The Garage Journal http://www.garagejournal.com Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 24 May 2016 18:19:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who The Hell Is PowerTorque Tools? http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/who-the-hell-is-powertorque-tools/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/who-the-hell-is-powertorque-tools/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 15:35:50 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2461

So I’m in my local O’Reilly Auto Parts store and while waiting on the incompetent parts guy to look up the irrelevant year, make, and model of a part that I was looking for, I peeped something on the “impulse buy” rack that shocked me. A company selling tools under the name of “PowerTorque” had apparently ripped off my great uncle’s wrench design and are now hocking them at O’Reilly.

Check it out.

Rad Chinese made tool, right? Now, dig on the patent my family filed in 1915.

What’s old is now new again… Bastards.

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Rogue Supply Work Benches http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/rogue-supply-work-benches/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/rogue-supply-work-benches/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 20:38:59 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2458

So these folks have been emailing me for a few weeks about their workbenches. I get a lot of these types of email and frankly, many of them get ignored as how many reviews can I really do before I come off looking like some kind of a flim-flam man?

Anyway, I was looking for something to post about and, on a whim, went to check out these benches. Holy cow… They seem legit. Very heavy duty, seemingly well made, and I love the modular approach that Rogue took. Given what they are, the prices aren’t too terribly out of line either.

Details here.

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A Weird Snap On Box http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/a-weird-snap-on-box/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/a-weird-snap-on-box/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 21:23:10 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2449

The other day I was at an old machine shop in Austin and saw the strangest Snap On box. Essentially some form of storage was on three of the four sides – making what was essentially a mobile tool island. You gotta question the functionality of it, but the old fart that was using it said it was the best box he had ever had.

These images are terrible – I stole them off an eBay auction – but they illustrate a point well enough.

Anyone know the story on these? I feel like I’ve seen on on the forum before, but couldn’t find it.

s-l1600 s-l16002 s-l16003 s-l16004

 

 

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A Ferrari Showroom http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/a-ferrari-showroom/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/a-ferrari-showroom/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:16:19 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2447

It’s sort of in fashion to say that “showroom” garages are a good example of excess gone wrong. And I get that line of thinking… I mean, what good is a garage that you can’t get dirty – right? But imagine having the kind of cash that allows a collection of Ferraris and needing a space to keep them all? You wanna grind and weld near a multi-million dollar vintage Ferrari?

Point is, the showroom garage is only lame until you actually need one.

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The Atomic Shop: A Working Update http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/the-atomic-shop-a-working-update/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/the-atomic-shop-a-working-update/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:05:24 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2444

Given that it’s been a year since our last update on the Atomic Garage, I thought it might interesting to have an update of sorts. The above video is actually some test footage taken for another project, but in it you can kind of see how the space has progressed. Admittedly, it’s a mess at the moment as we just finished a major thrash for a local show. After our next clean up, I’ll get some footage of the joint in it’s more typical state – operational like an operating room.

In any case, if you are interested you can read the build thread covering the shop here.

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Ryobi Garage Door Opener http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/ryobi-garage-door-opener/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/ryobi-garage-door-opener/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:15:03 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2440

So this thing just dropped from Ryobi and from the sounds of it, it’s pretty damned cool. Essentially it’s a 2hp garage door opener that becomes a sort of HUB for your garage. Through a host of modular accessories, you can add a fan, more lights, a cord reel, and even a bluetooth speaker. Admittedly, some of this stuff is just silly but I really admire the innovation of thought here from a company that I’ve never really given much thought too. In my opinion, this could grow into a nice little cottage industry.

Anyway, details from Ryobi here. And yeah, Home Depot is already selling them.

Editor’s Note: This isn’t a review… In fact, I’ve never even seen one of these units. I just got a press release for the thing in my inbox and thought I would feature it.

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The Samurai Workbench http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/03/the-samurai-workbench/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/03/the-samurai-workbench/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:13:04 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2437

I don’t do a lot of wood working, so this isn’t a bench I’d use… But I have to admit, I love watching this guy build this thing. It’s gorgeous.

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Your Favorite Hammer http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/03/your-favorite-hammer/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/03/your-favorite-hammer/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:23:14 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2434

I’ve got nothing for ya today… Absolutely nothing… Well, nothing other than my favorite hammer. Hammers are one of those things that you just bond with – you know? They are very tactile and by definition, simply purposeful. I just love hammers…

Anyway, the ball peen job above is my favorite. I’ve had it for probably 20 years and don’t remember where I got it or who made it. It’s marked with a “Made in the USA” stamp, but that’s it for identifying marks. And yeah, I’ve replaced the handle once. The head is still OG…

But this all got me thinking – we need a thread full of hammers and nothing but hammers. So, post your favorite.

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The Mennonite Barn Build http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/03/the-mennonite-barn-build/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/03/the-mennonite-barn-build/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:45:47 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2430

A special build is going down in Canada. This is one you are gonna want to watch as it happens. Just subscribe to this thread.

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Velomacchi http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/02/2427/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/02/2427/#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:15:34 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2427

They work for the privateers… And one of them is actually one of us… The fellas at Velomacchi have come up with a backpack design that is actually pretty relevant to guys that get shit done in their shop and then take it on the road.

This isn’t an advertisement. I wasn’t paid to feature this… I just really like the idea and these guys.

Details here.

 

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