June 4, 2009

Some Interesting Articles from Around the Internet...

r2d2_punk.jpgOnce again, we've run out of time to post anything original, so here are a few articles written by others that caught our eye. We figured you're sick of excavator videos.

Steampunked R2D2 (at b3ta.com)

Six Top DIY Project Kits You Can Buy (at Popular Mechanics)

How To Build A Mentos And Diet Coke Booby Trap (at Instructables)

Crown Molding: Mitering vs. Coping. Which Do You Do? (at Fine Homebuilding via Rob Yagid @ Twitter)

Buy the House from Ferris Bueller (at Charles & Hudson)

Win a Gutster at Extreme How-To (at Extreme How-To)

Poison Ivy FAQ (at Poison Ivy Info Center) please don't ask why this is top of mind

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June 3, 2009

Pizza Boss 3000 Pizza Slicer

pizza_slicer.jpgIf you don't trust your dad enough to get him a real circular saw for Father's Day, you can get him this pizza slicer that looks like one. It's sort of the same thing in a 'not really' kind of way.

His chest will puff up as he cuts slices of extra-cheese and he won't lose a finger when there's a little kickback. Depending on how this thing works, it might be good for rigid insulation too.

$14.99 at Perpetual Kid

h/t Foolish Gadgets

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May 27, 2009

Insane Bandsaw Skills

This is very cool.

It's impossible, but try and guess what he's making.

The video is a promotion for an interactive DVD magazine called Woodworking in Action. More info on the magazine at woodworkinginaction.com

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What the eff is this?

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Answer later this week...

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May 20, 2009

Xactware Construction Flash Games

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If you're down with dopey flash games, click over to Xactware and go to town. They've got three games, all of which make the original Pong look like advanced computing technology. But still, if you've got nothing to do for three or four minutes, they're worth a look and they're all vaguely construction related.

There's a memory game, an obstacle course game, and one where you move items around a floor plan. Exciting.

Xactware is the maker of some high-powered construction software for estimating and project management.

The games are here.

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May 12, 2009

Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Awards from the Hardware Show

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If there ever was a beauty pageant for the tool lover, it's the National Hardware Show (in Vegas no less). All of the latest and greatest tools are exhibited and the Judge Judys of the tool world (i.e. magazine editors, freelance writers, and obnoxious bloggers like us, etc) are on hand to snoop, sniff, and generally suss out the successes from the failures. Popular Mechanics was on hand for the event and they've released their thoughts on the best tools to emerge from this year's crop.

Looking at their list makes us wish we had made the trip out to the show. They've collected some tools we're familiar with, like the Goldblatt Blade Runner and the amazing Nail Jack (our review here), but they've also found a few things that we've yet to see or even hear about, such as the Little Giant Six-Foot Step Ladder, the Deck Wrecker, and an amazing looking level from C.H. Hanson.

We're hoping to get a closer look at some of these tools in the upcoming days, but in the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out the list at Popular Mechanics.

Best of 2009 Hardware Show at Popular Mechanics

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May 7, 2009

The Ridiculous Power of Excavators

When it comes to large scale demo, all the fancypants prybars in the world aren't going to help you. So put away your Artillery Bar, your FuBar, and your Dead-On Annihilator and hire an excavator. Here are two videos we found of just that kind of awe-inspiring destruction.

We've seen a similar scene first hand and what it did was leave us with a blinding respect for the power of hydraulics. When these things get going, it's like the house isn't even there.

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April 28, 2009

Tools.com?

tools_com.jpgWe've seen references in a few places about the launch of a new site called tools.com. Currently the site is nothing more than a placeholder with some extensive legal disclaimers and a place to leave your email address so you can be notified when the site officially launches. The tag line, "the right tool at the right price," makes us to think it's some sort of retail/price comparison site, maybe with a reader ranking system like over at Tool-Rank and ToolCritic or possibly some kind of auction site. Judging from the detailed legal disclaimers, it's either backed by a little coin or someone has a kickass legalzoom.com account. We're also pretty intrigued by the line, "Our site is not directed towards children 13 years of age or younger..." Sweet.

No matter what it is, 'the best thing to happen to tools since electricity' is quite a claim, particularly after watching an episode of Hot for Tools. So head on over to tools.com and log in to get alerted when the site launches. Or if you don't want to, we've done it and we'll probably post something here when it all goes down.

Tools.com

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April 24, 2009

Lenox Blades Cut Car in Half

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Apparently as part of Lenox's trade show demonstrations they've been cutting cars in half (more pictures here). From the looks of it, they're just cutting the roof and the stripped out floor of the car, not the doors or any of the exhaust system underneath. So in a functional sense, when you think about the amount of metal being cut, it's impressive, but not too surprising that a high-quality recip blade is up for the task. But from a showmanship perspective it's a different story. You've got to love the amount of effort involved just to make a cut that takes ninety seconds. Watching this makes us wonder if the $500 trade-in on the old Jeep is worth it, or if we should keep the vehicle around for blade testing purposes.

Here's a video...

Lenox blades at Amazon.com

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April 21, 2009

Cool Tools is Looking for an Editor

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Cool Tools
(the website, not the TV show) is currently looking for an editor to take over for at least a few months while Kevin Kelly finishes up his book. This is a good opportunity for anyone out there who reads sites like Tool Snob and thinks that they could do a far better job of it because running a daily website is totally easy.

If you're a writer with an interest in all of the odd little items that make life easier, you should consider applying. Not only would it be a good experience, but Cool Tools would be an great site to be associated with. Don't fool yourself though, there's a decent workload associated with the position. Posting every day takes a lot of time, especially at first.

There are details on what they're looking for, how much you'll be paid, and how to apply here.

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