All I Want for Christmas

The Fab School – 12 must haves!

With Santa’s visit right around the corner we put together a few of our favorite must haves! If you have a favorite piece of equipment or something that you just CAN’T live without this Christmas, we would love to hear what it is. We will be updating each day as we get closer to Christmas!!

On the 3th Day of Christmas

Cleco Fastener Set – Trick Tools


This Cleco kit is at the top of our list this year! We have a constant use in fabrication for Clecos. This particular set from comes with 100 Cleco fasteners and genuine Cleco installation / removal pliers. Wether you’re shopping for a seasoned fabricator or a newly found graduate Clecos are a great gift this season!

Don’t know what they are and what they are used for?

Cleco sheet metal positioners are great tools for race car builders, body fabricators, or anyone who works with sheet metal. This Cleco is designed for clamping two pieces of sheet metal together through a common 3/16 inch hole during fabrication. These simple tools can save hours of frustration when working with sheet metal.

We love Jamey Jordan’s entire line of products when it comes down to sheet metal and bead rolling in particular. This year we are adding these two awesome pieces to our list of must haves this Christmas. The Rivet layout tool comes in handy when prepping material and riveting panels together and combined with the 20 hole adjustable rivet spacer you’ve got your Christmas shopping done for the fabricator in your life!

On the 4th Day of Christmas

Jamey Jordan Series Rivet Layout Tool

“ The Rivet Layout Tool simplifies the layout process for riveting panels together. Use the holes in the layout tool to accurately space and pattern rivets for a clean, consistent, and unique design. The right angled design allows the user to lay out rivets in the corners of two perpendicular panels so you can obtain the exact look you are striving for. Made from Anodized Aluminum with laser engraved markings. “ Trick-Tools

We love Jamey Jordan’s entire line of products when it comes down to sheet metal and bead rolling in particular. This year we are adding these two awesome pieces to our list of must haves this Christmas. The Rivet layout tool comes in handy when prepping material and riveting panels together and combined with the 20 hole adjustable rivet spacer you’ve got your Christmas shopping done for the fabricator in your life!

“The unique fan design of the 20 Hole Rivet Spacer allows you to equally space up to 20 holes between two given points. Use this spacer to layout the spacing of rivets, bolts, nails, etc. equally over a length of up to 36 inches of material. Great for creating artistic patterns for bead rolling, custom furniture and aircraft fabrication.“

On the 5th Day of Christmas

Miller Welding Helmet

Wether you fabricate for fun or it’s how you make a living a shiny new welding helmet under the tree is sure to be a keeper. The all new T94 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet from Miller is where it’s at come time to open up Santa’s gifts!

Lightweight. Up to date technology. Functional. Comfortable.

Lightweight, Well-Balanced Design
Substantially reduces neck torque, minimizing operator fatigue
ClearLight™ Lens Technology
Optimizes contrast and clarity in welding and light states
Engineered For Rugged Environments
Design enhancements protect AD lens from dust and moisture; Aluminum heat shield reflects heat to keep lens and user cooler
Premium Headgear
Four-point flexible headgear provides a secure fit, while oversized comfort cushion maximizes all-day wearability
InfoTrack™ 2.0
Monitors arc time and arc count for quoting and metrics
Electromagnetically senses the weld to eliminate sunlight interference and continuously detects the arc even if sensors are blocked
External Grind Control
Allows for seamless transitions from welding to grinding
Quick-Release Cover Lens
Simplifies lens changes, reducing downtime

On the 6th Day of Christmas

Wireless Foot Pedal

Anything to make our lives and shops run smoother will put a smile on our faces, us being fabricators of course. This Miller wireless foot control helps keep our work area top notch while improving productivity and maneuverability by eliminating cord tangles. A clean shop is a happy fabricator!

Miller Welding Wireless Foot Control

From AirGas – Miller® Wireless Foot Control and 14-Pin receiver helps to improve productivity and maneuverability by eliminating cord tangles as well as reduces the clean up time and work area cord clutter. Receiver has easy wear pads that glide across the concrete, making it easy to reposition the pedal for speed and comfort. It allows multiple frequencies sharing up to 20 systems to operate in a 90′ radius with accuracy and precision without delay, system interference or crosstalk. It has an auto on feature that extends the battery life up to 250 hrs of welding without turning the pedal on and off. It improves reliability by eliminating control cord failure and reducing potential trip hazard for additional safety. It is easily programmable and can be quickly and easily paired with any other Miller 14-pin wireless receiver. It is recommended for use with Dynasty 200 SD and DX, Dynasty 350, Dynasty 700, Maxstar 150 STL and STH, Maxstar 200 SD, DX and LX, Maxstar 350, Maxstar 700, Syncrowave 250 DX and Syncrowave 350 LX welding systems.

On the 7th Day of Christmas

Baileigh Mill, Drill & Lathe MLD-1030

Why do we want a Baileigh under our tree this year?


Baileigh provides a product like no other, our school has a variety of Baileigh machines in every workshop. This particular pick this Christmas is perfect for all our graduates just starting out in their fabricating career as it combines three career changing tools into ONE! The versatility of this machine goes to show you why Baileigh Industrial continues to lead the industry. We’ll take two please!

Baileigh Mill Drill & Lathe

Have a small shop and always looking for more room?  How about combining three machines into one?  Baileigh Industrials unique MLD-1030 mill drill lathe is the answer for anyone looking to get maximum versatility from there tools.  The MLD-1030 combines 3 machines into one small package, giving the operator the choice for milling, drilling, or performing lathe operations and opening up floor space for more tools.  Although the MLD is small in stature, it has all the features that an operator would want in a 3 in 1 combination machine.  Precision ground and hardened ways ensure long life and years of machining on the MLD-1030.

The MLD-1030’s lathe features adjustable speed from 50-2500 RPM and includes a digital read out for accurate cutting speed.  Being that the MLD-1030 features two powerful 110V 1HP motor that allows you to operate anywhere there is a standard outlet.  There is one motor for the lathe and mill independently.  This gives for longer life and less wear and tear on the motors.  Steady rest, follow rest, three jaw chuck, and four jaw chuck are just a few of the options that come standard on this mill drill lathe.

The milling and drilling head of the MLD-1030 mill drill lathe is as sturdy as any combination machine on the market. the head itself features a column style base with adjustable depth.  A digital readout will help to keep the depth of cut a precise as possible.  A robust MT-2 taper is also standard of the MLD-1030.

This mill drill lathe should be on any small home shops list of must haves. For more information on any of the great Baileigh industrial products, contact a knowledgeable sales representative


On the 8th Day of Christmas

JMR 1000 Tube Bender

The Fab School runs on JMR by choice! Our JMR 1000’s are at the top of our list of fabrication tools, we use them on a daily basis for a variety of projects from Chassis builds to door panel projects, you name it our JMR machines are one of our favorites!

About JMR

JMR Manufacturing offers tools for custom fabricators in many different industries. JMR Tube Benders, Notchers, Belt Sanders, and Dimple Dies can be found in custom fabrication shops around the world. Many different industries utilize JMR Manufacturing’s American made tools on a daily basis. Desert racing, Nascar, dirt track, drag racing, airplane manufacturers, rock crawling, are just a few industries where JMR Manufacturing tools can be spotted. “Do It Yourself” (DIY) fabrication is becoming more popular. JMR tooling is affordable for the DIY fabricator. Many people assume professional fabricators use expensive tools which are out of reach of the DIY home fabricator. You can use the same tools many of the big names in racing use on a daily basis without breaking the bank. Contact our experienced sales staff for more info.

On the 9th Day of Christmas

Utility Clamps from Strong Hand Tools

At The Fab School we prefer Strong Hand Tools and these are a MUST for the Fabricator in your family this year! Our favorite Strong Hand Tools offer an adjustable c-clamp which provide easier and quicker fixturing for any project you are fabricating. Check out a few of our favorites at

Why We Choose Strong!

We’re on a mission to make “Better Tools at Better Prices.” For over 30 years we have communicated with welders and craftsmen to develop innovative, quick-acting clamping tools that allow you to create a “proper” setup as the foundation for safe, and efficient work in welding, assembly, and repair applications. We’ve re-engineered traditional tools such as: Sliding Arm Clamps, Welding Magnetic Squares, Pliers, and Vises for improved performance in clamping and fixturing.

Strong Hand Tools Features and Benefits:

Our tools are multi-functional, and adaptable for all types of workholding in welding, assembly, and repair operations.

All Strong Hand Tools are “Quick Acting” for fast setup and affordably priced to fit any budget. We remain dedicated to designing the most innovative, timesaving, money-saving workholding tools to improve your efficiency, productivity, and profitability.


On the 10th Day of Christmas

BuildPro Fixture Table

These tables are TOP NOTCH! We, and any fabricator for that matter, would LOVE to open one of these bad boys up on Christmas morning! These tables are easy to use and combined with our Strong Hand Tools make our passion for fabricating just that a passion and not a job!

“Place a BuildPro® Table in your shop, and you will discover how universal fixturing will benefit your operation in greater productivity, improved work quality, and reduced project lead times in prototyping, short production runs, or dedicated volume production runs.

BuildPro® has a place in every fabrication environment where precise layout and fast clamping setups help drive success; they have found their way into a variety of fabrication processes such as gluing, fastening, and assembly involving materials from wood to composites and laminates.”  –

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On the 11th Day of Christmas

SPI Digital Level

Who wouldn’t want this amazing precision digital instrument?!!!

For us fabricators angles are everything, and being precise is key! Not only is this tool at the top of the cool factor spot for us but it is a billet machined piece so you know you are getting a flat surface to work with instead of a cheesy plastic tool.

We know we can count on this tool’s accuracy making sure our angles are precise. The magnetized feature is handy and makes our job more efficient when in the shop.

Where can I buy one? 

Pro 360 Digital Level –

  • The PRO 360 is a revolu tionary angle measuring tool.
  • Multi-functional. Digital Level, 360° Pro tractor and Inclinometer.
  • Instant LCD display of level, tilt, true vertical or any angle in between to highest accuracy, one tenth of a degree reading.
  • Use upside down, display reverses to right side up.
  • Deviation from the true plane is measurable through full 360° (4×90°).
  • Floating zero! Provides zero selection anywhere within its 360° range.
  • Hold button freeze! Displays reading for convenient out of sight measurements.
  • Reset plus Superset self-calibration modes.
  • High-impact machined aluminum frame houses a rugged electronic sensor, custom circuitry and the liquid crystal display.
  • Top plate has V-groove for accurate registration on curved or cylindrical surfaces.
  • Tapped #6-32 holes in baseplate for special mountings.
  • Operates on standard 9V Alkaline battery for up to 500 hours of operation. Battery included.
  • Low battery indicator. Automatic shutoff.

On the 12th Day of Christmas

Miller Dynasty 280 DX with CV

Miller knows what we fabricators need and this updated machine “Where Portability Meets Multiprocess” is every welders dream. With the updated features and ultimate processes this machine will put you in the front of the race where your career is concerned. If you’re looking for versatility this is our first choice to be under the tree in just 12 days.

CV output of the power source gives this unit MIG process capabilities when paired with a SuitCase® X-TREME™ 8VS (or other voltage-sensing feeder).
Auto-Line™ Power Management Technology
Allows for any input voltage hookup (208–575 V) with no manual linking, providing convenience in any job setting. Ideal solution for dirty or unreliable power.
Blue Lightning™
High-frequency (HF) arc starter for non-contact arc initiation. Provides more consistent arc starts and greater reliability compared to traditional HF arc starters.
Cooling system operates only when needed, reducing noise, energy use and the amount of contaminants pulled through machine.
feature operates the auxiliary cooling system only when needed, reducing noise, energy use, and airborne contaminants pulled through the cooler.
Eliminates the guesswork when setting weld parameters. Use Pro-Set when you want the speed, convenience and confidence of preset controls. Simply select the feature and adjust until Pro-Set appears on the display.