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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

Keep Hands and Tools Clean with a Handy Paper Towel Holder

Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to get to work on a project that cleanliness can take a backseat. And aside from that, it’s often just not very convenient! Well the days of spraying down your garage with a water hose or running inside for some paper towels to clean your hands are over thanks to the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder (SKU #: 69321) from Harbor Freight Tools. It might seem like a simple addition but this handy magnetic holder can save you lots of time and frustration.

 

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All you need to mount the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder is a metal surface to stick it on. The magnets secure firmly to toolboxes, cabinets and even refrigerators for easy accessibility, and the red color matches perfectly with our glossy red U.S. General Tool Storage Units. Designed as two pieces, the holder easily accommodates any size of paper towel roll. Plus, at just $8.99, this useful tool accessory is easy to fit into any tool budget as well.

“Works perfect for a paper towel holder and with the two piece setup I can see many other uses thanks to the strong magnets. The color matches my U.S. General pro tool cart too, very nice.” – by Dan from North Yarmouth, ME

“I originally bought a set for hanging paper towels on my tool cabinet. Worked great. Then I needed a magnetic hook to hang an extension cord on. After looking everywhere with no luck, it dawned on me that I could use the paper towel holder as a hook! Perfect solution. I hung 4 of them on the side of my cabinet to hold my extension cords neatly out of the way.” – by Neat freak from San Diego, CA

That’s right. Shockingly, the Magnetic Paper Towel Holder is versatile enough to holds things other than paper towels! The only limit is your imagination! Okay, and its 2 lb. weight capacity, but the point is that this tool accessory is able to help out the busy handyman in more ways than one. Head over to your local Harbor Freight store to pick one up today and make your shop or garage both cleaner and safer.

A Light for Under the Cabinet… and Just About Anywhere Else

Sometimes you need extra light in spaces that aren’t really set up for it. Maybe… under the cabinet, for example? That’s why Harbor Freight Tools carries the Four Head, 12 LED Under-Cabinet Light (SKU# 96794)! But don’t let that fool you. This convenient, easy-to-install light set-up is more versatile than its name implies. It works just as well inside the closet, over the bed, above a shelf, or many other places where you could use some additional visibility. And at just $10.29 each, the only thing you won’t be seeing is red.

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Each of the four adjustable heads includes three white LEDs that last up to 100,000 hours each. So if you’re worried about having to replace them often, you can rest assured that these lamps are made to last. All you need is six AAA batteries (sold separately) and a spot to brighten up! Whether it’s the closet, the work space, the kitchen, the bookshelf, or, yes even the cabinet, the Four Head, 12 LED Under-Cabinet Light is the easy, affordable way to illuminate dark corners and dim areas. But, if you’re still in the dark about this item, check out a few glowing reviews from actual customers:

“I bought it to see if it would work in a trailer project I plan to start soon. I ended up mounting it up above my tool box as it sits in a darker corner of my garage. It works perfect. The adjustable light angles make covering a larger area easy. I plan on buying many more for my trailer project.” – by Trout Slayer from New Mexico

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“I bought one of these to use under my hutch to illuminate my home office desk. This thing is great. I can aim each individual lamp where I want light and it gives off a cool glow. It really sets a great mood in my office. The only thing I would add is the ability to use an A/C adapter but I suppose I could splice one in myself. The battery life seems great so far too.” – by Tim the Runner from Cross Lanes, WV

“I use these lights running off a 12v system using Harbor Freight’s “Universal USB 12 Volt Adapter” as a 12v to 5v converter. I have 2 of these and have been running them for over a year. Cheaper LEDs have burnt out but these have had no problems even though they are still pretty inexpensive. The adjustable heads are nice and they look more professional than the DIY projects I’ve tried. Light color is cool/blueish, but that’s to be expected from a LED light.” – by Rick’s Fork from Fort Collins, CO

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No longer will you have to strain your eyes as you hunt around blindly for dropped items or the right tool. And it’s also great for saving a couple bucks on your electricity bill by having a light for a small space so you won’t have to turn on the big light every time. What could be better than an item that helps you see and saves you money??

WHEREFORE ART THOU SOLAR HOUSE ADDRESS NUMBER PLAQUE?

It’s a modern-day romantic tragedy… Romeo Finkleburger was at the county fair when he first met eyes with Juliet Sporkatelli. He was a young and successful pharmaceutical salesman. She was a Ph.D. student is ornamental horticulture and part-time bookkeeper. It was love at first ring toss (that’s where the saying comes from). Romeo won a stuffed chinchilla and gave it to Juliet. She named it “Chrysanthemum” after Saint Chrysanthus, the 3rd century martyr who was also credited with inventing the very first WeedWacker before being buried alive in a deep pit. It was a whirlwind romance. They ate funnel cakes, cotton candy and churros—then split a pack of heart-shaped antacids together. Unbeknownst to the young lovers, the Finkleburger and Sporkatelli families were bitter enemies. And then Juliet’s cousin got into a fight with Romeo’s best friend at the fair and stuck Solar House Address Number Plaquehim with the sharp end of a corndog stick. Before leaving the fair, Romeo asked Juliet for her address and vowed to pick her up at midnight so they could run away together. Juliet whole-heartedly agreed and texted Romeo her address. They kissed good-bye, their passion mingling with the sweet yet greasy slick of funnel cake residue.

The Sporkatelli’s lived a rural part of town with no streetlights. As the midnight hour approached Romeo drove down her street in his Prius with the headlights off so as not to draw attention to himself and wake Mr. and Mrs. Sporkatelli. He strained hard to see the street numbers on the houses. Juliet waited in her livingroom peaking out through the curtains waiting for Romeo to arrive. Her heart skipped a beat as she made out the faint silhouette of the approaching hybrid vehicle. From Romeo’s vantage point, he couldn’t see squat. Not being able to see the address, he drove right past Juliet’s home, then through a construction barrier and down a 100-ft. cliff into the wash. Romeo and his Prius were never seen again.

Too bad the Sporkatelli’s didn’t have the Solar House Address Number Plaque from Harbor Freight Tools! The handsome copper-finished solar address sign automatically charges in the sun then lights up super-bright LEDs all night to illuminate your house address. The solar address sign comes with numbers and spaces for a five-digit address and requires no installation or wiring. It also includes a wall bracket mount. While the Solar House Address Number Plaque may not insure that you and the love of your life will live happily ever after, it will guarantee the second greatest joy in life – not having to replace batteries while illuminating your home’s address.

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
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  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.

Happy Father-in-Law Day!

Surprise your Father-in-Law today by showing him that you care!  Your spouse’s dad might not be your real dad but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a little recognition, too.  In fact, let Harbor Freight Tools help you give the guy a hand.  Or even better, two!  With the Tire Rim Gear Clock for just $13.99, you can provide your father-in-law not only with the gift of a snazzy timepiece, but also with the knowledge that Father-in-Law Day actually exists!  Just imagine his confusion as you present him with a present for seemingly no reason whatsoever.  But, for at least a brief amount of time, you’ll know something he doesn’t.  And that can be your secret present to yourself.

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The Headless Horseman from York, PA says – “This clock caught my eye when I was shopping at HF. I immediately picked it up once I saw the price. It works great and keeps time very well. Looks awesome in the garage. I love mine!!”

Racing Steve from Winchester, CA quips – “For this price you can’t find a better deal. I put this clock in my kid’s race car themed room and he loves it. Very detailed and it really looks like a real tire and rim.”

So get a couple bonus points with the in-laws with this highly reliable Tire Rim Gear Clock.  It won’t give him his child back, and it might just serve to remind him of the inevitable passage of time, but hey, at least it’ll show you were thinking about him!

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.