Category Archives: Workshop

How To Use A Tap & Die Set The Right Way

There are all sorts of situations where you may need to create or repair a thread. From screws that break off in their holes, to damaged bolts that need to be drilled out again. Whether you’re a mechanic, metal or woodworker or just up for

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The 5 Best Saw Horses For 2020 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

Whether you are a carpenter, handyman, electrician, or anything in between, chances are that at some point you will need a saw horse. However, finding good saw horses is easier said than done. We are here today to help you find the best saw horse

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The 5 Best Drill Bits For 2020 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

Photo by Matt Artz on UnsplashQuality drill bits can make or break your ability to do a project well, so it’s absolutely key to get the best drill bits. Comparing popular options helps you to gain insight, compare prices and features, and ultimately get the

10 Essential Tips to Get the Most out of Your Biscuit Joiner

The biscuit joiner is a vital tool in any woodworker’s armoury. Revolutionizing the way we can go about creating complex joints for our projects, once you become au fait with using your biscuit joiner there is no end to the speed and efficiency with which

How To Use A Log Splitter

There are three different types of log splitters available; the three categories are electric, gas and manual. Determining which type is the best type for you, ultimately depends on your needs as well as the budget that you have to work with. (For our in

Top 10 Tips When Operating Your Magnetic Drill Press

In situations where you need to drill a hole but there’s no way of taking the work to machine; a portable magnetic drill press will often save the day. Using one of these handy tools you can enjoy the versatility of a drill that can

english wheel

Best English Wheel Reviews – Top 5 Picks (2020 Update)

What is the best english wheel you can buy in 2018? That’s what we will look in to today. We’ve pulled together 5 top rated wheels to bring you a comprehensive comparison and review of each. For our findings at a glance, just head to

Top Tips for better Plasma Cutting

In a follow up to our recent look at some of the best plasma cutters on the market, we have decided to bring you a short top-tip guide to get better use out of your new tool. The fact is plasma cutters are relatively easy

concrete grinder

Buying the Best Concrete Grinder (2020 TOP 5 PICKS)

What is the best concrete grinder on the market in 2018? That’s exactly what we look into today. We have taken 5 top rated grinders and dived deep to give you a comprehensive low down on each. For our findings at a glance, just check

boring jigs

Top 5 Best Boring Jig Kits (2020 Review Update)

A boring jig kit is an important piece of equipment for woodworkers. Whether you need to precision bore holes for cabinet hinges, wish to use your power drill to bore holes or merely need to fit a new door lock, the correct boring jig will

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How to Choose the Right Diamond Saw Blade for the Job

Choosing the correct diamond saw for the job at hand is always important. Whether you are a contractor, or doing some DIY at home the right tool can make the difference between a finish you can be proud of, and quite frankly an embarrassing mess.

The Different Types of Mill Machine + Maintenance Tips

There’s a wide range of milling machines currently on the market in 2018. Knowing which type to buy can be confusing for a newbie on the scene. That being said, one of the most popular choices for beginners is the mini mill. For more information

How To Use A Wood Chisel

A chisel is one of the most important not to mention the least understood woodworking hand tools. And while we took an in depth look at some of the best chisels available on the market today (here), it is time we covered some of the

portable band saw

Best Portable Band Saw Reviews (2020 Update)

If you are working in different locations and conditions and need to cut various materials while on the move, a portable band saw will very often be the tool of choice. However, if you are in the market for buying the best portable band saw

How to use a Concrete Grinder and Some Top Tips for Better Results

Concrete grinders are a very handy tool that can perform a range of grinding, polishing and surface removal tasks. Furthermore, whether you are using a handheld machine, or walk-behind grinder, the principle action is much the same; both tools use rotary action rather than impact

How to use a Sheet Metal Brake

In a follow up to our recent review guide on sheet metal brakes we thought we would take a good look at how you actually use one. Despite the fact the brake can vary in size, from the small portable offerings designed for contractors, auto

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Buying the Best Sheet Metal Brake – Top 5 Review Round Up

Looking for a new sheet metal brake? Or maybe buying one for the first time. If that’s the case you’re in the right place. We’ve brought together 5 different sheet metal brakes, covering a range of configurations to bring you a definitive review guide of

How to Use a Miter Gauge (A Short SU Guide)

The miter gauge is an important piece of equipment that all table saw owners should add to their system. Not only are they useful for making cross-cuts, since most table saw blades can be angled up to 45-degrees, the miter gauge will give your saw

How to Use a Core Drill

A core drill is simply a drill that is designed to cut holes into concrete and masonry in a way that removes the core of the hole as it works. We have covered the different types of core drill in detail here. The most common

A Close Look at European Hinges for Cabinet Making

We recently published an article that took a look at boring jigs and reviewed 5 of the best currently available on the market. One issue that came up from a number of readers is the question of the European hinge system. While we did recommend

An Introduction to the Box Joint (AKA Finger Joint)

The box joint is a go-to option that all woodworkers gravitate towards for some project or another. It is a great way of joining two pieces of wood. And while the dovetail joint is often seen as the superior choice, (classic, strong and beautiful are

A Beginners Guide to using a CNC Machine

A CNC machine is an excellent tool to have in your home workshop? Once you have shopped around and bought the right model to suit your needs, you will be able to cut out beautiful designs quickly and accurately. However, the research doesn’t stop at

Drill Press Maintenance Tips (Safe Operation For Longer)

To ensure that your expensive floor drill press keeps on operating as it should, you will need to carry out some routine maintenance every now and then. Nothing overtly complicated, just some occasional tender, love and care to keep your machine running smoothly and accurately.

Don’t Lose a Finger, With Our Brad Nailer Safety Guide

The brad nailer is the smaller cousin of the more heavy duty finish nailer. They fire 18 gauge brad nails rather than larger sized nails and are used for more delicate work such as furniture refurbishment and trimming attachment. However, just because the nails are

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What is the Best Plasma Cutter for the Money 2020

Plasma cutting technology has now reached a stage where affordable, portable style cutters are within the budget of home users and small professional workshops. However, with the wide choice now available it does raise the question what is the best value plasma cutter on the

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Best Box Joint Jig (Incra I, Woodhaven, Rockler & More)

If you regularly create box joints, (or a woodworker looking to give this strong, versatile joint a go), one of the best tools you can have at hand is the box joint jig. However, with such a wide range of jigs currently available it can

How To Sharpen A Machete (+ The Best Tools For The Job)

When using a machete you need to ensure that it is sharp. Otherwise, you will be working inefficiently and could even end up injuring yourself. So what it the best way to sharpen a machete, and how do you do it? That’s exactly what we

electric log splitters

Top 10 Best log Splitters in 2020 (Gas & Electric)

If you’re after a new log splitter you’ve come to the right place. In this 2018 review round up we’ve brought together 10 of the best log splitters on the market today. For those looking for the best electric log splitter (better suited to homeowners)

How To Use A Wet Tile Saw

No matter the household, or how handy you think you are, there’s always another home improvement project to take up your time. The problem is, many of these tasks require specific kinds of tools. Tiling is no different. Whether you are tiling a new floor,