If your old plane iron has a bad case of the chatters, maybe it's time to Hock it. Whether it's a replacement blade for your metal plane or spoke-shave or an iron and chipbreaker assembly for your handmade plane, Hock makes it. Made of high-carbon steel and hardened to Rc62, these irons are easily honed to a long-lasting, razor-sharp edge. Hock irons resist chattering and deflecting because they're thicker than standard irons; replacement irons are 3/w in. thick, and irons for handmade planes are Vi* in. thick. By the way, Hock makes plane kits, too. (Price: replacement blades, $15.95-$21.50; for spokeshaves, $9.50-511.95; plane iron and chipbreaker assemblies. $19.95-$26.95)
■ Hock Handmade Knives, Dept. AWT. 16650 Mitchell Creek Drnv, Fort Bragg. CA 95437
Ever find yourself riding the crest of a productive work wave only to be beached by a misplaced tape measure? The "Gripper" can rescue you from the frustration of lost-tape limbo. Dubbed the "quick draw of tape holders," the "Gripper" holds any size tape measure right on your belt. The tape is held in place by Aplix-brand fastening pads—a durable hook-and-eye system similar to Velcro. You stick one pad on the back of your tape; its mate is already fastened to the leather and plastic holster. Aplix pads are good for more than 10,000 grips, and should you wear them out, replaceable pads are available. The "Gripper" comes in three sizes to accommodate any size tape from 8 in. to 30 in. (Price: $9.95) ■ Guildwvod, Dept. AWT, P.O. Box 372, St. Marys, OH 45885
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.