I came across this intriguing design for a rotating small parts organizer in a 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics. It would be nifty to see it wall-mounted, as the ad describes, though it doesn't seem it would make much sense for it to be ceiling-mounted. I did a quick search
Hey readers, here’s Part 2 of the New Deal tool chest find. This rare toolbox, still filled with tools, was originally issued by the U.S. Government in 1933 for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Here Dr. Price starts going through its contents.
I hear from woodworkers all the time who struggle with their hand saws. Usually it has to do with just getting the cut started. Starting your cut is all about taking the weight off the toe of the saw so that the teeth can glide over the wood. Some people
In the past few years what has become to be known as a "Moxon Vise" has become a pretty popular workbench accessory. The basic theory behind it is that lots of joinery operations, especially dovetailing, need to be done at a higher bench height than a typical bench—which
Last night my Maple 18" bowsaw broke. It's a relatively well-made tool that I've maintained and used properly, but regular use over the last few years has weakened it and last night it just wore out. This should be expected since the wood choice, Maple, was not the best
Some of you carry pocketknives but I'm guessing most of you don't. I do because I work in a warehouse and it's handy to have. In addition to the one I carry, I have another that I use to cut my lunchtime sandwich. These days not many folks carry
Inline saws, such as wormdrives, are long, narrow, and relatively heavy, while sidewinders are short, wide, and relatively light. Sidewinders predominate on construction sites in the East and Midwest; inline models are about the only saws you'll see in the West. The best explanation I have heard for this phenomenon
Shop space is one thing we can never seem to have enough of. But we deal with tiny spaces and build highly efficient workflows to get things done. What if space were not an issue? What would you do differently in your shop? Would you buy more tools to fill
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Editor's Note: For those unfamiliar with the functional differences of using different sorts of fasteners, you may want to read "Why You Should Use Nails, Not Screws" for some background. Up until the mid-19th Century, all nails were either heated in a forge and then shaped, or cut. "Cut" means
Even the most extreme tool nuts can be forgiven for not having heard of Mark Martinez; I'd never heard of the guy until I was introduced to him a few weeks back at The World of Concrete in Las Vegas. A carpenter by trade, Martinez invented the solid titanium framing
This story and photo series is from guest writer Dr. James E. Price, the anthropologist, archaeologist and accomplished joiner. He's managed to acquire a toolbox, still filled with tools, originally issued by the U.S. Government in 1933 for the Civilian Conservation Corps. It's a very rare find with great American historical significance.
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
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