December 1

What you need to know about the drill press

Before you buy a new drill press you need to consider all the important factors regarding which model is right for you! For a start what is a drill press? It’s basically just a drill that’s mounted either to a bench/table or to the floor. They’re great for wood work, or metal work. You’ll find they get jobs done much more efficiently than a hand drill would do for the same job. They also save your arms a lot of work – By utilizing leverage.

Regardless of whether you’re a professional woodworker, or just a tinkerer in your spare time a drill press is a great investment. They’re fantastic for aluminum, steel, wood of all sorts, and even glass! Although depending on the material you will need to get the right drill bit accordingly. For example if you try to drill glass with a normal drill but you’re going to have some major issues! As well as risking getting yourself injured.

These days most decent drill presses will have variable speed adjustment settings, which is a bonus. The variable speed settings mean you can make the drill bit go faster, or slower, depending on what you’re drilling into. You should go for a drill press that has 1/4 Horsepower, or more, otherwise they can struggle with heavy duty tasks. You should go for a well known brand and model like the craftsman 12 inch, as they are known to be built to a high quality standard. That being said, it’s still a great idea to check that the machine you choose comes with some kind of warranty or consumer protection, in case you do run into issues.

If you like creating jewelry or other small crafts, then A Mini drill press is perfect for this (See this video). These are also highly portable little machines. Other than for the niche uses like jewellery most people use a benchtop drill, which is a good medium between portability and power. Don’t forget to check out drill press reviews before you buy, there’s always more to learn about these fascinating and useful tools!

Another useful tip is that you should always check the manual! In my time using a drill press I’ve found that the best way to not make mistakes is to first of all become very familiar with your machine. You can do this by reading your manual, watching videos, and asking more experienced experts.

 

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April 10

Best Handsaw – Buying Guide

The Hand Saw is a must have tool for just about everyone, and especially if you’re in a profession like building, wood-work, carpentry or something similar. The handsaw has far too numerous uses to list them all, but here are some: cutting trees/plant branches back, cutting wooden planks for the deck, cutting through plastic sheets or pipes, sawing off bits of wood while building a house. So as you can see most people need to have a good hand saw in their possession, even every day Joe’s.

One great thing about owning a hand saw is that it is a very portable tool. It does not require a power source, fuel or batteries. All you need to operate a hand saw is a bit of “elbow grease”. Because they’re a portable tool they’re great to have as a builder, as they’re easy to take to and from various work-sites. The hand saw is essentially just a metal blade attached to a plastic (usually) handle. The metal blade should be made out of high quality steel so that it is rigid, yet still allows some flex. Generally the metal blade on the saw has pointed shape teeth designed to stay sharp over time and cut efficiently.

As you can see the hand saw is a relatively simple tool. However, there’s still plenty of nuance involved in picking the right hand saw for you. In order to simplify this often confusing decision, we’ve taken a look at one of the top hand saws on the market.

IRWIN 20 inch Hand Saw

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For those serious about woodworking, or if you’re a professional builder then the IRWIN Universal 20 inch Hand saw is a fantastic option for you, and is the best hand saw, from my experience. IRWIN is known to produce high quality tools, and offer great customer support, so with this option you can sleep easy. When you’re sawing all day for your work you need a tool that can be extremely efficient. Thankfully this handsaw comes with triple-ground teeth made specially to cut through wood quickly. These triple ground teeth saw through wood up to three times faster than regular hand saws are able to. On top of that, this saw is also designed with ergonomics in mind, which is important when you’re holding your saw a lot you need it to be highly ergonomic so you don’t develop some kind of wrist strain or injury. You can be sure that IRWIN make great quality tools, it’s easy to tell when you visit a wood working forum that they’re well respected as a brand. I also purchase my other tools from irwin, and if you’re looking for a saw, maybe you also need a bench vise. They’re great to have on your work bench for holding pieces of wood in place while you saw through them. If that sounds like something you’re interested in check out the best bench vise guide.

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March 8

Best Bench Grinder – How to choose one

Bench grinders are a very useful machine to have in your garage.  This is true whether you’re just an everyday handyman, or if you’re a professional needing a bench grinder for your work. Because the bench grinder is such an important tool you need to make sure that you get a good one. Not all bench grinders are built with the same quality standards, but fear not – this guide aims to help make the purchasing decision an easy one by going over everything you need to know before you buy! Keep reading to find out more, we’ll go over the most important parts to help you get the best bench grinder for the money!

 

Important details for choosing a bench grinder

What type of grinding wheel?

The most fundamental part of any bench grinder is the grinding wheel. The wheel is the part that actually does the grinding, in other words, the part that spins and is located either side of the motor. So since this is such a crucial part of the tool, it’s worth giving some considerations as to what type of wheel to get. Although, you can always replace the wheels at a later time after you’ve purchased your machine. Some wheels have a much more coarse surface which is what you need for grinding certain types of materials. And on the other hand, you can get wheels which have a very fine grain on them, and remove material at a much slower rate. For most people a medium coarse wheel is just right

 

Well Built and Durable

It’s crucial to make sure that the grinder you opt for is made out of quality materials, and is well built. That way you can comfortably assume that it will do its job without breaking down, or having any mechanical issues. To ensure that the grinder you’re considering is quality, check out some bench grinder reviews. In general it is a good idea to go for brands that are well known to make high quality products, WEN tools are a good example. Another useful source of information when it comes to finding out how durable a grinder is built, is online forums, you can find many online communities to talk with about power tools.

 

Customer Support

You should choose your bench grinder from a manufacturer that offers good customer support. It can come in handy if you have any issues down the line. Some brands have great over the phone support, where as other brands don’t have any of this kind of help. You should also check out the warranty of the grinder before you buy it. In an ideal world you would not need a warranty, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Even with the highly reputed brands there are occasionally faults that can slip through the quality control.

 

How Powerful Is it?

Will you need a very powerful machine, or something more lightweight and less powerful? This depends on the sort of grinding works that you need to do, and on what sort of metals. You should check out the horsepower rating of whichever grinder you’re looking into, to make sure that it’s up to the job. The higher the HP, the more power and speed it will be able to produce. Some grinders even have a feature that allows you to adjust the RPM. This is ideal because you can alternate between low RPM and high RPM, for different materials. It’s best to get one with at least 1000 RPM otherwise it won’t be very effective.

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January 15

Picking the right Angle Grinder for your tasks

It’s a great idea for every man to have a good stock of tools in his home. So, if you’re thinking about some tool shopping, then one of the best tools to consider adding to your collection is the Angle Grinder. Not all of them offer the same quality and build excellence as the top models do. So hopefully this article can help you find one that is going to suit you perfectly, and be reliable.

 

What Is An Angle Grinder?

The Angle grinder is a type of grinding tool that has many purposes. It can be used for various things like cutting, grinding and your polishing needs. These are highly convenient and user-friendly tools that offer us a variety of functions at home and in the shed.

What you must know before you buy an angle grinder

To get the best angle grinder, there are important facts to consider. We go over them below in detail so you’re well informed when you go shopping.

 

  • Size of the disc:

The size of the disc is something you aught to be aware of. the disc is the wheel of the grinder that performs the grinding task. While buying a grinder, choose the size accurately according to your needs. The size of the disc you will need depends on the extent of the work that needs to be performed. You can find the various disc sizes for the grinders in the market ranging from 3″ – 9″+.

  • Speed:

Speed is another factor that is crucial to weigh up in the decision regarding buying an Angle grinder. The speed of an angle grinder is calculated in revolutions per minute and higher the revolutions per minute the more the angle grinder will work effectively.

  • The handle of the grinder:

While working with the machinery like angle grinders, it’s best to make sure you’r safe first of all. So for purchasing an angle grinder for your home, always check the handle. An angle grinder with the adjustable handle offers the best comfort and ergonomics. An adjustable handle also offers the users freedom to work with the grinder using both of their hands. Not only this, but a good handle will make sure the job is done accurately, and with precision.

  • Anti-vibration:

An angle grinder can only offer precision and efficiency if it’s not vibrating too much. an angle grinder uses a powerful motor for the grinding task so because of this it must have a way to manage the vibrations. Otherwise it can be rather inaccurate, and hard to hold onto properly.

  • Extra Grinder Attachments:

Always consider what optional extra comes with a specific model grinder. It always depends on the task you’d like to perform; you may even need specific disc add-ons or attachments for polishing (which can be purchased separately or as part of the package). Consider purchasing a tool like this to be an investment – that way you will base your buying decision on what will get you the most use for the money in the long term.

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November 28

Valentine’s Day Globe Base Craft Project

We have all seen directions for making those great homemade snow globes for the different holidays out of left over jars. Sometimes the jars can leave a little bit to be desired. I made some Valentine’s Day themed snow globes out of spaghetti jars one year and was sorely disappointed at how unfinished the bottom of the jars looked. I came up with the clay craft project so that you can simply slip your homemade Valentine’s Day snow globe into the clay base. Each base should cost you less than $5 depending on what type of air-drying clay you buy.

To Make this Homemade Valentine’s Day Snow globe Clay Base You Will Need:

  • Red, white, or purple acrylic paint
  • Clear acrylic spray paint
  • Air Drying Clay
  • Clay Working Tools
  • Water Spray Bottle
  • Your Glass Jar or Your Homemade Snow globe

Tip: take inspiration from whatever Valentine’s Day themed items you place in your snowglobe. You can find great plastic hearts, cupids, and more in any craft store. If you use glitter in place of snow be sure to add some to outside as well.

Start by breaking off a piece of clay. Work it into a coil by rubbing it between your hands or even on the work surface, your coil will work best if it is about ¼” thick.

Now, use these coils to wrap around the base of your glass jar. My jar is upside down, lid side down, and inserted into the clay that way. You are making the inside of the clay base; so don’t worry too much about how it looks right now.

Built your clay coils up until it cover the bottom part of your jar. Basically as high as you want.

Now that you have established the inside of your clay mold you can add more coils to build up the outside of the base and make it look good.

Use water to help smooth the surface and shape it into your desired Valentine’s Day shape. You can use clay-working tools to carve Valentine’s Day designs into the snow globe base. Try carving hearts, swirls, and even words in the base. You can roll out some clay into a sheet that is about 1/8 inch thick. Use your knife to cut out “Be Mine.” Lay the words on the clay and press them in to secure them.

You could even use extra clay to add details. You can cut out hearts and roses and attach them to the surface of the base as well.

Another great embellishment would be to roll out a small flat piece of clay, about 1/8″ thick. Cut it out like a small plaque and carve the date of the year into it or even your family’s last name. Now, use some water to adhere it to the clay snow globe base. This is a great way to remember that Valentine’s Day year after year.

You could also roll out small balls of clay and flatten them into polka dots to embellish the Valentine’s Day snowglobe base.

You have a choice to make now. Do you want your snow globe to be removable from the clay base or not. If you do want to remove it in the future follow these directions: gently pull up your snow globe jar out of the clay. Pull straight up trying to move your clay as little as possible. Once the snow globes it out I like to carefully reinsert it to make sure it will slide in once the clay is dried. Let your clay base dry completely before moving onto the next step.

One reason to be able to remove your snow globe from the clay base is if you think it might leak and need water and glycerin added to it at a later date. You might not ever need this though, so you could simply leave it in the clay to dry. Either way is fine, just let your clay dry completely.

Once the clay is dry you can paint it with Valentine’s Day colored acrylic paints, water colors paints, or even primer.

Allow this paint to dry and then spray on some coats of clear acrylic spray paint.

You can cut out a piece of felt to glue to the bottom to finished the clay snow globe base. You could also add those plastic picture stoppers.

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