How To Deal With the Problem Girlfriend: The 60-in. Hardwood Workbench

Most guys have had at least one impractical girlfriend in their lifetime: gorgeous, exotic, passionate, exciting to hold… but at the same time, expensive to buy for and hard to please. I’ve had mine for about a year now, and though my wife of 23 years is aware of her existence, she doesn’t feel threatened. It IS, after all, just a gun– a Remington 788 rifle customized to a .358 Winchester caliber, to be exact– and I love her. Unfortunately, the .358 is a more expensive round than a .30-06 (about $45 for a box of 20) and vastly harder to find, as the number of suppliers continues to dwindle. On the other hand, she feels oh-so sweet to shoot and aims true. Like I said, the impractical girlfriend. I’m telling you this because I’ve resolved to tackle my dilemma with her by taking up reloading. I’ve already got the brass, the dies, a reloading kit and (thank goodness) a buddy who knows how to use it. The only thing I need now is a workbench. Leave it to Harbor Freight Tools to have just the ticket– the Windsor Design 60″ 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench.

This workbench has a rock-solid lacquered wood top and its four drawers are felt-lined to protect your finer tools. There’s also a bottom shelf for larger tools and containers, and a wood block vise for sanding, drilling, etc. So, lots of work space, lots of storage.

Check out this sweet set-up a customer posted on 1911Forum.com. This is something like what I have in mind:

 

The Windsor Design 60″ Hardwood Workbench (#93454) is fast and easy to assemble (takes about 2 hours, if the consensus of customer reviews is to be believed). As the above picture demonstrates, it offers a certain amount of flexibility, like installing two drawers instead of four. Going through the reviews, I’ve seen guys add lockable casters for mobility– or even a Trailer Jack on one or both sides to completely eliminate any shimmy.

There are so many uses for this workbench, I can only scratch the surface. Whether you’re into woodworking, crafts, electronics, metal projects, jewelry-making, repairing, have an art studio, micro-brewing. etc., it’s the best deal out there.

Thinking Outside of the Box: In my research I was impressed to find people who purchased Harbor Freight’s workbench for other than its obvious purpose. For example, in one of our customer reviews:

“This will sound silly, but a few people might spot this review and love the idea: My wife and I needed a baby changing table. All the ones we found were flimsy, had little storage, and were ridiculously over-priced. Then we spotted this bench on sale. It’s an incredibly perfect changing table, and once the kids are done with diapers I’ll get a nice workbench out of the deal! (An actual changing table would end up being gifted or donated and the investment is lost. This one will be around for years).” Workbench Daddy – Pasadena, CA

Another customer converted their workbench into a kitchen island:

Still another bought TWO hardwood workbenches, mated them end-to-end, and now uses them as an outfeed table for their table saw.

The subject of casters came up several times. Some guys love the mobility that casters give the workbench, but others complained that even locking casters have a little sideway shimmy which can be a pain when you’re doing precision work. Their solution (and I loved this) was to either put two casters on one side of the table with a Trailer Jack mounted on the other… or affix trailer jacks on BOTH sides. Genius!

There’s a wealth of insight: usage ideas, assembly tips and other information in the Windsor Design Workbench product page customer reviews, and through Google searches. Treating the wood with wax from time to time can add to its lifespan and resilience, too.

The 60″ workbench from Harbor Freight is the ideal solution to help solving my girlfriend problem, but I’m sure I’ll be using it for a lot of other things, too. If only all relationship problems were so easy.

Pittsburgh 6-in. Quick Release Bar Clamp: Bar None!

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Woodworking is not a cheap hobby. Between the hand tools, power tools, wood, adhesives, fasteners and other hardware, you’re in it for a significant chunk o’ change. And, of course, as with any craft, the quality of tools is important. But does that mean to always go for the most expensive stuff? Of course not! Quality is based on performance, not price.

Consider the Pittsburgh 6″ Quick Release Bar Clamp. For woodworking, metalworking, welding and other projects, this bar clamp holds your pieces together just as well as the big name tradesman clamps that cost three times more. With a 2-1/2” throat depth, it’s constructed with a durable carbon steel bar, malleable steel jaws and a comfort grip handle for easy operation– and for just $3.29 each at Harbor Freight Tools!

But don’t take my word for it. Like I said, these little projects you’re planning are not cheap. So listen to what some of your fellow craftsmen have to say:

“Quite simply, 4 of these are better than one tradesman clamp…no contest. They are strong, quick to adjust, the pads don’t slip easily on the work surface and the pads are firmly attached so they don’t fall off. The handles are also comfortable to turn. Harbor Freight has a winner here.”  GVChiller – Greenville, NC

“This is a great all purpose clamp. I will buy more of these in the near future. It can take a good amount of pressure and the rubberized handle won’t slip in your hands. The powder coating is well done. I can’t find anything wrong and you can’t beat the price. I’ve used similar clamps and none are as good as these.”  Happy Customer – Shawnee Mission, KS

“Love these clamps, I bought 1 to see how it would hold up during construction of a wood strip canoe. Did so well, I got 10 more, plus 10 of the 12″ style. you can never have too many clamps when building a boat.”  Dave – Hyrum, UT

“For small woodworking projects, these are the perfect size, and they work just as well as the name brand big boys. I read the reviews before ordering mine, and was confident in ordering about 20 of them. Glad I did.”  The Slauterhause – PA

You’ll soon find yourself using these bar clamps all the time, for a host of projects. While you’re at it, pick up some of the 12″ Quick Release Bar Clamps for $3.99, and also a couple of the 36″ Quick Release Bar Clamps at an incredible $6.99 each! They’ll be your favorite and most-used clamps!

 

Shake, Rattle and Roll with the 3 Lb. Rock Tumbler

Did you know that it’s Elvis Week in Graceland?  Every August, fans of Elvis Presley gather in Memphis to celebrate the King of Rock n’ Roll.  There are tributes, concerts, contests, food… It sounds pretty awesome and as a fan of Elvis, I sure do wish I could go.  But while I might not be able to fly out to Tennessee for a week of rockin’ and rollin’, I can do the next best thing and tell you about the 3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler from Harbor Freight Tools!

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I can’t help falling in love with this tool.  Whether you’re smoothing out semi-precious stones and glass or polishing metal, this powerful rock tumbler gets your items all shook up so they come out just the way you want them.  A rubber tumbler barrel keeps it quiet and I can let it run for days at a time with no problems at all.  Great for hobby-work, this tumbler can handle up to 3 pounds of rocks, glass or metals and is made to last, just like Elvis’ music.

And for any suspicious minds out there, here’s what a few customers had to say:

“I have now had this tumbler for months, and have put several batches of rocks through it. This tumbler has been on for the most part continuously since I bought it. I have yet to replace a belt. I have had ZERO problems with this unit, and would recommend it for anyone.”  — Greg from Spokane, WA

“I have three of these tumblers that I have been using for 2 years…They are workhorses.” – Michael from Lake Havasu City, AZ

“Perfect for tumbling jewelry for burnishing. I use it with 1 pound mixed stainless shot. I use this a lot, let it run overnight all the time and no issues so far.” – Classy Geek from Virginia Beach, VA

At the love-me-tender price of just $39.99, the rock tumbler is an easy addition to your workbench, hobby kit or garage.  Pick up this awesome item and you’ll be saying “Thank you, Harbor Freight.  Thank you very much.”

Zack has left the building.

Light Up Your Life with the 5 LED Magnetized Head Lamp

These days it can often be difficult to find the time to read.  Even though there are more options than ever with e-readers and books on your Smart Phone, nothing replaces a real, traditional book that you can hold in your hands.  Of course, when it comes to reading physical books, many people read right before bed which can be a strain on the eyes if you don’t have proper lighting.  But with the Five LED Magnetic Head Lamp from Harbor Freight Tools, you’ll have all the clean, clear light you’ll need to knock a chapter or two out before hitting the sack!

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While the Head Lamp is the perfect accessory for celebrating National Literacy Day, it’s also a great tool for much, much more.  This handy illumination tool lets you work in dark or dimly lit areas, lights your way during a late night stroll, or helps visibility while hunting for wood when camping.  And best of all, it keeps your hands free.  Whether you’re working under the hood or holding a book comfortably in bed, the Head Lamp is a tool that does exactly what you need it to do.  And with the comfortable head strap, don’t be surprised if you even forget you’re wearing it.

The Lamp is designed with five bright white LEDs that provide ultimate illumination and the 45 degree angle wide beam covers a wide area.  And nothing is more important than a wide, clear field of view when you need it.

You might also be wondering where the “magnetic” feature comes in.  Well, this head lamp doesn’t have to stay on your head!  The lamp features a magnetized base that allows you to disconnect it from the strap and stick it on any metal surface.  Stick it under the hood of your car, the top of your toolbox or practically anywhere that will help you shed some light on the task at hand.  The head lamp is designed to provide the light you need just about anywhere.  Of course you don’t have to take my word for it.  Here’s what customers have to say:

“This is a great light. I have had it for a couple years and use it anytime I need a flashlight. It is pretty bright. I took it camping last weekend and it easily lit up an area at least 25 feet away.” — Mikey

“I can easily see my dog at night when she’s wearing this and it perfectly lights up where ever she points her nose.  Just put it on her neck upside down compared to how you’d wear it.” –Aloysius

“To sum it up, the LED headlamp is a terrific item. No more dropped flashlights. Both hands are free to work and hold onto tools, or, for safety, grab something to avoid a fall.” –Chris

Never be left in the dark again!  The Five LED Magnetic Head Lamp is just the ticket for keeping your work space or book well-lit while keeping your hands free.  And at just $4.99, it won’t put a damper on your budget either.

Greetings from the World Saunterer

Nature has a sly way of letting you know which of the animals on the planet are the coolest. Think of the cheetah, the lion, the elephant, the moose, the grizzly bear, the shark and the Burmese python What is it that they all have in common? They saunter. Moving along with a confident grace that mice, meerkats, peacocks, goldfish and chihuahuas can only dream of. Sauntering is a statement: it says, “I own the moment. I’m chill. I should have my own theme music.” On the other hand, sauntering also says you’re resonant with the world, one with the universe, comfortable in your own skin.

As humans, we each have to learn the saunter that comes so easily to those magnificent creatures. And today is the perfect opportunity to work on it, because–  coincidentally <ahem>– it’s World Sauntering Day!  Renowned in its anonymity, the purpose of World Sauntering Day is to remind us to take it easy, Jack… smell the roses… slow down and enjoy life as opposed to barreling through it. Harbor Freight Tools can help!

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Nothing makes the most out of sauntering like the reassuring heft of a 9-Function Metal Detector in your hand while you’re doing it! Onlookers will envy your utter lack of self-consciousness as you saunter and hunt for untold riches. This metal detector easily finds coins and other valuables hidden in beaches, parks, under bleachers and boardwalks, in campsites, old battlefields, the woods, vacant lots  or in your own backyard! It gives different tones to indicate specific metal types, and can be used under shallow water to find submerged pieces! You can also plug in headphones so you can block out any outside noise.

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It’s uncanny when you lose something outdoors– a necklace, a tool, a screw– how easily it can blend in with its surroundings, leaving you frantic. This affordable, powerful metal detector from Harbor Freight will help you find your lost items quickly. One customer had this to say:

“I have a 40 acre hobby farm and I seem to be always losing tools and things when I’m out working. Grass does an amazing job of hiding things. I thought about buying a metal detector to help me find my stuff, but the good ones seemed too expensive. I found this detector on sale one day and after reading the good reviews, I decided to give it a chance. I decided that my first search would be for a couple $35 plow skid plates that I lost during the winter. I had searched the ditch beside my 1/3 mile long driveway several times and never found them with my eyes and feet. On my first day out with the new metal detector, I found a 25 ft binding chain with clevis hooks in the first 5 minutes. I never lost a chain like that, but it’s value alone paid for the detector. I then continued my search and found one of my skid plates. It blended right in with the dirt and rocks. I never would have found it without the detector. At that point, I was satisfied that I made all my money back and I quit for the day. The next day, I went back out to look for my other skid plate and I found it in about 15 minutes. I again would not have found it without the detector. I’m very happy with the purchase and I’m sure this will continue to save me time and money.” Lost & Found – South Range, WI

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For both the beginner and seasoned detectorist, this 9-function metal detector works great. Putting it together is easy and playing with it is even more fun. Its high-quality coil delivers a very strong sensitivity (I recommend you start out with a middle setting and adjust accordingly as you go). Its pinpoint is excellent and the depth can go up to 8″ on small targets, and over 1-foot on large objects, depending on the size. It also features an arm support that allows you to carry and operate the detector for long spells comfortably.

Its functions include:

  • Sensitivity adjuster
  • Metal type discriminator
  • All-metal indicator
  • Tone adjuster
  • Volume control
  • Target locator
  • Low battery indicator
  • Auto ground balance
  • Mode selector

Leaving best for last, the 9-Function Metal Detector at Harbor Freight is incredibly priced at only $45.99 (add your 20% Off coupon, and it comes in at less than $37)! So take advantage of World Sauntering Day and saunter yourself over to your local Harbor Freight Tools– or go to www.harborfreight.com– and start this fun and relaxing hobby of metal detector sauntering today!

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Go Fish with the Portable Fish Finder!

Remember going fishing as a kid?  For me, it was a lot of sitting and waiting, hoping to see the little bobber dip under the water for a split second to indicate there was a fish on the line.  And that can get tiresome.  Of course, when you’re fishing with a friend or family member, actually catching something isn’t as important as just enjoying the company.  But sometimes you just want to be able to find some fish without sitting around for four hours and tossing your line out with no real idea where those fish might be.  Well, now you can take the guesswork out of fishing with the Portable Fish Finder from Harbor Freight Tools!

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For $44.99 and with 4 AA batteries, you can save yourself hours of time by simply placing the transducer into the water and using it from the boat, dock, or practically anywhere you’d be fishing from. The fish finder detects fish within a 90 foot range to help you know where to cast your line, lets you know how deep the fish is and also indicates the size of the fish.  This makes fishing so easy, it’s practically cheating!  Of course, using this fish finder in a professional competition probably wouldn’t be allowed, but for the purposes of fishing for fun, this tool is a huge help.

Plus, there are all kinds of bells and whistles on the fish finder aside from the basics.  Fishing in the dark is no problem with the included backlight function for the LED display.  And the screen can be adjusted for the most comfortable viewing angle, allowing you to keep your hands free so you’re ready to reel in your catch.  If you’re on a moving boat, the Landscape Detector will update automatically to let you know if the lake bottom is rough, normal, or smooth.

You might be wondering what other conditions the fish finder works in.  Well, according to one reviewer, this tool is highly versatile!  “I was not sure how this fish finder would work for ice fishing.  I went out today and the depth function works great. I marked a large fish on the bottom and caught a nice Walleye.  It worked really great for the price and it is small and compact.”

Another customer had this to say: “We tossed the transducer over the side of the boat while docked. When the screen showed fish, we dropped our lines and pulled them in. Our record for this season is 22 fish in 1 1/2 hours.  Our dock area is usually 9 to 12 feet deep. The position of the fish shows how far down to drop the line. Great little fishing helper.”

This is a great tool for the average fisherman or for anyone who wants to save time while out on the lake.  It pretty much does everything except catch the fish for you!  And with a compact size, it fits right in your tacklebox with the rest of your fishing gear.  Just be sure to keep it in a dry area when not in use. If taken care of properly, this handy tool will last you for quite a while.

Taming the Tool Cart

I was puttering around the house last Saturday, when I heard my wife in the other room suddenly burst out, “That’s CUTE!” I assumed she found another pair of shoes or a purse on sale, or maybe one of those Cape Cod beach houses only a Kennedy could afford. But then she hurried in, gripping an old magazine (she keeps them for years– last week I found a Look magazine with Mamie Eisenhower on the cover).

“Isn’t that CUTE??!” she asked (rhetorically, I hoped), holding the mag open in my face. And there it was…

Tool Cart for the Home

In their June 2012 issue, Better Homes & Gardens featured the U.S. General 350 lb. Locking Drawer Tool Cart #90248 as an addition for a home organization project:

“A tool cart is a good home for bulky items, plus you can use it as a service station or bar.”

Not to mention that it’s a good-looking and affordable alternative to organizers at those shi-shi ”home” stores. Here’s another great example where someone used it as a bar cart:

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It’d probably make a dandy arts n’ crafts cart, too. I also noticed the tool cart’s on sale this month for just $74.99. A pretty good deal.

Huh… using a Harbor Freight tool cart for kitchen design, or a design idea for any room in the house. I get it.

And the wife got it.

Harbor Freight’s Hot for Teacher

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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!

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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.

Dear Mom: For Your Special Day

Oh. Mom, you really do it all– and we’d do anything for you!

❤  We’d reach into a honey badger’s den to fetch your cell phone.

❤  We’d take you to a Nicholas Sparks movie when (not ‘if’) Dad is suddenly struck with a mysterious bug.

❤  We’d do your shopping and even pick up the stuff you get in the aisle with all those pink boxes.

❤  We’d tell you we love the Tuna Helper, made with spreadable meat ’cause you were out of tuna. Every time.

❤  We’d even re-enact our kindergarten performance of “I’m a Little Teapot” for you and your friends at the church ladies’ luncheon.

❤  But, most of all… we’d go to Harbor Freight Tools for you!

What do you have planned for your mom this year? Nuts n’ chews??!  Actually, that’s not bad… but it’s not enough! Head out to your local Harbor Freight and take advantage of great deals geared for Mom’s special day. Click the image below and see what we’re talking about!

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