A constant irritation I experience in the shop is having the vacuum hose snag on something. Even suspended from a ceiling-mounted bungie, it will sometimes catch the end of the saw track (usually in mid-cut) or the edge of the table if I'm sanding and have given the hose too
Kikka Digga is a universal retro fitting digging gadget attachment for all digging forks and spades, it was designed to make digging easy by attaching a pivoted footplate to help with insertion and leverage, therefore sparing the user from any physical strains. Digging is a hazard and a pain in
Like all vehicles, F-16s require regular maintenance, and like all vehicles it wasn't designed with external tool holders. Air Force mechanic Tom Burden got sick of tools sliding off of the plane while he was fixing it—"Heck, I nearly fell off the jet once. I could have broken my neck!"
Last week I posted the following challenge: Match up, with their trades, seven engravings of old workbench designs from the Diderot Encyclopedia. I didn't expect it to be easy, but I thought it an interesting way to allow people to look at benches critically and try to figure out what
"At 36 I can still work circles around the 25-year-olds, but my hands wake me up at 3am," a subcontractor told me. "And they were staying numb for four days at a time. It was bad enough that I couldn't even drive or hold a coffee cup or my cell
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If you're like me and don't have the scratch or space for a larger air compressor, you're probably stuck with the 6-gallon pancake that I have. With such a small tank the thing cycles on constantly and it is LOUD. So, here's an alternative: In this video industrial designer Eric
A set screw is a type of fastener designed to pass through one object to connect it to another. For example, when a gear or collar needs to be fastened to a shaft, set screws are the typical solution. In situations where registering the gear or collar to a specific location on
I've been looking through the Diderot Encyclopedia (1751- 1777) doing research on workbenches. I've found lots of images of workbenches, all similar yet different; each was designed to help execute a specific trade. The only common thread I see is they all seem to use a lot of holdfasts.
There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There's a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can't get using things that plug into the wall. There's been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of
Bigger, badder, beefier and better: Here's the best of what we saw this year in the power tools and accessories space. You say you don't like removing and sharpening the blade on your 14" bandsaw? Well, try sharpening Hull-Oakes Lumber's 50-foot beast of a blade--which needs to be sharpened
We like a company that empowers its employees, and here's a prime example. Big Ass Solutions is well-known for their Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Lights. Then one of their mechanics, former auto technician Keith McKay, figured he could harness the company's manufacturing and lighting prowess to produce something
I was demonstrating our tools at Woodworking in America one year, and several people picked up several of our Gramercy Tools saws and suggested that the handles were too small. While I am sure there are people for which our handles ARE too small, in just about every case at
Hello, At Mayku, we're building the worlds first desktop factory. Our first machine, the FormBox, is a desktop vacuum former that raised over half a million dollars on Kickstarter. We're looking for an exceptional product designer to join our team and help us create the future
I have great respect for contractors who do on-site work. I would be a terrible contractor, and here's why: In my shop, I have every tool I need, but when I have to hit the road to do work, I overthink my selection and bring far too many tools—always missing
If your work requires you to flatten thin pieces of wood, but you don't have the space for a planer—or you just can't afford one—here's an intelligent alternative if you've got a drill press. A company called StewMac has been providing tools to luthiers (guitar manufacturers) since 1968, and here's
In nearly three decades as an industrial designer, Eric Strebel has amassed a good amount of prototyping tools and skills. Here he employs those tools and shows you his design process, from start to finish, as he retrofits a Letrajet Air Marker to accept markers from other major brands. (And
I'm a hand tool nut, but I don't begrudge anybody from using and loving power tools. However, what happened to "Necessity is the mother of invention?" So many of the time-saving wonder tools that exist today seem to have killed some fundamental abilities. There is nothing wrong with using a
Our knife selection this holiday season includes a bunch of pocket knives for casual day to day use. They're all sleek, slim, and super-lightweight. Our two new favorites are the Otter Messer Mercator in Brass and Copper. Along with a lot of other folks, we've come to love the Mercator
From a Chilean company called ATIKS comes these Mark VIII safety gloves, which aim to allow dexterity while protecting the fingers from grievous injury. Take a look at what they can do: It's obvious they're targeting the construction industry. What's not obvious is if the gloves are actually in production
As medical and recreational use grows, options for home storage remain outdated and ineffective at storing and preserving cannabis. Introducing Greenskeeper a uniquely functional storage system designed specifically for cannabis users. Wine and tobacco lovers have a multitude of high-quality solutions to properly store their collections yet cannabis consumers are left using plastic bags, food containers and glass jars. This was the impetus that led to develop Greenskeeper for Santa Cruz Bakeware
Every time someone comes in and buys a marking or mortise gauge, I give them a quick demo on how to use it. It's not unusual for customers to know they need a gauge, but not how to use one. It's not their fault. There is a hell of a lot of misinformation on this subject, and using a gauge properly isn't intuitive.
Pick your calamity of choice: Zombie apocalypse, EMP attack or you went back too far in a time machine. You find yourself in a situation where you need to build something sturdy out of wood, but there are no cordless drills nor screws, just a rusty hammer and a box
I built a toolbox as a Hand Tool School project. Quite a few members had requested it, and I decided to take it one step beyond something just to carry tools by adding in a sturdy benchtop and some workholding functionality. What I ended up with is a sort of
The joy of learning to use hand tools to refine your work is rewarding. But that joy can be offset by the perceived "hassle" of needing to occasionally sharpen those tools in order to maintain peak performance. For the uninitiated, sharpening things like knives, chisels and plane irons can be
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Bike and tool lovers take note: Silca refuses to stop making awesome stuff, so look away or start saving. This week saw the first batch of their Kickstarted T-Handle hex wrenches hit the ground, and they look great. Silca has previously been famous for their hyper engineered pumps, and more
Say the word "Estwing" on a construction site and every person within earshot will know you are referring to a single-piece steel hammer based on a nearly century-old design. Invented by Earnest Estwing, this type of hammer has been produced since 1923 by the company he founded. The grips on
Here's an interesting take on protective eyewear: New-Zealand-based Kiwi Ideas Company has developed Safe Eyes, a pair of safety goggles that don't have any lenses. Instead your peepers are protected by a stainless steel mesh, in either fine (0.35mm) or standard (0.7mm) perforations. These might not keep you from
Manufacturing the Core77 Design Awards trophies is not meant to be easy. Not only does each trophy receive customized engraving to reflect the category and project title of each recipient, but the nature of the trophy as a mold demands that the interior be specially etched in line with the
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The QuadSaw can be chucked into a drill and used to cut perfectly square and rectangular holes in drywall. The attachment is the brainchild of T. Michael Sebhatu, an African refugee turned engineer, who saw a tradesman installing electrical boxes and decided there had to be a faster, more accurate
(Note: You'll see a shocking photo here of this thing called a tablesaw, which I used to use before switching over to hand tools. This old lesson here is important regardless of whether you use power or hand tools.) I am adding a French foot to a Hepplewhite bookcase that
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