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

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

Shopping Guide: Cool Gifts For The Woodworking Mom

I thoroughly enjoy woodworking, and I know that I'm not alone. There are tons of women out there that enjoy the craft! Spoil your mother or the lady in your life with one (or all!) of these cool tools! 

 

 

Pen cutting tool
Amazon

1. The coolest pencil out there for marking cut lines! $10 from Amazon.

 

Bosch jig saw
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2.  The Bosch 7 Amp Barrel-Grip Jig Saw is sturdy and can do so much! $160 with carrying case from the Home Depot. Continue Reading

How to Organize Every Room in Your House with a Magnetic Knife Strip

Magnetic knife racks are an excellent way to save space in the kitchen, but you might not realize that they’re great for organizing far more than just knives. After finding all of these creative magnetic knife strip organizing ideas, now I want to add a few to practically every room in my house.        

 

A magnetic knife strip used to store small tools inside a cabinet
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1. There’s no rule that a knife rack has to go on an open wall. Continue Reading

Tool School: Why Aviation Snips are a Must-Have for DIYers

Wiss Aviation Snips
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Aviation snips. Tin snips. Metal shears. Compound snips. Whatever you call them, a quality set of aviation snips are the single best way to cut thin and flexible materials like sheet metal, plastic, thick textiles, heavy-duty paper, and wire products like poultry netting (chicken wire), and the like. They're affordable, last for decades, and are an essential component in any DIYer's toolbox.            

Close up of pair of aviation snips
Say hello to this pair of Wiss Straight-Cut Aviation Snips

 

What are Aviation Snips?

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Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools that don't work how they're supposed to. Continue Reading

How To Sharpen Scissors Yourself

Scissors get dull. Fast. Getting them professionally sharpened can cost a pretty penny, too. Rather than shelling out for a sharpening session or for a brand new pair of shears, I decided to learn exactly how to sharpen scissors on my own. I did a little research, and here's what I learned:      

How to sharpen scissors at home.

 

 As all of these processes involve handling sharp blades (and dull blades which can actually be more dangerous), exercise some caution. No pointing the blade at your self, wear your safety goggles, and absolutely no running with the scissorsContinue Reading

These Are a Few of My Favorite Cordless Impact Drivers

Impact Driver Face-Off!
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I've been accumulating impact drivers since 2012, when we did our first home renovation. An impact driver is lighter, more compact, and more powerful than its older sibling, the power drill. It's better for 90% of the jobs that you would normally use a drill for, and I think everyone should own one, or even two! But at this point, I have four of them, and I need to thin out the herd, so to speak.  Continue Reading

Why Having More Than One Tool Bag Will Make You More Efficient

How to keep your tools organized by having different tool bags for different jobs
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The most important factor in completing home improvement projects is having the right tool for the job. It's that simple. Home improvement isn't rocket science, and when you're unable to complete a task, it's usually not because you aren't smart or skilled enough. It's because you don't have that tool that does that thing you need in order to finish the job!                 

Stay organized by utilizing more than one tool bag

 Unfortunately, you can't bring your entire workshop with you wherever you go. Continue Reading