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MAKITA FINISHING SANDER features a 2-amp motor and a rubberized palm grip for better control. The sander has a pad size of 4-1/2" x 4" and abrasive paper size of 4-1/2" x 5-1/2". Model BO4556K includes abrasive paper, dust bag, punch plate and tool case. Model BO4556 doesn't include the tool case. The Makita finishing sander weighs 2.4 lbs. and sells for $59 with the tool case, $49 without the tool case. Contact: Makita Tools. Tel: 800-462-5482. 



SHEET STORAGE RACKS from Edwards Storage Systems are suited for laminate, plastic, art, veneer or glass and can be loaded vertically or horizontally. Vertical laminate racks have openings of either 1-5/8" or 3-1/4" and accept laminate sizes from 4x8 to 4x12. Horizontal racks have 1-1/8" or 2-5/8" openings and accommodate laminate sizes of 4x8 up to 5x12. Double and single height units are available for vertical units as well as dividers which allow for easy access to all sheets. The horizontal rack width and depth fits all typical sheet sizes. The racks run from as low as $800 to as high as $3,215, depending on size, number of openings and other factors. Discounts are available for quantity orders. Contact: Edwards Storage Systems, 346 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233. Tel: 800-308-0516. 

WOOSTER CHINEX SHORTCUT is a 2-1/2" angle sash brush with a short handle that offers added control and clearance in corners and tight spaces. The brush is full size and features DuPont's Chinex synthetic bristles, which maintain stiffness, even in heat and humidity. Chinex brushes can be used in oil-based or water-based coatings, and perform well with thick or fast-drying paints, according to the company. The Wooster Chinex Shortcut brush retails for about $17.70. Contact: The Wooster Brush Co., 604 Madison Ave., P.O. Box 6010, Wooster, OH 44691-6010. Tel: 330-264-4440. 



LEE VALLEY JAPANESE CHISELS have laminated blades that combine a hard high-carbon blue steel face with a shock-absorbing iron backing. Blue steel has a high tungsten and chromium content to give a durable edge, especially in hard or abrasive woods, according to Lee Valley. The chisels are a traditional pattern, with a triangular section that makes them ideal for removing waste between dovetails and allows them to work adjacent to angled surfaces. The chisels range from $85 for the 3 mm (1/8") chisel to $129 for the 24 mm (15/16") chisel. A boxed set of six chisels sells for $129. Contact: Lee Valley Tools Ltd., P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158. 

TOOLCLAD COVERS are the first magnetic covers for table saws, scroll saws and band saws, according to the manufacturer. The ToolClad covers are designed to provide protection from moisture build-up and rust. A secondary benefit is that it creates a workspace for glue-ups, while the covers also include handy reference information on the top. The 20" x 20" band saw cover sells for $24.95; a 28" x 44" magnetic table-saw cover is priced at $57.95, and a 16" x 24" magnetic scroll saw cover costs $19.95. Contact: Modern Workbench Products, 515 NW Saltzman Road, No. 908, Portland, OR 97229. Tel: 888-243-9401. 


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