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August 3, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Speed Squares!

How to Use a Speed Square | Pro Tips

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. The term Speed Square was invented by the first manufacturer of them, Swanson Tool Company (link). Though they dislike it when people use the term generically, it’s too late. The name stuck, rather like Kleenex or Sawzall. Technically they are called rafter squares or some […]

Using the Metabo Cordless Router

Metabo HPT 36V Cordless Plunge Router | M3612DA

Can the world’s first cordless 1/2″ router really compete with corded models? Cordless trim routers have taken over much of the router market in the past few years. For many of us, we still need routers with the power to handle large 1/2″ bits. There was bound to be a race to see who could […]

Ridgid 18V Nailer Review

Ridgid 18V 18ga Cordless Brad Nailer Review

Ridgid Upgrades their 18V, 18 Gauge Brad Nailer When I fired up my air compressor to test my old 18 gauge brad nailer against the new Ridgid 18V brad nailer, I had hoped it was the last time I ever had to hear the noise of the compressor again. My dog was hoping the same […]

No Dust

Fastcap Miter Saw Dust Hood Review

The Fastcap Miter Saw Dust Hood is one of the products that—as soon as you see it—you realize, “I need that!” My studio is in the living room of my house. Therefore, I’m constantly battling to contain sawdust. No other tool I own creates more sawdust than my miter saw. The Fastcap Miter Saw Sawdust […]

Measuring and making wood

How to Measure and Mark Wood

Back when in high school, I took two classes that changed my life. The first was an art class, and that lead me to a career in the art field. The second was a drafting class. Little did I know the drafting class would be just as important. Many drafting classes later, I credit that […]

Air Filter vs Shop Vac

Building a DIY Shop Air Filter to Control Airborne Dust

Beyond using a dust collector or shop vac, you can control the dust in the air by building a DIY shop air filter. These work very much like the ones found in your AC furnace. I built my own air filter using a large 14” squirrel cage furnace fan I got used from a house […]

dust collector vs shop vac

Dust Collector vs Shop Vac: Which Should You Use?

I live alone, so this means I do what I want in my house without having to get spousal approval. When I bought my house, I wanted my living room to be my woodworking studio. My studio/living room is the size of a one-car garage- 10.5’ x 23.5’ with 10’ ceilings throughout my house. Dust […]