Tag Archives: Carpentry Tool Reviews

DeWalt 20V Max 18 Gauge Stapler Announced

DeWalt recently announced an expansion of its nailer offering with the DeWalt 20V Max 18 Gauge Stapler for narrow crown. The stapler drives 18 GA 1/4-inch narrow crown staples from 1/2- to 1-1/2-inches for installation of cabinetry, furniture, paneling, and flooring underlayment. It features a brushless motor, tool-free selectable trigger, low nail lockout, tool-free stall release […]

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Hilti 22V Cordless Brushless Cut-Out Tool

Most people will never appreciate the skill it takes to finish drywall unless they give it a shot and find out it’s a little more difficult than it looks. Not only do the walls need to be seamless, but you need to make the holes for outlets and switches accurate and in an exact location. […]

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Skilsaw Southpaw Blade Left Sidewinder

Skilsaw recently introduced the Skilsaw Southpaw Blade Left Sidewinder, an all-magnesium circular saw featuring blade left orientation and Skilsaw’s Dual-Field Motor design. The saw has a 56-degree precision beveling capacity and includes a 24-tooth Skilsaw carbide blade along with a multi-function wrench stored on board. Our Take Blade Left Vs Blade Right From the company that […]

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Makita Cordless Rear-Handle Circular Saw Video Review

The Makita Cordless Rear-Handle Circular Saw was introduced back in February with great fanfare at World of Concrete. It hit the market in April and we’ve had plenty of time to use – and put it up against 15 other cordless circular saws in a shootout. See how Makita did in our cordless circular saw shootout! What’s […]

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Milwaukee New Product Symposium 2017

The 2017 edition of the Milwaukee New Product Symposium didn’t feature a massive overarching new technology like One-Key or Fuel have in the past. Each of the core trades did come away as big winners though and everyone will love the newest portable storage solution – Milwaukee PackOut. So whether you were able to follow […]

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Best Cordless Circular Saw Shootout

Often in our shootouts, we try to keep the list of tools reasonable. With so many features to consider and tons of wood to cut, it doesn’t typically make sense to invite everyone to the party. Sometimes it’s a price point, battery voltage, or top-rated tools that make the cut. But this time, we invited everyone […]

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Festool RTS 400 REQ Sander Video Review

Festool has made some rolling changes to their already outstanding 400 series finish sanders. The new Festool RTS 400 REQ and its delta pad brother (the DTS 400 REQ) now feature a more powerful motor, updated Cleantec connection system, and bumpers to avoid damage to nearby workpieces. There are also some small ergonomic changes. The […]

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DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw Review

You have to admit that DeWalt’s introduction of the DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw is a bold move. Lithium Ion technology has advanced far enough to satisfy once skeptical tradesmen who thought battery power couldn’t supplant AC power in drills and saws. But now in table saws, too? A failure at this point would still be considered a […]

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When Using Glue-ups in Joinery is Best

For anyone starting out in woodworking, some skills take time to master. Others come more quickly. Joinery ranges from utilitarian to decorative, but it must always be dependable. Joint failure is annoying at best and dangerous at worst. A carpenter’s skill level, available tools, and application determine the joint type. Hundreds of possible configurations exist, however. Along […]

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Festool Domino DF XL 700 Joiner Review

In the world of joinery, a perfectly executed mortise and tenon joint is the holy grail of woodworking. Many a laborious hour has passed whilst I have fine-tuned an errant mortise or sanded a wayward tenon to perfection. While I find the art of joinery with hand tools to be well ….an art, the more practical […]

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