I get a lot of questions about where to find old hand tools. I myself find a lot at flea markets, yard sales and old tool shows that come through my East Coast town, but I've learned from my Hand Tool School members who are spread all over the globe
At Hand-Eye Supply we offer a standing discount of 40% off our American-Made Aprons to all service industry people (proof in the form of ID required, just FYI) – but for one week only we are offering this discount to everyone.
Chadwick Parker and Joe Huang, the industrial design duo behind Big Idea Design, have done it again: Sixteen successful Kickstarter campaigns and counting! And two of their last four campaigns broke the $200,000 mark, which the current one might as well. Even if it doesn't, it's already a smash hit:
Here at Design that Matters we do a lot of 3D printing, so we've built up this collection of handy but inexpensive tools for supporting our 3D printers. They live in IKEA silverware caddies mounted next to the machines and they just make the work go easier. 1. Super
On woodworking forums you'll often read the adage "Buy your last tool first." Buying an inferior tool, the thinking goes, is a waste of money as its poor functionality will cause you to upgrade later. This is not a bad thought, but I think there are a few things wrong
Expanding on their solar lighting line, Peak 720 presented us with the challenge to develop an LED light that users will actually want to display on their key chain, while aligning with the styling of previous Peak 720 products. We incorporated subtle design elements from prior items, while still providing a uniquely aggressive look and feel. Highlighted by its large solar panel coverage and recessed button to prevent accidental activation, we designed this device to be durable and reliable for
Started by industrial designer Michael Williams, Calavera Tool Works is a new company creating products to support craftspeople. They recently rolled out their line of hard-wearing leather shop aprons: "We feel like the folks building fine furniture and cabinetry deserve gear that's just as comfortable and durable as the high
Worx, the manufacturer behind that two-headed drill/driver, has created another split-personality power tool: A jigsaw that turns into a reciprocating saw. The Axis Cordless Reciprocating & Jig Saw weighs less than five pounds and runs on a 20V battery. To transform it from one mode to the other, you
This is not about the current debate on manufacturing. This is about people learning to make things with their hands. Years ago the Times ran an article called "A Nation That's Losing Its Toolbox." If you haven't read it, you should. More recently, Doug Stowe's constantly updated Wisdom of the
I was recently asked by a Hand Tool School member to provide a list of good chisel brands to aid him in buying. That's actually a pretty tough question to answer seeing as I don't have more than 5 minutes of fiddle time with more than a couple brands. So
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
Opportunity Kai USA Ltd. The manufacturer of Kershaw Knives, Zero Tolerance Knives and Shun Cutlery in Tualatin, OR, has an immediate opening for a Product Designer. Responsibilities The primary duties of the Product Designer will be to: • Prepare sketches of concepts, detailed
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
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