Articles by: Kristen Scanlan

Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

By Bob Duncan Sometimes it is difficult to fit a sanding drum or rotary tool into a tight section of an intarsia or fretwork design. You can always hand-sand, but that’s often tedious and uncomfortable. The best tool to reach for is often a rasp, but the utility of traditional […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Tornado 1000 Dust Collector

Tornado 1000 Dust Collector

By Bob Duncan Several commercial tabletop dust collectors are available, as are a host of plans for shop-made versions. The Tornado 1000, which is made in the USA by SMC Enterprises, stands out thanks to its large working area and the vast amount of air it can move. The Tornado […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy

Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy

By Bob Duncan While there is a variety of wood putty out there to fill nail holes or minor dings, Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy makes the repair process even easier. This two-part epoxy putty comes in a variety of colors; you can also mix custom colors using the standard selection. To […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Black & Decker Autosense Drill

Black & Decker Autosense Drill

By Bob Duncan Everyone who has ever used a cordless drill as a power screwdriver has experienced the moment when you squeeze the trigger a little too hard and … CRACK! … snap the wood around the screw. This will never happen with Black & Decker’s new Autosense cordless drill. […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Product Review – Ply90 Brackets

Product Review – Ply90 Brackets

By Bob Duncan When you’re displaying your work at craft or art shows, you often need temporary shelving or display space. The shelves need to be sturdy and solid, but you also need to be able to take them down quickly. Ply90 brackets turn ordinary 1/2″- to 3/4″-thick plywood into […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Smart Jars Pegboard Organizers

Smart Jars Pegboard Organizers

By Bob Duncan Pegboard always seems like a good idea, but for tools, I’ve moved to a shelf/drawer system. But I kept the 4×8 sheet of pegboard tacked to my shop wall, because, well, it should be good for something. At Maker Faire in New York City last September, I […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Black & Decker 8-volt Impact Screwdriver

Black & Decker 8-volt Impact Screwdriver

By Bob Duncan Black & Decker’s compact 8-volt Rechargeable Impact Screwdriver is one of the handiest tools in my shop. It is designed for small jobs, like general household repairs. The tool has a 1/4″ hex shaft chuck, and it comes with an integrated LED light that turns on when […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Porter Cable  20-Volt Lithium Ion Battery Tools

Porter Cable 20-Volt Lithium Ion Battery Tools

By Bob Duncan Porter Cable has created a set of interchangeable tools that use the same battery and charger. The company has kept prices down by selling some tools without chargers, assuming you’ve already bought the charger with another set. The basic set includes a 1/2″-chuck cordless drill and a […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Product Review – Rockler Bench Cookie Bridge Caps

Product Review – Rockler Bench Cookie Bridge Caps

By Bob Duncan Rockler popularized non-skid work supports with their Bench Cookies Wood Grippers, which resemble a hockey puck and have non-slip rubber on the top and bottom. They grip both the bench and the project firmly, allowing you to work on a piece without clamping it. The company has […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Sjöbergs Smart Vise

Sjöbergs Smart Vise

By Bob Duncan Sjöbergs, the company that has set the standard for full-size workbenches and smaller carver’s benches, has created a mobile workstation they call the Smart Vise. The Smart Vise measures 14 1/4″ by 14 1/4″, can be clamped to any table or workspace, and includes a versatile bench […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews