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Pliers

Bent vs. Straight Nose Pliers

Long nose and needle nose pliers are two important types of gripping pliers for work that requires long reach. These pliers are both available in two nose configurations: the normal straight one and an angled version, also called ‘bent’ or ‘curved’. If you have ever bought a pair of these pliers, you might have wondered […]

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Sawing Woodworking saws

Rip vs. Cross-cut – What’s the Difference?

In the context of sawing, woodworkers talk about ripping cuts and cross-cuts, or ripping and cross-cutting. If you are new to the field, just as I was a few years ago, you might be wondering: what do these two terms mean, and why does it matter? The short answer to this question, as I learned […]

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Sawing Woodworking saws

Do You Really Need a Table Saw?

A table saw is arguably one of the best and most versatile tools you can have in your shop – many consider it an absolute essential for woodworking. But table saws are also big, heavy and expensive, and need a very large working space around them, consuming your valuable shop floor space. Whether you are […]

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Woodworking

Using a Metal Lathe for Wood

As a new owner of a small-sized metal lathe, I was wondering if I could use this lathe also for small woodworking projects. After spending the money and dedicating the space for the machine, I thought, I had better to put it to maximal use. Through testing and trying the lathe with different tools and […]

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Drilling

Spade vs. Forstner Bits

Spade bits and Forstner bits are two drill bit types that you can use to cut large-diameter holes into wood and wood products. Each type has its advantages and limitations, and choosing between them is not always easy for the beginning woodworker. In this article, I compare these two bit types based on my experience, […]

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Electronics

The Art of Electronics: The X-Chapters – Reviewed

The Art of Electronics: The x-Chapters by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill (Cambridge, 2020) is a companion volume to the popular The Art of Electronics (3rd edition, Cambridge, 2015) by the same authors. Announced in the main volume, the x-Chapters have been ever since eagerly expected both in among industry professionals and hobbyists. After placing […]

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Pliers

Cutting pliers: types and capacities at a glance

Cutting metal wire or similar stock – nails, screws, rebar, wire rope, and so on – is a recurring task in the shop, around the house and at the job site. While the heaviest wire and rod must be cut by sawing or grinding, the frequent small-to-medium gauge cutting jobs are most conveniently achieved using […]

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Woodworking

Benefits of Woodworking

Should you take up woodworking? You might have thought about starting to work with wood, or if you are reading this article, chances are that you are considering it now. While we often pick up hobbies instinctively based on spontaneous interest, without a detailed consideration of the pros and cons of alternative pastimes, I think […]

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Woodworking saws

Festool vs. Makita Guide Rails: Just the Same?

Plunge-cut circular saws are a central tool in most modern woodshops. These saws, often also called track saws, owe their accuracy and ease of use to guide rails or tracks. Although the tracks are usually specific to the saw brand, two of the leading manufacturers, Festool and Makita, carry very similar-looking models. If you are […]