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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 (2019 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 (2019 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 (2019 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.

drywall sander

In Search of the Best Drywall Sander – Top 5 Picks [2019]

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

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

miter gauge

Best Miter Gauge Reviews – Top 5 Picks (2019)

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

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

stud and joist drill

Top 5 Stud & Joist Drills Reviewed (A 2019 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

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

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 (2019 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

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

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

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 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

bow saw

Best Bow Saw Reviews – Top 5 Picks [2019]

A bow saw is a very handy tool to have as part of your arsenal. For small to medium sized sawing jobs it is definitely better than reaching for the chainsaw. A good bow saw will also make simple work of even the heftiest looking

plasma cutter

What is the Best Plasma Cutter for the Money [2019]

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

brad nailer reviews

Best Brad Nailer Reviews & Buyer’s Guide (2019 UPDATE)

Brad nailers are excellent tools that are useful for a wide range of wood and renovation projects However, like all good power tool products there’s a large number of Brad nailers available. From pneumatic to battery powered cordless, as well as different power grades and

box joint jig

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

work lights

The Best Work Light You Can Buy – Corded, Cordless & LED

A good, reliable work light is an essential tool in getting a job done the right way. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working in the home, in the garage or out on the driveway. When working with knives, saws and any other cutting tool proper

floor drill press

In Search Of The Best floor Drill Press On The Market

So what is the best floor drill press on the market today? That’s exactly what we aim to find out with this ultimate guide. We have gone in depth here and brought together 5 comprehensive reviews of some of the best floor drill presses available

metal chop saw

Best Metal Chop Saw For The Money (TOP 5 REVIEWED)

So what is the best metal chop saw on the market today? Like all good power tools, there are many options available to the regular buyer. Your own requirements are also a big factor on the choice that you make. In this article we will

scroll saw reviews

Best Scroll Saw Review – Top 5 Round Up (2019 Edition)

So what is the best scroll saw on the market today? Like all good power tools the choice is long and wide. To help you in your search we have reviewed 5 of the top rated scroll saws currently available. For our selection at a

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 2019 (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, or redoing

How To Use a Portable Band Saw (Without Losing a Finger)

A portable band saw is a very handy tool. Sometimes known as a portaband, these saws enable you to work almost anywhere, especially if you opt for a battery powered model. If you are looking to buy a new band saw, I recommend that you take a

Jointer or Planer – Which Is The Right Tool For You?

In a follow up to our recent ‘Best Benchtop Jointers in 2016 top 5 review article‘, we are looking at a popular question that beginner woodworkers have. Namely, whether to purchase a Jointer or a Plainer, or more fundamental still, what the hell is the