Monthly Archives: March 2009

25 Free Backyard Playground Plans for Kids: Playsets, Swingsets, Teeter Totters and More!

Posted ago by toolcrib

Now that you’ve built your picnic table… it’s time to build your kids the ultimate backyard playground! This plan collection will get your kids off the couch and out playing in the fresh air, sunshine and poison ivy of your …

8" Jointer Comparison: Delta vs. Grizzly vs. Shop Fox vs. Yorkcraft and more!

Posted ago by toolcrib

Milling rough stock into usable lumber typically separates the handy-folk from the woodworkers. The jointer makes further milling possible by giving you a perfectly flat face and edge. Once you have a true “flatness” point for departure you can then …

Top 5 Reasons to Get a 6" Jointer Instead of an 8"

Posted ago by toolcrib

Woodworkers state (over and over) that an 8″ jointer trumps a 6″ jointer every time. Further, that if you buy a 6″ you’ll only end up getting an 8″ within the next couple years anyways. Heck. Before I offer my …

Sign of the Times? Woodworker Turns Shop into Home for Grown Children

Posted ago by toolcrib

From Woodnet comes this sad though touching story of a woodworker selling off his tools to make room for family displaced by layoff: OH well, goodbye woodshop.

14 Circular Saw Jig Plans: Crosscut Jigs, Ripping Jigs and More!

Posted ago by toolcrib

Alright folks, let’s hear it for the circular saw!! (roaring applause) It slices, it dices, and with a few simple jigs it can even replace your table saw! Here’s what you get in this article: >> 6 Circular Saw Cross …

Top 7 Cordless Circular Saw Comparison: Makita vs. DeWalt vs. Milwaukee and MORE!

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If you haven’t tried a lithium ion cordless circular saw then it’s time for you to adjust your expectations… UPWARDS. We rounded up cordless circular saw reviews, comparisons and opinions from forums to bring you the top 7 cordless circular …

Game for Woodworkers: Test Your Eye's Ability to Judge Angles, Straightness and Distance

Posted ago by toolcrib

WARNING: Do not play this game at home – it will eat into your shop time ;) Matthias Wandel, a “mad scientist” of woodworking(*), created a game that tests your ability to estimate or “eyeball” angles, straightness and distance. Play …

10 Free Wooden Bike Plans: Make Your Own Wood Recumbent, Bamboo Bike and More!

Posted ago by toolcrib

This post on wooden bikes got a little out of control… It started out as a “jaw dropper golly gee neato!” post when I spotted this golly-gee-neato wooden bike (it really is amazing by the way, and would be a …

Dutch "Noah" Builds 1/2 Size Ark Replica – Free Plans Not Yet Available

Posted ago by toolcrib

In 1992 Dutch contractor Johan Huibers “dreamt that Holland disappeared in enormous masses of water, something like the Tsunami in South-East Asia.” Though according to his site this does not mean he anticipates a new flood, he just wanted to …

Top Five 10 Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws of 2009

Posted ago by toolcrib

The sliding compound miter saw combines the utility of the compound miter saw with the reach of the radial arm saw. To help you make your decision we researched nearly 20 threads from the top woodworking forums, plus reviewed all …