Bulb syringes are inexpensive medical accessories that can be useful in the home and workshop!
Made in USA, Fabrique aux E.U., Hecho en EE. UU.
If you’ve ever been confused by “made in the USA”, “Fabrique aux E.U.” and “Hecho en EE. UU.” appearing on the same package, here’s a brief breakdown of what they mean.
Nibble, Nibble, Nibble, BITE – a Tip for Accurate Sawing
Here is a neat trick for improved wood-sawing accuracy.
How to Properly Insert a Router Bit Into a Collet and Why
If you use tools that lock in bits and burs with collets, make sure you know how to insert the bits properly!
Table Saw Safety Tips to Protect Your Fingers and More
A recent post by One Project Closer reminded us that table saw safety is a very serious topic that’s worth bringing up every now and then. Check out these safety tips to avoid personal injury or worse!
How to Set the Hoop on a Japanese Woodworking Chisel
This is one of those how-tos that’s worth reading if even just for future reference.
How to Make a Sanding & Blast Cabinet Fine Particle Dust Collection Separator
Looking to make your own dust collection separator? Check out this excellent tutorial.
Five Steps to Efficient Tool Storage & Organization
Right now my work area is in a state of extreme disarray, but I tend to be very particular about how I organize and store my tools. A tool that I cannot find is a tool I may as well not even own. To help get myself reorganized, I’ve come up with a logical 5-step […]
How to Make a Blast Cabinet Dust Separator
Over at the ShopNGarage forum, Steve posted a project log and tutorial on how to build a blast cabinet dust separator. The separator is designed to prolong the life of a shop vacuum and increase its efficiency by filtering out fine abrasive dust that can damage the motor. Steve’s design is built with a 2 gallon bucket, PVC […]
Keep a Chip Brush in Your Blasting Cabinet
Over at the ShopNGarage, Steve posted about a nifty tip pulled from his forum’s Shop Tips thread. Always keep a chip brush in your blasting cabinet to clean abrasive off of parts and the inside of the cabinet door. Such a simple practice can really help keep cleanup time and effort at a minimum. Check out the […]
Holey Sheet Metal!
Need to brush up on your sheet metal hole-making skills ? Check out my how-to over at Popular Mechanics!
How to Use a Ridgid Flaring Tool
How do you use a Ridgid tube flaring tool? Check out Steve’s detailed HowTo over at the ShopNGarage Forum to find out! Update: The Shop N Garage forum is defunct, so the broken links have been removed. Sorry about that, this was done without warning and is out of our control.
Shop Tip: 5 Gallon Bucket DIY Fine Dust Collection Trap
Goodfellow posted an excellent how-to over at the ShopNGarage forum showing how to build a dust collection separator and water trap using a 5 gallon bucket and a few PVC pipes and fittings.
Shop Tip: Wire Stripper Loop Holes & How to Use Them
I came across a rather enlightening shop tip over at the ShopNGarage forum, that demonstrates the use of a wire stripper’s loop holes. Most of my wire strippers have similar holes, but they’re all unlabeled and I never stopped to think about what they could be used for. Well, now I know!
How to Use Split Ring Pliers
Opening lots of key rings? Split ring pliers will save your fingernails.
Shop Tip: Altoid Tin for Holding Small Parts in Washer
Over at the new ShopNGarage forum, J.A.F.E. offered a great tip for keeping small parts secure in a parts washer or cleaner bath. J.A.F.E.’s tip calls for placing small parts into a perforated Altoids tin, as this will allow the parts to soak in cleaner while ensuring that they don’t get lost or separated.
Winterize Your Home, NOW!
If your home is not yet winterized, then you had better get started since December is here and winter is on the way! A great place to start is by caulking and sealing windows and other common leaky areas where cold air can seep in. There are of course many other ways that you can increase your home’s energy […]
FYI – Do You Know What “Pitch” Means?
In our recent review of C.H. Hanson’s Precision Ball Level, we mention that the level can measure angles in degrees or in pitch. Well, following is the definition of pitch for those that are unfamiliar with the term as used in this context. Pitch as measured by the ball level, refers to the slope of a […]
5 Great Tool Gifts for Under $10
With Father’s Day on approach, everyone is asking themselves and others “what to buy?” Well, how about something useful. These five items are less than $10 each and are affordable enough to throw in with larger gifts. Bucket Boss Mug Boss Paired with a spare 10-12oz mug, the Mug Boss provides for nifty desktop organization […]
3 Preemptive Tips for a Cleaner & Safer Shop
We decided to do some winter cleaning today, and only after we got started did we realize how abysmal we let our working conditions become. So, we took a break from the agonizing process to share a few quick tips that we should have been following all along, and will try to adhere to for next time.