Both professionals and DIY’ers love the reciprocating saw. These things are often used for dismantling or demolishing some sort of structure, and the primal thrill that comes with “tearing stuff up” speaks to a lot of people; recips are simply fun to use. Moreover, reciprocating saws are very versatile tools, designed for making cut-outs and cut-offs, disassembling wood framing, trimming […]
Table saws are excellent tools for making clean, accurate cuts.
Hand planes are the epitome of fine woodworking. Extreme woodworkers use them, and serious collectors collect them. I’m both. I began with some of my father’s old planes and these days look for old and/or unusual planes. But, they have to be in working order because I also like to use them. Planes come in a wide variety of […]
Construct a two-tiered workbench for your woodworking chores.
Drill it right with the best accessory.
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 […]