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STAND-UP-GUY is a free-standing clamp for holding doors, windows, sheet goods and many other building materials. The portable clamp, made from ABS plastic, features adjustable width jaws that spread wider at the top and then close up when the weight of the material is put in place. The clamp sells for $44.99. Contact: Stand-Up-Guy, Blue Heron Enterprises, P.O. Box 5389, North Branch, NJ 08876. Tel: 866-478-6387.



TRU-CUT ZERO-CLEARANCE THROAT PLATES from Lee Valley are designed to prevent surface splintering and cut-off kickback, according to the company. The plates are machined from 7/16"-thick aluminum, and have end-slots that let you leave the guard/splitter in place. Interchangeable phenolic inserts are used to make a zero-clearance plate for any type of blade. There are models available for Delta, Craftsman, Ridgid, General, Jet and Powermatic cabinet and contractor's saws. Each plate sells for $80. Contact: Lee Valley Tools Ltd., P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Tel: 800-871-8158.

VERSICUT tri-metal reciprocating saw blades from ScandUS Inc. The blades feature teeth on three edges for plunge cuts and reversing the cutting direction without having to reposition the saw or replace the blade. The blades are 7" long and available with either 10 or 12 teeth per inch. They sell for $9.95 each or 10 for $89.95. Contact: ScandUS Inc., 17196 Alsea Hwy, Alsea, OR 97324. Tel: 866-972-5233.



RANDOM ORBIT PALM SANDER from Dynabrade is ideal for small work pieces and tight applications, according to the company. The 3"-diameter sander features a 3-hole sanding pad and shroud for efficient dust collection, and a sanding pad that's weight-mated to the tool. It weighs just 1.3 lbs. and is available as a 3/16"-orbital pattern sander for general sanding or a 3/32"-orbital pattern sander for fine sanding, and in a self-generated vacuum model or a central vacuum model. The sander sells for $265. Contact: Dynabrade Inc., 8989 Sheridan Dr., Clarence, NY 14031-1490. Tel: 716-631-0100.

BRAD POINT BITS from Bosch Power Tools and Accessories are offered in eight diameters, 1/8" to 5/8". The design prevents blow-out and produces precise clean holes, according to the company. They are especially suited for dowel and pin-rilling projects. Single bits sell from $3.50 to $11, while a set of six sells for $34.99. Contact: Bosch Power Tools and Accessories. Tel: 877-267-2499.


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