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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February 16, 2010

World of Concrete 2010

world_of_jpgCopTool was there so you didn't have to be. Tons of photos and all the details on what went down here.

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February 3, 2010

Fun with Excavators: Part 2


YYYYYYEEEEEEEEHHHHHHAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!


Part one is here.

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December 21, 2009

Tape Measure Ninja

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December 15, 2009

12-Story Building Falls Over

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This happened in China. Now, we know what you're thinking, "I thought that everything made in China was done so to incredibly high quality standards?!" Well, not this time. It appears that someone was digging next to the building for an underground garage and piling the excavated dirt on the other side of the building. Even the most rudimentary knowledge of physics would start setting off alarms on that one. Again, not this time. Can you imagine the noise when this thing hit the ground?

More details, pictures, and an insane sketch of how it happened at Dr. X's Free Associations and Engineering.com

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December 3, 2009

Crazy Details in Our New House: Part Two

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The wiring here all checks out, but there's something about this junction box that just reeks of evil. It reminds us of those creatures from the Matrix that swam around looking for Neo's ship.

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November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

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This year we're giving thanks that this isn't our bathroom.

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