DIY Projects Around The House And Garden Using Your New Power Tools

 

Did Santa put some power tools under your Christmas tree? Many men (and women!) would love to receive a good quality power tool as a Christmas present and will have been highly delighted when that oddly shaped parcel turned out to be a drill, electric screwdriver, a sander or a jigsaw. Let’s hope it was the brand and type wanted. As you relax in your chair and start to drift off after your Christmas dinner you can start to plan in your mind your next DIY project using your new tool. If your power tools are of the cordless variety now is the time to plug them in to start charging; so you are ready for action on Boxing Day!
DIY projects inside the house.
Has your partner got a long list of niggling little jobs that need doing around the house; the wobbly shelf, the loose kitchen cupboard, the door that sticks on the carpet? Get to grips with your new equipment by tackling these jobs before starting on a bigger project. Make your partner’s holiday extra special by finishing all of the jobs. Now for a bigger project. Do you have children? How amazed would they be if they came downstairs and found you had used your drill and jigsaw to build them a fort or a doll’s house? A wooden fort or castle could be as simple or as complicated as you want; design it on paper first and then get building. A doll’s house could be in a modern style, Victorian gothic or even a scale model of your own home. Is your bathroom looking a bit jaded? Then rip out the cupboards around your sink, buy some wood and some varnish and using your sander, jigsaw and drill create a simple and stylish washstand – think Swedish design!
DIY projects outside the house.
There are plenty of DIY projects that can be tackled in the garden. Do your family own bikes but get fed up having to store them in tricky spaces? You could use your drill and sander to build a simple lean to ‘bike port’ or storage; even adding some secure bolts and rings for securing the bikes. This looks particularly effective built in a slatted wood design. A smaller project could be a bird table to attract wildlife to your garden and provide winter food. Some ingenuity will be needed in your design to make it cat and squirrel proof! Do you feel ready now to tackle a bigger project? All do-it-yourselfers need somewhere to keep their tools safe and somewhere to work. So how about building your own shed? The only limit is your imagination and creativity – enjoy your projects!

Did Santa put some power tools under your Christmas tree? Many men (and women!) would love to receive a good quality power tool as a Christmas present and will have been highly delighted when that oddly shaped parcel turned out to be a drill, electric screwdriver, a sander or a jigsaw. Let’s hope it was the brand and type wanted. As you relax in your chair and start to drift off after your Christmas dinner you can start to plan in your mind your next DIY project using your new tool. If your power tools are of the cordless variety now is the time to plug them in to start charging; so you are ready for action on Boxing Day!

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Power Tool Industry – November 2013

 

Innovative research and creative new designs have ensured that 2013 has been a fantastic year for the progress of the power tool industry. So much has happened in the last twelve months that it would be impossible to list all of the new developments. However, here are some of the highlights.
[h2]Lightweight and precise: great new power tools on the market.[/h2]
Some fabulous new high powered tools have been released into the market this year, and many of them were presented for the first time at this year’s Speciality Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STFDA) convention. Among the highlights of the convention was a new model of wormdrive saw, the model MAG77LT created by Skil. This model is a significant improvement on previous models of wormdrive in a number of ways. For instance, this highly precise saw will cut a bevel of up to fifty three degrees, and it features rubberised grips for an enhanced ergonomic experience. Also exciting is the feel of this saw – it is predicted to be the lightest wormdrive currently available. The drive to make tools both more powerful and precise and more lightweight was a running theme of the 2013 STFDA convention. Easy to handle hammers and extra accurate drills and bevels numbered among the other highlights at this show.
[h2]Improvements in power tool production systems from MIT.[/h2]
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is almost always at the cutting edge of research when it comes to science and design. 2013 has been a particularly fruitful year for collaborations between scientists and the power tool industry. Researchers at MIT have created wonderfully precise computerised control systems that not carve blocks of wood, metal, or other material to within a hair’s breadth of even the most intricate design. The really inspiring feature of these new computerised control systems, however, is the fact that they provide real time feedback to the user so that she or he can exercise great control over the design. Rather than setting the machine to ‘go’ and watching it carve out a set pattern, the user can intervene and add extra unique touches and careful changes to the design. Commentators have hailed this research as bringing traditional authentic handicrafts into the twenty first century. It is surely only a matter of time before these amazing developments are integrated with the power tools that we use every day. So, if you thought that 2013 was a momentous year for the power tool industry, just wait and see what the future holds.

Innovative research and creative new designs have ensured that 2013 has been a fantastic year for the progress of the power tool industry. So much has happened in the last twelve months that it would be impossible to list all of the new developments. However, here are some of the highlights.

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