Jointer vs Planer – Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
raw uneven wood

There are two things that are true about rough lumber. First, it’s entirely unsuitable as is for woodworking projects. Second, it’s a whole lot cheaper than regular lumber. Getting around the unsuitability and reaping the benefits of its relative cost is where the jointer and the planer come in. Both tools seek to help you […]

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Impact Driver vs Impact Wrench: Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
frozen lug nut

There is nothing more frustrating than a nut frozen in place. All that is keeping you from reaching your goal is a piece of metal usually no bigger around than a quarter. But there it is, frozen in place and invulnerable to the straight-up torque of a traditional power driver. Depending on how big it […]

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How To Check Moisture Content of Wood Without a Meter

  • November 28, 2018
wet wood

Moisture and wood go together like bacon fat and an artery. Stuff the one with the other and eventually things turn dark. So, before you use wood, it’s a good idea to know how much moisture there is in your wood. There are two basic ways to measure the moisture content of your wood. One […]

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Monkey Wrench vs Pipe Wrench – Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
monkey wrench vs pipe wrench

Monkey wrenches and pipe wrenches are big and imposing and not used all that often. So, it’s pretty understandable that figuring out the difference between them can be a trying experience for some people. It’s much easier to sort of lump them all into the category of large, heavy wrenches well suited to knocking out […]

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Drum Sander vs Planer – Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
drum sander vs planer

Planers and drum sanders work in pretty similar ways. Both involve feeding a piece of wood through the tool and when it comes out on the other end it’s a little thinner. Questions about just what is different between these two tools are understandable. For years, a planer was a standard tool for every woodworker’s […]

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What Can You use an Angle Grinder For?

  • November 28, 2018
angle grinder

Angle grinders are a versatile home tool that gets its name from the cutting head positioned at an angle to the drive shaft. Depending on the kind of head attachment you use, they can be used to sharpen, polish or even cut. They are available in a variety of sizes, but the most useful sizes […]

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Flare-Nut vs Regular Wrench: Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
traditional wrench in use

We’re all pretty familiar with a normal wrench. They consist of two straight jaws with a rounded middle. The distance between the two jaws determines the size of the wrench. You slip it around a nut you want to loosen, say a quick prayer and give it a twist. With a little luck and a […]

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Electric vs Air Impact Wrench – Which is Best for You?

  • November 28, 2018
electric vs air impact wrench

If corrosion is the barbarian horde, banging at the gates of Western Civilization to bring it down, the impact wrench if your last line of defense. When all else has failed, it is there to turn a frozen nut or loosen a rusted bolt. If it fails, you face a future of unpleasant drastic choices. […]

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Electric vs Gas Weed Eater – Which is Best for You?

  • November 28, 2018
a man whipping weeds

When it comes right down to it, the question of whether to buy a gas- or electric-powered weed eater rests on how much you hate noise. We’ll break down the relative pros and cons of each here shortly, but ultimately the issue that matters when you’re using it is whether you can put up with […]

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Cordless vs Corded Dremel: Which is Best for You?

  • November 28, 2018
a dremel cutting metal

Rotary tools are one of the handiest things to have in the workshop. For very small jobs, they are a combination cutter, polisher, etcher and even a drill. For such a handy little tool, the obvious question is whether you want one powered by wall power or a battery. The choice really just comes down […]

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