The Basics: Understanding Laser Engraving

The Basics: Understanding Laser Engraving

Laser engravers work by focusing a high-powered laser beam onto a material’s surface, which either melts, burns, or vaporizes the material, leaving a precise mark. These machines are used for cutting, engraving, or marking a wide range of materials including...
Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Review

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Review

I had been looking at air fryers for a while and finally pulled the trigger when the makers of Instant Pot released their Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven, 10-quart in mid-2019. Two things I immediately noticed when I opened the box is that 1) the unit has a...
DIY Christmas Tree Overview

DIY Christmas Tree Overview

For Christmas this year, we finally decided to retire our old artificial tree. After nursing it along a number of years ago by fixing the lights, and then restringing it a couple of years ago, we decided it was time. The final straw was it started dropping plastic...
Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Griddle Review

Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Griddle Review

I have now been putting the Blackstone 36-inch outdoor flat top griddle through its paces for over a year and think it’s time to offer a detailed review. Blackstone Customer Service Problems Before we talk about the griddle itself, I think it’s important...
DIY Canned Good Storage Rack

DIY Canned Good Storage Rack

This easy-to-build canned good storage rack holds more than 144 cans and could be built for around $30 in a single weekend. New cans are loaded from the top and roll back, where they drop to the lower level and then roll forward.  Older cans are taken from the bottom...
Ryobi Lithium-ion Pole Saw

Ryobi Lithium-ion Pole Saw

I admit it, I can be a bit of a tool snob.  Or at least, I should say that once I have a bad experience with a brand, I tend to avoid it for a long time.  I haven’t had much experience with Ryobi in years since I helped a friend frame out his basement and we had...
Tool Review: Keter Portable Work Station

Tool Review: Keter Portable Work Station

The Keter Portable Work Station is a mobile work station with an integrated clamping area. The table is rated for 1000 lbs and can be set up in seconds thanks to an interesting quick-opening system.  Pushing buttons on both sides buttons allows the legs to swing down,...