Tools, Gear and Equipment

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8 Clever Tool Hacks

Here's a great collection of tool hacks for every level of DIYer, from beginner to advanced. These simple tips and techniques will help you get the most out of your tools.

How to Use a Wood Chisel

Tips for sharpening and using a chisel, one of the carpenter's basic tools.


Woodworking: Techniques to Cut Circles With a Band Saw

Cut clean, smooth circles with your bandsaw


How to Build a Do It Yourself TV Stand

Looking for the perfect DIY project? Build this handsome TV stand in just one weekend.


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12 Brilliant Uses for Your Leaf Blower

My wife and I live in the middle of a mature hardwood forest, which puts us knee deep in leaves...

Which Diamond Blades Are Best?

Avoid spending a bunch of money on the wrong blade.


Rebuild a Cordless Tool Battery

An affordable alternative to a new battery pack

Choosing the Best Impact Driver

Impact driver basics, plus a special tool test to find the best brands and models


How to Use a Power Planer

And electric planer: It shaves and shapes wood like a hand plane, a belt sander and a jointer all rolled...


How to Use Tin Snips to Cut Sheet Metal

Tools and techniques for cutting sheet metal


9 Ways to Use a Pressure Washer that Will Blow Your Mind

You know a pressure washer is great at cleaning the driveway, but did you know it can also be used...

14 Ways to Use a Rotary Tool That Will Have People Buzzing

These brilliant ideas may just inspire a renaissance of rotary tool use in your shop and beyond. Honestly, there isn’t...


20 Unusual Uses for Workshop Tools

Make your workshop tools work double duty with these 20 unusual uses for common DIY tools and materials.


How to Properly Use a Hole Saw

Techniques for drilling big holes, deep holes and enlarging existing holes.


Pegboard Cubbyholes

A tool storage technique for all those slender tools and shop accessories. Cut short lengths of PVC pipe and slide...


Circular Saw Tips and Techniques

Brush up on the basics with this collection of circular saw do's and don'ts

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How to Scribe for a Perfect Fit

Fit woodwork perfectly to even the waviest walls with an inexpensive compass.


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How to Use a Power Miter Saw

Cut trim and moldings so they fit like a glove


8 Brilliant Ways to Use a Razor Blade

Everyone knows you can use a utility razor blade to cut stuff, but this humble tool is one of the...


Duct Tape Uses

Look for duct tape in one of its many sizes, shapes or materials for special uses or for solving special...


Hammers Aren’t Just for Nails: 101 Ways to Use a Rip Hammer

Really, we only show 9 ways, but there are lots more


Making Circular Saw Cuts

From cutting wide baseboard to framing a roof, these techniques make angle cuts easy and accurate


How to Use a Table Saw: Ripping Boards Safely

Learn the right way to make rip cuts


Table Saw Tips and Tricks

Make cleaner, safer and straighter cuts with easy-to-make accessories and jigs for your table saw.

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How to Use a Table Saw: Cross Cutting

An accurate miter gauge and fence and basic wood jigs are the key to perfect table saw cuts.


Tips and Techniques for Safe Extension Ladder Setup and Use

Tips and Techniques for Safe Extension Ladder Setup and Use


How to Build a Copper Trellis for Your Garden

Solder up this trellis in a weekend with ordinary copper tubing


22 Clever New Uses for Your Tools

We've all done it: When the right tool for the job isn't nearby-or doesn't exist-we do the best we can...