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!

 

Gettin’ Jiggy with the Pocket Hole Jig Kit

You may not have ever heard of this particular tool but if you have furniture in your home, it was probably constructed with a Pocket Jig! And no, a Pocket Jig is not an Irish dance. It’s a useful item that allows you to make frames and rock-solid joints in wood. And the Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit (Item #: 96264) from Harbor Freight is easy-to-use, portable version that will keep your tool budget strong as well! At just $67.99, this is the perfect pocket jig for occasional jobs yet it still holds up to frequent use.

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Sure there are other ways to attach two boards together, but with the Pocket Hole Jig Kit, there’s no messy glue to worry about and no wait time! Just drill the hole to your desired depth, insert the fastener, and you’re set. Whether you’re building furniture, creating cabinet frames, or simply need to join two pieces of wood securely, you won’t find an easier way to do it than with this Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit.

“Very impressed with this tool. I love that it is made of aluminum unlike some others of its kind that are made of plastic. This jig makes joinery very easy and simple. I used it to join boards to make a table top out of 2×6’s. It feels very solid and well built. Good job HF.” – by Martz from Phoenix, AZ

“The Pocket Hole Jig is extremely easy to use. This kit drills pocket holes in materials from 1/2″ thick to 1-1/2″ thick with its two position hole guides. As a bonus you also get an easy to use portable guide plate. This works just as well as my other unit for a much better price. This one of HF’s gems.” – by GW from Jacksonville, FL

“I have a few projects lined up that would benefit from making pocket holes rather than drilling straight through. This jig was definitely worth the money, especially after using a super coupon. I love the portable base that allows you to remove the guides from the mountable base so you can make pocket holes in items that may not fit otherwise. You won’t regret buying this jig!” – by Mil from Philadelphia, PA

Drill holes into a range of material thicknesses with maximum precision! With this pocket hole jog kit in your possession, you’ll never be at a loss again when it comes to joining wooden work pieces confidently. With the kit, you also receive drill guide blocks, an L base, a 3/8” step bit with depth collar,  100 self-tapping screws and hex wrenches. Everything you need to start your next project today!

Halloween Craft Ideas

The time is nigh to plunge into the dark arts of Halloween decorating. Instead of getting soaked at the local party store, though, why not dig up some low-cost tools at Harbor Freight and create your own props and beasties? Here are a few ideas we’ve summoned for your morbid curiosity.

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This spine-chilling ghost (which will be hanging in the trees on Halloween night) is made of packing tape and cheesecloth, and shall be haunting all doomed passersby with an eerie glow, courtesy of the Mini 2-Piece 9 LED 3-1/2″ Flashlight Set (#69065), just $2.99 at Harbor Freight.

 

Drill Master 80-piece Rotary Tool KitDrill Master 80-pc. Rotary Tool Kit #69451 – $9.99

In the spirit of thinking outside the coffin…er, box… consider using the Drill Master 80 Piece Rotary Tool Kit to carve yourself an epic jack-o-lantern! Imagine the devious works of art you could create out of squash-genus vegetables. Not just for pumpkins, though, this awesome tool is great for cutting, grinding, polishing, sharpening, engraving and drilling for all kinds of Halloween crafts and hobbies. Works on metal, wood, rock, plastic, wax… and your dog’s toenails– seriously!

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Masterpiece, compliments of the Drill Master Rotary Tool Kit!

 

4 pc wood chisel setPittsburgh 4 Piece Wood Chisel Set #42429 – $5.99

On the other hand, if you’re more old skull… dang it!– SCHOOL… this 4-piece wood chisel set is an eeeeex-cellent alternative! If you love cutting into fresh pumpkin, inhaling the rich tangy scent and getting your hands sticky-gooey whilst scooping out the guts, this would be your poison. The wood carving set slices into the pumpkin like butter as you easily control the cutting. This heat-treated, high carbon steel set has straight bevels and PVC handles for a comfortable grip, and comes in 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and 1/4″ sizes.

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hot knifeChicago Electric 130-Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife #60313 – $16.99

Plunge, slice and dismember styrofoam and more to make spooky props with this crafter’s favorite– the 130 Watt Hot Knife! Harbor Freight’s heavy-duty hot knife will make quick business out of cleanly cutting foam and plastic materials. It’s got a depth-adjusting sled for more control and a safety auto-off feature. Perfect for creating tombstones and carving faux pumpkins!

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Carve the Pumpkin King with your hot knife!

 

hobby woodburner

30 Watt 5-in-1 Hobby Woodburner

This woodburner is the ideal tool for the Halloween craftsman who’s soldering, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. It comes with multiple tips for soldering and all sorts of hot cutting, all in a convenient carrying case. This quality soldering tool can contribute to almost every hobby and craft!

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Click Here for a DIY Tombstone Project!

 

propane torch

The Harbor Freight Propane Torch #91033 – $19.99

While this would have been an excellent tool for burning witches back in the day, we’ve got a whole different (and perhaps a slightly more PC) idea for Halloween: “aging” wood props! If you’re planning on having a casket or two lying around the yard, a rotting cemetery fence or some other “old” wood display, this propane torch is great for getting the right look. Here’s a customer video on how it works:

 

mini led lightHarbor Freight Tools 3-1/2″ 9 LED Mini Flashlight #69111 – $1.99

Since you’ll already be haunting your local Harbor Freight, don’t leave without grabbing a few extra omini LED lights. These suckers are perfect for the little monsters to carry while trick-or-treating, and for using to showcase tombstones, limbs, nooses and ghosties back at the castle! The mini light features a knurled barrel for quality grip and an easy push-button on/off switch to illuminate the dark passages. A convenient tool for any tomb or keep one in the hearse’s glove box.

Make Harbor Freight one of your favorite haunts this Halloween! If you don’t carve your pumpkin with a low-priced Harbor Freight tool, you’re out of your gourd!

A Portable Workstation with Heavy Duty Potential

Sometimes you need a work station that can be easily moved to wherever you need it to be. And can be adjusted to accommodate different jobs. And can support up to 1,000 lbs. And has additional tool storage space for keeping the equipment you need handy. AND for under 30 bucks?? Well, say hello to the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation (Item #: 46725) from Harbor Freight Tools!

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While it might seem like a basic work table, it’s the most advanced basic work table available and is perfect for a wide range of uses, from the home handyman and hobbyist to drafters, cartoonists, carpenters and more! The work table is easily portable and ideal for drawing or hobby work yet supports even heavy tools like sanders and grinders. Plus, it includes awesome features like two shelves for additional tool storage; magnetic strips for conveniently holding screws, parts, or small metal tools for quick accessibility; and a measuring rule built right into the table itself. Best of all, the table is fully adjustable from 23-3/4” to 30-1/4” so you can work comfortably no matter the task.

If you’re looking for a basic work table that is anything but, you will love this versatile item. And for just $27.99, it’s an incredible value for any shop, garage, or office. The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to finding uses for the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation.

“I bought this item exclusively for my Chain saw sharpener—great item, perfect height. I am very happy with this.” – by Keebler from Phenix, VA

“I’m using this as a base for my bandsaw. It is much more durable than most of the tool stands I considered. The actual product is well-made, stable and heavy duty. Assembly instructions could be better but anyone with basic mechanical ability and patience will be rewarded with a great little work station. I’ve been seen no better ones anywhere and the price is unbeatable.” – by Hey Jube from Richmond, VA

“I needed a sturdy table to use for soldering jewelry… this was perfect. I bought it on sale and the price was great too. I may buy another one soon. Putting it together was easy. I love HF!” – by Ekstasi Jewelry from Atlanta

This isn’t the big 60” Hardwood Workbench (Item #: 93454) or even the Multipurpose Workbench (Item #: 60723) but if you need something simple yet sturdy, you can’t go wrong with the Adjustable Height Heavy Duty Workstation. It’s small but will definitely live up to the Heavy Duty part of its name too!

Multiple Functions, One Powerful Tool

Webster’s Dictionary defines “function” as ‘the purpose for which something is designed or exists.” Actually, that’s one of 9 definitions but it’s the only one we’re concerned with in this case. Because it illustrates what the Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 68861) from Harbor Freight Tools really does: a whole bunch of cool stuff. Multiple functions means this workhorse of a power tool is designed for handling several tasks, making it one of the most important tools in your arsenal.

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The multifunction power tool puts the power of an entire toolkit into the palm of your hand with easily interchangeable attachments for each different job. From buffing to cutting, and everything in between, the Chicago Electric multi-tool is a handyman’s dream. The low vibration and ergonomic handle make it both easy and comfortable to use, no matter the application. Hobbyists will love the sanding attachment that will smooth wood, tile, plaster and more for an even professional-looking surface while woodworkers will appreciate the saw feature which cuts through wood up to two inches thick! And of course, the innovative do-it-yourselfer will find a variety of ways to employ the tool whether it’s slicing through plasterboard and pipes or scraping away paint from old floorboards. Whatever task you have at hand, the multifunction power tool likely has an attachment that will make your project go faster and easier!

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“I do outdoor power equipment repairs and this tool has really made it easier for me. Whether sanding odd shapes or cutting materials, it does what I need! I’m finding more uses for it each time I use it.” – by JD from Austin, AK

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“This is my go-to power tool for small jobs. I have not had any problems with it and it is a great time saver. I recommend this tool for wood, plastics, and light metals.” – by Down South Scrapper from Palestine, TX

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“I bought one of these to grind the grout out of tiles in my first house (it needed a lot of work). That was three years ago, and since then I’ve used this tool to cut wood, grind metal, scrape grout, and sand everything that I could find. I feel that I’ve put it through its paces and it is still going strong.” – by At home armorer from Salt Lake City, UT

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Everyone loves this tool! Armorers, scrappers, guys named JD! You may purchase this multitool for one job but you’ll find yourself using it for countless others down the road. But you only pay $19.99 for this versatile tool and that’s a price you’ll only find at Harbor Freight.

What? You want a multifunction power tool with more versatility and functionality? Well, alright then. How about the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool (Item #: 67537)? You get the same variety of attachments and functions but with this handy multitool, you also have the ability to vary the speed for jobs requiring more precision like sanding or shaping different materials.

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This model is priced at $39.99 which is still a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Just ask these satisfied customers:

“I have used the tool for cutting and shaping wood, drywall and metal. It cuts through anything with no problem consistently, and for less than half price of the overpriced major brands. Definitely a good tool which I would buy again. Well done, HF.” – by Springtucky Monkey from Tampa, FL

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“I bought this to sand an area so I could repaint my windows. Then I noticed the scrapping attachment. I thought the caulk on the windows needs to be redone as well. I tried to scrape off the caulk manually for an hour and got a quarter of the caulk removed. It was going to take forever. Then I tried the attachment and ten minutes later the entire window had all the caulk removed! Simply an awesome tool!” – by ike1969 from Glen Ellyn, IL

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“I had a Dremel multi-tool which died on me after a few years of light use. I was searching for a replacement and considered another $100 one. But then I saw this one. So I figured for the price, I’d give it a try and purchased the extended warranty because I can be a bit rough on my tools. And really, how good could it be at this price? Well, I used it many times during a lengthy involved renovation. This is one heavy duty tool! My helper found this to be his favorite tool and ran out and bought one too. My only regret is purchasing the extended warranty. It’s tough to kill this thing. I’m VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS TOOL. Even if it broke tomorrow, I would have no regrets.” – by Bill Mac from Woburn, MA

I think the all caps speak for themselves in this review. Workers everywhere are truly impressed with the power, precision, and performance of this amazingly versatile tool. With over 30 attachments to handle cutting, grinding, sanding, scraping and more you’ll fly through that check-list of home repairs in no time! But once you’re done with those, you’ll find even more jobs for this durable item, so don’t wait. Get down to your local Harbor Freight store today and pick up the one tool that replaces all other tools: the Multifunction Power Tool.

 

Forge Ahead with a Solid Cast Iron Anvil

For anyone handling metalwork or forging, an anvil is a necessary item. One of the oldest tools in existence, the anvil has had ample time for improvements and tweaks to the design. But at a certain point, you just can’t mess with perfection! And the 55 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 69161) from Harbor Freight Tools is a top notch forging tool for the rock bottom price of just $59.99.

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Whether it’s taking on a heavy duty job or withstanding continuous use over a long period of time, this top grade anvil holds up to the stress. Featuring a wide 8-3/4” x 4-1/8” work surface, this is the ideal anvil for creating custom work with professional-looking results.   Solid and durable, this versatile anvil is ready to take just about anything.

“I have used the anvil in leather work and I have also used it in bending and forging. You can cold-form soft metals and iron too. If you need to hammer on a cable clamp, it’s easy to do. It is portable since it is 55 pounds and it is wide enough for knifemakers and small forgings.” – by Dave from Kentucky

Need to see it in action? YouTube user Shadow Forge demonstrates how he uses the Harbor Freight Tools anvil to make railroad spikes.

And for smaller jobs, be sure to check out the 15 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 3999) which retails for only $19.99. This is a great anvil for hobbyists and jewelry-makers that don’t need a heavier anvil for their projects.

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“A great anvil if you are making jewelry, riveting chainmail, or working with metals of 18 gauge or lighter.” – by Nebraskan Saxon from Omaha, NE

“I love Blacksmithing and this is the best anvil I have ever worked with. The torch will not cut it and it does not wear. I rated it do-it-yourselfer but it is really professional quality.” – by “Torch” the blacksmith from Riverton, UT

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

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

10.

Heat Gun

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


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

1600 Watt Heavy Duty Dual Temperature Heat Gun

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

Heat Gun Accessory Kit 9 Pc

Heat Gun Accessory Kit 9 Pc item #: 68695

 

 9.

Glue Gun

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

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

 

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

 

Professional Industrial Glue Gun

Professional/Industrial Glue Gun item #95939

 

High Temperature Full Size Glue Gun

High Temperature Full Size Glue Gun item 68334

 

High Temperature Mini Glue Gun

High Temperature Mini Glue Gun item #: 68337

50 Piece MultiTemp Full Size Glue Sticks

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

50 Piece MultiTemp Mini Glue Sticks

50 Piece MultiTemp® Mini Glue Sticks item #: 68329

 

8.

Woodburner

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

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

 

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

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

 

7.

Orbital Sander

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

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

 

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(The finished shield)

 

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

 

6.

Epoxy

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

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

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

 

5.

Hobby Knife

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

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

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33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set item #: 96551

 

4.

Spray Gun

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

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

 

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4 oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun item 92126

 

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

 

3.

Nitrile Gloves

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

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

 

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Safety Goggles/Face Shields

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

 

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Rotary Tool

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


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

 

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

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

Tale of the Tape

Sometimes the simplest tools can be the most effective.  Any do-it-yourselfer knows how essential tough, reliable tape can be and no self-respecting handyman would be caught without it.  Duct tape and electrical tape both are two indispensable items that you can never have enough of.  And, when it comes to high quality expendables, Harbor Freight Tools has everything you need.  Whether it’s traditional duct tape or electrical tape, with these handy items, you’ll be able to handle any sticky situation.

There’s no denying that duct tape is one of the most versatile and useful tools in the world.  If you don’t have a roll somewhere in your toolbox or garage, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in a tight spot at one point or another and wish you did.  For just $4.29, you can pick up a big roll of 2” x 50 Yard Cloth Back Silver Duct Tape (or 4 rolls for $14.99) and be ready for just about anything.  From the more traditional uses like repairing air ducts and handling small household projects to more unique applications like patching a hole in a tarp or fixing broken hoses, duct tape can be a life-saver as well as just unbelievably useful.

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“Incredibly strong, durable and very long lasting. I can honestly say it is the best duct tape I have ever used.” – by PRIMETIME from Houston, Tx

“I recently bought a roll of this tape and I am really impressed with its performance. It sticks as good as duct tape costing two times the price.” – by ironduke from Parts Unknown

So what about you electricians out there?  Need to stock up on electrical tape?  Of course you do because this stuff is the cousin of duct tape and just as important to have on hand.  Heavy duty electrical tape not only provides insulation for wiring jobs but also handles other tasks in a pinch.  With a tight grip and the ability to conform to sharp contours, electrical tape is pretty handy as just regular old tape too.  How many rolls of 60’ x 3/4″ Industrial Grade Electrical Tape do you think you could get for $4.99?  How about 10?  Only Harbor Freight sticks by that kind of deal.

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“I recently had to cut open some wire looms I’d taped up a few years back to move some harnesses and I noticed how well this stuff held up under the hood, through Michigan winters and salt. It’s about time to buy more so I figured I’d go ahead and review it. I like it!” – by EvilSteve from Warren, MI

You don’t have to be a professional grade contractor or run a repair shop to benefit from duct tape or electrical tape.  These are items that anyone should have readily available, just in case.  Even if they don’t provide a permanent solution, reliable tape can solve lots of problems temporarily and allow you to get some professional help if necessary.  But, if you like to handle things yourself, don’t hesitate to load up on this terrific tape.

It’s a Nice Day for a Wire Welding

Been thinking about getting into welding this year? Maybe you’ve had a run-in  or two with a repair job where you thought a welder would be just the ticket. Or maybe a buddy recently modded a grill or trailer– or made a cool metal rack on the cheap– with his handy-dandy welder, and you thought, ‘Dang… I’d like to do something like that.” Well, join the club. But before you go out and get the coolest, top-of-the-line welder, you first need to understand a few things.

  • Practice

Welding–like any craft– is a skill . It takes a lot of practice to get even close to being competent. When you first take hold of that welder, for heaven’s sake, don’t use it on something you don’t want ruined. Practice on LOTS of scrap metal– preferably around the same thickness as what your first project is going to be. You should be able to find some good stuff at your local metal or welding shop. Get used to the action and the way the metal reacts. Work on avoiding “bird poops” (the unsightly metal globs you sometimes see on rough welding jobs), and start feeling comfortable with your developing “technique.” Then, use some scrap to make something you don’t care about, like a homemade grill for a fire pit, or bookends out of 350 engine pistons. Only after you’ve gotten a handle on that kind of stuff should you attempt a project that does matter.

  • Start Small

You wouldn’t learn how to ride a motorcycle on a Harley Fat Boy or start target shooting with a Desert Eagle .50. The same goes with your first welder. Welding is not a low-cost activity, so before you know you it’s something you want to get into, start smaller and cheaper. An ideal model with which to “get your feet wet” is the popular Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder. It’s easy to set up, can weld metal up to 3/16″ thick and is perfect for small projects around the house and garage. A quick browse through the 90 amp’s customer reviews will give you an idea of what it’s capable of. Here are a few comments:

“I’m a former auto technician and have welded hundreds of times over the years using various machines. I was hesitant to purchase this item… but after doing so I am thoroughly pleased. It’s was very easy to set up. Made numerous repairs to an existing metal decorative fence. It handled the 12 ga metal without hesitation and I decided to attempt it on another project that was heavier metal. It worked flawlessly producing strong welds on 3/16 metal… Overall a great machine at a great price. I’m completely pleased!”  DennisF – Temple, TX

“Very easy and fun to use. Fabricate anything I need to my (on) trucks and machinery. Very happy!”  Landscape Designer – NJ

“Wow, this is nice. How could you go wrong with the price, well worth the money. I’m going to buy one for my boy who has never welded before. Thanks for a great product.”  Boonie – Mt. Vernon, IL

“I needed to do some light welding on my car. I figured it was either hire someone or get my own welder and teach myself. I bought this with a 25′ #12 gauge extension cord and an auto dark helmet. I had never used a welder before, I don’t even have a book except the book that came with this welder.”  Mike – Hollywood, FL

“I run this welder for tons of different jobs. Its best for minor projects, although I have put mine to the test. I was on a budget so I bought this welder to get me from town to town for on-the-move jobs. I worked 12-hour days for about a month-and-a-half, the welder was in use for 6-8 hours most of the time. It ran great, ran beautiful beads with lincoln wire and never quit on me. I use it strictly on tubing as I build fences and doors, but with a little practice you can get good heat control on thin metals, and good penetration on thicker materials. Those that say u cant run nice beads with flux core are liars. I can run beads just as nice as my lincoln mig welders. Get some good wire and practice, practice, practice. Great little shop welder, perfect little learners welder!  Garcia Welding – New Mexico

Once you’ve mastered your 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder, you can expand to bigger projects and maybe move up to a Chicago Electric 170 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Welder or 180 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Feed Welder for more power and thicker metal.

  • Safety

Obviously, the foremost thing to keep in mind about welding is safety first. Most of it is common sense, but for the sake of health and property, keep in mind that welding can be dangerous. Welders throw sparks, they can cause fire. Be sure to remove anything flammable from the area you’re working in, and if you’re welding on the grass or near bushes, it’s probably a good idea to wet down the ground. Also, wear a long-sleeve shirt, pants without cuffs, and long Welders Gloves. Of course, also get yourself face and eye protection. I particularly like the Chicago Electric Auto-Darkening Helmet with Blue Flame Design.

Once you get the hang of it, working on welding projects can be a blast– for the home, the car and all kinds of hobby projects. And Harbor Freight’s got the perfect, low-cost way to start!

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set

hobby-knife-setLooking for a holiday gift that’s perfect for the hobbyist in your life? Or maybe a gift for your own creative projects? The 33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set from Harbor Freight Tools is the ideal set for a variety of art and crafting projects and makes for a great gift whether it’s for someone else or for yourself! In fact, just to be safe, I’d suggest picking up two of these amazing sets. Because if you just buy one to give away, you might have a hard time giving it up. And who needs the stress?

Seriously, this thing has just about everything you need for arts and crafting projects. With 26 assorted blades to handle nearly any type of cutting, carving, and precision work, this Hobby Knife Set is perfect for a variety of tasks. From tougher jobs like wood carving to more delicate work, this set allows you to handle it all. And with oil-resistant, ergonomic aluminum handles, you can work in comfort with less fatigue. But you don’t just get quality knives in this set. Within the protective case you’ll find a treasure trove of useful instruments. Scratch-awl blades, a caliper, a jeweler’s precision screwdriver, tweezers, and even a bonus pen-type precision screwdriver with six bits are included as well. If you think about it, when you give this set as a gift to a friend or family member, you’re really giving them 33 gifts!

And this fantastic set already has customers raving:

“This is one of those items you find at HF and can’t believe the price compare to quality. This set is absolutely amazing, just the case alone is well built rugged and can stand up to abuse. It has a rubber like material armor around it, tough plastic and a slide lock. This is an excellent set and worth every dime, if you are looking for a craft set then look no further, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprise by the build quality and the value.” – Daveed from New York, NY

“This is a great set, some of the best handles in the market place. You would pay this price just for the handles elsewhere, good selection of blades.” – OBJ from Estacada, OR

At $13.99, you just can’t beat the quality for the price. That’s like, $0.43 per tool! And while we’re on the subject, can anyone explain why there’s no “cent” sign on keyboards? I mean, really…