More stories about Home-Made and Modified Tools

  • The One Tool You Can't Buy – A Hand

    Ronald Walters has two hands. But he wanted a third. So he made one.

  • Home-Made Wormdrive Gears

    Why is it so hypnotic to watch wooden gears turn?

  • Neal’s Way Cool Home-Made Truck Bed Storage

    The solution I settled on was a set of pullout drawers that deliver reach-and-grab accessibility.

  • Giant Jig for Big Ellipses

    This shop-built router jig allows the operator to accurately cut ellipses.

  • A Simple But Effective Ripping Jig

    For those of you who can't afford a plunge cutting saw and guide rail, here's an inexpensive home-made jig that does much the same thing.

  • Combination Jab Saw/Utility Knife

    I've been testing tools for years and am on a lot of mailing lists, so new tools frequently arrive on my doorstep unannounced. Most of these tools end up gathering dust in my shop but a recent arrival from the Swanson Tool Company has earned a coveted spot in my tool belt...

  • Four Over-the-Top Shops

    Here are four of the most remarkable shops I saw this year on YouTube. Screen shots cannot do them justice, so be sure to view them online.

  • Can't Get it Yet: Circular Circ Saw

    We’ve all seen concept cars – bizarre designs that are displayed at auto shows but never go into production. Well here’s the world’s first concept cordless circular saw and it’s radical.

  • The Ultimate Home-Made Table Saw

    Hector Acevedo is an excellent mechanic and craftsman. How do I know? Because I have seen photos and drawings of the cabinet saw he built from hardwood, plywood, and a mixture of home-made and purchased parts.

  • Home-Made Vertical Panel Saw

    This picture of a home-made vertical panel saw was posted on one of the WoodWeb forums. As its maker puts it, 'it's not much to look at but it works very well.'