Crown Vic been dead for months? No problem! This jump starter will easily jump-start nearly any weak or dead 12-volt car battery. Tell him to throw it in the trunk and never worry about getting stuck somewhere again. The #4 industrial copper booster cables include durable alligator clips that can easily attach to any car battery, and the jumper’s got a built-in 3.6 watt light to illuminate his sight under the hood, making this a perfect jump companion to have on the road! It also comes with an invaluable power supply for electrical equipment in case of an emergency, such as a C-PAP, spotlight, air pump, etc. The Cen-Tech jump starter/power supply has an automatic cutoff to prevent overcharging, a charge/battery level indicator, and an easy-to-read battery indicator. And before he can say, “What are you, a Rockefeller?” tell him, “Dad, relax. It was only $42.99 at Harbor Freight!”

 

8. Central Machinery 1-Ton Chain Hoist #996

1 ton chain hoist

This hoist lifts loads up to 10 feet high easily, thanks to its sturdy, hardened steel chain. The strength of this hoist can lift up to 2,000 lbs. hassle-free and includes a mechanical load brake to give operator more control when lifting or spotting. Works wonderfully with a gantry or I-beam. Dad can use it for lifting and swapping out engines and trannies like they’re not even there– for a lot less than an engine lift!– hoist motorcycles for chain and other maintenance, lift the front of a tractor or heavy-duty truck for tire repair, etc. Rugged and reliable, this chain hoist is ideal for heavy loads at the auto repair shop or industrial warehouse. This jewel works as smooth as silk., and for only $44.99, is worth every penny. He’ll love it!

 

9. Predator 420cc, 5500 Watts Max/5500 Watts Rated Portable Generator #68529, #68526

5500 watt generator

Powered with a reliable Predator engine, this portable generator is ideal for emergencies, job-site use, recreation, family reunions, heating and cooling. The generator features a 420cc air-cooled OHV gas engine, a low oil indicator, UL-listed circuit breaker and 11 hours run-time at 50% capacity. With a heavy-duty steel roll cage for protection, this is the ideal portable generator for powering countless electronics, appliances and tools! And if Dad’s left without power after a storm or other occurrence, this will keep him going with whatever he needs to power. On sale for Father’s Day at $469.99, the 5500 watt generator comes in a standard and California-certified model.

 

10. Harbor Freight Tools Gift Cards

gift card

The ultimate go-to Father’s Day present when you don’t know WHAT’S going on in Dad’s head!  He’ll appreciate this ’cause he gets to choose exactly what’s he’s had his eye on. You can even have it sent directly to him if you order online; just enter his mailing information on the Shipping Address page. Harbor Freight has gift cards for $10, $25, $50, $75, $100 and $500!

So, take some time and check out these and other tremendous Father’s Day deals at Harbor Freight Tools. And when you give your gift to your dad, mention something about those childhood memories, and thank him. Chances are, that’s the best present you could have given him. The tools don’t hurt, though.

Harbor Freight’s Hot for Teacher

revolving tray

In Thailand,  students honor their teachers with extravagant flower arrangements and traditional dance performances.  In South Korea, teachers get carnations from students and former students, alike. In Estonia-, where my dad’s family comes from, the students give their teachers the day off and teach each other (I’m sure, given the chance, American kids would make every day Estonian Teachers Day).

But in the US we have no rituals or ceremonies for National Teacher Appreciation Day, and if you ask me, that stinks. Some of my teachers were my greatest cheerleaders, extended parents and even friends.

So, allow me to make a suggestion. Take a trip to Harbor Freight Tools and pick out something for your kid’s teacher, letting them know how much you AND your kid really appreciate them. If the teacher’s female, the 12″ Revolving Four Tray Bin is the perfect choice. This fun, spinning bin gives plenty of storage without taking up much room, so it’s perfect for a teacher with lots of doodads and limited space! Each tray contains divided storage spaces to hold stuff like scissors, paper clips, erasers, white-out bottles, etc. Or, if she’s into doing crafts or scrapbooking in her spare time, she’ll REALLY love it! The tray stands 18” high and features ball bearing glide and a tough black enamel finish. At just $19.99, you’re not going to find a better gift for the money.

If you want to add a personal touch, try the idea posted by Jennifer Ciriano, where she wrapped magnetic tape around the sides and decorated it with buttons!

Spinner Rack with Flair

Or, check out Natasha Hensel’s creative ideas, shared on her YouTube video:

Of course, that isn’t to say your guy teachers wouldn’t like the revolving bin, too. I mean, truth be told, it was originally made for the workshop, for nuts, bolts, washers, and other little parts and pieces. However, if yo’d rather have an alternative idea for “Mr. Whatshisface,” then you can’t go wrong with the Drillmaster 18V Cordless 3/8″ Drill/Driver and Flashlight Kit— now on sale for $19.99 when you use the coupon on THIS PAGE!

drill flashlight

So, if you want to give a big “THANK YOU” to the teacher, say it with a revolving bin or cordless drill-flashlight combo from Harbor Freight. It’s better than a hug, and your kid won’t get sent home.