I really like my cordless circular saw. Having it makes cutting sheets of plywood so much less intimidating by yourself. This is a great “girl” and teen tool. I’ve used corded circular saws, and they’re ok. But heavy. While this has plenty of power to get through your job, it’t never going to feel like it’s running away from you.
Once upon a time I bought a Black and Decker sander because it had more accessories than the other more expensive sanders at the store. It died partway through a set of baseboards I was sanding. For some reason instead of buying a new sander, I finished the baseboards by hand, good for the arms I suppose. Continue reading
I probably used a router table for the first time when I was about 14. It was a sheet metal stand from Craftsman my grandpa had mounted his router to. It didn’t have a fence, we just clamped a piece of 1×2 to it and hoped everything stayed in place while we worked. He was helping me make some picture frames for some friends and looking back, I was defiantly doing things the hard way ;0). Nothing new there, it must be how I learn. Continue reading
There are those master woodworkers who believe that the only time you should use a block plane is if you are reaching one handed standing on a ladder. For us mere mortals who are stall learning the ropes, they’re a handy little way to trim a bit off when things don’t fit as tight as we want them to.
Buying new good tools can be expensive…buying used tools off eBay often means they need a little TLC before their ready to use in the shop. Continue reading
Ever wonder what that small slit at the end of your tape measure is actually for? I probably didn’t even notice it until someone pointed out that it so you can use your tape as a compass. Continue reading
I used to have a small craftsman table saw something akin to this one. I like that it had extensions to make the table bigger, an ok fence and I think I paid about $250 for it new from Sears. Basically I bought at the high end of the low end saws and it served me well for 9 years, multiple moves and lots of projects. It also had it’s drawbacks…. Continue reading