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The Best Cordless Circular Saws to Take to Any Job Site
It used to be the only cordless circular saws out there were mini saws with small 4¼-inch blades. If you wanted to cu...
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The Best Chainsaw Chains to Keep Your Project Going
Professional lumberjacks, landscapers, and arborists—as well as ambitious DIYers—turn to chainsaws for a variety of w...
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The Best Table Saw Blades for Sharp Cuts
While a good table saw makes large jobs easier and more accurate when it comes to cutting wood, it’s only as good as ...
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The Best Electric Garage Heaters to Keep Working in Cold Weather
Cold-weather days can turn your garage into a frigid, uncomfortable, and unproductive workspace. An electric garage h...
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The Best Router Tables for Your Workshop
While a handheld router allows you to do many things without other tools, it has limitations. Routers are heavy—after...
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The Best Cordless Hammer Drill for Your Building Project
If you’re drilling into seriously dense materials, your standard drill driver might not cut it. Materials like concre...
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The Best Work Boots for Men
Shopping for a new pair of work boots can be a challenge. A boot may look good, but if it doesn’t wear comfortably th...
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The Best Wood Chisels for Woodworking and Carving
Chisels have been around for thousands of years, standing the test of time as one of the most versatile hand tools av...
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The Best Cobalt Drill Bits for Heavy-Duty Projects
There aren’t many materials strong enough to put holes in hardened steel. When you need that kind of strength, the on...
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The Best Cordless Screwdrivers For Maximum Portability
Whether working on a bicycle, replacing your kitchen outlets, putting batteries in your child’s remote control car, o...
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The Best Garage Lighting for Your Home
Whatever work you do in your garage, it helps to have sufficient lighting. Dismal, dimly-lit garages are not only dif...
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The Best Tap and Die Sets for Making Threads
Tap and die sets may not be as well-known as common tools like screwdrivers or socket sets, but their specialized fun...
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The Best Tool Chests to Organize All Your Gear
Tool storage systems come in a few different sizes. Tool belts carry just a few tools you need for a project you’re w...
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The Best Needle-Nose Pliers for Small Jobs
Needle-nose pliers have pointy, long-jawed pliers that can reach into extremely tight places. They can also help you ...
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The Best Drill Bit Sharpeners for Tool Maintenance
Drill bits aren't cheap, but they do seem to dull quickly. Whether you're drilling through dense hardwood or hardened...
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The Best Heated Gloves to Warm Your Frigid Fingers
If your hands feel like blocks of ice when you ski or enjoy other outdoor sports, shovel snow, have an arthritic flar...
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The Best Socket Organizer to Keep Your Tool Box Clutter-Free
A quality socket wrench set is essential for a wide variety of auto and home repairs. It’s one of the most important ...
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10 Types of Router Bits Every DIYer Should Know
Handy homeowners and do-it-yourselfers who have spent any time on improvement projects have encountered situations wh...
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The Best Work Lights for the Workshop or Jobsite
A surefire way to hinder progress is by trying to work in the dark. It fatigues your eyes and your mind. Plus, when y...
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The Best Brad Nailer for Your Trim, Molding or Cabinet Project
The brad nailer is one of the tools that helped spur the DIY movement and made many projects accessible to home DIYer...
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Solved! What Is an Impact Driver?
Q: When shopping for the right tool for the job, I see so many choices. Cordless drill, hammer drill, and impact driv...
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The Best Socket Sets for Automotive and Home Maintenance
When you’re wrist-deep in nuts and bolts, having a set of socket wrenches on hand can make all the difference. Socket...
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The Best Track Saws for DIYers and Pros
Whether you’re ripping sheet goods or cutting long lengths of lumber to width, a track saw is often the way to go. Tr...
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The Best Band Saws for the Workshop
A sturdy band saw can be one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in any serious workshop. These power tools mak...
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The Best Benchtop Drill Press for Your Workshop
When your DIY project requires some precision drill work, only the best benchtop drill press will do. These handy too...
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The Best Electric Screwdrivers for DIYers
If you have a DIY project that calls for a lot of manual screwdriving into places too tight for your trusty drill, an...
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The Best Router Bits for Your Tool Box
A router is a powered cutting tool that uses different bits to cut various grooves, angles, and shapes into wood. The...
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The Best Glues for Plastic
One formula definitely does not fit all when it comes to glues for your DIY projects. Adhesives are chemically design...
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The Best Electric Chainsaws for Yard Work
When your yard work extends to jobs like cutting up fallen tree limbs or trimming some fence posts to size, nothing c...
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The Best Angle Grinders for the Workshop
Angle grinders are versatile power tools that can be used for a variety of projects, such as cutting iron pipe to rep...
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The Best Hand Planes for Woodworking
For shaving down the side of a wood door that’s sticking or smoothing the surface of a wavy board, the humble hand pl...
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Buyer's Guide: Heat Guns
A heat gun is a versatile tool—and one of the best-kept secrets in an avid DIYer’s toolbox. These handy tools resembl...
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Buyer's Guide: Jigsaws
Jigsaws are specially designed power tools for cutting curves, but they can also be used to cut lumber to length and ...
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The Best Scroll Saws for the Workshop
If your projects require intricate cuts, such as those needed when you craft gingerbread trim or fashion elaborate je...
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The Best Workbenches for DIY Projects
Almost any home DIY project is made easier by having a clean, flat surface to work on. If this surface sits at the pe...
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The Best Table Saws for DIYers and Pros
Table saws cut with more accuracy than circular saws, and they can cut large pieces of material—whether wood, plastic...
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The Best Safety Glasses for Your Projects
Between DIY jobs, hobbyist projects, and professional tradeswork, wearing safety glasses is often a precaution. If yo...
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The Best Hammer Drills for Home Projects
Hammer drills are a less familiar specialty tool in the workshop, unlike power drills—even among experienced DIYers. ...
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The Best Tool Bags for DIYers and Pros
Once you start building up a tool collection, you quickly start running into storage issues. You might have a tool bo...
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The Best Sawhorses for DIYers
They may not gallop, but a good set of sawhorses is key to getting your construction, woodworking, or DIY project acr...
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5 Tips for Building and Using a French Cleat Wall
It may sound fancy, but a French cleat is simply a sturdy beveled support board, a secret that builders and craftsmen...
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The Best Wet/Dry Vacuum Options for Homeowners and DIYers
Wet/dry vacuums are often seen in construction and workshop settings, but they can also be a major convenience in the...
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The Best Toolboxes for Weekend DIYers
You can't get very far as a DIYer if you don't own any tools, and you can't finish (or even begin) any given project ...
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The Most Important Things to Keep in Your Tool Kit in 2020
Every homeowner should have a tool kit, and every tool kit should have the essentials. Don’t start the New Year without having these tools and supplies at the ready.
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Buyer's Guide: Hammers
The more you tackle fix-it projects yourself, the more crowded your toolbox becomes. But at the end of the day, there...
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No Ultimate Workshop Is Complete Without These Tools and Accessories
Grow your workshop (and your skill set) with these 15 handy power tools, accessories, and more. This content is paid advertising created in partnership with ...
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The One Tool Your Workshop Is Probably Missing
Even if you pride yourself on your well-equipped workshop with every state-of-the-art tool you need for construction ...
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5 Keys to Choosing the Right Size Shed
When the time comes to buy a backyard shed, size is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Surprisingly, th...
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3 Smart Ways to Keep Cool When You're Working Outside
In summertime, the backyard becomes a major destination. There’s gardening and barbecues, to be sure, but the possibi...
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7 Types of Homeowners Who Can Benefit from a Backyard Shed
A backyard shed is great</em> for all-purpose storage, but it can be so much more than just a place to stash landscaping tools. Today, folks of all stripes are di...
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Power Sheds: How to Design and Build a Shed for Workshop Projects
Every weekend warrior dreams of a convenient backyard structure that's spacious enough not only for storing tools but...
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Bob Vila Radio: Where to Get Shipping Pallets
Shipping pallets have all sorts of uses for do-it-yourselfers, but versatility isn't their only virtue. Additionally,...
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Quick Tip: The Safest Storage for Gasoline
With the arrival of spring comes a certain bouquet of seasonal scents, ranging from fresh-cut grass to spilled gasoli...
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9 Handy Holiday Gifts for the DIYer on Your List
This holiday season, give the people on your list something they'll actually use. After all, some of the greatest gifts are practical. As you're writing up your s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Electrical Shocks in Your Workshop
If you’re setting up a home workshop for your do-it-yourself projects, recognize that in a room with so many power to...
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DIY Lite: Brighten Your Workday with an Easy-to-Build Desk Organizer
Finding a home for every single possession—and remembering to return them to their specified spots—is always a challe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Make Plywood More Portable
Though plywood is a versatile and affordable material, ideal or at least serviceable for hundreds of uses, it's not t...
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7 Ways to Set Up Your Home Workshop
Where do you keep your workshop? It's best to set it up in a place where noise, dust, and space aren't an issue. But there are other considerations to keep in min...
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6 Beginner Ways to Use a Woodworking Router
Any woodworker is well-acquainted with the router's myriad uses. The tool comes in handy for many projects around the house, both functional and decorative. It's ...
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Get to Work! 13 DIY Workbenches, Craft Counters, and Potting Tables
Whether you’re a woodworker, gardener, craftaholic or avid DIYer, you need a comfortable area where you can do what you love to do. Sure, there are loads of craft...
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Quick Tip: Safety Glasses
 Contemporary safety glasses are much improved. They offer comfort and clear vision as well as protection from flying...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Versatile Pegboard
Perforated hardboard, more commonly known as pegboard, has been a staple of workshops and retail stores for decades. ...
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Quick Tip: Bench Dogs
 A bench dog is a great tool for any woodworker's shop.  Bench dogs are often used in pairs, with one pair set into a...
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Bob Vila's 7 Essential Woodworking Tools
As any homeowner will attest, there is always something to fix at home. If it involves woodworking, you’ll want to equip your workshop with the right set of tool...
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Quick Tip: Workshop Dollies
 Here's how to save your aching back next time you have to move something heavy in the workshop. A workshop dolly is ...
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How To: Install Pegboard in Your Workshop
Does it look like a bomb went off in your workshop? Even the best tools are useless if they are nowhere to be found w...
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How To: Store Your Tools in Your Workshop (and Keep Them Accessible)
One of the great advantages of a workshop—as distinct from a tool­box carried to a workplace—is the opportunity to pu...
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Workshop Safety
Workshop safety consists of more than just wearing proper protective gear. Here are a few other guidelines:Know Thy T...
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Bench Furniture
Whether your workbench has a working surface the size of a sheet of plywood or one that more nearly resembles the sch...
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Worktables
Worktable. If there is room for it, make yourself a worktable using a full sheet of three-quarter-inch plywood. It's ...
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Workbench Types
Woodworker's Bench.  This is perhaps the most familiar configuration for a workbench. Its top is of hardwood and is u...
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The Basic Workbench
The woodworking bench is to the workshop as bases are to the game of baseball: Without a proper bench at which to wor...
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Fireproof Your Workshop
It hardly needs to be said, but you should of course do everything you can to reduce the risk of fire in you workshop...
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Planning Your Woodworking Shop
Consider some of these issues as you're planning your woodworking shop. Doorways. Standard household doors are often ...
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Workshop Lighting
At a minimum, you need a conveniently located switch at the en­trance that powers up the main lighting. Most likely, ...
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Workshop Electricity
Power tools swallow up power the way dogs consume their food: in great, huge gulps. Most tools have two kinds of dema...
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Drawing a Workshop Floor Plan
Your head is swimming with the challenges presented by the size of your machines, the limitations of the available sp...
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The Ideal Workshop Layout
A landscape designer friend of mine tells a story about the college he went to. During his years there, the universit...
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Free-Standing Workshop
If you're serious about working, you may want to consider building a special structure, or converting an existing one...
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Know Your Workshop Needs
You may think you already know what you need. "Just a practical space, you know, enough for my table saw and to try o...
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Closet Workshop
One frequent complaint of homeowner-handypersons is tool inaccessibility: It's a pain to do even simple jobs if findi...
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Workshop Locations
Perhaps you already know exactly where you will be locating your workshop. Maybe you already have a workplace in some...
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Quick Tip: Home Workshop
There is no one perfect workshop plan: Each of us has different needs, depending upon whether we're cabinetmakers, oc...
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How To: Stock Your Workshop
There are so many manufacturers, and so many kinds and types and models of virtually every tool, that the options may...
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Lumber Grades and Numbers
The grading system for white pine alone consists of about ten levels. If you are going to work with wood professional...
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3 Top Tool Storage Options for Do-It-Yourselfers
The way to avoid the I-can't-find-it syndrome is to have ap­propriate containers for tool storage and transport. Seve...
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Top Tips for Garage Foundations
As with any structure, a new garage foundation plays a crucial role in the integrity of the building above: A quality...
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Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop
 To some, a garage is much more than a place to park the car and store junk. To the car enthusiast, it is a nerve cen...
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Inexpensive Ideas and DIY Tips for Storing Sandpaper
When you first start tackling home projects, it's no problem to hit the hardware store for one of those sandpaper mul...
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Smart Storage for Small Workshops
Since my wife and I recently downsized, I am making do with a much smaller basement workshop these days. Whereas I co...
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DIY Workbenches: 5 You Can Build in a Weekend
The workbench is any DIY project's hub, where supplies are kept and progress gets made.  Sure, you can buy a workbenc...
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For Tool Lovers
Whether you're looking for a stocking stuffer or a gift to slip under the tree, our top tool picks will help you shop for the tool-loving handyman or woman in you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ladders
If your last-minute fall chores have you climbing a ladder, here are some tips to save time and stay safe up there. L...
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5 Basement Workshop Essentials
You’re probably thinking I’m about to list my all-star tool picks. Nope. My five must-haves for a basement workshop h...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Dolly
The next time you need to move something big and heavy in the workshop or around the house, save your back and build ...
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How To: Clean Your Toolbox and Workshop
While spring is generally considered the month for cleaning windows, airing out the house, reorganizing the cupboards...
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How To: Spring Clean Your Power Tools
Like everything with moving parts—your car, your computer, your body—your power tools will last longer and work bette...
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Workshop Planning Checklist
In laying out your workshop, have you considered the following?  Taking these factors into account will help make bui...
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Add a Decorative Touch to Your Woodworking Shop
There's no reason why your woodworking shop can't be easy on the eyes, outside and in. The one pictured above was cre...
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My Workbench Today
Although I used to have a pretty big workshop back in Cambridge, things changed once we sold the place and became sno...
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Blog Stars: In the Workshop
DIYDiva Kit Stansley They are the heroes of their own dramatic real-life home makeovers. They save buildings from de...
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Pegboard: Still a Classic Storage Solution for Today
As a kid growing up, I remember visiting my grandparents’ house and heading straight for granddad’s garage. It was im...
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Bench Dogs
The only thing canine about a bench dog is that, in a sense, it's like a tooth protruding from a jaw. A bench dog is ...
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Quick Tip: Workshop Dolly
Buy four casters, pick over your scrap pile, and find a few wood screws. With those supplies in hand, you can save yo...
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Quick Tip: Workbench Construction
Making a bench isn’t especially difficult if you have some basic skills and a good basic tool kit. However, there are...
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Manage Noise in Your Workshop
Noise is an occupational hazard in any shop where power tools are used. Strategies must be employed to minimize the d...
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Top Tips for Setting Up a Workshop in Your Cellar
For most of us, the answer isn't a separate building, a closet, or even the garage. The single most popular alternati...
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Top Tips for Setting Up Your Garage Workshop
This is the classic garage work area. The bench is fixed on the end wall and your car is still comfortably situated i...
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Installing a Decorative Inlaid Vinyl Floor and Reviewing the Workshop Layout
The generously sized workshop has a functional layout and a unique vinyl floor designed by architect Gregory Rochlin.
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Touring the Kohler Showroom and Factory in Kohler, WI
Bob tours the showroom with the founder’s great-granddaughter, and then visits the factory to see how the vitreous china is manufactured.
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Touring the Jonathan Adler Soho Boutique
Jonathan Adler invites Bob into his Soho boutique, which features an eclectic collection of furniture and housewares. Many pieces from the store will be used in t...
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The Dominy Workshop at Winterthur Garden
Bob takes the first of many visits to the Winterthur Garden and Museum in Delaware's Brandywine Valley.
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Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpent...
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Hand-Carving a Mahogany Drawer Front
Furniture maker Tommy MacDonald demonstrates a few of the techniques he employs to create hand-carved furniture details.
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Reviewing the Dream Garage Project Plans
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the architectural plans. Features such as loft storage are discussed, in addition to the project's post-and-beam construction.
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Excavating and Building the Foundation
Bob pays a visit to the site as work on the foundation gets underway. Once the excavation is complete, the forms (for the poured concrete) are assembled and put i...
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Installing a Fire Sprinkler System
A Grinnell sprinkler system goes into the garage building. Bob gets a brief history of the sprinkler concept and a few tips on installation.
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Front Hall Mirror
Carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates how the front hall mirror is custom-built in the workshop.
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Building and Hanging the Country-Style Door
A country-style door, built by carpenter Bob Ryley in the workshop, is hung in the new entry of the Plymouth project house.
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