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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 Choose the Right Bolt Cutters for the Job?

A bolt cutter is a very handy tool. Whether you’re a homeowner or contractor, there will be times where the only solution is to pull out the bolt cutter and make quick work of the offending obstacle in your way. The most common uses for

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

How To Use Bolt Cutters Like A Boss

Call me a fool, but a good set of heavy-duty bolt cutters is an instant testosterone injection. After picking up a hand tool that is capable of crushing through steel bars with minimum effort you can’t help but want to unleash that destructive force at

english wheel

Best English Wheel Reviews – Top 5 Picks (2018 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 (2018 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 (A 2018 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

diamond saw blade

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.

Best Tile Saw for the Money (Top 5 Reviews for 2018)

Whether you’re a professional, a handyman or having a go at doing some home tiling – if you aim to do the job properly, you are going to need a tile saw. But which saw is the best? As you can imagine there are many

drywall sander

In Search of the Best Drywall Sander – Top 5 Picks [2018]

What is the best drywall sander on the market in 2018? That’s a question we have dived right into today. We’ve taken 5 top rated models available to give you a comparative low down. For our findings at a glance, just head to the table

dovetail jig

Buying the Best Dovetail Jig – Top 5 Reviews (2018 Update)

The dovetail joint is time-honoured favourite due to its strength and aesthetic elegance. However, it is not a particularly easy joint to cut by hand. For this reason, the dovetail jig has become a popular go-to tool for the many woodworkers. Using one of these

Choosing The Best Scroll Saw Blades For The Job

If you’re an occasional scroll saw user choosing the right blade for the job can often be confusing. Not only are there a wide range of scroll saw blades available, they also differ in purpose and overall quality. So how do you pick the best

table saw fence

Buying the Best Table Saw Fence (TOP 5 REVIEWS)

The table saw rip fence is an extremely important piece of equipment. Understandably, choosing the correct product can be a little daunting. The majority of stock fences sold with machines are of lacklustre quality. Sure they are functional, but they are not up to the

miter gauge

Best Miter Gauge Reviews – Top 5 Picks (2018)

The miter gauge is an essential tool for all table saw owners. If you want to create precision square or angle cuts with your machine, a quality gauge will remove the margin for error, giving you excellent results each and every time. However, being so

Best Laminate Floor Cutter – 2018 Review Update

One of the most convenient ways of preparing laminate for a new flooring project is by using a laminate cutter. They are a clean, easy to use and very affordable. So what is the best laminate cutter on the market today? As with all good

The Best CNC Machine Router Kit in 2018 (Top 5 Reviewed)

Those in the know fully understand that CNC routers are fantastic machines. They allow the user to bring life to their designs very quickly indeed. A good CNC router offers precision cutting with speed, and these days at a very affordable price. So what is

pocket hole jig

Best Pocket Hole Jig For The Money (2018 UPDATE)

Visible screws on a woodworking project should generally be avoided. A flush and tidy finish are the hallmarks of a professional and no matter your skill level, you should strive to do the same. One of the most popular tools to help hide any visible

Top 5 Best Benchtop Jointers on The Market (2018 Update)

A jointer is an important tool for any woodworker or carpenter, whether a hobbyist or professional. However, with the amount of Jointers available, (many of varying quality), it is important to know what you are buying before you part with your hard earned money. That’s

lathe chucks

Best Lathe Chuck Reviews – Top 5 Picks (2018 Edition)

There is a large selection of lathe chucks and jaws available on the market today. With such a wide range of choices it can be difficult to choose the best woodturning chuck for your needs. That’s where this guide aims to help. We’ve pulled together

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

track saw reviews

Best Track Saw For The Money (TOP 5 PICKS FOR 2018)

A track saw is an excellent tool for accurately cutting and slicing sheet materials, while ensuring smooth edges with a quality finish. Their strength and versatility means that lumber and other materials can be cut too. However, which is the best track saw on the

stud and joist drill

Top 5 Stud & Joist Drills Reviewed (A 2018 Update)

What is the best stud and joist drill you can buy in 2018? That’s exactly what we will look into right now. We’ve selected 5 top rated drills currently available and taken an in depth look to bring you the lowdown on the quality of

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

mortise machine

Top 5 Mortising Machine Reviews [A 2018 Update]

There are a variety of ways and different tools that you can use to make a mortise. While each has their advantages and disadvantages, if you want to create top quality mortises that fit and look highly professional – A dedicated mortising machine is the

How To Use A Bow Saw

In a follow up to our top 5 best bow saw review article, we thought we would take an in depth look into the history of the bow saw, and offer some practical tips on how you actually use one. You may not realise this, but

biscuit jointer

Top 5 Best Biscuit Joiners on the Market (UPDATED 2018)

If you want to make clean efficient joints without unsightly screws or bolts one of the easiest ways of doing so is with the good old biscuit joiner. But what is the best biscuit joiner on the market today? That’s exactly what we have set

splitting maul

The Best Splitting Maul For The Money (Top 5 Reviews)

What is the best splitting maul on the market today? The fact is, if you are going all out to buy a dedicated splitting tool, you’ll want to be sure that you are getting a quality product that is built to last. To help you

portable band saw

Best Portable Band Saw Reviews (A 2018 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

dado blades

Best Dado Blade Reviews – A Top 5 Dado Set Round Up

One of the best add-ons you can buy for your table saw is a quality stacked dado blade. The dado blade provides excellent versatility. Rabbets, dadoes and groove, as well as tenons can all be achieved using the tool. Want to cut some spline slots?

magnetic drill press

The Best Magnetic Drill Press (TOP 5 REVIEWS)

The magnetic drill is a versatile tool. Fabricators and contractors can choose from several types and sizes these days. Add that to the array of annular cutters available and the various features that manufactures pack into their drills and you are left with an overwhelming

metal lathe

5 Top Metal Lathe Projects for Beginners

Once you’ve got your metal lathe set up in your home shop, it can be daunting deciding what projects to tackle first. This is a powerful machine after all. There’s plenty of scope and the learning curve does not have to be inordinately steep. With

English Wheel Basics – What is it and how to use one

The English wheel is an essential metal working tool, that is associated with the craft of panel beating. More specifically, it enables the user to form compound (double curvature) curves from flat sheets of metal. The most often used material with a an English wheel is

metal lathe reviews

The Best Metal Lathe For The Money (Top 5 Reviewed)

What is the best metal lathe you can buy today? There’s a number of options available within a wide price range. To narrow this down today, we will look at small metal lathes suitable for the home workshop, farm and semi-pro use, (we will leave

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

best sheet metal brake

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 the ability to

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

drum sander

Best Drum Sander for the Money (Top 5 Reviews)

What is the best drum sander on the market today? Like any good tool there are a wide range of brands adding their products into the mix. Knowing which to go for can be difficult. That’s where this guide aims to help. We’ve taken 5

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

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

How to Cut Laminate Flooring & the Tools to Use

If you are thinking about embarking on some DIY to lay laminate flooring there are a few things you need to consider before you begin. Apart from sourcing the new boards, you need to make sure you have the correct tools for the job. And