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Four technology trends that will change how you build and remodel.
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When Bosch introduced its first line of pneumatic nailers last spring, it claimed that the tools were 20 percent smaller and 10 percent more powerful than the competition.
SawStop has introduced a new 3-hp 230-volt Professional Cabinet Saw aimed at low-volume shops.
Carbide Wood Flooring Router Bit Sets let you mill tongue-and-groove flooring from solid or engineered wood.
The concept behind Kubinec Strapping Kits is simple: You wrap polyester straps around a load and tighten them with a ratcheting tensioner.
The HD 5687 — Skil's attempt to re-enter the pro sidewinder market — has some promising features and a great price.
Rather than using a ratchet to wrap a cable around a spindle, as conventional come-alongs do, the Tirfor Griphoist has a pair of jaws that pull the cable straight through the housing with a hand-over-hand motion.
Makita's new portable table saw (2705/2705X1) meets new UL specs requiring that no tools be needed to change the blade guard.
Trying to straighten and fasten bent deck boards is no fun, especially when you're working with hardwood decking.
The SpeedCope costs way less than the $2,000 coping machines you find in a production wood shop — but it does a better job than a $35 handheld plastic template that fits only one type of molding and angle.
Renovations are a vital part of the routine at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Va., estate, which is open to the public 365 days a year. Recently, Steve Ritter’s company, Cedar Shakes and Shingles, was called upon to install decorative red cedar shingles on the bell-shaped roof of a reproduction...
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