Tools I use

Sometimes viewers ask me about my tools and video equipment, so here is a list of what I use. By each tool is a star rating (on a ⭐︎ to  ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ scale), which represents how well I like the tool. In parentheses beside each star rating is my abbreviated review. All opinions are my own, and none of these tools are part of a sponsorship unless otherwise noted.

I will try to keep this list up to date as I get new tools & equipment, but if you see a tool in a video that you’d like added to this list, let me know.

Stationary & bench top power tools

  • Table saw:  Sawstop PCS-175 10″ Professional Cabinet Saw, 1.75 hp, with my homemade incremental fence set up for 48″ rip capacity. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very fine piece of equipment)
  • 2nd table saw:  Craftsman 113.29992 10″ contractor’s saw, 1hp. Purchased used in 2013, built in march 1963. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (unsafe, but high quality)
  • Bandsaw:  Homemade from plans by Matthias Wandel. 16″ wheels, 105″ blade, 1hp motor. Find more about it on Matthias’ site. Built in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (hard to use blade guides)
  • Drill press:  Rockwell, unknown model number.  1/2hp motor (not original), 15″ swing, 3 speed. Purchased used in 2014, built in the ’40s or ’50s, likely. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (top quality, but runs a bit too fast for some bits)
  • Wood lathe:  Rockwell/Delta 46-525, 12″ swing, ~36″ between centers, 3/4hp, variable speed 640-3600 rpm. Purchased used in 2015, unknown date of mfg. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (underpowered, noisy, no reverse. Very high quality and heavy)
  • Metal lathe:  South Bend model 9A, 1/2hp, 9″ swing, ~18″ between centers. Purchased in 2012, built in 1947. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (I can’t ask for anything better for my situation)
  • Router table:  Bosch 1617 2-1/4hp router mounted in an Incra Mast-R-Lift II router lift, currently mounted in an old countertop to the right of my table saw. It uses my homemade incremental router table fence. Built in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (light duty)
  • Radial arm saw:  Craftsman 113.29401, 10″, 3/4hp, ~14″ crosscut capacity. Purchased used in 2014, built in ~1964. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very unsafe, noisy, not super accurate)
  • Shaper:  Rockwell/Delta 43-340. 9,750 RPM on the spindle. Purchased used in 2016, unknown date of mfg. New Leeson 1.5hp motor installed in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (near perfect)
  • Drum sander:  Performax 16-32 Plus, 1.5hp, manual feed control. Purchased in 2016, built in 2004. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (snipes a little)
  • CNC machine:  Next Wave Automation CNC Shark Pro Plus, modified with homemade gantry. Roughly 26″ square cutting area, uses a Bosch 1617 2-1/4hp router. Purchased new in 2013, rebuilt in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (not accurate enough)
  • 2nd CNC machine:  Inventables X-carve 1000mm. 31″ square cutting area, uses a Dewalt 611 1-1/4hp router. Acquired as sponsorship in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎ (very flexible and inaccurate)
  • Dust collector:  Laguna 1.5hp cyclone dust collector. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎ (cyclone is only 84% efficient)
  • Scroll saw:  Ryobi SC163VS. Unknown purchase date; my dad had it for years. ⭐︎ (low quality)
  • Spindle sander:  Ridgid EB4424 spindle/edge belt sander. Purchased new in 2013. ⭐︎⭐︎ (low quality, poorly designed)
  • Air compressor:  Bostitch OL197. 2.8CFM at 90PSI. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎ (slow, unbearably noisy)
  • Miter saw: Dewalt 716 12″ double bevel. Purchased new in 2017. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very well made except for the pivot bushings, which I replaced in this video)

Handheld power tools

  • Router:  DeWalt DWP611, 1.25hp, 16,000-25,000 RPM. Purchased new in 2013. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (quite, smooth, powerful)
  • Random orbit sander:  Milwaukee 6021-21, 5″ hook & loop pad. Purchased new in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (good dust collection)
  • Drill:  Milwaukee 2407-20, M12 cordless. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (underpowered)
  • Impact driver:  Milwaukee 2462-20, M12 cordless. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (underpowered)
  • Non-impact driver:  Milwaukee 2401-20, M12 cordless. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (exceptionally good driver)
  • Oscillating tool:  Milwaukee 2426-20, M12 cordless. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎ (noisy, shaky, very underpowered)
  • Rotary tool:  Milwaukee 2460-20, M12 cordless. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (too much vibration)
  • Right angle impact driver:  Milwaukee 2467-20, M12 cordless. Purchased new in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (super handy when you need it)
  • Jigsaw:  Bosch JS365. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎ (blade wanders a lot)
  • Biscuit joiner:  Makita PJ7000. Purchased new in 2013. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (I don’t like biscuit joinery, so the 5 stars refers only to the great quality)
  • Finish nailer:  Bostitch SB-1664FN, 16ga air nailer. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (low quality)
  • Brad nailer:  Bostitch SB-1850BN, 18ga air nailer. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (good, but doesn’t always set nails fully)
  • Stapler:  Bostitch SB-150SX, 18ga air stapler. Uses 7/32″ crown staples. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (good, but doesn’t always set staples fully)

Measuring tools

  • Caliper: Starrett 123 vernier, 6″ opening, 0.001″ graduations. Purchased used in 2016, unknown mfg. date. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (great caliper)
  • 2nd caliper: Insize 1311-6. 6″ opening dial caliper. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (made in China, but works pretty well)
  • 3rd caliper: Pittsburgh (Harbor Freight) 6″ travel digital. Unknown model number. Purchased new in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎ (lol!)
  • Micrometer: Insize 3203-1. 1″ opening, 0.0001″ graduations. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (made in China, but works pretty well)
  • Depth gauge: iGaging brand, unknown model. 5″ travel. Purchased new in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎ (good concept, but plastic construction makes it unreliable)
  • Height gauge: Starrett 254 12″ vernier. Purchased used in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (exceptionally well made, but not super useful to me)
  • Dial indicator: Pittsburgh (Harbor Freight) 1″ travel, dial. Unknown model number. Came with magnetic base. Purchased new in 2012. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (works just fine)
  • Combination square: Starrett C434-12-16R. 12″ ruler with 16r graduations, no.490 protractor head, center finder, and regular square head. Purchased used in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (best combination square ever!)
  • 2nd combination square: Empire E255 6″ “pocket square”. Purchased new in 2014. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (pales in comparison with the Starrett above, but very handy since it’s tiny. Amazing for $8)
  • Square: Woodpeckers 1281 aluminum square. Acquired for free as a sponsorship in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (well designed and excellent quality, but blade is too thick)

Video equipment & software

  • Camera:  Canon EOS rebel T6i (750D outside of the USA) with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very poor autofocus, not sure if that’s the camera or the lens)
  • 2nd Camera:  Apple iPhone 7, using the default camera app. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (shoots in 4k & has OIS, but otherwise not much better than iPhone 6)
  • Tripod:  homemade rolling camera stand (see it here) I use it in conjunction with my homemade wall mounted arm (see it here). ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (can I review my own builds?)
  • Microphone:  Rode Videomic Go shotgun mic. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (not great at longer distances)
  • Lighting:  T8 fluorescent lights in shop, soft box light with 85 watt 6500K photography bulbs (rarely used). ⭐︎⭐︎ (poor quality)
  • Editing computer: Apple 2015 13″ retina MacBook Pro with 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 memory,Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB graphics, and 256GB solid state hard drive. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (the best computer I’ve ever used!)
  • Editing software:  Apple iMovie 10.1 ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very good, especially for free)

Everyday carry

  • Phone: Apple iPhone 7, 4.7″, jet black, 128gb. Purchased new in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very stable, good camera, but the lock button failed after a year)
  • Watch: Apple watch sport 42mm, first gen, black, black silicon band. Purchased new in 2015. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (good quality, but kinda pointless, just like everyone said)
  • Knife: Chris Reeve large Sebenza 21, with “patriotic” cgg. Purchased new in 2016. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (amazing workmanship. not cheap, but the best knife of its class in my opinion)
  • Swiss army knife: Victorinox Classic SD, in red. Purchased new years ago, maybe about 2009. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (great tweezers, good for splinters)
  • Pen: Homemade, bolt action. I don’t carry the one from this video anymore, but the one I carry is almost identical, just lacking a pocket clip. Built in 2014, I think. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (wish I had made it to use a better refill)
  • Multitool: Leatherman PST. One of the first ever made, made in USA. Acquired as a gift, used, in about 2008. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (very high quality, I like it better than the new ones)

Other items of interest (the buildings I work in, things that don’t fit other categories, or things I use often but don’t own)

  • Small shop (woodshop): Site-built 12×24′ building, 8′ side walls with vaulted ceiling and loft. One 36″ walk door and one 36″ window. 6″ concrete floor, metal roof. Air conditioned and heated. Built by me in 2014.
  • Big shop (not mine): 50×50′ metal building, 16′ side walls, 24′ overhead door. Insulated; heated floor but no A/C. Not owned by me, but I’m allowed to do some projects there occasionally.
  • Welder: Miller 211 MIG. Older style, a little bulkier than the new generation. Capable of welding up to 3/8″ steel. Owned by my dad. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (works exactly as it should)
  • Bandsaw: Jet HVBS-7MW. 3/4hp motor, 7×12″ cutting capacity. Owned by my dad. ⭐︎⭐︎ (I’m not a huge fan of bandsaws, and this one is particularly poor quality. But it does cut)
  • Car: 2013 Tesla Model S 85. 250 miles all-electric driving range, 0-60 in 5 seconds. Grey exterior, black leather interior, all-glass roof, air suspension, no AutoPilot. Purchased used in 2017. ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ (fun to drive, technologically advanced & luxurious, yet spacious and efficient; very practical)

To be continued…

Woodworker. Metalworker. Maker.