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
In Japan, bench chisels and other chisels for striking are always "hooped," meaning there's a metal ring encircling the butt-end of the chisel handle. This is a good idea since they traditionally use steel hammers to hit their tools, and absent the hoop, the butt end of the chisel would quickly deform and split.
CAD jockeys among you have a clear idea of what a spline is. However, you may not realize that splines were once physical things. Before CAD and large-format printing, when draftsmen needed to lay out full-sized curves, this is how they did it:
If you're framing out a deck and something's off by 1/4", you can still make it work. But if you're creating a small box with dovetailed corners and something's off by 1/32", that can be a disaster. That's why folks who do the latter type of work often using marking
Among the tools that won Red Dot Awards this year were a respirator and particle mask. They perform similar functions but are miles apart in terms of their technology. The AIR+ Smart Mask is a dust or surgical mask—with an unusual extra. The CleanSpace Respirator is an industrial-grade personal protective
I know that city kids today want iPhones and Pokemons and Bluetooth speakers. But when I was growing up in Manhattan I only wanted one thing, and I wanted it badly. This came about because my father had given me a book called "How to Run a Lathe." My father
Two hammers were among the tools that received Red Dot Awards this year, and they could not be more different. How different can two carpentry hammers be? Not much in terms of their parts; each has a handle, head, striking face, and claw. But the design philosophy behind them can
Whether you are in school or not, do you realize how easy it is, today, to get information that previously took people decades to amass? There are a lot of good books on woodworking out there, some old, some new. After the success of The Joiner and Cabinet Maker, which
Let this be a marketing lesson for you would-be design entrepreneurs: There is a potentially massive market for specialty tools that have been redesigned and/or made "smart" for laypeople, even if the cost is much higher. Let's look at tape measures, for instance: At your local home center, you
Most people buy hand tools a few at time, but a small number purchase master sets, complete sets of tools for particular trades or types of work. Master sets are typically sold in a case or cabinet; a small set might contain 100 or 200 individual items and a large
Everyone likes shiny chrome for their bathroom fixtures. Problem is, that material and finish don't jive with plumbing tools, which are designed to deliver the massive amounts of grip needed to loosen a fixture. If you've got a pair of channel-lock pliers with serrated jaws, removing something as simple as
If Mercedes-Benz made tool belts, this is what they would be. I recently toured the facility—a small factory, really—where Occidental Leather makes what most tradespeople believe are the best tool belts money can buy. That's what I thought the first time I saw a a set of their bags on
A cool, short build from Jimmy DiResta's archives this week, as he takes some wood he found on the streets of NYC and turns it into a rustic table. Very satisfying watching this one come together
Proto Industrial Tool's recently unveiled Express Tool Mat is a complete rethinking of the traditional kneeling pad. Unlike those simple slabs of foam, it's a circular pad sandwiched between layers of synthetic fabric that folds to become its own carry case. Intended for use by mechanics and repair techs, it
In the early 19th century everything was done by hand. From the engraver carving a family crest on a pocket watch to the seven year old assembling fusee chains for tuppence a day (or thereabouts). Woodworking, metalwork, it was all the same. Hand work, under various working conditions and repetition.
The Shinwa Sliding Bevel Gauge is a pretty darn good tool. Up to this point, I have just always used an old wood and brass Stanley, which is fine and I will continue to use it, but now along with my new Shinwa. The Stanley sure is a chunky fella,
Ninety-two-year-old Gert Boyle is the Chairman of outdoor gear manufacturer Columbia Sportswear. Actually, she's the Chairwoman; "Gert" is short for Gertrude. Those of you raised in the '80s may remember that she starred in the company's tongue-in-cheek commercials of the time (like this one) where she subjected her son to
There's no storage in my bathroom, so last weekend's DIY project was to build this simple shelf over the sink using scraps. The three walls of the nook are neither flat nor square. I had just one piece of scrap pine to use for the shelf, and needed to
This week Jimmy DiResta takes four basket-case flea market hand tools, including a beefy Buck Bros. mortise chisel and what looks to be a timber-framing slick, and returns them to full functionality using shop magic and elbow grease
John Pickett Council founded the family business in 1886 and 130 years on, Council Tool is still known for making hand tools of strength, quality, and durability. Made with pride and expertise in North Carolina, all Council tools meet a time-tested standard. Hudson 28" AxeCouncil, the company's founder, established
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