TOOLS & WORKSHOP: HAND TOOLS
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When you have to tighten a nut, bolt, or other standard fastener, you need a wrench. But what kind?Listen to BOB VILA...
Do you want to make sure that shelf you’re putting up is really on the level? Then you need. . . well, a level. Level...
Despite its name, sandpaper isn’t made of sand, and often doesn’t even involve paper. Listen to BOB VILA ON SANDPAPER...
I can barely think of a home improvement job that doesn’t require a tape measure! Whether you’re framing a new room o...
Tool sets are popular gifts, but none is more useful for the home and garage handyperson than a really good ratchet s...
Improving a tool's design is often a tough task, but Irwin has managed the feat with its GrooveLock Pliers.
Thanks to its magnetic edges, which provide an extra pair of hands, Johnson's box level stands apart.
ChannelLock's tough and thoughtfully designed combination screwdriver outperforms similar tools.
Why carry six tools when you only need one? Save space in your tool belt with Milkwaukee's innovative combination pliers.
Craftsman's comprehensive mechanic's tool set holds the answer for innumerable projects around the house, shop, or garage.
Don't wreck a good pair of scissors trying to cut metal; you need a good pair of tin snips. Listen to BOB VILA ON TIN...
It's a ‘staple’ in every tool and craft kit, it can save you lots of time banging tacks or nails, and it can get into...
Besides "righty tighty, lefty loosey," there's one DIY phrase that nearly anyone can recite: Measure twice, cut once....
For a saw that’s great on the curves, no workshop is complete without a good saber saw. CM_BVILANOTES-4 Tool Tip- Sab...
A century ago, knife-maker Wenger (of Swiss Army Knife fame) started a debate that only got louder in 1983 when Tim L...
With all the great power saws available today, the lowly handsaw has kind of faded into the background. But there are...
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
The handy group of measurement tools
Results depend on more than technology.
A must for every toolbox
This is not dedicated to the woodworkers, the gear hounds or the power tool junkies. This isn't for the contractors, ...
The multi-plane is the muscle-driven equivalent of the router.
Proper tool maintenance depends on keeping your tools clean and storing them safely.
Learn the intricacies of this toolbox staple.
Coping is a process by which one piece with an irregular surface is fitted to another. In practice, most of us encounter coping in cutting trim work, especially c...
Files are shaping tools made of hardened steel that smooth wood or metal, removing burrs or rough spots. They can finish off or enlarge holes, and allow wood to b...
The spokeshave is used to smooth curves cut onto stock. For generations of woodworkers, the spokeshave was a multipurpose tool used for shaping the seats, backs, ...
Use this inexpensive tool to smooth rough edges.
Follow the three steps necessary to sharpen a chisel or similar tool with a grinding wheel.
Clamps, specifically hand-screw, bar, spring, strap, pipe, and C-clamps remain the basic tools on which any workshop relies, used to hold assemblies in position w...
A tool for minimalists, the scraper is perfect for those who admire simplicity of form and function beyond all else.
Woodworking planes require cutter adjustment for optimal performance.
The doweling jig is a purpose-made tool for joining boards with dowel joints.
Molding planes are many traditionalists' preferred tool for cutting wooden moldings.
Lining cuts up perfectly without a miter box is tricky, and when it comes to fitting the pieces together, the miter box more than proves its worth.
The rabbet plane is a simple tool that creates strong joints in woodworking.
Bench planes are used for smoothing and squaring surfaces.
For marking off straight lines parallel to the edge of a workpiece, for certain cutting tasks, and for laying out mortises and tenons, these tools are unsurpassed...
Using a square to raise rafters is a relatively simple process.
Use calipers to transfer measurements, especially in situations where applying a rule to a workpiece is difficult.
There are plenty of uses for this handy little tool.
Prevent sawing accidents and injury by following these safety guidelines
Learn about the backsaw and how you can incorporate it into your toolbox
Japanese Saws offer different features and abilities than their American counterparts
Useful tips to help you buy and use snips correctly.
Handy tips to help keep your chisels sharp.
There are several marking tool options, but a blade may be best.
The carpenter square is the go-to tool for framing, roofing and stair work.
The hand square is admired as much for its beauty as its usefulness.
The speed square serves a variety of uses.
This antique classic still has plenty of utilitarian value.
A simple way to lengthen your two-foot level to conquer bigger jobs using scrap wood and electrical tape.
The level is the tool to use for finding true vertical and horizontal.
Use the combination square for marking angles, square and level.
Use the bevel gauge to replicate pieces that are not square.
Learn how wood chisels help to carve and shape wood.
Use these tools to help cut through stone, brick and metal
Get the basic facts about one of the most versatile tools in your toolbox.
Use this tool to help ensure uniformity from one part of a structure to another.
A simple tool that offers so much value.
Learn more about the simplistic and convenient tool for finishing exterior wood surfaces.
Mallets are like hammers, but a different tool in a significant way.
You can't do a project accurately without this tool.
Gain some knowledge on the tools that will help with demolition and nail removal.
Screwdrivers are more complex tools than you might think.
Learn more about the varieties of pliers and the jobs they perform.
From adjustable to Allen, we've got everything you need to know about wrenches.
Every handyman should have a pocketknife at the ready.
Tools That Tell Us What’s “True”
The transit level is to plane surveying what the hammer is to nailing.
Paul Anderson attaches pre-finished crown molding around the kitchen cabinets in the modern Colonial project house.
Furniture maker Tommy MacDonald demonstrates a few of the techniques he employs to create hand-carved furniture details.
Contractor Larry Landers installs V-groove pine on the ceiling of the new front porch and demonstrates how to stagger and miter boards for an attractive, old-fash...