In most situations a sharp nail tip is required but when driving larger nails (8d and higher) into 2×4′s or other wood panels, the force and size of nail can cause the board to split. Quick solution is to turn the nail upside down, place the head on a hard […]
Check out this video of Master Carpenter Norm Abram being interviewed at last years AWFS show by Popular Woodworking magazine. Great insights into his favorite tools and techniques. Tools Norm Abram Value’s the Most Table saw – because it touches each project Joiner – straighten rough lumber Surface Planer – […]
The Homewrecker is another demolition tool that promises to help you tear down much faster. What’s unique is the cat’s paw claw end that will have you pulling nails at a much faster rate. If the Homewrecker is too light duty to do the trick then check out our previous […]
We all recognize that Norm Abram is a master carpenter and his work on This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop is both technically solid and beautifully crafted, but there are other master carpenters who deserve to be recognized after many years in the workshop and behind the camera. […]
Now that we all know the secrets of using tape measures, it’s time you add a quality one to your toolbox and the SS Gripper from Komelon courtesy of the DIY Network is one of the best around.
Popular Mechanics is taking it to the next level when it comes to testing hand tools. We’ve all seen the predictable results of hammer-on-nail but what does a real world situation such as hammer-on-thumb feel like when comparing a standard steel hammer with a new auto-hammer?
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to using your tape measure. We all can see the measurements of inches and feet but there are markings and peculiarities that all top-grade tape measures have that most of us tend to overlook or don’t know exist. Fortunately Remodeling […]
Remodeling for Geeks breaks down some of his favorite hammers including Carpentry, Framing, and Drywall Hammers. Great insight on our favorite tool.
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.
Installing crown molding is a delicate task and skills with a coping saw definitely helpful when cutting corners.
This timber framing clamp from Bessey Tools is driven into lumber sections and held by spikes at each end.
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.
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 […]
When you’re done building your garden box you should pick up one of these Leatherman Gardening Multi-tools. As with every Leatherman they serve many purposes. Not only are they stainless steel pruners but they also have these other capabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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, […]