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10 Things You Didn't Know Chapstick Can Do

1st December 2016   |  Bob Vila : Trusted Home...

Though small and unassuming, a tiny tube of chapstick packs a lot of utility into its minuscule proportions. Whether brand name or generic, lip balm does much more than protect your lips from the cold! With all the tasks it can help you accomplish, you should always keep a tube in your pocket READ MORE

Ridgid R350RHF Framing Nailer Review

1st December 2016   |  Pro Tool Reviews

It seems like everyone has new pneumatic framing nailers this year. Ridgid has updated their popular R350RHE (along with their roofing nailer) with several points worth nothing. The new Ridgid R350RHF certainly shares similar characteristics to its predecessor, but it’s more than just a new model number with a slightly different design. What’s the... READ MORE

Husky Tool Box and Work Bench Review – Back in Black!

2nd December 2016   |  Pro Tool Reviews

I liked my old Husky tool box. It had nice secure-latch drawers that kept them closed. It was black, so it didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Those Husky tool boxes were priced competitively, and had some features that made them a pretty good value. I also loved the 46″ Husky workbench and continue using it even today. Where they may have been […]... READ MORE

Porter-Cable 20V Max Impact Wrench

1st December 2016   |  Pro Tool Reviews

Porter-Cable recently announced an extension of their Get Linked system of tools with the launch of the Porter-Cable 20V Max Impact Wrench. It’s the company’s first cordless impact wrench and is engineered with residential contractors and mechanics in mind. The impact wrench features a 1/2-inch hog ring anvil that helps the motor deliver 330 ft-lbs... READ MORE

Black & Decker Smart Stand XL – Making Christmas Easier

2nd December 2016   |  Tools In Action - Power Tools...

Tool in Action Let me paint you a picture.  We all know that Christmas is a wonderful and joyful time of year.  I am lucky because I have the best wife in the world.  She pretty much does everything.  She shops for all the presents, decorates the house, the tree, bakes and even goes out and buys the […] The post Black & Decker Smart Stand XL –... READ MORE

When to Use Pocket Hole Joinery

2nd December 2016   |  Pro Tool Reviews

We’ve written and reviewed pocket hole joinery tools like the Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System and projects several times in the past. We consider ourselves fans of the technique, but we like anything that will get us in the workshop or allow us to get the job done on site. Of course, Pros and Cons follow each type of wood […] The post When to Use Po... READ MORE

Shop Update for 12/2/16: Ice Cream Scoop

2nd December 2016   |  The Renaissance Woodworker

We All Scream for Ice Cream This week I am working on some Christmas gifts. My wife always gives something from my shop to her closest colleagues. This year we discovered a great local dairy farm that also happens to make incredible ice cream. So this year I’m turning ice cream scoops and we will give a gift certificate to the dairy with each scoop... READ MORE

Build Your Dream Home: This Book Can Help

2nd December 2016   |  Popular Woodworking Magazine

A few years ago, we published some books to help build your dream home. We covered subjects like home construction, remodeling and backyard buildings. They didn’t really fit with the mission of Popular Woodworking Books but were great books with excellent information – and so we ended up publishing them under the Betterway Books imprint. The bestse... READ MORE

Anarchist’s 2016 Gift Guide, Day 1: Clauss Scissors

2nd December 2016   |  Popular Woodworking Magazine

Well-made high-carbon scissors are a joy to use and are indispensable in my shop for cutting paper patterns to shape, trimming veneer and 100 other tasks. For years I used junky office scissors but finally got my hands on a pair of traditional hot-forged dress makers shears from Clauss. Despite their reasonable cost (less than $20), they are like w... READ MORE

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