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Bosch VAC005 5-Meter Vacuum Hose Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-15-2012 9:17 pm

The cheap, plastic hose I use with my bench toppower tools was never my favorite. It was inflexible and hard touse. A month ago I decided to upgrade to a proper small tool hosedesigned for the task. Enter the

Cabinet Door Calculator Update - Version 1.1
by Lorenz Prem on 11-12-2012 5:23 pm

The cabinet door calculator has been a popularfeature on Hingmy since its creation. While it was undoubtedlyuseful, version 1.0 only supported a single doors with a singlepanel.

Getting ready for my kitchen and bathroom builds I decided toupgrade the cabinet door calculator. The new version is moreversatile and easier to use. The new help system makes it easier tounderstand what the calculator is actually doing.

New features

  • Start with the opening: Version 1.0of the
Porter Cable 557 Biscuit Jointer Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-05-2012 8:52 pm

Porter Cable's 557 Plate joiner has built anexcellent reputation with woodworkers in recent years. The tool isseen as the gold standard among plate joiners. Many a woodworkersings praise of this particular plate joiner in the forums.Needless to say, I was very interested in using one in my shop.Let's take a look if the Model 557 Plate joiner is all that it'smade out to be.

The 577 Plate Joiner

The 557 uses the standard push design all plate joiners use. Afence assembly positions a saw blade over the work piece theslo

Porter Cable 342K Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-03-2012 6:24 pm

The Model 342 Palm Sander

The 342 is a 1/4 sheet palm sander. Two metalspring arm mount a sheet of sanding paper on a padded sandingplate. The sander follows a very traditional design for this typeof machine. There are no innovative features or gizmos to befound.

The motor and oscillation distance of the sander are on thesmaller side. Porter Cable designed this sander to be more of afinish sander than a rapid stock removal tool. Several designdecisions reflect this assertion.

The sander has only

DeWalt DCD940KX Cordless Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-31-2012 12:00 am

A cordless drill is probably the most importantpower tool to have in your toolbox. It is indispensable around thehouse. In the shop it forms a natural pair with the impact driver.Since the drill sees so much use it's usually a good choice to buya powerful, capable unit.

DeWalt's DCD940KX cordless drill is the company's flagship modelin the 18V range. With a metal chuck and gearbox the DCD940KX hasbeen built for power and longevity. I use the DCD940KX as the maindrill in my shop. Let's take a look at how well it did in theHingmy w

Illustrated Cabinet Making - Book Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-27-2012 8:54 pm

Every woodworker has a set of reference materialhe or she turns to when designing a project. Few books are goodenough to stay in this collection for very long. IllustratedCabinetmaking15652336971981[/author]

Understanding blum undermount Drawer Slides
by Lorenz Prem on 10-27-2012 5:24 pm

Undermount drawer slides are a mark of qualityin kitchens today. They offer an effortless feel of motion whenopening and closing drawers no other system on the market canmatch. Cabinet makers love them for their forgiving nature.Undermount drawer slides are much easier to install than theirtraditional forbearers.

One of the largest, most well-known makers of undermount drawerslides is the Austrian company blum. Over the years their Tandemdrawer system has built a reputation for quality and ease ofinstallation. Let's take a look a

How to clean your Driveway
by Lorenz Prem on 10-17-2012 4:50 pm

In the pacific Northwest all outdoors spaces getdirty very fast. All that rain makes moss grows just abouteverywhere. In the springtime a dark brown layer of muck coverseverything. Concrete driveways are particularly susceptible. Everyspring its time to wash all that muck off and restore our drivewaysto last summer's glory. Let's take a look at what it takes to washa driveway.

Pressure washing

The most efficient method for cleaning large outdoor surfaces ispressure washing. A pressure washer uses a high pressure water

Makita 9557PB Grinder Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-16-2012 4:15 pm

Large grinders are powerful machines. Afterusing one the smaller grinders feel underpowered and fragile.Makita designed the 9557PB to break this pattern.

The 9557PB is a small grinder with a large motor. It can dosmall work with the power and speed provided by a full sizegrinder. Let's take a look at what the 9557PB brings to thetable.

The Design

The Makita 9557PB is a small 4 1/2" angle grinder. Makita wantsthe 9557PB to fill in where larger grinders would be toocumbersome. Following the standar

An Overview of Drawer Front Joinery
by Lorenz Prem on 10-10-2012 6:41 pm

There are many options for joining a drawerfront to the sides of the drawer. Let's take a look at all of themand examine their strengths and weaknesses.

Butt Joint

The butt joint is the simplest of all drawer joints. The sideare connected to the front with glue only.Due to the small contactarea and having to glue end grain, the butt joint is the weakest ofall drawer joints.

If nail holes are not an important esthetic consideration, thejoint can be reinforced with brad nails. With screws the butt j

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Recent Reviews
"Drill/driver OK, reciprocating and circular saws are junk. No torque, circular saw won't cut thru a 2x4, reciprocating won't cut a 4x4 without bogging."
"Indeed, this one is the best 12V driver. Get it. You will not be disappointed."
"I use this one for heavy work. It can do it all. None better."
"Love this Router"
"Great driver with only minor issues. App is limited. The last gen is almost as good, yet a lot cheaper."
"This saw replaced a Delta Unisaw in my shop. It's rock solid, powerful, and well made. Fence rivals Biesemeyer or Unifence. Worth the price, IMHO."
"Excellent performance but tough to use at high speed with soft wood, tends to drive too deep before impact kicks in."
"This is my only true drill. The key-less chuck works flawlessly as does the power/speed switch which is handy for drilling various density material."
"A quality sander that performs well day in and day out. Not the best dust bag, that's minor for me. Fits well in my hand and no fatigue with prolonged use."
"A good option for those looking for their first saw, or those looking to upgrade from a "portable" job site saw. Buy a decent blade and you'll be happy."