Author Archives: Amy Markham

TBT: The History of the Wood Plane

The First Planes Unfortunately, only a few wood planes have survived from the Roman times, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. What we do know about them comes from the wood carvings, insignias, manuscripts and the stories told by stained glass windows. It is believed that the Romans created the earliest known planes, dating from … Continue reading »

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TBT: The History…and Science of the Electric Generator

Oh no! The power went out and you just finished filling your deep freeze with fudgsicles! You slam the freezer door shut hoping the power comes back on before your favorite dessert melts into packaged puddles. You check the fuse box; no blown fuses. You run outside to see if anyone else in the neighborhood … Continue reading »

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#TBT: The History of the Air Compressor

The air compressor, like many inventions, is the result of many years of scientific evolution and discoveries. We could begin the air compressor’s history with the human lung, the use of the wind power, the creation of metallurgy, or the invention of the long-lived bellow, but we’re going to start with the invention of the … Continue reading »

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#TBT The History of the Measuring Tape

On July 14, 1868, the design of a spring measuring tape in a circular case was patented by a man named, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut. Although this was the first United States patent for a spring tape measure, Fellows’ patent was actually an improvement to an earlier design. The invention was originally … Continue reading »

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#TBT The History of Craftsman Tools

Craftsman tools have always had a rich heritage of performance and trust. They certainly back it up with their incredible Craftsman Hand Tool Lifetime Warranty. “If for any reason your Craftsman hand tool ever fails to provide complete satisfaction, return it to any Sears store or other Craftsman outlet in the United States for free … Continue reading »

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21 Scroll Saw Tips and Tricks

Lighting. Good lighting will allow you see the lines better and give you the cleanest possible cut. You can purchase lights separately that can be mounted directly onto the scroll saw. Magnifying glass. For extra precision, you can purchase a magnifying glass that can also be mounted directly onto the saw. Check your teeth. Run your … Continue reading »

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#TBT The History of NASCAR

The history of NASCAR stems back to the time of Prohibition, moonshine, and its runners, who were the daredevils brave enough to transport the bootlegged moonshine from here to there. Running moonshine successfully meant outrunning the law, and outrunning the law meant having a souped-up car that was faster than theirs. For bragging rights and … Continue reading »

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7 Lawn Care Tools that Make Your Job Easier

1. Electric Lawn Edger & Trencher The Worx® WG895 7-1/2″ electric lawn edger and trencher is a 2-in-1 tool that is designed to keep you lawn perfectly edged.  The blade can be adjusted to three blade depths so you can easily get your desired look and the easy to use cutting path indicator allows you … Continue reading »

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#TBT History of Roofing

The History of Roofing The roof over your head, as simple as it may seem, is a product of building evolution. Roofs have allowed us to live more comfortably in extreme climates, they provide us with shelter from the weather, and they can add an element of beauty to your home. In fact, many roofs … Continue reading »

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#TBT Skil Saws

The circular saw was invented by French immigrant Edmond Michel in 1924. While living in New Orleans in the early 20s, Michel had observed a group of farmers painstakingly hacking away at sugar cane with large machetes. Michel began to experiment by mechanizing the machete. In 1923, Michel created a motorized machete with a 6-inch … Continue reading »

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