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Packing a tool into its molded plastic case can seem like some kind of IQ test. But slice out those form-fitting compartments and the intended tool (or some other power tool) will fit in without all the fuss. An oscillating tool is the perfect surgical instrument.

Packing a tool into its molded plastic case can seem like some kind of IQ test. But slice out those form-fitting compartments and the intended tool (or some other power tool) will fit in without all the fuss. An oscillating tool is the perfect surgical instrument.

Crescent Folding Ratcheting Wrench Set  Never fails. You have a set of twenty-odd different wrenches but the one you really need can never be found. Solution: The Folding Ratcheting Wrench Set. These guys flip open & feature adjustable, spring-loaded jaws for easy action. Sold as a pair, with a 6-inch & an 8-inch wrench, they’ll clamp on to any nut from ¼-inch up to ¾-inch; perfect for all kinds of household jobs.

Crescent Folding Ratcheting Wrench Set Never fails. You have a set of twenty-odd different wrenches but the one you really need can never be found. Solution: The Folding Ratcheting Wrench Set. These guys flip open & feature adjustable, spring-loaded jaws for easy action. Sold as a pair, with a 6-inch & an 8-inch wrench, they’ll clamp on to any nut from ¼-inch up to ¾-inch; perfect for all kinds of household jobs.

Clamp a speed square to the table of your bandsaw and get a nice straight cut.......D.

Clamp a speed square to the table of your bandsaw and get a nice straight cut.......D.

Inexpensive Soft Metal Bending Tool

Inexpensive Soft Metal Bending Tool

DIY metal brake - Im thinking you could modify it for tighter bends, too, by making the top part narrower so it fits between the wingnuts on the bottom piece if you fold it all the way over.

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom.

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom.

How Oscillating Tools Work - An oscillating tool works with a side-to-side movement. The oscillation is very slight (about 3 degrees) and very fast (about 20,000 strokes per minute), so it feels more like vibration. A saw blade is shown

Tips for Using an Oscillating Tool

How Oscillating Tools Work - An oscillating tool works with a side-to-side movement. The oscillation is very slight (about 3 degrees) and very fast (about 20,000 strokes per minute), so it feels more like vibration. A saw blade is shown

Folding Leg Bracket - Hardware    http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=40035=3,41306,41309=1#

Folding Leg Bracket - Hardware http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=40035=3,41306,41309=1#

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