What a Wonderful Weld

90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored WelderThe 90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder from Harbor Freight Tools provides the functionality of a MIG welder without the hassle of gas. This Flux Core Arc Welder (FCAW) is specifically designed to use self-shielding flux-cored welding wire, eliminating any need for gas and regulators normal MIG welders require. With a variable speed wire control and thermal overload protection, this flux wire welder is easy to use.

This welder is designed to be used with mild, low alloy steel. It’s not suitable for aluminum or stainless steel.

Check out what customers are saying about this welder:

This is the perfect welder for making pipe racks and fixing any weld leaks on sprinkler piping. For the money you cannot beat this product. It is also 110v so it can be used anywhere. – Jamie, Gadsen, AL

I’ve been welding for 17 years now. That being said, this welder is absolutely perfect for everyday use at home. Even if you’ve never welded before, watch a two-minute video on YouTube on the basics and you’re set! Minimal weld spatter and slag. Good solid welds. Even on thin steel. I recommend this welder. – Marc G., San Antonio, TX

I have had this thing for a year now and let me just say it has paid for itself by 10 fold. Kicking myself in the butt for not buying it sooner. I have fixed my bush hog, other tractor parts, a shelter frame, etc., etc. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed. Also I had never welded before. – Hoot, Ayden, NC

Visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store to pick up the 90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder as well as all welding accessories.

90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder
item#61849

Portable Band Saw for Heavy-Duty Cutting Applications

band saw 2band saw 1band saw 3

This amazing variable speed, portable band saw goes with you to the worksite to cut tubing, pipes, rebar, wood, metal and plastic! The band saw cuts at no-load speeds between 0 to 420 FPM and only weighs 16 lbs. for easy handling. Features include a needle-bearing-mounted spindle and three wheel-bearing blade guides for even, accurate cuts. Additional features include:

  • Powerful 10 amp motor
  • 5 in. x 5 in. deep cut capacity
  • Superior ergonomics and balance for accurate cuts and less fatigue
  • Storage Case and (1) 14 TPI Blade

Check out what customers are saying about this indispensable power tool:

This is a great improvement over the previous model. Runs smoother, cuts straight and deep. Easy to change bands. Quiet for a portable band saw. – Fury, FL

Took out of the box, dropped the blade in and started cutting. Made 10 cuts through cast iron. Worked perfectly, cut like butter. VERY PLEASED, a big plus to my Harbor Freight tool line up … Recommended. – CJN, Port Huron, MI

I have used Milwaukee and Rockwell portable band saws over the years and this saw is on par with them in performance and quality…  – Fab. Red, Ionia, MI

Love the band saw. I have to admit I had my doubts but they were wrong. I have cut so many things with this saw: angle iron, aluminum,3/4″ rod, wood, copper, and I have nothing but good to say about the power and accuracy. I don’t usually write reviews but this product deserves it. – Clarky, Buffalo, NY

You can pick up the versatile and reliable 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit at your local Harbor Freight store!

10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit
item#62800

This Saw Delivers!

miter saw 12 family handyman

The 12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System from Harbor Freight Tools is designed to make smooth, accurate cuts in larger work pieces—up to 12 inches in width. The trigger-activated laser guide makes it easy to line up and cut wood precisely, including 45 degree left or right bevel cuts. Additional features include a powerful 15 amp motor and dual linear slide rails for stability.

Check out what customers are saying about this powerhouse tool:

I bought this saw in preparation for building a deck on the front of my home. I mounted the saw to a box framed, wooden table that I had built the previous summer with a handle and wheels on one side for easy movement. After installing the 12in blade that I also bought from HF, I performed a few straight test cuts on some 2X4, 2X6 and 4X4 scrap I had lying about and the saw melted thru them like butter. I also tested the ability to cut a 45 degree cut on a section of 2X4 and the saw performed flawlessly. – Chris, Dalton, GA

This is a great saw. It cuts and bevels straight and accurately. I’ve used many miter saws over the years and this one performs as well as any other ones. Great investment for on the job or around the house. – The D, Davenport, FL

This saw worked flawlessly. Arrived within a few days of ordering. After installing a blade I put it through a test of cutting all day. I built me a simple workbench and the saw cut everything with ease. I even tried it on four 2x4s at once and it didn’t even slow it down. Highly recommended. Fantastic tool. – Mike, Painstville, KY

You can pick up your 12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System from your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

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

Blade sold separately.

(photo above taken from The Family Handyman)

 

How To Create An Organized Stackable Parts Storage Cabinet

If you’re like me, you’ve got a kind of “Winchester House-like” system for keeping all of your screws, bolts, nuts, washers, hooks, nails, brads, tacks and parts in a place where you can get at them… usually thrown all harum-scarum in the smaller upper workbench drawers and coffee cans. I’d hate to actually audit the time I’ve spent looking for everything whilst in the middle of projects.

stackable organizer complete 2

So, what would you think of having your hardware– every single cotter pin, rivet, fuse, lock nut– sequestered in its own bin, in labeled cases stacked 12-high in a portable cart? Well, that’s exactly what Dave Wirth did with his huge inventory of parts and fasteners, employing the Storehouse 20-Bin Portable Parts Storage Case from Harbor Freight.

20 bin storage case

Made of rugged ABS plastic, each case houses 20 removable bins and has a clear lid so you can see what you got inside without opening it up. It also comes with a handle for easy toting.

sorting the bins

Dave actually got a kick out of going through his stuff, dumping everything out, sorting them into their own trays, and then deciding which trays should be grouped together in the same case.  In the process, he found things he never knew he had.  Also, it was a treat knowing he’d never have to spend all that excess time looking for just the right sized bolt.

building the cart

So, how did Dave Wirth tackle this extremely cool modern marvel? Check out his detailed “how-to” video here:

And while you’re at it, visit his Blog for a quick pictorial of how it’s done. It really is a neat project and a work of art.

As for the table saw, miter saw, wood glue, clamps, nail gun, compressor, belt sander and casters— whatever you don’t already have in your arsenal– you can find at Harbor Freight at great prices.

A “BLAST” FOR CLEANING AND STRIPPING PARTS

Abrasive Blast Cabinet

More often than not, wire brushes or sanding discs just won’t cut it! Blasting is the only way to really get parts clean and prepped for paint and powder, especially when it comes to automotive parts. But blasting can create quite a mess. Save yourself the hassle with the Abrasive Blasting Cabinet (item #: 68893) from Harbor Freight Tools. The blasting cabinet is constructed from sturdy 19-gauge steel to keep dust, debris and blasting medium contained. It also features a fluorescent lighting system, ceramic nozzle, hose and gloves.

Here’s what customers are saying about the blasting cabinet:

I use this product daily. It works VERY WELL… – Scotty B., Jupiter Farms, FL

I have been doing all powdercoating for 2 motorcycle shops and use the heck out of this rig. I have not had a problem with leaks, assembly, gloves etc. This system works comparable to any others that are 4 times the cost. – RS-SS Restorations, Colorado/Arkansas

This is one of the best purchases I have made for my shop. Finding all kinds of uses. – Joel, Wisconsin

Harbor Freight also carries compressors and dust collectors, which can be used with the Abrasive Blast Cabinet. For accessory specifications, please be sure to consult the user manual.

When it comes to parts that need to be stripped down to the base material, give ‘em a blast that will last with the Abrasive Blast Cabinet from Harbor Freight Tools, available at one of 600+ stores nationwide!

Abrasive Blast Cabinet
Item #: 68893

HOW TO MAKE A HAMMER HEAD COAT RACK

Hammer Head Coat Rack

Instructables.com

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

LumberJocks.com

Materials:

hammer head coat rack 3

thechroniclesofhome.com

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

Instructables.com

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

LumberJocks.com

  • 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

Instructables.com

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

Instructables.com

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.
hammer head coat rack 4

thechroniclesofhome.com

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!

A REAL WORKHORSE—THE 10 IN. SLIDING COMPOUND MITER SAW

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Whether you’re a DIYer or professional contractor, a sliding compound miter saw is a must-have for making cross, bevel and miter cuts. Take the 10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw from Harbor Freight—it features a powerful 15 amp motor, easy access brushes and dual linear slide rails which provide stability for making smooth, precise cuts. Plus, the saw makes miter cuts up to 12 inches wide and has a 45 degree tilting blade. Thanks to Harbor Freight’s Quality Assurance Team and feedback from customers like you, Harbor Freight has made this workhorse even better. Here’s what actual users are saying about it:

[Harbor Freight] has apparently been listening.  Fence and arm were perfectly aligned. Laser was easily adjusted and aligned to the blade. Laser now has a separate on/off switch. Came with a lumber hold down clamp, batteries for the laser and a hex wrench for the blade. Cuts great.  — Smoke, NC

Well worth the money. Comes with replacement brushes. Cool! — David, Sacramento, CA

I used this saw for a home improvement project and it worked so well. The measurements were right on and I love the laser light. Helped make the job more professional. — randyc, Charles Town, WV

I bought this saw because I was not able to cut anything over 6 inches with my other miter saw. After using this saw, I don’t even use the other miter saw anymore. — elvoiles, KY

For the garage, shop or worksite, the 10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw will be your go-to time and time again! And with Harbor Freight’s ridiculously low prices and 600+ stores nationwide, it’s time get one!

10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw
item #: 61971

4 IN. RATCHETING BAR CLAMP/ SPREADER

4 in. Ratcheting Bar Clamp Spreader

The 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader is a light duty tool that’s perfect for delicate woodwork or scale modeling. The clamp features a pistol grip for easy one-hand operation and a quick-release button that works with the touch of a finger. The bar clamp easily converts to a spreader by simply removing the fixed jaw and placing it on the opposite end of the bar. Pick up half a dozen or more for your garage or shop—you can never have enough of these clamps… and be careful who you loan them to because you’ll probably never get them back!

These clamps have been upgraded from their predecessors thanks to feedback from customers like you. Here’s what one customer had to say about the 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader:

These have been redesigned, nothing like the earlier ones, I believe these can put as much pressure as the old foot-long ones. HFT listened and corrected ALL the previous problems. Try a pair, you will be happily surprised – I was!!! I have been using these for over a year now with NO problems. – Jim, Estacada, OR

Pick up the 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader at any one of Harbor Freight’s 550+ stores nationwide or visit harborfreight.com.

4 in. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader
item #: 68974

DIY Book Jewelry Box

jewelry box book 4

As Mother’s Day is only a week away, if you haven’t thought about what to get Mom, now is probably a good time. As we all know, moms love to get homemade stuff for presents– and if it has some sentimental slant to it, so much the better. Here’s a great idea that takes very little time and money, and one that your mom is sure to love: A Homemade Jewelry Box Made Out of an Old Book!

So, the first thing to do is choose the old book. If you really want to get Mom excited, make it one that has significance for her. For example, if you have a lot of wonderful family memories about Oyster Bay, NY, find an old book on Oyster Bay. Or, if she loved the Anne of Green Gables or a Jane Austen book, go to the used bookstore and find an old print copy of one of those. You could also pick out a book on a particular hobby she likes, or a movie star who she’s always had an iconic appeal for. You get the idea.

Next, get the following supplies:

  • Small hobby knife set
  • Mod Podge
  • Small paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decor of your choice – silk flowers, buttons, ribbon. Here are a couple of examples:
    • If the book is Julia Childs’ “The Joy of Cooking,” you could get tiny kitchen utensils.
    • If the book is “Secret Garden,” you could find little little rake, clippers, etc. A Michael’s, or similar craft store, would carry stuff like that.
    • Amazon also has good ideas.

jewelry box book 3

Steps: 
1. Open the book and draw a rectangle on the top page, leaving a 1/2-1″ border all the way around the book.
2. Next, using your sharp hobby knife, cut the rectangle using the lines already drawn. Don’t force it too hard. You will be doing this several times, depending on the thickness of the book. Also, don’t cut down to the very bottom; leave 1/4-1/2″ of pages to serve as a cushioned bottom.
3. It’s OK that the cut pages don’t line up exactly.  A little bit of roughness can really add to the vintage look.
4. Once you’ve cut as deeply as you want to go , leave the book cover up and start Mod Podging every few pages together as well as the outside of the page,s and all inside the new” box.”
5. Then using your Hot Glue Gun, you can decorate the “lid” with little kitchen tools or gardening tools, silk flowers or ribbon, bedazzle, etc.
6. Once the Mod Podge is dry, you might want to go to the thrift store and find a couple of beautiful old jewelry pieces to put in the box for added decoration!

jewelry box book

 

Harbor Freight Tools carries all sorts of great crafting tools and aids to help make your special products awesome! We also have wood burners, rotary tools, rock tumblers, airbrush kits, chisel sets, hot knives, and more!

You can find this and other fun, creative ideas on the blog, Eat. Sleep Decorate.

Five Must-Have Cosplay Emergency Repair Kit Items from Harbor Freight Tools

Intricate Cosplay Costume

You’ve put countless hours into your cosplay costume and it looks great! You arrive at the event only to find that a tentacle has come loose or your armor is becoming unhinged… It’s a cosplayer’s nightmare but all is not lost if you’re prepared. Here are five must-have items for your cosplay emergency repair kit from Harbor Freight Tools.

 

Industrial Strength Super Glue

  1. Super Glue

Super glue is the go-to for bonding foam, plastic, metal and more. Harbor Freight’s Industrial Strength Super Glue (item #: 68347) bonds materials in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run. When your costume is literally falling apart, fix it quick with super glue!

 

Multipurpose Scissors

  1. Scissors

Getting rid of loose threads or taking care of some last-minute wig trims? A good pair of scissors will do the trick! Harbor Freight’s Multipurpose Scissors (item #: 47877) feature durable PVC handles, heat-treated stainless steel blades and serrated edges to help accurately cut through a variety of materials.

 

160 Piece Sewing Kit

  1. Sewing Kit

A good sewing kit is mandatory when putting together an emergency cosplay repair kit! It’s so easy for your costume to get snagged on a car door… or another cosplayer for that matter! Harbor Freight’s 160 Piece Sewing Repair Kit (item #: 95777) has everything you need to make short work of fabric repairs. The kit comes with standard sewing supplies, including needles, pins, buttons, snaps and a plethora of different colored threads. Though it comes in a beautiful solid wood box, the kit also includes a high impact storage box so you can just consolidate the specific items that you may need to fix your particular costume.

 

Quick Stitch Sewing Awl

  1. Sewing Awl

Here’s an item that you won’t see on other recommended cosplay repair kit lists but one you should definitely consider—the Quick Stitch Sewing Awl (item #: 91812). This sewing awl is ideal for repairing leather and canvas items. It comes with four durable needles and 180 yards of heavy duty polyester thread. Please do not attempt to repair items while wearing them! Repairing leather or canvas is one thing. Repairing human flesh? Quite another…

 

8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk

  1. Zip Ties

Fix a costume or prop in mere seconds with zip ties. Harbor Freight offers a variety of zip/cable ties but you can always start with the tried and true 8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk. Each tie has a 58 lb. working load with a maximum loop diameter of 2 inches. They’re made from durable UL66 DuPont nylon material and for you regulation sticklers, they meet UL flammability 94 v.2 standards—thank goodness for that!

Now that you have your five items, you’re going to want something to put them in. Try the compact and lightweight 12″ Polypropylene Toolbox (item #: 96602) from Harbor Freight. It has easy-access top compartments with transparent lids and a durable lift-out tote tray. The toolbox is made from rugged polypropylene that won’t dent or rust and also features a heavy-duty lockable latch.

12 In Polypropylene Toolbox

 

That’s just five items (technically six with the toolbox) to get your started. Check out a Harbor Freight store near you or the website and let us know what items you’d include in your cosplay emergency repair kit!

Remember that Harbor Freight Tools carries a wide variety of materials not only for cosplay repair but for putting together your costumes in the first place! In case you missed them, check out TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS and ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS.

Happy cosplaying!