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    Buyer’s Guide To Portable Sawmills

    Milling your own lumber can save you big bucks, and maybe even earn you a few. A portable sawmill comes to the log and makes it relatively easy.

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    The 8 Best Log Splitters of 2022

    Depending on size and power source, a log splitter can be a handy home helper or a high-production workhorse. Here's...


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    Family Handyman Approved: Snow Joe Cordless Snow Blower

    Clearing the driveway is a chore, but it’s one you'll actually look forward to with...


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    What To Know About Saw Blades

    Family Handyman's woodworking expert discusses what takes a saw blade from good to great — plus how to choose the...


    How To Build a Table Saw Crosscut Sled

    Make crosscuts on the table saw more accurately, repeatably and safely with a crosscut sled.

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    How To Choose the Best Wood Splitter

    Tired of splitting wood with an axe? A relatively inexpensive wood splitter can turn your logs into firewood with a...


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    9 Best Hose Clamp Pliers

    Spring-style hose clamps that secure hose connections can be tricky to remove. The right hose clamp pliers saves time, money...

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    10 Types of Drills and How to Use Them

    Drills are for boring holes and driving fasteners, but they can do much more. Here's a rundown of the various...


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    What To Know About Miter Saw Blades

    Wondering how to pick out the best blade for your miter saw? Learn what makes a good miter saw blade,...


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    The Best Cordless Chainsaws Tested by Family Handyman

    We tested six of the best cordless chainsaws for run-time, charging time and more. Here's how they stack up against...


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    8 Best Boot Dryers

    Working in wet conditions is tough, and there's no reason to make it worse by wearing wet boots! Here's a...

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    Buyer’s Guide to Garden Spades

    A garden spade is the go-to tool for many yard and garden tasks. But what makes one garden spade different...


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    13 Common Woodworking Materials

    Wood terminology can be mystifying. Avoid confusion at the lumber yard by familiarizing yourself with these woodworking materials.


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    8 Best Chisels for Woodworking Projects

    From rookie woodworkers to seasoned pros, everyone wants the best chisels. Wherever you fall, there are chisels on this list...


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    8 Best Palm Sanders

    Simple to use and easy on your wallet, palm sanders provide the light touch needed for finish work. Here are...


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    8 Best Hammer Drills

    Hammer drills allow you to work with tough materials more efficiently. Here are some of the best hammer drills on...

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    10 Types of Hammers

    Hammers are for pounding, but they don't all pound the same things. Know the types of hammers out there so...


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    7 Best Car Dent Removal Tools

    Have an ugly dent on your vehicle that you'd like to repair? Save considerable time and money by investing in...


    What’s In My Toolbox? A Pro Plumber’s Most Essential Tools

    A long-time plumbing professional shares a look inside her toolbox.


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    10 Screwdriver Types Every Toolbox Should Have

    Every DIYer's toolbox needs screwdrivers, but which ones? Here's a rundown of the screwdriver types you're most likely to need...


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    9 Best Orbital Sanders

    Does anyone like sanding? It's messy work, but when you have one of the best orbital sanders in your shop,...


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    The Best Band Saws of 2022

    A band saw is a versatile, powerful tool. If you're thinking about adding one to your shop, here's a list...


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    If You Can’t Get Plywood Now, Try This Instead

    Wildfires, labor shortages and supply chain issues are making plywood harder to get and more expensive. Here's what you can...


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    10 Essential Automotive Tools

    DIY car maintenance and repair work is tough, but having the right automotive tools makes it much easier. Here are...

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    Family Handyman Approved: Hart Brushless Reciprocating Saw

    This reciprocating saw from Hart Tools is a powerful, all-in-one cutting tool with a brushless motor that DIYers will love.


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    7 Tools You Need for a DIY Oil Change

    With the right tools, changing your oil yourself is a breeze. These seven tools will make your oil change go...


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    8 Best Drill Bit Sharpeners

    Instead of throwing out your dull drill bits, use one of these handy drill bit sharpeners to keep them ready...


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    6 Best Chain Saw Sharpeners

    A dull chainsaw is not only inefficient but reduces the lifespan of the saw itself. The solution? A chainsaw sharpener....


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    9 Best Paints for Interior Walls

    Choosing the right interior wall paint for your next room refresh can save you time and money. Here are some...


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    9 Types of Wood Router Tools

    A router tool shapes edges, cuts mortises and holes and makes cutouts and grooves. Here's a list of router types...