For those tired of swinging a hammer, a pneumatic air nailer may be the answer. Here are a few air nailers that make driving nails faster and more effective.
The brad nailer is attached to an air compressor and can shoot brads of any size from 3/8" to 1-1/4". This sort of air nailer is good for smaller projects such as attaching lightweight molding or cabinet backing.
The finish/trim nailer is used for larger projects and for attaching molding. It's driven by an air compressor and shoots 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" nails.
The portable finish nailer has an internal combustion engine, a gas cartridge and a battery, and thus needs no air compressor.
The portable framing nailer is also driven by an internal combustion engine, a gas cartridge and a battery. It can handle bigger nails — up to sixteenpenny — and makes jobs such as framing go a lot faster.
Power sanders are great for smoothing large surfaces, but for sanding tough areas, a sheet of sandpaper is best. Here's a guide on how to choose the best sandpaper for any project.
Rotary tools accept a variety of attachments, which enable the handheld tool to be used for sanding, polishing, carving and more. Find out which attachment you need to help get the job done.
Power Hand-Planer Basics
Handheld planers are designed to smooth the surface of wood. The manual handheld planer is good for smaller projects, but for larger ones, a power planer does the job in a lot less time.
Circular Saw Basics
From household to heavy-duty models, there are several types of circular saws available to help get the job done.
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Cordless vs. Corded Tools
There are good reasons to have both corded and cordless tools in a shop. Host David Thiel explains when to go cordless and when to stay plugged in.
A scroll-saw can be used for everything from making intricate puzzle pieces to cutting through metal pipe.
The Essential Power Tools
There are few things that feel more empowering for the do-it-yourselfer than power tools. Following is a list of useful power tools to consider when outfitting a workshop.
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