July 10, 2009
Imagine if you were allowed to fix things using only duct tape and bailing twine. While the end results would likely be functional, in another way it would be a total disaster. It would display your cleverness, but also your complete ignorance of acceptable standards and fine craftsmanship. There I Fixed it is a website devoted to people who happily walk this path of creative solutions.
Check out thereifixedit.com.
June 19, 2009
Erica and her two assistants are at it again. This time she's teaching us how to hang a door. Nevermind that Erica manages to boil down the difficult process into about 3 steps, each of which seemingly takes 30-seconds. The details here are sort of besides the point. We're not so sure that the Hot for Tools videos are really about learning how to fix up your house. Maybe we were tipped off by the fact that one of the tags for the video is "boobs."
For her next episode, we hope that Erica demonstrates how to use the Bosch Brute Jackhammer. That, we would like to see.
And now, on to Erica....
June 18, 2009
If you live in Columbus, Ohio, or even if you live within a thousand miles of Columbus, Ohio, you should go to the Power Tool Drag Races this weekend. They're being held at the Columbus Idea Foundry from 4 to 6. If you want to enter your own dragster, you still have time because registration ends this Friday. If you don't have the time, but want to enter next year, they're holding a workshop on how to make your own tools into drag racers. How cool is that?
This is the first annual Columbus race and we hope that all of you who are able to go make it out for the event. It looks like a lot of fun, and the more people who show, the better the chance of it becoming an institution. Just think, someday you can tell your grandkids, "I was at the very first Columbus Power Tool Drag Race..."
Prizes for the event are being supplied by the great Ohio Power Tool and other sponsors include C.H. Hanson and Skil. There is more information on the Drag Races at the official site (http://www.powertooldragracescolumbus.com/).
In the spirit of the races, we'll send a tool to the first person who correctly identifies the movie that the above image came from. Just leave it in the comments.
If you haven't heard of Big Ass Fans, they're a company that makes the very small fans used to cool down computer micro-processors. We're kidding. They actually make the largest freaking fans you've ever seen. They're so big they look like they fell off the top of a Blackhawk helicopter.
Anyway, not only are they very cool and very massive, they're also very durable. The above picture was taken at a shoe factory in Missouri after a tornado ripped through and took the ceiling off (click the pic to enlarge and get all the details). It's impressive, you'd think the fans would be the first things to go.
Big Ass Fans aren't just for industrial use though. It seems that they're catching on in the residential market as well. They're really a low energy way to move air around the house. It looks like they also help with LEED accreditation. Not to mention that Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has one in his living room.
To learn more, check out the Big Ass Fans website here.
June 12, 2009
This is great. Our pals over at Tool Crib have compiled the ultimate Harbor Freight buyers guide. It's a massive list of what tools are worth buying (for maybe one or two uses) and which ones to avoid like the plague. The article is split into the following chapters...
1) Developing Your Harbor Freight Shopper Philosophy
2) Top Ten Things NOT to Buy at Harbor Freight (Humor)
3) Derogatory yet Slightly Loving Harbor Freight Nicknames
4) My Harbor Freight Prediction: Prices Way Up Soon... End of the HF?
5) The List: Good Enough, the Bad, and the Abysmal
6) Harbor Freight Tips and Tidbits
7) Harbor Freight Resources Used in this Article
That pretty much says it all. It's fantastic stuff and a good example of why the internet was invented in the first place. If you have your own harbor freight stories, you're encouraged to leave a comment at Tool Crib. It might make it to the next update to the guide.
Check out the Harbor Freight Buyer's Guide here.
June 9, 2009
Tedd Benson has been a major force in the revival of timber framing. He's written books, appeared on This Old House, and most importantly, involves himself deeply in the actual construction of these aesthetically unique structures. We've been fans for quite a while and even reviewed our favorite of his books as one of our first posts on the site (here). There was also a time not all that long ago, when we were on the verge of heading to New Hampshire to beg for a job at his company, Bensonwood.
The other day, a carpenter/writer pal of ours pointed us to Benson's blog (www.teddbenson.com) and it's as impressive as the man's timber frame portfolio. Not surprisingly, Benson has a very thoughtful approach to the ideas of shelter, family, and generally how we live (and how little we really need in order to get by). The posts are lengthy, engaging, and well worth the time to read and consider.
If you're interested in more information on how the age old craft of timber framing collides with the computer era, we suggest reading this nice article from Tools of the Trade (written by the aforementioned carpenter/writer pal).
Check out Benson's blog here. Also, the Bensonwood portfolio is well worth a perusal.
Books by Tedd Benson at Amazon.com
June 4, 2009
Once 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
June 3, 2009
If 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
May 27, 2009
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
Answer later this week...