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    Tools and techniques differ by country but are especially different in Japan.

  • New Tech Japanese Timber Framing

    In a surprising mix of old and new, computer-controlled machines cut house parts that will be assembled onsite by tobi-clad carpenters in steel toe ninja boots.

  • 7 Ancient And Amazing Air Compressors

    The newest is 54 years old and the oldest 89, but none of these machines are quite ready to be retired.

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    Hint: that 1970s polyester jumpsuit has to go.

  • Innovative Tool Carriers

    Here are nine of the best products for transporting and organizing your gear

  • Tools Up Close: Makita LXSL01 Cordless Miter Saw

    Over the past decade or so, a revolution of sorts has been occurring within the cordless tool industry. Thanks to improved motor and battery technology, power-hungry tools that were once available only as 110-volt corded models are being offered without cords. The list is long and includes rotary...

  • Tools from the Remodeling Show

    In mid-October I attended the Remodeling Show in Chicago. Among the exhibitors were a number of tool companies and I shot video of some of their tools being demonstrated.

  • Porter-Cable 371 Compact Belt Sander

    There are few things more satisfying than scribing a piece of trim and having it fit perfectly on the first try. Porter-Cable's 371 belt sander should make such precision scribing a lot easier.

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  • Narrow-Crown Staplers

    I remember exactly when I decided to start using pneumatic staplers on my jobsites. I was freezing my tail off installing 3/8-inch fir plywood underneath a roof overhang while standing on an aluminum plank in the middle of a Chicago winter. The job originally called for two men to install the...