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Tool Girl Pinup Calendars

Tool Girl Pinup Calendars

We wanted to take a quick break from our normal programming and show you which tool manufacturers are still producing tool girl pinup calendars. Tool girl calendars have been a staple in garages and workshops across the country for years but now it seems only two manufacturers are still selling […]

Bring The Workshop To The Table This Holiday Season

Bring The Workshop To The Table This Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holidays ARE right around the corner, which means so are many a gathering of friends, family, food, and events that call for gifting. Whether you’re hosting a major fete in the upcoming months or are looking for that perfect gift for someone who loves both […]

Make Your Mark With Moss Graffiti

Make Your Mark With Moss Graffiti

If you’re looking for a unique way to liven up a boring cement slab, decorate a retaining wall, or just leave your mark without leaving a chemical footprint, then we have the solution for you — moss graffiti! Sounds crazy, right? But it isn’t! Using moss you either gather or […]

Shopping For Tool Bargains

Shopping For Tool Bargains

In this economy (and don’t even get us started on gas prices!), saving money is becoming increasingly important–and besides, who doesn’t love a bargain? Finding discounted tools can be a great way to expand your collection without breaking the bank. As a starting point, you can always check with your […]

Create Your Own Stencil Word Art

Create Your Own Stencil Word Art

Looking around at all the design and decor mags in the past few years, we couldn’t help but notice a prevalence of stenciled word art pieces adorning people’s homes. From simple colloquialisms to lyrics of entire Bonnie Tyler songs (oh, oh yes), word art seems to be popping up everywhere. […]

An Artist’s Tips For Cleaning Paintbrushes

An Artist’s Tips For Cleaning Paintbrushes

It’s amazing the places you can pick up DIY tips from. If you pay attention, you can learn all sorts of tricks and hacks from seemingly unrelated places. Take for instance, middle-school art class. We had the fortune of being instructed by an art preservationist who specialized in restoration and […]

Ryobi TEK4 Batteries and Chargers

Ryobi TEK4 Batteries and Chargers

Ryobi is banking on their lineup of consumer focused TEK4 tools and the batteries that power them. They’ve diverged from the typical uses of power tool batteries and have branched out to create a convenient mobile phone/device charger that uses the same TEK4 battery that will power your cordless driver. […]

Comparing Halogen, CFL and LED Floodlights for Home Security

Comparing Halogen, CFL and LED Floodlights for Home Security

Automatic floodlights are one of the best investments for home security as they’re active 24/7 and cost very little to install and maintain. Home Depot offers a few options in the PAR38 standard floodlight size from Halogens, CFL’s and the latest in LED lights. Price points and lighting color options […]

The Difference Between Barbecuing and Grilling

The Difference Between Barbecuing and Grilling

We tend to use the term barbecuing and grilling and interchangeably but the Economist sets us straight. In reality, most people these days grill rather than barbecue–and the difference between the two could not be greater. Grilling takes minutes rather than hours, and is done directly over the heat at […]

June Is Best Month To Buy Tools

June Is Best Month To Buy Tools

MUT from Leatherman: For the Tactical and the Practical

MUT from Leatherman: For the Tactical and the Practical

Leatherman is leading the way with a multi-tool that’s geared to outdoor sportsman but designed with the competitive shooters and snipers in mind. Military and law enforcement who work on an M16 or AR15 will find this tool indispensable and there are enough other functions to also make it great […]

How to Buy a Great Home Safe

How to Buy a Great Home Safe

At last weeks National Hardware Show there were plenty of home security exhibitors and quite a few safe companies. From the smaller fire safes that hold documents to the larger home safes that weigh near 1500 lbs. There are a number of different features to consider when choosing a safe […]

Tool Blog Roundup: Framing Nailer, Cordless Pruner, Liquid Wrench

Tool Blog Roundup: Framing Nailer, Cordless Pruner, Liquid Wrench

Home Construction Improvement – Paslode Cordless Framing Nailer Giveaway One Project Closer – Craftsman Cordless Pruner Review Uncrate – Brook & Hunter Mo-Tool Axe Toolsnob – Liquid Wrench Lube Reviews ProTool Reviews – Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multitool Review

Designer Tool Jewelry: Cufflinks

Designer Tool Jewelry: Cufflinks

These hammer and saw cufflinks from designer Debbie Howe will add a little DIY flair to your finest shirt and suit. Hand-made in New York of sterling silver and real wood. Available for $88.

Outdoor Kitchens from the 2010 Builders’ Show

Outdoor Kitchens from the 2010 Builders’ Show

If you are considering an upgrade to your outdoor BBQ and smoker there are a lot of options for building full-outdoor kitchens. On display at the 2010 Builders’ Show were two offerings we couldn’t take our eyes off of. The KitchenAid outdoor kitchen collection looked very robust and was also […]

The Gun Issue

The Gun Issue

To be honest one of the reasons I wanted to expand Charles & Hudson into covering home security was to have an opportunity to discuss the issue of firearms as a home security option. Its difficult to find information online or anywhere regarding the use of a firearm for home […]

Top Tool Blogs

Top Tool Blogs

We’ve been blogging for a few years but new on the tool blog scene. We wanted to give a shout out to some of our favorite tool blogs that we’ve always checked out for their healthy obsession of tools. Check in regularly on these tool blogs and you won’t be […]

Searching for Hard-to-Find Tools

Searching for Hard-to-Find Tools

There are times when your local big box or hardware store may not have the exact tool you are looking for. Whether the tools been discontinued or it’s a hard to find item we haven’t exhausted our search until we look on Craigslist or eBay. There’s a good chance you’ll […]