The art of making sawhorses is one of the foundations of the carpenter’s trade. In this video I urinate on the rich tradition and demonstrate how I make a great fast and dirty sawhorse that if foldable, light, and either free or very cheap.
There are few tools in layout and measurement that are more useful than the venerable combination square. Here, I demonstrate a few of its many uses. Do you have other tips and tricks not covered here? I’d love to read about them in the comments section!
For working carpenters, the speed square is an indispensable tool. It’s handy to checking beams for square, scribing lines, laying out angles, and can even double as a straight edge to guide your circular saw cuts by holding it against your fence.
Most carpenters wear a belt of some kind that holds all their frequently used tools, but most of these tools have a standard shape and form factor that fits easily in standard pockets. However, one of the most used tools, the speed square, just does not fit in any standard belt.
The best solution I have seen to this problem is by the brilliant and talented Tom Silva from the TV show This Old House. I attempted to replicate his design with a quick prototype to gauge the rough dimensions I would need. Download the sketchup model below from 3d warehouse and make your own!
An artist in Nashville (unknown who) put out this t-shirt that it’s sadly out of print at this point. It’s a mash-up of the Misfits logo and Taylor Swift’s name, and I’ve always thought it was clever so I decided to shake if off and make my own. Make your own with this print-ready image. Print to a a transparency, expose a light-emulsion-coated screen, wash out the rest, and print!
I’m an active guy, and often find myself eating on the move. I had tried other portable, reusabe utensils previously with mixed success, but I really like the CRKT Eat’n Tool. It’s compact, affordable, durable, multifunctional, and available in several colors and an XL size.