The new Helle Dokka lockback isn't just head-turning, it's made us rethink what we require from our tools. To start: this is an outlive-you-quality knife, made by a meticulous bunch of craftsmen who actually use their own gear.
This video is entirely in Spanish, but it doesn't matter what language you speak—you'll grasp it. It's a clever workaround for when you're trying to remove a hex-head bolt and don't have the correct socket or wrench size handy, but do have some other materials:
Most bandsaws, jigsaws and scrollsaws have tilting beds that allow you to cut your material at an angle. Woodworkers exploit this to turn thin boards into taller, more substantial objects while minimizing waste. The common trick of turning boards into bowls is based on a simple principle, as illustrated in
You know the pain of using a tool that just isn't quite what it should be. Robert LaGesse is just like us except, as a skilled machinist, he refused to leave his "there's got to be a better way" idea on a napkin. Say goodbye to floppy layout tools...
The majority of professional design software today allows designers to automate specific actions, which are manually scripted to generate a specific and predictable output. This type of automation optimizes the speed of performing routine tasks, but does little else. The future of automation for the professional designer will instead open
Finding success as a maker is never easy, but if you can find the right niche and execute your craft well, you've got a shot. And it's fair to say Chelsea Miller's got a shot. The knifemaking Miller started out just four years ago, and according to Bloomberg is now
Earlier we showed you the amazing structures that bowerbirds build, like little avian architects, to attract mates. But this other bird's mating display is even crazier. To woo females, male lyrebirds sing songs. The problem is competition: If another nearby lyrebird has a more complicated song, the female will fly
To demystify the process of working with a CNC mill, here we'll show you what you need to learn to cut a basic part out. In broad strokes, there are four steps: 1. Setting up the drawing file2. Converting your drawing into toolpaths3. Mounting the bit & workpiece4. Cutting the
Of all the things you'll do in the shop, sanding is often one of the least pleasant tasks. It's not the dust: It's the frustration of figuring out how to get sandpaper to follow the peculiar contours, crevices and cavities of your design. If you were sanding flat panels all
Let's say you're a designer trying to create something with moving parts: A set of double doors that open in an unusual way, a console that deploys a hidden flatscreen monitor, or a space-saving cabinet with panels that slide sideways rather than swing out. Where do you start? There are
When Toshio Tokunaga needs irons for his selection of kanna (handplanes and spokeshaves), he turns to Master Smith Yasuhiko Ohara to have them made from scratch, the traditional Japanese way. Which as it turns out, is quite the pain in the ass—because Japan doesn't have any iron mines. With no
Sandpaper has to be the number one consumable in the modern-day furniture shop. But a subset of craftspeople, like Toshio Tokunaga and his four apprentices, don't use any of the stuff—yet are still able to achieve a glass-like finish on their furniture pieces, even absent varnish. Anti-sandpaper furniture builders achieve
Mechanical robot grippers are designed to grasp specific shapes. This is perfect for assembly lines, where every object is the same. But what if a more flexible solution were required? Think of a conveyor belt covered with random junk that needed to be sorted for recycling: Imagine a robot hand
Later this year Leatherman will be releasing the Signal, a multi-tool specifically aimed at the outdoorsman/outdoorswoman. After interviewing survivalists, campers, hikers, hunters and fishers, the design team came up with a tool containing "pliers, saw, can and bottle opener, awl, removable pocket clip, hammer, replaceable wire cutters, a variety of
The brave can kill a single wasp with a flip-flop or a rolled-up copy of Time. But only the foolish go after an entire nest this way. The central "design problem" with eradicating a wasp nest is that the executioner needs distance; thus chemical companies proudly announce their wasp sprays
Maker Peter Brown wanted a plastic mallet, but rather than buy one, decided to make one himself—using whatever he had lying around, no plastic-handling equipment in sight. Which means, maniac that Brown is, he used a toaster oven to melt down milk jugs to get that delicious, creamy HDPE into
For those of you that own table saws, have you ever had to take yours apart? I'm not talking about swapping out the blade, I mean actually getting inside the machine and removing parts to perform maintenance. That's what Frank Howarth had to do when trying to diagnose and repair
Jeffrey Nelson runs Maryland-based Macpod LLC, which does software, electronics design and hardware prototyping. It being a small operation--I suspect maybe even a one-man shop--Nelson's got a tilting-column HiTorque Mini Mill in his house. Which means that during a recent snow-in, when Nelson found it "too wet and cold to
The last time we looked at an over-engineered Japanese product design of dubious utility, it was this highlighter with a see-through tip. I vowed not to fall into this trap again but I can't help myself. So today I'm staring at the order page for the Kadomaru Pro Corner Cutter,
Craighton Berman is the founder and creative director of Manual, a design brand that makes designed objects for food; he is an adjunct professor at University of Illinois at Chicago currently teaching "Entrepreneurial Product Development"; he has design work in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; he
The way that a machine can "free" you is by doing both boring and exciting things. When you set up a machine to handle dull, repetitive tasks, or tasks of such sophistication that they require an undue amount of your attention, now you can turn your mind to what humans
For something that comes in a box, the Handibot is about as outside-of-the-box as you can get in terms of the way we think about power tools. ShopBot Tools' ingenious, diminutive invention is the world's first digital power tool, and since its successful Kickstarter launch in 2013, has swiftly made its way into the hands of a diverse user base.
Last year I stood in a snow-dusted field in Finland, handling a variety of bladed tools. There at Fiskars' proving grounds, a bunch of us visitors took turns chopping, cutting and slicing wood with a series of ingeniously-designed gardening tools that surprised me in their ease-of-use.
Furniture designer Jory Brigham tells us what six years with a Domino does for your work, and your workflow.
For the Core77 Tech-tacular, a look at a game-changing power tool of such unique utility and intelligent design that the capabilities of the tool itself actually change the way we are able to design and build.
This thing can cut wider boards than your bandsaw can, and it looks surprisingly doable
A craftsman builds contraptions in an effort to reconstruct pre-industrial production methods
These dudes bring the pane
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