Whether you’re a builder or handyperson by trade, a DIY enthusiast, or just like to be able to take care of things around your home without recruiting help, a tool kit is a must. Manual screwdrivers, measuring tapes, hammers, wrenches, and pliers aren’t typically expensive. And yet, when you startContinue Reading

What makes a tool brand rank among the best tool brands? It’s not an easy question to answer. DIY users generally want a capable, reliable tool at a reasonable price. Professionals who depend on tools for their livelihood will generally spend a little more for a tool that will withstandContinue Reading

Wood may have natural beauty, but to bring it out in furniture and other fine carpentry projects, woodworkers must operate within tight tolerances, attempting to achieve machine shop-type fitment from their joinery. A bench planer is a highly useful tool for attaining this level of craftsmanship. Benchtop planers, also knownContinue Reading

Who doesn’t love to get a nicely coated kitchen table? But sometimes, a nicely coated kitchen table can be brittle. It means the coating needs to be tough as well. If you use professional coating elements like urethane, polyurethane, only then you will have a tough kitchen table. However, whileContinue Reading

Painting your interior walls offers an inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of your home. Before you paint though, apply a primer to the wall to ensure a long-lasting finish. This coat must dry thoroughly before adding your topcoat to prevent problems after you finish painting. Drying time forContinue Reading

Hinges come in a wide range of styles, so you need to know how to choose the right one. First, that depends on the type of door that needs the hinge. That’s an important point, as often issues with doors can be blamed on the wrong hinge being used. IfContinue Reading

A durable finish for woodworking pieces, furniture, and flooring, varnish beautifies wood and protects it from scratches and stains. To the uninitiated, achieving a smooth and lustrous look may seem like a magician’s trick, but once you understand the basics, varnishing wood couldn’t be much easier. Make sure the surfaceContinue Reading

Steaming is an effective method of softening or plasticizing wood (known as steam bending wood) so that it may be molded for craftsman and industrial applications, such as the manufacture of furniture and boat parts. Experts approach this method differently, depending on the type of wood grain and the quantityContinue Reading

Clamps are hand tools designed to bind or press two or more objects together to keep them firmly in place. This is useful when holding or glueing materials together, for example, wood, paper, plastic, or certain metals. They generally feature a movable jaw affixed to an adjustable screw, while someContinue Reading

A dust mask is worn in the same fashion as a filtering facepiece respirator or surgical mask, but it is dangerous to confuse them because they each protect against specific airborne dangers. Using the wrong mask for a job can present a significant and possibly deadly danger as many dustContinue Reading