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Stationary Power Tools

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Tricked Out Miter Saw Cart

    Five wheels and a half-sheet of plywood are all it took to build this ingenious mobile base.

  • Hacking a Miter Saw

    The Amish carpenter who converted this machine from electric to gas may not consider it a hack. But it is.

  • Draw and Cut

    A new way to set up a twin-blade utility knife.

  • The Baddest Cordless Drill Yet

    According to its maker this soon-to-be-released model will be the most powerful tool of its kind.

  • DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so.

  • 18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws

    Cordless is convenient, but not if it sacrifices power and runtime. This tool test puts 10 cordless recip saws through their paces.

  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

  • Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun

    See how the new 18-volt Senco DS215-18V autofeed screw gun fared in our field-testing.

  • Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall

    The M18 Fuel is the first cordless recip saw with a brushless motor from Milwaukee. See how it measures up in terms of speed, power, and runtime.

  • Working With Wormdrive Saws

    A look at what's new in Bosch and Skil wormdrive saws.

  • Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Multi-Tool

    A handy remodeling tool for everything from delicate material removal to finishing touches, Steve Demetrick reviews this Bosch cordless model.

  • Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver

    The Dimpler works with your existing corded or cordless drill, giving you most of the benefits of a dedicated screw gun at a fraction of the cost.

  • Hougen HMD904 Magnetic Drill

    A contractor reviews this portable drill, which when equipped with annular cutters, greatly reduces the time required to drill up to 1 1/2-inch-diameter holes in steel up to 2 inches thick.

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