Tool basics – paintbrushes
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Tool basics - paintbrushes

Thankfully, the old adage, “You get what you pay for” still applies to paintbrushes. If you've ever used a cheap brush and...


Three easy and light multi-tools
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Three easy and light multi-tools

These multi-tools help the handyman travel a little lighter, either by reducing clutter in his toolbox or by making it easier to...


The beauty of an adjustable wrench
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The beauty of an adjustable wrench

Why lug around a bunch of wrenches when one will do? The convenience of the adjustable wrench has been with us for more than 100...


Reader-submitted mystery tools 2010 revealed
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Reader-submitted mystery tools 2010 revealed

We called for your strange and weird tools, and you answered. Here are four implements that have come from the collections of...


Press for success with a hold-down clamp
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Press for success with a hold-down clamp

Two new versions of the Leigh hold-down clamp have been keeping my wood steady. One is a surface clamp that comes with flush-mount...


Measuring up
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Measuring up

All woodworkers have their favourite measuring tools, but there's more than one way to check a dimension. These are the precision...


Hammer basics
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Hammer basics

Every year there's a new type of hammer for sale, promising to be the ultimate nail driver. It seems to me hammers are similar to...


Get the most out of your brushes
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Get the most out of your brushes

As the son of a painter, I’ve learned to use and appreciate high-quality, natural-bristle brushes. Sure, a synthetic brush is...


Find the right hammer
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Find the right hammer

From Thor's weapon of choice to Maxwell's silver hammer of the eponymous Beatles' song, the world (of art at least) has known a...


Vise-grip tool test
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Vise-grip tool test

One of the most embarrassing moments I've ever suffered as a renovator involved a slightly battered adjustable wrench that...

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