Tool School: Makita Impact Driver

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This week I got to try out Makita's 18-Volt Lithium-Ion sub-compact impact driver. I'm no stranger to the world of impact drivers, and I'm on the record in my belief that it's one of the most basic, versatile tools anyone can own (yes, you probably need one). But this is definitely the smallest and lightest model I've ever gotten my hands on, so I was curious how it would perform, and whether it would earn a permanent spot on my workbench. Continue Reading

Doing My Spring Yard Care Like a Superhero (and you can too)

Spring yard care tools roundup
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“I'm so excited for yard care season to begin!”

– Nobody, never

That is, until me, today! I got to try out Milwaukee's M18 cordless string trimmer kit (which is waaaay more than just a weed whacker – read on for that), and it has me itching to go out and get my yard whipped into shape. In fact, I got so carried away testing out these new tools, that I've been putting off writing up this blog post all morning! Continue Reading

Tool School Spring Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Spring is in the air, and that means all of you will be crawling out of hibernation and looking for some DIY projects to tackle! With that in mind, we've got a really great Home Depot #toolschool giveaway for you this week.

It's always fun to share some free tools with you guys, so scroll down for the details on how to enter to win:



HUSKY 10 in. 19-Compartment Canvas Small Parts Organizer Bag


  • Perfect for storing small parts

  • Six divided sections for easy organizing

  • Designed to stack 3-4 in a 5 Gal.

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Tool School: Our New Studio Gallery Wall

Gallery wall hanging technique using a laser level
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On today’s episode of #toolschool we’re talking about gallery walls:

I don’t think I’ll ever be over gallery walls. No matter their size, shape, or style, they never disappoint me. I love how much personality they have. I love that they can be perfectly symmetrical and organized, or relaxed and eclectic. No matter your style, the one thing you need when creating a gallery wall is balance. 


I recently created a gallery wall in the new shop we’re creating in the Curbly studio. Continue Reading

A Dremel Tools Giveaway You Can’t Miss

DREMEL Saw-Max giveaway feature photo
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Today we've got an awesome Home Depot #toolschool giveaway for you guys! Over the years we've had the opportunity to do a ton of projects using tools from Dremel; everything from rotary tools, oscillating tools, saws, soldering irons, burning and etching tools, cleaning products … you name it.  

So this month, we thought it'd be fun to share some of these goodies with you guys! Scroll down for the details on how to enter to win one of these awesome prize packages. Continue Reading

Tool School Odds and Ends

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Over the last twelve months we worked with The Home Depot to come up with a whole series of projects and tool reviews called Tool School. We had a blast testing out everything from wet-dry vacuums to framing nailers, high-tech measuring gadgets and low-tech (but incredibly useful) cutting tools.

Here are a few that didn't make it into any of our previous projects or roundups, but I still thought deserved a mention:


Rigid 18-Volt OCTANE Cordless Brushless 1/2 in.

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How to Make a Simple Wooden Box Shelf

How to make a simple wood box shelf
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Storage. We all need more of it. No matter how much room you have, an organized system will always top square footage.

Recently, I was looking for a way to clean up all the bottles in our liquor cabinet. It’s not that we drink too much; in fact, it’s the opposite. We buy specific products to try a new cocktail recipe. And we’ll make it once, and end up with all this extra liquid to store in perpetuity until we can figure out what to do with it.         Continue Reading

How to Get Great Results from Your Random-Orbit Sander

Random-orbit sander 101
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Everyone likes a smooth, sanded surface on a project, but no one (and I mean absolutely no one) like the tedious process of getting it done. Motorized sanding machines speed up the process greatly, but many of them can be hard to control, or wind up leave swirl marks in the finished surface.

Not so with the random-orbit sander. As the name suggests, its pad follows an entirely random pattern, so you can control the amount of wood removed, and leave your surface free of spirals. Continue Reading

Tool School: The RIGID NXT Wet/Dry Vac

RIGID wet dry vac review - 12 gallon 5hp vacuum at Home Depot
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You know the saying “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?” Well, if all you have is a wet/dry vac, then you’re going to be just fine, mister, because it’s probably the one power tool in my house I would never, ever, not even maybe, give up.

I’ve written about the amazing versatility and usefulness of my wet/dry vacuum before (here’s what it feels like when your basement smells like poop). Continue Reading

DIY Gift Idea: Make This Wood Cutting Board (in Under a Day!)

wood cutting board
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A few weeks ago I took a woodworking class to familiarize myself with some new power tools. The class involved making a simple wood cutting board, much like this one. I was so excited with how mine turned out, and with how quick it was to make! Since it's the holidays and everyone could use a little help coming up with gift ideas, I'm sharing this DIY wood cutting board tutorial with you today. Continue Reading