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DMT DIA-SHARP DOUBLE-X SHARPENER has a heavy-duty, extremely coarse continuous surface. The 120-mesh/120-micron extra-coarse surface allows the user to remove stock quickly and precisely, according to the manufacturer. The sharpener offers an alternative to power grinding without the potential damage that heat build-up creates. On tools it changes bevel angles, removes nicks, chips, rust and pits. When used with flowing water, the sharpener will flatten water stones, ceramic stones, Arkansas stones and all synthetic stones. The DMT Dia-Sharp Double-X sharpener is priced at $89.95. Contact: Diamond Machining Technology, 85 Hayes Memorial Dr., Marlborough, MA 01752. Tel: 800-666-4368.



PENASHIELD from Nisus Corporation is a wood preservative that is sprayed onto wood, then diffuses and protects the wood from the inside. Once sprayed, PenaShield remains there for the life of the wood, protecting it from termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants and decay fungi, according to the company. The product does not corrode nails or fixtures, and retains the wood's natural color. The PenaShield-treated wood can be painted, stained or sealed like normal wood, and can be used for interior and exterior applications. PenaShield may be brush applied directly from the container or applied with a low-pressure garden-type sprayer. The wood preservative is priced at $29.99/gallon. Contact: Nisus Corporation, 100 Nisus Dr., Rockford, TN 37853. Tel: 800-264-0870.

MECHANIX 4.0 PROfit HEAVY-DUTY WORK GLOVES are designed to handle the most severe working conditions in the workshop or the job site. The gloves provide protection and durability without sacrificing dexterity, according to the company. Made from Pittards AmorTan leather, the gloves' features include a Kevlar/Neoprene knuckle panel; a two-piece, EVA foam-padded, leather palm that protects against impact; and a form-fitting Spandex top that stretches for increased comfort and fit. The Mechanix 4.0 Profit heavy-duty work gloves are priced at $39.99 a pair. Contact: Mechanix Wear, 24950 Anza Dr., Valencia, CA 91355. Tel: 800-222-4296.



BRIDGE CITY TOOL WORKS CT-13 CHISEL SET is a limited-edition set of eight specialty chisels. The chisels are constructed from A2, cryo-tempered steel; the skews are hardened to Rc 58; the remaining chisels to Rc 60-62. The rosewood-handled set includes three dovetail chisels (1/4", 3/8" and 1/2"), right- and left-handed 1/2" skew chisels, a 1/2" crank-neck chisel, and right- and left-handed crank-neck skew chisels. In addition to creating hand dovetails, the dovetail chisels function well as bench chisels, according to the manufacturer. The skew chisels can also be used as marking knives and the crank-neck chisels are suited for light paring tasks in tight quarters. The limited-edition chisel set is priced at $749. Contact: Bridge City Tool Works, 2545 SW Spring Garden St., Suite 120, Portland, OR 97219. Tel: 800-253-3332.

SKIL 7500 BELT SANDER has additional power, new features and longer-lasting run time than its predecessor; the Skil 7313 model. The 3" x 18" belt sander has a 6-amp motor, which equates to 33 percent more power than the older model, according to the company. The sander features the Skil auto track control, a micro filter dust canister, vacuum adapter, and lock-on button. The 7500 model is capable of sanding flush against vertical surfaces so the user no longer needs to finish corners with a hand-sanding pad. The new Skil belt sander is capable of sanding large surfaces such as decks, hardwood floors and countertops. The Skil 7500 is priced at $59.99. Contact: Skil Power Tools. Tel: 877-754-5999.


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