More stories about Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI

  • 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.

  • What Not to Wear to an Arc Flash Test

    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...

  • Tim Landry and Dwight Sherman

    You think you've got a lot of tools? The three super-size Berland's House of Tools near Chicago, where Dwight Sherman and Tim Landry run the show, each boast 30,000 square feet of tool space, housing 30,000 SKUs of tools from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. They should really be called Berland's...