Lee Valley Tools

I think I found my new favorite hardware store. I’ve been casually thinking about work benches for a new space I’m tackling and ran across these cast iron legs from Lee. They are built in the fashion of machine shop table legs of the 1800s and weight just as much as they did back in the day… I think they are glorious. AND, it looks like Lee has a ton of other good finds as well.

Check them out.

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Vintage Work Bench

I know… I’ve been stuck on vintage stuff lately here at the Garage Journal. I’ll move on soon, promise. That said, I’ve always wanted one of these super heavy old mechanics stations. I believe they were manufactured in the 1950′s, but that’s about all I know about them. Does any one out there know the story? If so, speak up!

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The Tool Roll

The fellas at Falcon Motorcycle build what many people consider to be the finest motorcycles in the world. They also have a damn good wed site and great perspective on things. Recently, they ran a little article on the venerable tool roll – then, now, and forever.

Check it out.

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Torpedo Tool Boxes

I love vintage Black Hawk tool boxes. The torpedo shape, the rolling capability, the novelty… Flatly, they are just damn cool… And I’ve always meant to buy one. Unfortunately, I think I waited too long. I’ve been watching eBay lately and have been absolutely amazed to see how the prices have sky rocketed just in the last 6 months or so. In December, I saw an auction end at $125 for a very nice box. In the past 3 months, I don’t think I’ve seen one go for under $300 and the latest has a starting bid of almost $500.

Damn me.

Dream away.

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Welding Table

I’ve always wanted one of those bad ass welding tables you see in super high-end fabrication shops. I figured they were… well, fabricated by the folks that use them. Apparently, that’s not always the case. The above is Strong Hand Tool’s BuildPro Welding table. It features a top of ground-steel 5/8″-thick plates that feature CNC-machined 5/8″ through-holes spaced in a grid every 2″ apart.  The table is flat to within 0.004” per foot and the hole spacing is accurate to ±0.0015″. The whole damn thing weighs close to 600 pounds and will set ya back over $2000.

Ouch.

Max out your credit card here.

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