8 Best Hand Planes (Covering 4 Essential Types)

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Hand planes are a vital part of any woodcrafter’s set of tools. But while there are a wide range of hand plane types out there, you will rarely need more than three or four. Hand planes are often also called bench planes, although they are different from an actual bench-mounted wood plane. What follows are … Read more

19 Different Types of Hand Planes (and Their Uses)

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In an age where powered tools are taking over, it might come as a surprise to find the humble hand plane still in high demand. However, one look at the sheer power of traditional Japanese carpentry and the precision of a well-maintained kanna (Japanese plane) is all it takes to prove why this simple tool … Read more

8 Best Saw Horses (for Jobsite or DIY Use)

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Sawhorses are an unsung hero in the workplace. These simple devices make it easy to measure and cut wooden planks, boards, and even sometimes serve as legs for makeshift tables. There are a lot of different models out there, not all of which are up to par, so we’ve narrowed down the field to make … Read more

7 Best PVC Pipe Cutters (for Professional and Home Use)

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Back in the day, you needed more than one pipe and tubing cutter in your toolbox to handle the wide range of metal and composite materials. Today, the vast majority of pipes use PVC or CPVC, and most tubing is constructed using PEX. As a result, you need far fewer cutting tools and generally upgrade … Read more

36 Different Types of Shovels (and Their Uses)

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When you think of a shovel, you likely picture a square or pointed surface attached to a handle, and give no further thought. However, such a simple concept actually has quite a few variations and is not only one of the most versatile tools out there, but one of the most specialized at the same … Read more

7 Best Speed Squares for Framing and Woodworking

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Often considered to be the single most valuable measuring tool in carpentry and construction, speed squares not only allow for perfect 45 and 90 degree angles, they can also serve as a ruler and even a crosscut fence for your saw or router. Due to their portability and versatility, having the best speed square possible … Read more

How to Use a Pole Saw (Manual and Powered)

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Pole saws can be a little more difficult to use and control than a normal saw due to their handle length. That’s not to say it’s hard to master one of these tools, once you get the hang of it. There are three major uses for a pole saw: Brush Clearing – The process of … Read more