For a good workbench, mass and weight are the rule. You want a bench beefy enough that it's not going to move when you're routing or hand planing workpieces. This means that few serious woodworkers will put their benches on wheels, as that makes them prone to slide and skitter
Designed by AME for Dale Hardware, the Jigtech device helps joiners to fit door handles in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods. The easy-to-use device saves contractors & fitters up to 20 minutes when installing a handle and latch to interior doors. AME developed the Jigtech product from concept through to prototyping, testing and volume manufacturing, drawing on our experience of developing tools for the DIY sector.
A Netherlands-based outfit called Verhagen Leiden got their start 52 years ago providing industrial cleaning equipment to companies in the Benelux region. Well, apparently part of their clients' needs for keeping their operations tidy involves moving heavy things around to keep their lots organized. Some of these things can be
A couple of posts ago I wrote about Playatech furniture, which is made of interlocking sheets of plywood. Now here's another approach to simple furniture that is tons of fun to make. We recently added this book, Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects, to our catalog. The projects in it live up
Christian Reed is an Army veteran and a mechanical engineer out of MIT. While on deployment, he became "frustrated with available compact multi-tools." As he explains: When wearing gloves and performing other tasks simultaneously, traditional multi-tools were hard to use and operate. Removing my gloves, reaching into a buttoned pocket,
I was reading a Chris Schwarz blog entry on his favorite woodworking writer, Mag Ruffman. It reminded me that I have been planning to write an entry about the first woman woodworking writer that I know of. The Handbook of Turning was first published anonymously in 1842, but it is
Milwaukee Tool is looking for a dynamic, self-driven Senior Industrial Designer to join its in-house design team. From drill bits to radios to Sawzalls®, we design it all. Come work at the most innovative tool company in the world. Milwaukee is a diverse city that has more to offer than beer and snow. It's a big city with a small town feel and is only 90 minutes from Chicago.
It's incredible that over the centuries, folks on different continents devised different-but-similar solutions to the same problem. Both Europeans and Chinese developed foot-powered lathes to turn items on, for instance. But while I'd seen the Western design for a treadle lathe, I could not have imagined what the Chinese variant
What was the last difficult moment you had with a project? How did you tackle it? I bet the solution, regardless of the tools being used, was to slow down and take care of it meticulously. If
Nothing is worse than accurately cutting out all of your parts for a project, then screwing up during the assembly process. This is easy to do with a project made from wood, where a lot of the pieces can look the same. So it's good to have a system to
Sometimes you need an adhesive bond that gives you the right amount of stretch AND a strong hold. With 3M's VHB Tape, get a solid bond without the stress of rivets and screws or the messiness of liquid epoxies. In this video, Jimmy shares some tips and tricks for using
Designers and architects should, more than most, understand the built environment that surrounds us. And how you can learn from it, particularly if you look at older buildings. When a layperson stares at a building detail, they see a simple corner. But if you look at it closely, you can
Step ladders make great work platforms when used in the usual manner—with the legs folded open and placed on a flat level surface. But many of us occasionally use them like straight ladders, leaving them closed and leaning them against walls, posts, and other solid objects. It's not the way
When we asked "How practical is the Shaper Origin" and invited you to ask questions, we knew Shaper would answer them. But we didn't know they'd go the extra mile and answer with video demonstrations! Here the team tackles the things that are better shown than written. We've
At any given moment during a project, it is possible to find many tools scattered about the workbench. Here I am cutting hinge mortises and installing brass butt hinges on a door. Can you guess which is the most valuable tool in this picture? No surprisingly it is not
In an industrial setting, making things clean is a messy, time-consuming business. You can sandblast, soak, scrub or grind surface contaminants away, and must then dispose of the waste. And cleaning media needs to be replenished. Using a specially-calibrated laser cuts several steps out of the process by simply
My friend Ted recently broke an ankle and as part of the fix had pins installed in the bone. He wasn't awake to see it, but I'm sure the orthopedic surgeon used the kind of fancy pants surgical drill that costs upwards of $20,000 and must undergo a lengthy sterilization
Bluetooth entry locks are common enough to be found in any hardware or big box store. Bluetooth padlocks—not so much. They're out there but are harder to find, because with the exception of the ones from MasterLock, most are made by small companies that lack the means to promote them
I routinely get asked about what books I recommend for people trying to learn this or that. So I thought I would make a short list of the more important titles I stock in my store. This list is about what I recommend for the first book I would
Metabo's WPB 36 LTZ BL 230 Quick will surpass all other cordless grinders when it hits the European market later this month but not for the reasons it won a Red Dot Award. The jury statement provides a quick take on the judges' thinking: A balanced distribution of weight enables
Adhesives and tapes come in a variety of forms—the selection process can be overwhelming and quite honestly, confusing. Sometimes, you may not even realize you could be using adhesive-based products to bond your work instead of rivets and screws. Here, 3M gives us seven things to consider before selecting the
The Shaper Origin's demo videos look pretty awesome--but just how, precisely, would the tool fit into your workflow? Whether you're a shop newbie or a pro with a router/CNC mill, you probably have questions about what it would be like in actual use. Let's get them out on the table.
For shops that need to cut complicated shapes out of wood, there are two popular options: Use a gantry-style CNC mill or a handheld router. The former requires lots of space and can be pricey. The latter is much more affordable, but requires making templates for repeatability. A company called
At the Holz-Handwerk show earlier this year, we saw a bunch of stuff that wouldn't fit in our other galleries: Furniture, shop furniture, fixtures, fittings and tool storage. Everything from the student work to the stuff designed by the pros was, as you'd expect from one of Germany's largest tradeshows,
This new multi-functional tool is both a knife sharpener and a tool to work on your knife combined into one unit. There are two pull-through sharpening slots, a coarse and a fine slot, for sharpening everyday pocket knives and sport knives. In addition to knife and tool sharpening capabilities, the Sharpener and Knife Tool can also be used to repair and maintain your knife. It has 8 different wrench bits that store inside the product's durable, plastic housing to use for removing pocket clips an
I've got several industrial sewing machines mounted on leveling feet to deal with my uneven floors. But I've found the vibrations of the machines are enough to loosen the nylon-insert lock nuts attaching the feet to the table legs. While poking around for a better solution, I came across this
The standard modus operandi for folks who are drilling holes and driving screws is to have one tool for each. Not having to continually swap bits is worth the weight of an extra tool pulling one side of your belt down. Thus most folks doing this sort of work have
Finding the center of the edge of a board is faster using a marking or mortise gauge than walking across the shop to find a specialized gizmo for the job. Here is what you do:
New Zealand isn't a place one thinks of as needing firewood. But Ayla Hutchinson lives and hikes with her family near New Zealand's snow-covered Mount Taranaki, where "it can get VERY cold in the winter," she writes. "When you are cold, you can never get the fire going fast
Many work vehicles are so tall you would have to stand on one ladder to load or unload another from the rack on top. This is hardly ideal, which is why most vehicle accessory companies offer racks that tilt down to the side of a box truck or van,
The act of using a tape measure to mark cuts appears simple: You pull the tape out until your desired dimension is exposed, then mark your workpiece with a pencil. If we look at the act a little more closely, and as UX-minded designers, we see that sure, there's a little hassle: The end user must pluck their pencil down from behind their ear, make their mark, and return the pencil behind the ear (or pocket, for the fancy-pants among you). And unless it's a mechanical pencil, it must periodically
Time to put those design thinking caps on. Before you scroll down to the bottom for the answer, let's take a close look at this thing's physical features, to see if you can deduce why they're there. Here's the "front:" We see three wheels in the middle--why wheels?
Minimalism is a great design framework but it often streamlines out important niceties like comfort. With simple day to day tools like tape dispensers we take small design flaws in stride, since the irritation of picking
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