Sidewinders vs. worm drive circular saws
Portable Power Tools

Sidewinders vs. worm drive circular saws

There are two kinds of handheld circular saws, and the difference boils down to the way power from the motor is delivered to the...


Routing with a flip
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Routing with a flip

Pattern routing (also called template routing) is a powerful method for duplicating wooden parts quickly and precisely on any...


Milwaukee 12-volt subcompact driver
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Milwaukee 12-volt subcompact driver

When you open the soft carrying case holding this compact Milwaukee driver, you may not take the tool seriously. Well, look again:...


High-tech sprayer on a budget
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High-tech sprayer on a budget

Does size really matter? Yes, it does, when it comes to operating a conventional spray gun on a small, portable compressor. You...


Green with energy: A cordless kit
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Green with energy: A cordless kit

Ryobi plugs into Li-ion for an impressive cordless kit


Finishing nailer reviewed
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Finishing nailer reviewed

I like most things about power finishing nailers, except the holes they leave behind. And the ragged, rectangular marks created by...


Edge trimmer
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Edge trimmer

A power planer is a handy tool to have in the workshop and also for renovation projects. You can use the tool to plane an edge or...


Cut corners on mortises
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Cut corners on mortises

While you can prepare mortises using a drillpress and a hand chisel, nothing compares to the speed and accuracy of a dedicated...


Cordless soldering tool reviewed
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Cordless soldering tool reviewed

The ColdHeat Cordless Soldering Tool promises to help you quickly make solder joins in small-scale applications, such as jewelry...


A track star saw
Portable Power Tools

A track star saw

A track-guided saw offers the precision and quality cut of a tablesaw, in a much smaller, easily portable package. DeWalt’s...

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