Hand Tools

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 […]

Build Your Own Hand Plane

Build Your Own Hand Plane

We love the simplicity and beauty of well-crafted hand planes. If you’d like to build your own here is a step-by-step which allows for a bit of customizing.

Framing Hammer

Framing Hammer

Not every homeowner needs one of these but having a 23-oz framing hammer in your toolbox shows you mean business. The Douglas tool has an innovative design that allows for a better handle to hammer interface and is light enough that you won’t end up with Popeye arms but sturdy […]

Rapid Wrench

Rapid Wrench

In the continuing movement to make the traditional wrench obselete and along the lines of the Auto-Wrench and the Bionic Wrench, the Crescent R2 RapidRench is instantly adjustable to fit any sized nut but will also turn most bolts, hook eyes, wing nuts, or thumb screws. Your forearms and wrists […]

Black & Decker Auto-Wrench

Black & Decker Auto-Wrench

If you’re like us the thought of using an adjustable wrench can be an exercise in frustration. If you’ve got a project that requires bolts of varying sizes then fugheddaboutit, your thumb will be sorer than a cross-country hitchhiker. Black & Decker has simplified this process by creating a powered […]

Xtreme Tape Measure

Xtreme Tape Measure

A tool line isn’t complete without an “Xtreme” model and the Stanley Fat Max Xtreme fits the bill. If you are tired of your flimsy tape that won’t hold a line or is too short then this may be the answers to your tape measure dreams. Stanley Fat Max Xtreme […]

The Fubar Utility Tool

The Fubar Utility Tool

A couple weeks ago we needed to do a few quick projects on an old house that required the demo of a bathroom and the removal of fascia and gutters. We brought the usual demo tools (sledgehammer, cats paw, various nail pullers). But we also tried out the new Fubar […]

Japanese Saws

Japanese Saws

The Japanese have been creating exquisite and extremely precise saws for centuries. Every woodworker should have at least 2 or 3 of these saws in their quiver. Japanese saws are distinct from western style saws in many ways. They typically have a bamboo wrapped handle, much sharper teeth and cut […]

Sawing Tips

Making accurate cuts in wood can be difficult but also vital when measurements leave no room for error. Here are some tips to cutting once and right. Tips for Sawing Wood [Sawtips]

Hand Planes

Hand Planes

The beauty and organic use of hand planes is why they are one of the most collectible tools around. The simplicity of the hand plane is what we find appealing as well as the graceful curves that are found on most antique wooden planes. Antique hand planes look great displayed […]