There are some tools in my shop that I don’t have a lot of call for, but their usefulness becomes apparent when the need arises. The helping-hand magnifier/light/clamp fits in this category. Although it’s meant for jewelers, miniaturists, and model makers, it also has many uses in the woodshop from holding delicate wood parts to repairing and soldering electrical components.
Math can be hard. Especially when a woodworking project’s calculations include combining fractions and mixed numbers. While you could use a regular calculator, that usually means mentally figuring out the lowest common demoninator or converting fractions to decimals and back. The MakerCalc smartphone app simplifies all that.
steel turning tools work well for a lot of applications. But when I absolutely
need a razor-sharp edge and want to reduce the risk of a catch, as when turning
the spindle of the Inside-Out Cake Stand (Oct/Nov 2023), I turn to carbide-tipped
an artist, I’ve dabbled in laser engraving a few times throughout the years,
primarily in shared maker spaces. Though I’ve wanted to expand my experience,
the high price point and space requirements of an engraver always kept me from
doing so. Enter the LaserPecker 2 – a portable, desktop-sized engraver!