Category Archives: Workshop

  • Forstner Bits

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by DIY Guide in Power Tools, Safety, Workshop.

    Forstner bits are a type of drill bit used to bore precise, flat bottomed holes in wood. They can cut on the edge of a block of wood and can also cut overlapping holes. Forstner bits are perfect for dowling, mortising, pocket holes & hardware installation. Pre sharpened bits can be used on any type of […]

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  • Router Safety Tips

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by DIY Guide in Power Tools, Safety, Workshop.

    Router bits spin so fast that they demand your constant attention. Accidents can happen suddenly. Here are a few of the most important safety rules for using Routers and Router Tables: Always unplug the router when changing the bit. Push the bit into the collet. Then lift it to expose about one-quarter of the shank before tightening […]

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  • Smooth Out Rough Surfaces

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Power Tools, Workshop.

    The key to accomplishing your backyard carpentry projects is using the right kinds of tools. Belt sanders are handy companions when it comes to smoothing out all those rough surfaces on any type of wood. Go for electric powered sanders that are very effective with finishing touches. These types of power tools are so easy to use. […]

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  • Product Review: Rockler Bench Cookie

    Posted on August 1, 2015 by DIY Guide in Product Reviews, Workshop.

    Securely holding your work in place is an age-old problem. Using standard clamping methods like bench-dogs, hold-downs, router mats, and a host of other methods have been used to keep your work where its supposed to be. Bench cookies are the very latest tool to add to your workshop ‘must haves’. They’re an elegantly simple solution […]

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  • Digital Multimeters

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Power Tools, Workshop.

    Recently I was working on a house that someone else had rewired. I was trying to install 2 lights above the bathroom sink using the preexisting wiring. To make sure that I knew which wire was for what I went out to my truck and retrieved my digital multimeter. A multimeter is used to make various […]

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  • Your Tool Box: Pliers

    Posted on May 11, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Workshop.

    When you start building up your tool box there are a few hand tools that are necessary. Pliers come in many shapes and sizes. One choice is a pair of, tongue and groove pliers, also referred to as channellocks. Channellock is a name brand but almost everyone refers to their tongue and groove pliers as channellocks. […]

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  • Tailor-Made Tools

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by DIY Guide in Power Tools, Workshop.

    My father is a big DIY person. He’s very handy with the hammer and can fix just about anything. His passion however is building furniture. This is why, just last week, he showed us his newest power tool purchase. He bought himself a reciprocating saw. He said he saw it in on one of those DIY […]

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  • Claw Hammers

    Posted on April 18, 2015 by DIY Guide in Demolition, Hand Tools, Workshop.

    Every homeowner should have at least one claw hammer in their tool box. Claw hammers are so named because the flat head of the hammer is asymmetric to the claw end of the hammerhead. Claw hammers are most efficient and usually used while working with wooden surfaces. A 16-ounce model is usually considered the most versatile. It […]

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  • Belt Sanders

    Posted on April 16, 2015 by DIY Guide in Power Tools, Workshop.

    When deciding on a sander keep in mind what kind of projects you will be using it for. A belt sander has a continuous belt of sandpaper wrapped around two rollers. The belt spins rapidly around the rollers, enabling the tool to remove a large amount of wood — quickly. Belt sanders are best suited for heavy-duty […]

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  • Multitool Maintenance Tips

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Repairs and Maintenance, Workshop.

    Thankfully the vast majority of today’s top quality multitools (as in Leatherman, Gerber, SOG etc.) are made from excellent grades of stainless steel. To that end they need only basic care and maintenance and I hope that my Multitool Maintenance Tips help you get the best from your multitool. Be aware that stainless steel – […]

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