• Huddle Up!

    Construction is a team sport that demands training, practice, discipline, coordination, and a clear game plan.

  • Hall of Fame 2003

    Honoring the people behind the tools that changed our lives.

  • The Inventors

  • Hip Huggers: Toolbelts

  • Raising a 25-Ton Stone

  • Inspection-Ready Checklist

  • Portable Table Saw Stand

  • Cordless Drill/Drivers

    As both a master plumber and master electrician, I drill more holes for pipe and wire in a day than most tradesmen might in a week. It seems like I've got a drill in my hands most of the day, and more often than not it's a cordless tool. Using cordless drills improves convenience, safety, and speed...

  • Johnson Level & Tool Tape Measure

  • Senco Screwgun

  • Agatec Laser Level

  • Cabinet Installer's Toolbox

    Whether you install a kitchen a week or a half dozen customs a year, having task-specific tools on site increases both productivity and quality. From layout to lifting and scribing to screwing, check out some of the tools I use to help streamline the process and make sometimes troublesome details...

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    Tools Without Borders

    Tracking the landscape of the tool industry is sort of like mapping Europe since the Cold War ended.

  • Ryobi Combo Kit

  • Load Hog Dump Truck Bed

  • Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber

    Engineered lumber does everything solid-sawn lumber does, except better. It's stronger, lighter, straighter, and more stable. But working with I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is different than solid-sawn lumber, so check out these tips for getting better, faster results.

  • Metabo UHE 28 Multi

  • Tom Law Has Five or Six Hundred Handsaws

  • 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saws

    When I field-tested 12 new models, I checked-out depth and bevel adjustments, guard operations, view of the cut line, and, of course, power. I also looked for features like easy blade changes, electric brakes, adequate dust ejection, and comfort.

  • Combination Hammers

    Working in concrete and masonry can be fun?at least in theory. Knocking down a brick or block wall, drilling anchor holes in concrete, and even hogging off ceramic tile can be an adrenaline-rich, physical diversion from the office and clients. But anyone who's spent much time drilling or chipping...

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    Training Day

  • 2003 Editors' Choice Awards

  • Ridge Tool Line Locator

  • Paktek Tool Bag

  • 3x21-Inch Belt Sanders

    Beads of sweat collect on my brow whenever I hand out belt sanders during the boat building classes I teach. In the wrong hands these powerful tools can easily do more damage?like sanding through the hull of a boat in seconds?than good. The same is true for belt sanders on the jobsite. A racing...

  • Masonry Magic

  • Robert Wilkins Starts a Hospital Woodworking Program

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    Router conversion kits are the latest evolution in router design and utility. By using a detachable, exchangeable motor that can be transferred in and out of either a plunge-base or a fixed-base configuration, tool manufacturers provide two routers in one package.

  • Safety First: OSHA's Big Four

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is focusing its attention on what some call the 'Big 4' causes of jobsite injuries and deaths: falls, trench and excavation accidents, electrocutions, and workers being struck by or caught by equipment. In addition to the focus on these...

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    We're in Bad Hands

  • Hal Look Knows What Tools You Need

  • Cut-Off Saws

    Long before I became a builder, I used gasoline-powered portable cut-off saws in the Air Force for crash and rescue recovery work to cut through automobile and airplane wreckage and buildings. I left the Air Force long ago, but not the saws. Now I build homes in Santa Fe, N.M., and work with as...

  • Compressors

    For large jobs, I run from four to six framing nailers per crew, and I need a compressor that keeps up as those carpenters are nailing like crazy. Whether we're gang?nailing sheathing or sinking nails into LVL, when the compressor tank is drawn down, waiting for a weak compressor to cycle on or...

  • Craftsman 21830 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

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    Where is Generation 'T'?

  • Ryobi Portable Table Saw

  • Gorgonz Work Gloves

  • Raising the Bar

  • 19 Steps to Site-Built Stairs

    Most of the custom homes I build have two stories and therefore require a set of stairs, and, except for a wrought iron spiral job, every staircase gets built on site. To make it easy to remember all the nuances of stair framing, I use a three-stage building checklist that helps me stay on track as...

  • Laser Distance Meters

    I can't count the number of times I've needed the dimensions, square footage, or volume of a room quickly and wished there was a faster way. In new construction, getting measurements with a tape is time consuming. In remodels, taking these measurements can be tedious. The only solution is to put my...

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    High-Volume, Low-Pressure Paint Sprayers

    High-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) paint sprayers are light, mobile, and provide a finish far superior to even your nicest paintbrush. They also make the job go faster and are less tiring than painting by hand. As a cabinetmaker and on-site finisher, I've used HVLP sprayers for more than 15 years...

  • Door-Hanger's Toolbox

    I don't know of any trade that requires as many specialized tools as door hanging. Sure, you can do a perfect job with a circular saw, a sharp set of chisels, and a jack plane, but these days, production?not just craftsmanship ?is a prerequisite to earning a living as a finish carpenter, and that...

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    My First Truck

  • Partner Chain Saw

  • Medium Crown Staplers

    As a framing contractor, I use medium crown staplers to fasten acres of wall sheeting every year, but they're also invaluable for building interior details like tub platforms, shower seats, fireplace surrounds, and arches. I used to tackle these projects with a framing nailer, building 2-by pony...

  • Quick Layout and Double-Checks: A Framer's Notebook

    By Steve Veroneau. Picture these scenarios: You've agonized to measure, double-check, and line up a complicated roofline, but after nailing up the rafters, you notice that the fascia lines are out of whack. Here are a few layout methods with built-in double-checks that can help solve problems...

  • Power Rules: Avoid Jobsite Electrocution

    You may not think much of taping up a dinged extension cord, but this common practice is not only dangerous, but it also could set you up for a hefty fine if an OSHA compliance officer sees it in use. Here are some serious reminders about electrical safety.

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    2003 Launch Time

    Manufacturers are unveiling an array of new product picks packed with features and specs to satisfy every toolhound.

  • Masonry Magic: Installing Manufactured Stone Products

    You can install manufactured stone on interior and exterior applications over most types of construction surfaces, and you don't need wall-ties, footings, or special structural support to hold the stone -- even in earthquake regions.

  • Give Me a Brake: Tips for Working with Metal

    We brake metal all over our remodeling projects and use it for everything from flashing to fascia material. Over my 20-year remodeling career, I've learned a few things about getting it right. A simple gauge, proper nailing, and using the correct bends speeds up installation, prevents callbacks...