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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


How to Calibrate a Miter Saw: Pro Tips

How to Calibrate a Miter Saw: Pro Guide

We used a good bit of digital ink writing about miter saws in our Pro Guide series. If you’ve missed any series installments, they are great resources, if we do say so ourselves! For this edition, we’re looking at how to calibrate a miter saw. What good is a great saw on paper if it makes inaccurate cuts […]

Setting the Best Router Bit Speed

Setting Router Bit Speed | Use this Handy Chart

Using a router to form beautifully finished edges on wood is an analog to painting a drab room. In a very short amount of time with minimal effort, you can improve the look of a boring edge. It only takes a little woodworking experience to find many ways to do things incorrectly. The many nuances of […]

12V vs 18V tools

What to Look for on a Pro Level Drill

No tool is more iconic of work around the jobsite or the home than a drill. If there’s work to be done, somewhere along the line it likely requires a hole made, a fastener driven, or a screw removed. If only the ancient Egyptians or Romans, who used drills of some fashion, could see how technology […]

Makita 10" Cordless Miter Saw XSL06 Review

Buying a Miter Saw? Read this Pro Guide First

Our Pro Guide series continues now with a spotlight on miter saws. If the table saw is the cornerstone of the workshop and jobsite, then a miter saw might well be the keystone. It can make crosscuts, miters, and bevels in trim that locks everything in place, so to speak. Although table and miter saws share some […]

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How to Patch a Large Hole in Drywall

There are just some projects you put off. You tell yourself it would be the perfect project for a rainy day. A decade later there have been plenty of rainy days, but the project still isn’t started. Then a loved one points out the unfinished project, and you honestly can’t remember that it ever needed […]

Bench Hook Featured

How to Make a Bench Hook in 3 Simple Steps

The bench hook is probably the simplest, most useful, and easiest to make workshop accessory. Some are certainly fancier and more functional than others, but even the most rudimentary bench hooks are as helpful as having an extra hand. This accessory minimizes the need for vises or clamps, allows you to make quick cuts, can […]

Milwaukee M12 AirSnake Review

11 Plumbing Safety Tips from the Pros

Every job comes with hazards so we take the appropriate precautions and wear the appropriate PPE. Many safety precautions are the same across industries and trades because the risks are similar. We take for granted the luxury of clean water running into and our buildings and wastewater running out. When problems come, however, plumbers can face […]

how to board up abandoned houses

How to Board Up Abandoned Houses

Many reasons exist for you to want to know how to board up abandoned houses. An abandoned house presents a host of challenges for neighbors in a community. While possibly indicative of an area struggling economically, sometimes abandoned houses simply represent a property that would otherwise have upward potential in a slumped economy. However, an […]

hazardous location

What is a Hazardous Location? Know the Classification System

Any jobsite is a potentially hazardous location, but some locations have invisible dangers that present additional risks. OSHA officially classifies and labels these jobsites hazardous locations. They possess the presence—or potential presence—of flammable gases, vapors, liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers and flyings. In the most potentially volatile work areas, it’s critical that equipment is […]

How to Cut Corbels on a Bandsaw

How to Cut Corbels on a Band Saw

Often it’s the attention to small details that makes fine craftsmanship stand out. If you want to build a utilitarian table, bench, or shelf, there are plenty of ways to do it without going to the trouble of making it pleasing to the eye. But sometimes we’d like to build something that will be at […]