Rockler has 5 great ideas under $25
Over the past 5 years Rockler has racked up more product innovations than any other company. Better yet, most are low-priced, which is just what the economy ordered. From the Dust Right Vortex dust separator to Bench Cookies, this company does an amazing job at the lower price-points.
This year’s IWF was no different, with Rockler unveiling at least a dozen cool new tools, with my 5 favorites all coming in under $25, yet all promising to make you a better woodworker, or at least, a happier one. They just keep thinking of stuff the other guys miss.
Added to their ingenious silicone glue brush is a small silicone glue tray, and a spreader for wide surfaces, offered in one $15 kit. The tray alone is worth $15. Think of all those pieces of carboard you won’t have to rip up and all those yogurt lids you won’t have to save and throw away afterward. The beauty of silicone is that dried glue just pops off. Why didn’t some one think of this earlier?
Coming in right behind the glue kit is the Mixing Mate, a self-sealing lid that goes on your paint and finish cans, with a built-in mixing whisk, and a pouring spout that opens with a thumb latch and closes without dripping, air-tight. The quart version is available now for $15, and the gallon size is coming in January for $20. At these prices I can afford to have a dedicated one for my shellac can, for example, which I will clean off by filling the can with alcohol and spinning the whisk, when the shellac gets old. Same goes for other finishes that I tend to thin and need to mix occasionally.
The other three are not barn-burners, but I’ll probably end up buying them anyway. The Bench Cookie now comes with a clip that fits over a 2×4, turning two sawhorses and a piece of plywood into a solid work surface. An undermount utility tray is also a great idea. And you can now store the long collapsible Dust Right hose on your DustRight dust separator on a handy rod, instead of tripping on it.
The 3-Piece Silicone Glue Application System includes a tray, brush and spreader, all silicone, all reusable, and all for $15! Dry glue just pops off.
The Mixing Mate Paint Lid is going right onto my shellac can. It stirs paints and finishes, pours without dripping, and seals airtight. The quart version is only $15.
Got two sawhorses and a piece of plywood? Then spend $12 for a set of Bench Cookies (you'll need the "Plus" version) and $10 for a set of Sawhorse Clips, and you'll have a super-solid extra work surface whenever you need it.
Put one of these Undermount Utility Trays ($25) under the edge of your drill-press table or router table, and you'll have the perfect place for those bits and pieces you want close at hand but off the tabletop. The holes let sawdust drop through.
I love the Dust Right Expandable Hoses, but mine lies underfoot. The Hose Holder ($25) is simple but effective. You just drop the hose on...
...and it drops down into a neat stack. Reminds me of the Slinky I once had as a kid.