Every time someone comes in and buys a marking or mortise gauge, I give them a quick demo on how to use it. It's not unusual for customers to know they need a gauge, but not how to use one. It's not their fault. There is a hell of a lot of misinformation on this subject, and using a gauge properly isn't intuitive.
Pick your calamity of choice: Zombie apocalypse, EMP attack or you went back too far in a time machine. You find yourself in a situation where you need to build something sturdy out of wood, but there are no cordless drills nor screws, just a rusty hammer and a box
I built a toolbox as a Hand Tool School project. Quite a few members had requested it, and I decided to take it one step beyond something just to carry tools by adding in a sturdy benchtop and some workholding functionality. What I ended up with is a sort of
The joy of learning to use hand tools to refine your work is rewarding. But that joy can be offset by the perceived "hassle" of needing to occasionally sharpen those tools in order to maintain peak performance. For the uninitiated, sharpening things like knives, chisels and plane irons can be
MakerBot is growing its internal design team to help define how people bring new ideas into reality. With touch points across hardware, desktop applications, mobile applications, and web based solutions, the design team at MakerBot is very uniquely seated between the physical and digital worlds. Let’s design the future, together.
Bike and tool lovers take note: Silca refuses to stop making awesome stuff, so look away or start saving. This week saw the first batch of their Kickstarted T-Handle hex wrenches hit the ground, and they look great. Silca has previously been famous for their hyper engineered pumps, and more
Say the word "Estwing" on a construction site and every person within earshot will know you are referring to a single-piece steel hammer based on a nearly century-old design. Invented by Earnest Estwing, this type of hammer has been produced since 1923 by the company he founded. The grips on
Here's an interesting take on protective eyewear: New-Zealand-based Kiwi Ideas Company has developed Safe Eyes, a pair of safety goggles that don't have any lenses. Instead your peepers are protected by a stainless steel mesh, in either fine (0.35mm) or standard (0.7mm) perforations. These might not keep you from
Manufacturing the Core77 Design Awards trophies is not meant to be easy. Not only does each trophy receive customized engraving to reflect the category and project title of each recipient, but the nature of the trophy as a mold demands that the interior be specially etched in line with the
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The QuadSaw can be chucked into a drill and used to cut perfectly square and rectangular holes in drywall. The attachment is the brainchild of T. Michael Sebhatu, an African refugee turned engineer, who saw a tradesman installing electrical boxes and decided there had to be a faster, more accurate
(Note: You'll see a shocking photo here of this thing called a tablesaw, which I used to use before switching over to hand tools. This old lesson here is important regardless of whether you use power or hand tools.) I am adding a French foot to a Hepplewhite bookcase that
Take a look at this image from G. A. Siddon's 1833 The Cabinet Maker's Guide: It's an interesting book (mostly about finishing) that we'll someday reprint, but that's not the reason for this post. Please notice three things: 1. Two of the workers are wearing paper hats 2. The
If you're unfamiliar with traditional printmaking chances are good you'll have never seen Smash Printing, the closest thing to 'extreme printmaking' I can imagine. To execute this kind of print you prepare a physical woodblock, linocut or etched plate up to a multiple feet wide, ink it up, get your
It was at Hida Tool and Hardware in Berkeley, Calif that I encountered this strange looking cast iron tool from Japan. Turns out it is used to hand-split bamboo. What the splitter offers—that simple blades and froes do not—is the ability to split a culm (the woody stem of
TRD was created by a US special ops paratrooper to have usable tangle free cord exactly when needed. In a true emergency or survival situation, there isn’t time to untangle cord. TRD delivers high strength cord when you need it most and it’s built in cutting blade eliminates the need for additional tools.
The Finnish content creators known as the Dudesons got their hands on a pressure washer, then spent an afternoon using it to cut various types of groceries in half. We've cued the video up to go straight to the pumpkin-carving segment:
I would estimate that I am doing 85-90% of my work with hand tools these days. Because of thist, I am constantly looking for better lighting so I can truly see my work. Lately, I haven't even been turning on my overhead fluorescent lights, instead favoring the incandescent work light
You know those ribbon-cutter tools that clay modelers use? Here resourceful vlogger Katie Campshure shows you how to make one out of household items, then uses it to carve a rather intricate design into a pumpkin:
I don't care how exciting your design job is—at some point you have to engage in repetitive, mundane tasks. Whether it's naming Photoshop layers, cutting a crapload of biscuit joints or tediously executing some CAD task that you can't automate—how do you deal with it? Me, I've found a strange
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
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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
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