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  • "Tri-Horse" Saw Work Station

    Brian Campbell, a finish carpenter in St. Paul, Minnesota, has developed a workstation he calls the Tri-Horse, because each horse has three points of contact with the ground. It can be set up in several ways, breaks down flat for storage and transport--and you can build it yourself.

  • A Super Organized Rolling Work Station

    A Canadian cabinet maker used folding scaffolding and lean manufacturing principles to create this amazing system for storing the tools and supplies needed to assemble cabinets.

  • Earthquake Rocks Napa

    “The newer buildings that met current standards fared better, but there’s still a lot of mess to clean up inside.”

  • How Bad is the Drought in California?

    Bad. Real bad.

  • What's the Best Trade?

    Ttop 200 careers for 2014 rated on income, work environment, stress, and hiring outlook.

  • A Trip to the Hand Saw, Plane, and Chisel Factory

    While vacationing in Maine, Tools of the Trade editor, Dave Frane, made an unplanned stop at the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and was rewarded with a tour of the factory.

  • Amazing Portable Work Station

    Ron Paulk takes the best features from several earlier workbench designs and puts them into the "total Station," a single portable bench that includes a work surface, trim storage, and places for a miter saw, table saw, and router.

  • Live from Summer Camp 2014

    Matt Risinger interviews the rock stars of building science.

  • Safety is Personal

    A business owner learns a huge hard lesson when one of his workers is seriously hurt on the job.

  • Rules Prevent Solar Panels in Sunny States

    Pressure from utilities in sunny Southeastern states has put a chill on rooftop solar.

  • What's on OSHA's radar?

    With an improved economy comes an increase in job-site fatalities and injuries, and OSHA is keeping a close eye

  • Sprinkler Mandate Debated

    Buildings burn quicker today. Building codes have one answer, but there may be others.

  • Nail Prices Could Be Going Up

    Five countries are suspected of dumping nails on the U.S. market and could be hit with higher tariffs.

  • The Correct Way to Power Sand

    What do you mean it's wrong? I've been doing it that way for 30 years!

  • 3D Concrete Printer

    A Minnesota contractor built an oversize printer to fabricate homes from concrete.

  • 21st-Century Saw Horse

    Finish carpenter Brian Wilson devised the plywood Tri-Horse to break down easily for transport.

  • OSHA, the Game

    OSHA releases an online video game that helps contractors and construction workers identify jobsite hazards

  • Ingenious Architecture

    A look at the cutting edge of architectural design.

  • Recip Blade Compass

    This accessory not only cuts, in a pinch it can be used for layout.

  • Incredible Self-Propelled Dumpster

    The Equipter is a self-propelled dumpster that can be towed to the jobsite and then driven under its own power (it has a gasoline engine) to wherever it needs to be.