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Kit Camp spent his childhood wrecking his father’s tool collection, and the desire to build things with tools and wood followed him through college. A gift subscription to FWW in the early 1990s led him to James Krenov’s writings and to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, where he learned to work wood with hand tools. This led to two years building boats, and then to a year studying with Krenov at College of the Redwoods. After four years teaching hand-tool woodworking to children, Camp has worked as a finish carpenter and cabinetmaker in San Diego since 2005. He still teaches woodworking to kids. “It’s loud, chaotic, and real,” he says. “The kids appreciate the trust I put in them when I hand them tools. For nearly all of them it’s a totally new experience, so they have a blast and so do I."
Now able to shoot 2-in. nails, these small tools are more versatile than ever
Model-specific tool cases may be facing extinction thanks to a new breed of stackable, customizable boxes.
For fastening small, stain-grade moldings, nothing works better than glue and a few headless pins
Not every door is prehung, so we evaluated nine single-hinge and full-length-hinge router templates to choose the best
Three testers, three sets of tools, one common task: Evaluate the flagship drill from each major too brand.
When all you need is a few feet of millwork to match existing trim, look to the tablesaw, a block plane, and some sanding blocks
Get double duty when you combine an interchangeable motor with both fixed and plunge bases
12-in. sliding compound-miter saw (6955-20) by Milwaukee
Handheld laser measuring tools are more affordable than ever, but are they accurate enough to replace a tape measure?
They’re big and expensive, but versatile enough for framing, trim, siding, and cabinetry work
A carpenter reviews six of these big chopsaws and reveals the positive and negative attributes of each
A pro points out the positive and negative attributes of the newest Makita model
Compact belt sander, model 371K
Fitting complex joints in trim and paneling can be easier than it looks if you have a few simple tools.
A pencil and a scrap of wood are all the tools you need to mark molding before cutting it to fit flush with an uneven surface.
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