Power Tools

Learn to use your power tools safely and learn tricks to get better results.

Bench Grinders: Choosing the Right Wheel

Bench grinder wheels need occasional TLC to do a good job of sharpening. Learn how to "dress" a wheel to keep it clean, which type to use for which metal, and how to test for cracks.

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  • How to Use a Power Planer

    This article shows you how to get the most out of your power planer. Use it for leveling joists, making stubborn doors close easily and for…

  • How to Use Powder Actuated Tools

    Powder actuated tools are the quickest, most efficient way to fire fasteners into concrete slabs and block walls. We'll show you how to use…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Fountain: How to Build a Concrete Fountain

    Create a stone-lined garden pond, then carve a waterfall out of a block of stone using basic power and hand tools. The technique is simple, even…

  • Simple Rennie Mackintosh End Table Plans

    Prized by collectors, Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture is notable for its clean, elegant lines. This end table is a good example. Here's how…

  • How to Repair a Cut Power Tool Cord

    Power tool cords that get accidentally cut or hacked can be permanently repaired in minutes with heat shrinkable tubing and a soldering gun.

  • Using a Power Auger

    If you're planning a project that requires lots of postholes, a power auger will speed up the process. But if you think it'll make digging holes…

  • Rent Outdoor Power Equipment and Save Money

    Save money and back strain by renting a boom lift, trencher, power posthole digger, stump grinder brush cutter and other big tools that solve…

  • Oscillating Tool Reviews

    Every DIYer should have an oscillating tool — but which model is right for you? Read these reviews from our editors to get the low down on…

  • Cordless Tools Buyers Guide

    Learn how to get your money’s worth from your next cordless tool purchase in this buyer’s guide. Veteran pros and our field editors share their…

  • Chain Saw Safety

    A chain saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn…

  • Building a Drum Sander Table

    Improvise a low-cost drum sander using your drill press and a custom sanding table with dust collection. Build it in an hour from scrap wood.

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