How to choose and use hand planes
Hand Tools

How to choose and use hand planes

Every time I mention a hand plane to a group of woodworkers in my workshop, I see their eyes glaze over. People love their...


Essential plumber’s tool kit
Hand Tools

Essential plumber's tool kit

A very efficient contractor I know organizes his tools into several different kinds of kits. He has a different tool kit for...


Tool totes of note
Hand Tools

Tool totes of note

Tell your old red toolbox to make way for its replacement. These new cushier, soft tool holders are just as durable as the one...


Surface clamp review
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Surface clamp review

With a traditional European bench in my shop, you'd figure I wouldn't need any more ways to hold wood while planing and sawing....


Tool review – smoother plane
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Tool review - smoother plane

The new Veritas Bevel-Up Smoother Plane is worth serious consideration as one of the first planes to own, or as a welcome addition...


Tool review – seven-bit screwdriver
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Tool review - seven-bit screwdriver

The Picquic Sixpac Plus is a great addition to your toolbox, even if it's already crowded. This multi-bit screwdriver provides you...


Tool review – rolling tape measure
Hand Tools

Tool review - rolling tape measure

While they didn't re-invent the wheel, Strait-Line did reinvent the tape measure by using the wheel and some basic mathematics....


Tool review – hand plane
Hand Tools

Tool review - hand plane

When I first started woodworking, I was drawn to hand tools such as planes and chisels and the way they quietly shaved away wood...


Tool review – French rasps
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Tool review - French rasps

I require a few features from a rasp. I want to remove material quickly without having to hold the work object too tightly, and I...


Tool review – 2-in-1 pliers
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Tool review - 2-in-1 pliers

While possibly dating my-self, I remember when I was growing up it seemed like every kid in the neighbourhood sported a pair of...

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