First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

by Bruno Bornsztein

First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw
Ok, so I know I'm late to the game getting a reciprocating saw, and if you already own one or know everything about them, mosey along. But Alicia's been getting after me to get rid of these ugly metal pipe laundry line posts in our back yard, and today I finally decided to do it. 

Now, for any job there are lots of tools that will work, and usually one or two that are perfect for the task. In this case, I decided on getting a reciprocating saw...

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Curbly Giveaway: Craftsman 10" Laser Trac Table Saw ($349 value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Curbly Giveaway: Craftsman 10" Laser Trac Table Saw ($349 value)


If you're like me, always trundling over to the neighbor's garage to borrow time on his table saw, then this is the giveaway you've been waiting for. This week, we've teamed up with the folks at Craftsman to give you guys a really solid, 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (model 21807). This thing retails for almost 350 bucks, and the reviews on it are overwhelmingly good (seriously, look for yourself, it's one of Consumer Research's best buys) 

Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (#21807)

And, over at ManMadeDIY, we're also giving away a really nice Craftsman Miter Saw, so you can double your chances to win (well, I'm not a statistician, not maybe not really, but come on). 

Last weekend, our own Chris Gardner was on a fun online TV called the Craftsman Experience, showing off his mad tooling skills, so we're excited to let you have a chance to win one for yourself.

Read on to find out how to enter both giveaways!

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Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

Making your home a better place doesn't take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don't need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the...

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Curbly Video Quick Tip: Create a Crosscut Sled on the Cheap.

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Quick Tip: Create a Crosscut Sled on the Cheap.

The table saw is the most versatile option for the DIYster, equally successful at making rip cuts (with the grain) and crosscuts (across the grain). When making crosscuts, it's much better to rely on support which holds the workpiece at a 90-degree angle to the blade, rather than the rip fence, which is parrallel to the blade.

Enter the crosscut sled, an extremely easy homemade option for safe and accurate crosscuts on any table saw. This option...

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How To: Make a Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert

by Chris Gardner

created on: 01/10/09

A custom, zero clearance insert plate for your table or band saw minimizes tearout and prevents those tiny bits from dropping into the blade throat. From Rockler.com, "A zero clearance insert is a substitute for the throat plate that came with your table saw. The opening in the insert is cut on the table saw to the exact width of the saw blade’s kerf, thereby preventing thin slices of wood from jamming in between the blade and the throat plate...

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How to Avoid Splintering and Tearing when Cutting Plywood

by Chris Gardner

The thin layers of plywood can often splinter and chip when cut with a power saw, resulting in an ugly edge that looks like this:

How to Avoid Splintering and Tearing when Cutting Plywood

To prevent your cut line from tearing:
1. Always use an appropriate blade for plywood, and be sure that it’s sharp. The blade that came with your saw – whether you bought or rented it – is likely inadequate.
2. Be sure the good face of your plywood is closer to the outside of the blade. So on a table saw, the...

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Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

by Chris Gardner

The circular saw is perfect when portability is crucial. At home, provided it you use it safely, it makes an ideal first power saw, as it can do both rip cuts and cross cuts, and will continue to find uses in woodworking and DIY applications.

 

Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

 


Size and Blades.
The standard blade size for a corded circular saw is 7 1/4”, though there’s at least one 9 5/8” model. Cordless saws are generally smaller, and come in 5 3/8” and 6 1/2”. The choice is up...

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