Craftsman's Automatic Power Switch
Flip on the light, switch on the shop vacuum, power up the power tool. Wouldn't it be great to do all this with the flip of one switch?
Try Craftsman's Automatic Power Switch. Plug the switch into a 110/120 outlet, then plug your tool, and up to two accessories, into the switch. When you turn on the tool the accessories come on automatically. Shut off the tool and the accessories stay on for about three seconds more. You can also set the manual override switch so the accessories don't come on with the tool.
The switch is rated at 15 amps, and 1 questioned its ability to handle a load. Then I ran a 75-watt light, 6.5 amp vacuum and 15-amp router with no problems. Use this switch with your jointer, bandsaw, router—anyplace you need a light and/or vacuum to run along with the tool. At $20 the price will turn you on too. Get it at your nearest Sears store.
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If you need a place to set up your benchtop planer, as well as a great stand for a miter saw or any other benchtop tool, try the Stablemate RWC-36 from Iowa Manufacturing. It's a sawhorse with the rigidity of a workbench. When you're not using it, remove the tool, fold the locking legs and it's a snap to put everything away.
The stand is 36-in. high and comes with material supports that are about 71-in. apart. You can adjust the supports to the height you need, plus it's easy to get tools on and off. Just fasten your benchtop tool to the mounting clamps. Carriage bolts are included for this. The mounting clamps have dovetail-shaped jaws that grab onto the top of the Stablemate. A couple turns of the handles, and everything is locked in place.
Most miter saws can be bolted directly to the mounting clamps. Planers, because their mounting holes are farther apart, will probably have to be fastened to a piece of plywood first.
There's a little wiggle to the system with a planer on it, but not much. Overall, 1 found the set up very stable—hence the name! The portability is excellent. The Stablemate is perfect for woodworkers with limited spacc, or if your tools need to travel.
You can get the Stablemate for about $120. If you want extra mounting clamps, a set for each tool, they're only around S30. Iowa Manufacturing; (800) 882-4422.
Gluing on edging has never been so easy as with Pony's Edging Spring Clamp. These babies grab the surface, the same as any spring clamp. The difference is that a piece of spring steel inside the jaws applies pressure to a piece of edging at the same time.
The clamp pressure was more than adequate and the clamps were very easy to use. A clamp about every 10 in. pulled oak edging tight.
Pick up 1- and 2-in. clamps for $4 and $5 respectively. Available at many home centers or call Adjustable Clamp Co., (312) 666-0640.
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