Matthew Pioro

I'm the managing editor of Canadian Home Workshop magazine. I'm a sucker for Arts and Crafts furniture, as well as the smooth, clean lines of the Modernist styles. Give me an impact driver over a drill. And, no, I'd rather not do that mudding-and-taping job.

Recent Articles and Blog Posts

The Controlled Chaos of Show Prep

Yesterday was setup day for the Canadian Home Workshop Show. It went a little like this: "Can you say 'oops?'" "Why?" "Well, do you have the 12 drillpresses, three mitre saws, six scrollsaws, spindle sanders, belt sanders,...

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Shelves, Gumball Machines and Free Blades, Oh My!

At this weekend's Canadian Home Workshop Show, there's something for you, your child and the novice woodworker accompanying you. But, you have to be quick. Dimar Canada is giving away free blades at the show, but only to the...

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Check out our reno

Now that the virtual paint has dried and the e-dust has been collected, we'd like to show off our latest reno: the new Canadian Home Workshop website. As with most renos, it's been months in the making and we hope you enjoy the...

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A bunch of suckers: Cordless shop vacuums

Just as smoke means there’s fire, a woodworking or DIY project means cleanup. If you find your big shop vacuum a drag, both literally and figuratively, you may find that one of these cordless suction systems could get a hold...

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Don’t get robbed by bad design

Colin and Justin, the Scotland-born hosts of HGTV's Home Heist, have become quite attached to Canada. They've bought a condo here, looked into citizenship and now want to share some of their secrets, in book form. The Colin and...

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Duct tape bandages

The three most important inventions of all time must be fire, the wheel and duct tape. Fans of the grey fix-all will be pleased to learn that its role has been expanded. Not only will it hold the handyman's work together, but the...

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Wood allergies in the workshop

Bruce Chamberlin looked ready for a chemical attack. He was dressed in polyester coveralls, tuque, face mask, scarf, turtleneck and heavy-duty vinyl gloves, and his sleeves and ankles were duct-taped. Without this protection, he...

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Circ saws on film

With the arrival of fall, thoughts turn to Halloween and the macabre. Here are a few films that have scenes with circular saws or their blades. As woodworkers and DIYers, I think we should be a bit scandalized with how this...

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Blowing down the house

When Greg Kopp and his team realized that the roof wasn't going to fly off, despite all the pressure it was under, they decided to go in the house. The building in London, Ont., is your average two-storey house constructed to...

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8. Solid Soldering Tip

In our March 2011 issue of Canadian Home Workshop (on newsstands now), we have an article called “50 Things Every Handyman Should Know.” Item No. 8 in that list is a short and sweet tip. When soldering copper pipe, heat the...

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