Laying a Masonite Deck

This article is by G. Patrick McCreary. He was my TD at Bennington over 30 years ago. Patrick wrote this while TD at Indiana University of PA in 2013. It has been my experience over the past 25 years or so that “DURON”, a product of The Masonite Corporation, makes an...

How to use a Tape Measure

What do all those little lines mean anyway. A closeup look at the markings of a standard U.S. tape measure. Inch lines, 1/2″ 1/4″ 1/8″ and 1/16″ lines are explained. Click on the picture to start the movie. Also an answer to that burning...

Routers

A router is an extremely versatile tool. It’s another spinning tool requiring all long hair and loose clothing to be tied back/up… The motor housing sits in a frame that allows you to adjust the blade’s depth via raising and lowering the motor. The frame...

Rotozip

 As seen on TV! The RotoZip. Yup, that tool you see on TV, late at night. The very kind folks at the RotoZip company sent us a few units to try out. Here, we’re setting up to cut the circles for Anythig goes. We cut a couple of circular jigs to guide the...

Sanders

This belt sander will take a lot of material off a piece of wood. be careful not to gouge the out the wood. Belt sanders will leave small lines if you’re not very careful. Two handles should be used for getting the best performance from a belt sander. These...

Circular Saw

This is a blurry circular saw. Don’t worry, it still cuts in focus. The blade spins counter clockwise, thus pushing the wood chips up into the dust guide. Take a close look and you’ll see a hole just to the left of the number 2. In this shot you see my thumb pushing...