Hand Tools

Hammers Demystified

Hammers Demystified

Remodeling for Geeks breaks down some of his favorite hammers including Carpentry, Framing, and Drywall Hammers. Great insight on our favorite tool.

Vise-Grip Manufacturing Plant Closes after 70 Years

Vise-Grip Manufacturing Plant Closes after 70 Years

photo: Shannon Patrick Toolcrib has the scoop on Vise-Grip which was recently sold to American tool manufacturer Nail Jack Tools. They plan on moving Vise-Grip manufacturing to China which may effectively close the long running plant in Dewitt, Nebraska.

The Art of Using a Coping Saw

The Art of Using a Coping Saw

Installing crown molding is a delicate task and skills with a coping saw definitely helpful when cutting corners.

Timber Framing Clamp

Timber Framing Clamp

This timber framing clamp from Bessey Tools is driven into lumber sections and held by spikes at each end.

Cool Tools From MoMA

Cool Tools From MoMA

There’s no rule that says your tools can’t be functional and stylish. Granted, MoMA doesn’t have a full line of tools for your shed–but if you’re looking on a smaller scale, MoMA is a good starting point.

The History of the Phillips Screwdriver

The History of the Phillips Screwdriver

32 years ago the Phillips screwdriver was patented by Henry F. Phillips who was a Portland, Oregon, businessman. from Wired Phillips wasn’t trying to make life with hand tools easier. He was trying to solve an industrial problem. To drive a slot screw, you need hand-eye coordination to line up […]

Compact Combo Tools

Compact Combo Tools

Whatever the use, combination tools are convenient–especially for those of us living in apartments or small homes without the luxury of a garage and personal tool bench. GAM Manufacturing offers nine different options for hammer/screwdriver combos each small enough to fit into a kitchen or dresser drawer.

How to Not Split Wood While Hand Nailing

How to Not Split Wood While Hand Nailing

Imagine working with some beautiful pieces of cherry or mahogany, and the project underway is almost done, and in hopes of finishing early for the day, you hammer a little faster than necessary, and ping, the wood splits. A project is now delayed and/or potentially ruined.

Pretty Tools Target Women Builders

Pretty Tools Target Women Builders

Wild and Wolf’s graphically vivid floral tools are causing quite the discussion at Apartment Therapy’s Chicago blog. Although seemingly innovative, Wild and Wolf isn’t the first company to produce tools targeted to women – Barbara K and Tomboy Tools, among others, have also created female-friendly models.

How to Countersink a Screw

How to Countersink a Screw

There is nothing more aggravating than screws that poke their heads out and expose the lips of their conical top. An easy method to hide those unsightly blemishes is to countersink. It is common knowledge that the best way to get a job done is to have the right tools, […]

Compact Tools for Any Situation

Compact Tools for Any Situation

Snowboarders need tools that are easily accessible to make quick tweaks to their setups while on the mountain but carrying a set of screwdrivers and wrenches isn’t practical. Snowboard manufacturers have devised some small tools that are great for riders but can also work well in your glove box or […]

Tool Letdowns

Tool Letdowns

Gear Acres shares a couple of their tools that may have looked good on paper but ended up disappointing on the job. Their putty chaser and heat element (look out for those eBay purchases) cost them time and money and left them frustrated with a tool that didn’t live up […]

Ratcheting Hex Wrench

We can imagine this tool becoming a must-have for some homeowners. The ratcheting hex wrench is a basic concept and is simple to use, the perfect combination for a successful new tool. It comes in both a metric and standard version.

Gift Guide 2007

Gift Guide 2007

Leather Tool Belts from Occidental Leather We’ve pulled together some of our favorite tools, materials, and products from this past year that we think most DIY enthusiasts would love to find in their stocking or under the tree.

Cleaning Your Paintbrush is Easier than Ever

Cleaning Your Paintbrush is Easier than Ever

Stop wasting time trying to rescue paint brushes that have become useless because they were never cleaned properly. The EZ Clean Paintbrush debuted at the 2006 National Hardware Show and operates under a concept so simple it falls under the “Why didn’t I think of that” category. After using the […]

Get the Most Out of Your Pliers

Get the Most Out of Your Pliers

Even more than the screwdriver, we rely on a good set of pliers to complete jobs that we could not safely or easily do without them. As with most jobs, its all about having the right tool and all pliers are not created equal. Pliers 101 and Selecting the Right […]