September 19, 2013
We've been fans of Arbortech for a long time. First we heard about their insane AS170 Brick and Mortar Saw (here are our thoughts on an earlier version of the tool) and then we discovered that they also carry a line of interesting woodworking/carving tools, most notably, the Power Chisel and the Mini-Grinder. Not too long ago, they released a very intense grinder attachment called the TURBOPlane. It took the concept of a power planer and stuck it on the end of a whirling grinder chuck. It's pretty badass and the rate at which it removes wood is really impressive (our review is here).
So now, we got word that they're on the verge of releasing a smaller version of the tool called the Mini-TURBO. They were nice enough to get one into our hands. We gave it a good test run and here's what we think. Continue reading: "Arbortech Mini-TURBO - Review"
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September 5, 2013
This isn't a review as much as it's a high-five, fist-pound, belly-bump to Paslode for their Fuel + Nail packs. Since we got the li-ion version of the Paslode finish gun, we've hardly even picked up a pneumatic nailer. Why bother? The Paslode has all of the power with none of the compressor hassle. Gone are hoses, finding an outlet for the compressor, obnoxious filling noise, and just lugging the thing around. Goodbye.
So Paslode offers, these Fuel + Nail packs where you get 1000 galvy finish nails and a fuel pack. By a total coincidence, a fuel pack is good for approximately 1000 nails. They sent us one to check out and it all works like you'd expect it would. One really nice touch is that each pack includes an adapter nozzle so the gas canister can be used with the NiCd version of the tool. The connection in the Li-Ion gun is much better and not as fragile, but if you already own the older gun, these will work for you too.
Overall, they're really convenient and they eliminate that constant feeling we used to have where we were always worried about running out of fuel half way through a job.
The packs are around $20 and are available at Home Depot or online (or your local tool store).
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September 3, 2013
We've been waiting on the Festool Carvex for a while...maybe almost three years since we first heard about it. We got a chance to play with one at the JLC show a few years back and at the time it seemed like the jigsaw that would solve all of our jigsaw problems (accuracy, straight cuts, tight scrolls, etc). Then we heard that its release was delayed...and it disappeared for a while...but now it's here. When Festool offered to send us one to check out, we hopped at the opportunity. This one looks like it has it all. And as it turns out, it does have it all. But only if "all" includes a functionality problem that unfortunately cancels out much of the good that it has to offer and makes it a tool we can't recommend. A real and total bummer. Continue reading: "Festool Carvex 420 Jigsaw - Review"
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August 31, 2013
Why not bring in the holiday weekend with a little disorderly conduct and indecent exposure? There's really not a whole lot to say here, so we're going to leave it at the above picture and the following sentence from the Smoking Gun piece. You can decide for yourself whether you want to click through to the link or not (you probably will).
Officers were dispatched to [Home Depot] "in reference to a male and female entering a display shed on the property, closing the door behind themselves and remaining inside,"
Probably just checking to see if there's enough room for the wheelbarrow and the lawn mower.
"More Saving, More Doing"....indeed.
Picture and story from The Smoking Gun here.
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August 29, 2013
If only I'd known about these six months ago when we were framing the addition. They look waaaaay easier than traditional anchor bolts. The press release is after the jump with all kinds of information (the kind of technical stuff that we're not even going to bother summarize here). There is also an explanation of "Advanced Threadform Technology," if you're into that wild kind of nomenclature. Continue reading: "Large Diameter Tapcons"
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August 27, 2013
So this is a neat idea. It seems to have some limitations, but overall the thought behind it is solid. The SideJob Cargo Racks are a retro-fit storage system that attach to the side of your van and allow you to carry around additional sheet goods or some lumber. According to the website, the racks can hold up to eight sheets of plywood or 32 2x4s. Continue reading: "SideJob Cargo Racks"
Read More in: Benches, Stands, and Storage
August 19, 2013
If you're reading this and you don't get the Grainger catalog at least once every couple years, there's a disconnect going on. You've got to get on that one. It's even free.
It might even be the most massive catalog in the history of catalogs. Coming in at over 3-inches thick and having 4674 pages, the thing is truly a beast. And what's in the Grainger catalog, you ask? It would actually be easier to list the things that aren't in the Grainger catalog. It pretty much has everything associated with building stuff. It's hard to sum up in a few sentences. Continue reading: "The Grainger Catalog"
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August 12, 2013
The Pro Tool Innovation Awards looks like it's shaping up to be the Thunderdome of the tool world. In this Bartertown, hosted by the guys at Pro Tool Reviews, tool manufacturers put their newest innovations in front of a panel of independent judges who determine the best of the best. There are over 140 categories (yowza!) ranging from tools to accessories to fastening products. The winners are chosen based on how they've innovated to change the industry. Innovation comes in many forms: Ergonomics, power, weight-reduction, speed, battery-life, and value...these are just a few areas being looked at. So which tools are the best? We'll just have to wait a little longer to find out. The doors are now open for manufacturer's submissions.
More information is here including how to be alerted when the winners are chosen.
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August 5, 2013
At least we hope it's for real. I think it was two years ago that it was on the verge of US release and then it was pulled at the last minute. It was so close that I got to test drive one at that year's JLC show. But then word went out that it was a no-go. If I recall, Festool said that it had to do with a performance issue.
But now, it's back again and slated for a September 1 release.
We're usually pretty impressed with Festool products, their four-headed drill is a champ and the RO 90 DX Rotex sands like the devil himself. I've never used any of their Trion Jigsaws, but I've actually heard quite a few luke warm things from those who have. Sort of a, "yeah, it's kinda cool, but...."
That said, the Carvex, their new line of jigsaws, looks to be above and beyond. That's really the only way to describe a tool that has a four LED strobe light that shines on the blade, timed to the stroke. So when you're using the tool, the blade looks like it's standing still. Seriously. Check it out here: Continue reading: "Festool Carvex Is Almost Here (for reals this time, yo)"
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July 15, 2013
Rebuilding Together is taking entries for their Tradesperson of the Year award.
Tradesperson of the Year is a pro. Someone who builds for a living, but who also uses their trade experience to give back to his/her community in meaningful ways. For example, going the extra mile to help with Sandy reconstruction, working with Habitat, donating time to rebuild a historic structure in their town or working with Rebuilding Together, etc.
Rebuilding Together is seeking nominees right now and the finalists/winner will be declared at Deck Expo|Remodeling in Chicago.
The nomination page is here.
The prize is $500 cash, a $1000 Lowe's gift card, and a trip to the Super Bowl. Not bad.
It looks like there are also five runner-ups who will get $100 Lowe's gift cards.
Image from Homefail.com
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