May 25, 2010

10% Off Father's Day Gift Set at Channellock

VJ-1.gifIf you've been paying attention, last week we ran a contest giving away a nice set of Channellocks. We picked a winner (some dude named Jeff), so if you're one of the millions of people who didn't win, all is not lost! Channellock has been cool enough to pass on a coupon code for 10% off the prize gift set. The code is CP3Q1. Just enter that at check-out (at the Channellock Website), and you should be all set. More information on the set is here.

Again, the coupon code is CP3Q1 and it's valid at the Channellocks website until Father's Day.

A big thanks to Channellock for helping out with the giveaway and for supplying you, our readers, with the coupon.

Check out the gift set here.

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May 17, 2010

Win Things From Tool Snob!

lotto.jpgToday is the last chance to get entries in for the DeWalt Magnetic ToughCases that we're giving away. We'll be picking the winners tomorrow. Also, don't forget that you have the chance to win a Channellock Gift Set as well (you've got till Friday on that one).

More on the DeWalt giveaway here.

More on the Channellock giveaway here.

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Laist's Interview with Timothy Dahl

charles_hudson.jpgWe were checking our analytics program the other day and saw that we were getting some traffic from a website called Laist. We checked it out and it's a LA-based magazine that did an interview with Timothy Dahl, founder and writer of DIY website Charles & Hudson. In the interview, he was kind enough to mention Tool Snob as a blog he recommends and thus the traffic.

We've known Timothy via email for a couple years now and we're happy that he and his site are getting some good press. There's a whole lot of great information over there and he ranges from simple fixes to tools to design issues. There is also his great series of DIY City Guides (which we mentioned a year ago here).

The bottom line is that you should check out Charles and Hudson and if you're interested, the interview with Timothy Dahl.

Charles & Hudson

Dahl's interview is here.

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April 30, 2010

Bizarre Hong Kong Apartment

This has nothing to do with tools, but our guess is that if you get all excited about a new Festool release or a drill bit innovation, you'll be interested in this. It's a little video about a 330 square foot apartment in Hong Kong and the extremely creative approach that was taken to utilize the space. It's very cool and probably worth the 4 minutes it takes to watch.

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April 14, 2010

Pounded Thumb - 40 to Follow

pounded_thumb.pngTony Saucier of the DIY website Pounded Thumb has compiled 40 sites that he thinks are worth following on Twitter (and in general). The sites are ones that stand out among the crowd for any of a number of reasons. At Tony explains,


It could be sharing tips (@make_tips), sharing deals (@northerntool), or telling great stories (@ExtremelyAvg). In any event, all are worth checking out.

And in a strange twist of fate, we made the list. Thanks Tony.

Check out the other 39 for yourself over at Pounded Thumb. It's a good collection of sites, no doubt.

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April 12, 2010

Makita 14.4-Volt Drill: 2006-2010 - R.I.P.

makita_rip.jpgThe Makita died this past weekend. Friday, it worked. Sunday, nada. It was a good drill but since we got it on the eve of the big lithium-ion explosion, it always seemed a little heavy and clunky to us. It was durable though...3-1/2 years in our hands is no treat for any tool (and in it's latter days, we were particularly rough with it). There's no doubt that while we had it, it earned its keep.

But now, we're not sure as to where to go from here. Where do you guys stand? What are some of your favorite drills? Drop a comment and let us know.

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March 22, 2010

JawHorse Vs. WorkMate

JawhorsevsWorkmate.jpgMy latest article is up over at Popular Science. In the article, I tested the upstart Rockwell JawHorse head-to-head against the tried-and-true Black & Decker Workmate.

If you're interested, check it out here.

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March 16, 2010

200th Anniversary of the Circular Saw

circular_saw_table.gifAs the story goes, one day in 1810, Tabitha Babbitt, a Shaker woman, looked at a couple dudes working a pit saw (one account says it was her brothers) and thought to herself, 'there's got to be a better way to build this mousetrap.'

From the vantage point of our nice, heated, indoor-plumbing-equipped homes, a pit saw is a pretty crazy idea. Dig a pit, roll a log across it, position one man above and one man below, get a two-man saw, and have at it. The forward thinking Tabitha didn't like the process due to the wasted energy and effort with all the digging and the sawing (Not to mention the awkward moment when it was decided which guy was going have to work in the hole all day).

According to a nice little account over at the York Saw & Knife website,

Babbitt discovered how to solve the problem using her spinning wheel. She mounted a tin disk with notches along its circumference. Being pushed into the spinning disk cut the wood with much less effort than a pit saw. Her idea was enlarged and adopted for use by the local saw mill. Use of the circular saw became a common practice here. Because of her Shaker religion, Babbitt did not apply for a patent for her invention.

We snagged the image from the York website as well.

There are actually a number of other origin stories for the circular saw, but we like this one the best because it all happened in the little town where Tool Snob HQ is currently located. We've even been by the graveyard where, we believe, Tabitha resides.

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March 10, 2010

David Ellison: Farm Tables

Here's a great video that we first saw over at Lumberjocks. It's of a guy who's living the dream. He gave up the corporate world and now he makes farm tables. Not bad, eh?

The video has a soothing quality to it, sort of like Bob Ross' Joy of Painting.

Thanks to the wonderful people at The Sheep's Company for initially sending us the video.


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February 18, 2010

Tape Measure Trick

Amaze your friends! Stun your coworkers! Be the smartest, most interesting person on the job site!

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