Brian Way is a cabinet and millwork installer in Connecticut who specializes in commercial projects. The work is frequently spread out over large areas—as it was on the hospital project that inspired him to hack his miter saw stand. The crew was installing trim in long corridors and faced the
Looking for a gift for the tool user who has everything—and I mean everything—how about an Urushi Ratchet Handle? For a mere $2,000-$4,000 you can get one of the handful of these things made each year. Urushi is obtained from the sap of the lacquer tree and is so central
With so many cordless tools to choose from, it's easy to forget what it's like to drive fasteners by hand—or why it's frequently preferable to do so. German hand tool company Wera has not forgotten and continues to develop new and better hand drivers. The Kraftform Kompakt Pistol RA is
For today's woodworker, tool buying is as much a part of the experience as actually working wood. For better or for worse is a matter of opinion—I'm going to stay positive and say that without tool buying much of the economy of woodworking would fall apart. No woodworker can deny
Combination squares come in very handy in the shop. But the thing I hate is that I'll often set the depth, then need to leave it at that setting for various stages in a project, and I basically can't use the square for anything else in the meanwhile. For that
When Zack Dettmore replaced his old work van he went to extremes to organize the interior of the new one, outfitting it with a manufactured bulkhead and home-made shelving designed for the tools he carries. I've seen a video of the setup he once used in his contracting business
This past weekend the weather was gorgeous, and I found myself doing a walkabout in the village. On Thompson Street, the Chess Forum is a Greenwich Village fixture where you can buy chess sets and paraphernalia, books and videos, and most importantly, you can rent a table to play chess.
I stumbled across this unusual product on the website of a vendor that specializes in German hand tools. It was completely unfamiliar and I was surprised to discover that the original model was patented in 1950. How did I miss seeing these before? It didn't help that Fit Pliers are
Leatherman recently received a 2017 Red Dot Award for the Skeletool RX introduced last year. It's the 4th iteration of the original Skeletool that came out in 2007. Aimed at first responders, it differs from earlier models in that it comes with a carbide tip for breaking glass and
At the Bentley Crewe factory in England, a series of craftspeople with both hand skills and access to high-end production machinery turn out the elaborate wood panels that festoon the cars' interiors. Laser cutters, veneer presses and five-axis CNC mills with automatic tool changers are all put into service alongside
When you woodwork all by hand, you need to find some shortcuts to speed up the processes that normally we would do with power tools. I'm going to show you a shortcut where you can skip shooting the ends of a board and create a new reference surface for all
SB&D recently received a 2017 Red Dot Award for its DeWalt Demo Hammer. Unlike the standard hammers most carpenters use for demolition, this 22-ounce model was specifically designed for that purpose. It has an oversize face and rip claw plus a puller in the side of the head for removing
Lamello just announced the Cabineo, a press-in fitting for connecting butt joints in CNC cut cabinet boxes. A plastic insert with an integral metal screw, it can be installed in the shop and used to assemble the boxes at remote locations. There's no need to ship separate fasteners or parts
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
In the past 30 years sharpening with diamond stones has gotten more and more popular. Teachers like Paul Sellers have been huge advocates of the technology, and more folks are using diamonds for some of all or their hand tool sharpening needs. The largest US maker of diamond stones for
Apex Tool Company, one of the first measuring device companies in the United States, invited Sundberg-Ferar to take their precision engineered measuring tools and create a new and visual brad language and innovate on ergonomic factors for a new family of measuring products. The first product in the family to hit store shelves is the 12.5” Lufkin Gear Drive Professional Measuring Wheel which provides precise linear measurements for long distances over uneven terrain.
At the heart of things that can mechanically transform, whether it's Optimus Prime, a sofabed or a scissor lift, are linkages. With a cleverly-designed linkage, you can create cool things like Haefele's Lemans corner cabinet pull-out: Independent of Haefele's invention, a company called Ten Fold Engineering has devised and patented
German hand tool company Wiha recently received a 2017 Red Dot Award for its Ultra Driver 26-in-1 multi-bit driver. As with many such tools, the bits store in the handle. But instead of accessing them by unscrewing a cap, bits pop out with the push of a button. Pressing a
In the Industrial Design Department's shop at school, most of us had the luxury of a shop tech whose job it was to keep the machines tuned up. We didn't have to worry about installing fresh blades or making sure the blades were tracking properly. But if you're now striking
Rasps are not the first tools that come to mind when we think about woodworking. And yet, they are just the thing for shaping curves too tight to be cut with a spoke shave, too irregular to be routed, or where the grain is too squirrelly to be easily carved.
If I could carry a boxcutter with me at all times, I would. But the NYPD is known for hassling even tradesmen carrying conspicuous blades, so a lot of times I find myself trying to cut things with my fingernail or my keys. The Quark Tool looks like a good
"What is the best beginner workbench?" is a loaded question, and one I get all the time. I usually tell beginning woodworkers to hold off on building a bench right away because they don't know what they don't know yet and a workbench isn't actually needed to get started. For
A small exhibit on Pre-Raphaelite art at the Met was an opportunity for me not only to take another gander at the lovely Jane Morris but also to revisit the Cabinet by Sir Edward Burne-Jones that, for me, epitomizes the early English Arts and Crafts Movement. The English A&C movement
Long popular in Europe, modular storage took a while to catch on the U.S. Festool, Bosch, and DeWalt have offered it for years, and now Milwaukee is entering the category with its soon-to-be-released Packout Modular Storage system. Like other modular systems, Packout offers contractors the ability to stack and connect
You can spend as little as 20 bucks for a cheapie mechanic's creeper, or upwards of 150 for a fancy one. However, here Bob Clagett shows you how easy it is to build your own, to your exact specifications and dimensions, while adding some extra functionality to boot:
Wheeled hydraulic lift tables have been around for years, but none are designed for use as outfeed tables for table saws. That is, until Malcolm McGrath removed the push bar from his and connected the release valve to a home-made secondary foot pedal. The table works as before; pumping the
While the legs of any wooden piece of furniture often start out as perfectly rectilinear off of the table saw, sometimes that blocky shape doesn't work with your final design. Tapers are easy enough to do with a tapering jig, and of course you could turn them on a lathe,
Here's a prime example of "If there's a will, there's a way." Izzy Swan demonstrates that you don't need a lot of fancy tools nor a huge budget in order to create things. Watch how he creates a sofa table while spending practically nothing on tools and materials:
From time to time, it happens: You're cutting dovetail joints you either mis-measure or chop to the wrong line, and they come out looking like Swiss cheese. Well, don't sweat it, because as I'm about to show you, patching them is easy and invisible. In this video I'll show
Whether you're prototyping something or doing a decorative carving, you might need to sketch something on paper and transfer that pattern to wood, which you can then carve or saw out. Never mind fancy CNC machines, I'm talking about when you need to do it quickly by hand. Here are
I'd be happy not to know what a drum machine is, but I do because I've watched the rooter guy use one to unclog our sewer line. What is a drum machine? It's a large motorized version of the hand snake a homeowner might use to clear the drain from
Fillets are one of those design features for which there seems to be no middle ground, or at least not one that is widely known. Either a part is devoid of them, and most or all edges are well-defined, or the part's designer decided to take the opposite route, and
I co-host the WoodTalk podcast with Marc Spagnuolo and Matt Cremona, and it's a running joke on there that I never put finish on anything. That's not entirely true, but I do tend to put it off a lot. The reason is that my shop is useless once I
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