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Stuff We Love: Editors Update

Check out three items our staff editors have been raving about.

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Our magazine editors are always building something, either in our studios or in their homes. Here are three items they’ve discovered lately that they just can’t stop talking about.

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Foolproof Finish

Watco’s Danish Oil was one of the first formulated wipe-on finishes, and it’s still one of our favorites for furniture, trim, molding and any interior wood surface. It comes in a few shades, applies easily with a cloth, and gives results comparable to a hand-rubbed finish when multiple coats are used.

Standard Danish Oil isn’t film-forming, so it doesn’t offer much protection. Watco’s Wipe-On Poly, however, does build up a film, so it’s a good choice for pieces that see a lot of use, like tables. It also adds a bit more sheen than the Danish Oil. Both products make finishing less daunting — no worries about visible brushstrokes or other finishing maladies, and no brush cleaning. Available at paint stores and home centers. A quart costs about $18.

—Brad Holden, Senior Editor

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Wrench Extender

The Tite-Reach wrench is the perfect fix for tight spaces where you can’t fit a ratchet or drill. It’s a geared ratchet extension that lets you do all the “wrenching” where there’s plenty of room. I found it handy recently when I installed drawer slides in boxes a drill wouldn’t fit inside. So if you’re a mechanic, a farmer, or a weekend DIYer who just wants to save your knuckles, pick up a Tite-Reach Wrench online for $30.

—Mike Berner, Associate Editor

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One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

Tired of hefting your old beast of a reciprocating saw overhead or trying to squeeze it into tight spaces? At 13 inches long and five lbs. the Ryobi ONE+ HP 18V reciprocating saw makes for much easier work. Plumbers love these saws for quick demo work and fast pipe cuts. The bare tool (no battery) is $99.

—Bill Bergmann, Associate Editor

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.