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To begin at the beginning, Silca has been making impeccable tools for nearly 100 years. If you like bikes and bike gear, especially beautiful vintage stuff, you may be familiar with their well-made pumps and stylish sundries. The HX-One Essentials kit is one bunch of sundries we're happy they waited
It's been a busy week in the world of makers! Let's dive right in: Ron Paulk popped up this week with another great tool review, which he's dubbed "The best screwdriver ever made!" I'd previously heard tell that Craftsman's Autoloading Multi-Bit Screwdriver was a keeper, and here he shows you
Fastening Wood with Screws 101: If you need to drive a flathead screw into a piece of wood quite close to an endgrain edge, and you just drive it in without pre-drilling and countersinking, you're gonna split it. And even if you do take the time to pre-drill, countersink, and
Pliers are tricky things to store. They don't lend themselves to pegboad, as wedging them into a hook by their crotches is defeated by simple gravity. If you obey gravity and store them flat in a drawer, their awkward splay-handled shape takes up an undue amount of space, and they
For our drill teardown we went with models you can find at your local big box. One drill that definitely doesn't fit that category is the Nemo Special Ops, aimed "professionals working in special operations and the special forces." The 18-volt drill is submersible up to 100 meters and coated
One of the least fun freelance jobs I ever did was helping an interior designer measure out a recently-shuttered dot-com office. The space was massive, and while the designer had the original blueprints, the real deal didn't quite jive; there were surprise soffets, new partition walls and of course nothing
It's every car-designer's dream—to design and build a supercar from scratch, with no constraints. Talking with Carlos Salaff, ex-Mazda exterior designer, I realize he is living that dream—he's the master of his own creation. And what a creation: Project Caden is a supercar with voluptuous surfaces formed by hand, flowing
A group of students at Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute have developed the Protopiper, a handheld device that takes packing tape and "extrudes" it into rigid tubes (presumably with the sticky surface on the insides). It's meant to allow the user to quickly bang out 3D wireframes of large objects, like this:
When drilling holes through metal, you always dial the speed down on your drill or drill press compared to what you'd set it at to put holes in wood. That's because with a twist bit, the heat generated by metal-on-metal friction can dull the bit and result in poor cutting
In this installment of the Drafting Table Quarterback, we have a side-by-side comparison of two products near and dear to any design student, homeowner or design professional: Two 18v cordless power drills. We picked these Ryobi P817 and the Makita XPH012 not because they are the most popular or highest
My selection of cheap sockets is a cobbled-together mess, and I hate having to maintain both Imperial and Metric sizes. I can hardly read the faint etchings on the sides, and it often happens that I'm tightening a nut onto a too-long bolt, causing the socket to bottom out and
While the terms 'internet of things,' 'smart objects' and 'connected devices' seem to be regularly splashed across the pages of newspapers, design briefs, crowdfunding campaigns and conference topics—relatively little is discussed about what tools designers need in order to design smart devices. Some startups and corporate departments are beginning
In trying times, laypeople may seek answers in the thick tome associated with their religion. In trying times for us industrial designers, we also used to consult a thick tome: The yellow McMaster-Carr catalog, which undoubtedly held the answers to our manufacturing/prototyping problems. Within its dog-eared pages was seemingly every
Here's a great example of how clever design features can be packed into something as simple as a bottle. Billed as "The glue bottle that sucks," FastCap's GluBot shows that by analyzing how things are actually used and making some clever changes, one can vastly improve the end user's experience.
We all love tools, so what's better than seeing a list featuring the most innovative tool in every category you can think of? This year Core77 is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2015 Pro Tool Innovation Awards, where the guys and gals over at Pro Tool Reviews
Pickup trucks are great for hauling heavy gear, but loading and unloading heavy/bulky objects is nearly impossible for the lone worker. One solution is to get a boom crane installed in your truck bed, which requires you to sacrifice a good chunk of bed space. A more flexible solution would
It's hard to beat a set of simple tools, and really hard to beat a properly made set. This new Hand-Eye Supply Screwdriver Set features six common sizes of Phillips and flat heads, with tough high carbon steel blades and comfortable oiled hardwood handles. The set comes packed snug
I recently ripped the caulk out of six window frames, which required using a half-dozen hand tools in alternation. It was a real pain because I haven't found a good on-body tool storage method; I won't wear tool belts or pouches because I'm a klutz and I'll snag them on
Variety is useful for a designer to encounter, and I love seeing how different people solve a shared design problem. It's also fun to try to figure out, absent a clear explanation, what a particular designer was thinking just by studying the form they've come up with. The CNC +
Louis Sauzedde got his hands on a ripsaw in truly horrific condition. As you can see in the photo below, it looks like this thing was tied to the back of a car and dragged down the Interstate: The teeth on the left have been fixed by Sauzedde, the teeth
When you think of working a material like stone, you imagine it taking forever, as you patiently tap away at it with a chisel and hammer. But Jesse de Geest, a/k/a the Samurai Woodworker, has an absurdly fast method for carving a sink out of granite, performing in a few
If there is a design flaw with standards sockets, it's not in their function. It's in their UX: While I scored well on that eye test for designers, my vision ain't what it used to be, and I simply can't read these etchings from arm's distance. I'm not alone in
The Natick Soldier Systems Center is the U.S. Army's R&D department. Talented designers, engineers, materials specialists, researchers, etc. are marshaled to study soldiers' problems, then design solutions for them. (We've covered their work before, from better first-aid bags to footwear to a machine gun ammunition holder inspired by the movie
The unfortunate thing I've learned in running a photography rental studio: People steal. If it isn't nailed down and can be concealed in a bag, eventually it will go missing, as have the following studio items of mine: Audio cables (for plugging an iPhone into the stereo), $20 rolls of
There's no country in the world that has lax firefighters, but in Japan, the prevalence of traditional wooden structures adds an element of increased urgency. And while some team members of a Japanese firefighting brigade are trying to put the fire out, other members have to climb and crawl into
Sketching Lab is an annual design conference in San Jose, Costa Rica that promotes the design process and visual communication techniques for students and young professionals in creative industries. Every year, Sketching Lab covers the basics of how to draw, and this year I hosted a session that explored the
I recently purchased this retractable air compressor cable reel: Sixty bucks is more than I wanted to spend, but it's a lot easier than manually winding the cable up each time. And since it's easier to deal with the cable, I find myself blowing the room clean much more often.
It's Knife Week at Hand-Eye Supply! Get 25% off all knives in stock with the code "KnifeWeek2015" now through Saturday 8.29.15! To celebrate, let's re-meet the Higonokami, a simple Japanese knife with a Samurai pedigree. "Higo no kami" means 'Lord of Higo', referring to both the region where the
Learning to drill a hole perfectly perpendicular to your surface is a crucial DIY skill. If you're drilling downwards into a horizontal surface in front of you, it's easy enough to see if you're leaning the drill along the X-axis, but a little trickier to tell if you're off in
My assortment of drill bits is a mess, scattered throughout several different manufacturer's containers, and I'm getting sick of fishing through them all to find the one I'm looking for. So I wanted to make a compact object that would store the ones I use most and keep them neatly
The UX prototyping space is booming. Dozens of solutions are now available for a practice that was done largely with paper and flat deliverables less than a decade ago. Designers can now start building experiences earlier in a product's lifecycle and get real results around decisions through testing these prototypes.
As I wrote here, a simple carabiner is one of the more useful items that I use on a daily basis. As I was making this discovery, fellow carabiner-lover and entrepreneur Mina Yoo was building a company around one. After giving birth to her first child, Seattle-based Yoo discovered that
The Model 201-2 was Singer's top-of-the-line sewing machine from the 1930s to the 1950s. It's powerful, quiet, lays down a beautiful stitch, and adjusted for inflation, sold for a couple thousand of today's dollars. I own and have refurbished at least a half-dozen of them. The machine's bobbin case needs
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