Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."

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Milwaukee M12 Fuel Rotary Hammer Review

Milwaukee M12 Fuel Rotary Hammer Model 2416-22XC Rotary Hammer or Hammer Drill? A lot of people use the terms interchangeably but they’re a bit different. Rotary Hammers use electro-pneumatic action to deliver the blows where as a hammer drill uses metal cams. Rotary Hammers are the standard for the construction industry for heavy-duty concrete/masonry drill […]

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Give the gift of batteries this Christmas

Upgrade your loved one’s tools with new batteries Every year we get a number of requests for gift ideas as the holiday season approaches. To stem the tide a little we publish a gift guide filled with all the tools from the last year that we recommend. From hand tools to cordless to large shop […]

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Rockler adds another superstore to the fold

Late this last summer Rockler opened their first Superstore about 5 miles from me in Minnesota. Now they are almost finished with their second and this time it’s in the pacific north west. The Seattle location is opening mid-December and it is going to be a huge hit. I’ve been to the Maplewood store many […]

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RYOBI Backpack Blower First Impressions

RYOBI Backpack Blower Model BP42 A couple of weeks ago the nice folks at RYOBI Outdoors sent me their new 2-stroke powered backpack blower. I was hoping to be able to thoroughly test it for about a month before this review so that you could consider it in time for your own fall clean up. […]

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RIDGID Innovations for 2013

Like I mentioned in the RYOBI article with a similar name I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a brand insider from TTI. TTI owns RYOBI and designs and manufactures RIDGID. RIDGID is owned by Emerson Professional Tools but they typically stick to the plumbing side (the more reddish orange tools) and have […]

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Ryobi Innovations for 2013

A couple weeks ago I sat down over dinner with an executive of Techtronic Industries to talk about the new tools for 2013 from both RIDGID and RYOBI. This is the second time I’ve done this and it is always enlightening to hear about the tool industry from a brand insider. Besides chatting about the […]

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Milwaukee Fastback II Flip Utility Knife Review

Milwaukee Fastback II Flip Utility Knife Review Last week a good size box arrived from Milwaukee Tool. The bulk of the package was taken up by the M12 FUEL™ 5/8″ SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Kit but sitting at the bottom of the box was the Milwaukee Fastback II. Even though I’ve only been using the knife for a […]

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RIDGID 18v Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit with Radio Review

RIDGID 18v Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit with Radio RIDGID just recently updated their outstanding Drill/Impact Combo Kit to now include a free radio for the same price as the two tool kit. It’s the same kit we reviewed back in September with the addition of the radio. This post serves as a quick […]

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RIDGID Drill Press Review and Assembly

RIDGID Drill Press Review Model DP1550 For the past 3 months I’ve had the 15″ stationary RIDGID Drill Press in my shop and it has made a huge difference in the quality and accuracy of holes I’ve needed to drill. Like many people I relied on my cordless drill and my eye for a long time […]

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5 Minute Jig: How to build a Bench Hook

5 Minute Jig: How to build a Bench Hook Don’t have much time today but still want to get out and build something in the shop? Take 5 minutes and 3 pieces of scrap and build yourself a bench hook. A bench hook is a great way to hold a work piece in place while […]

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