Sanding is a chore, but today’s new models can make it much easier.
The “extreme” power tool for many serious woodworkers is a wood lathe. A lathe is also one of the oldest woodworking tools. A bow-powered lathe was thought to have originated in ancient Egypt. I have a chest made by an ancestor, well before the advent of powered tools, and it features beautifully turned posts, evidence of the skills of early […]
Tools are Being Geared to DIY Women
Anchoring items to concrete or masonry often requires boring a hole, inserting an anchor of some sort, then bolting or screwing the item in place. Good examples include porch piers, step railings and safety hand bars. The flashing around chimneys is another example. Three different types of tools can be used for boring these holes: a rotary drill, a rotary […]
What’s the most versatile tool in your shop? An air compressor and mating air tools can do an amazing amount of work around your home and shop. Regardless of whether your chores include woodworking, metalworking, mechanical jobs or even simple home chores, a compressor is the tool. Many chores can also be done at a lower cost than with […]
Jigsaws are great tools for both basic home repairs and more advanced woodcraft projects.
Routers are a way of life for some woodworkers. They are probably the most fun woodworking tool, and the tasks they can perform are greatly varied. One of the most common router uses for the homeowner is edging plastic laminates on countertops and other projects. Routers can also be used to make molding and house trim, as well as create […]
Chainsaws — the ultimate tool for some, the ultimate nightmare for others. Chainsaws are actually neither. Once considered the primary tool of professional loggers, ranchers and farmers, chainsaws became a popular homeowner tool when Robert McCulloch introduced the first lightweight model back in the late ’60s. Since that time chainsaws have become increasingly popular with homeowners. Of course, they’re […]