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
Dremel 4200

Dremel 4200

By Bob Duncan Dremel constantly makes changes to their rotary tools. The 4200 incorporates a new toolless bit-changing system with a number of popular accessories. The new bit-changing system alone is worth the price of the kit. Gone are the days of hunting for a little wrench or fighting with […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Product Review – Pégas Super Skip Blades

Product Review – Pégas Super Skip Blades

By Mindy Kinsey The new Super Skip blades from Pégas have wider gaps between the teeth than the normal skip-tooth configuration, creating a blade that cuts very quickly. In fact, these blades move so quickly that I had to turn the saw speed down while I got used to the […]

by November 9, 2016 Product Reviews
Product Review – Scroll Saw Tape

Product Review – Scroll Saw Tape

By Mindy Kinsey Advanced Converting Technologies Inc. in London, Ont., Canada, makes tape. According to the company’s president, Jack Brown, they were researching drop cloth tape for the paint industry when they found our mention of it. Intrigued, Jack contacted us and sent a sample of his double-sided repositionable tape […]

by November 9, 2016 Product Reviews