An illustrated tools glossary. The tools used in general construction

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Adjustable Bevel
A hand tool for marking angles. Consisting of a stock, either metal or wood, and a movable sliding metal or wood blade.    Adjustable Bevel page.
A woodworking tool with a sloping steel or iron blade square off a wooden handle.  Adze page.
Animal Glue
A mixture of animal by products rendered down and dried to a hard jelly like consistency. When heated it takes on a liquid state and can be used as glue. It is the oldes of glues having been used by the ancient Egyptians.   Animal Glue page.
Auger Bit
In woodworking, a tool for drilling holes in wood.  Auger Bit page.
Auto Level
A tripod mounted optical instrument that is used for obtaining levels in construction work. It's use require one person to read the instrument and on person to hold a staff that readings are taken from.  Auto Level page.
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Ball Peen Hammer
A mechanic's style hammer with a rounded peen   Ball Peen Hammer page.
Band Saw
A continuous steel toothed blade running between two large pulleys, one of them power driven.  Band Saw page.
Beam Compass
A pair of trammel heads mounted on a graduated beam. Used for scribing circles and arcs.  Beam Compass page.
Beam Compass
A setting out tool that is used for scribing circles and arcs,  Beam Compass page.
Belt Sander
A hand held carpentry power sander that uses the linear action of a cloth and resin based belt running around two wheels. Mostly used as a rought to intermediate sander.   Belt Sander page.
Bench Grinder
A workshop machine that drives abrasive wheels and other accessories. Used for grinding, sharpening, cleaning and buffing.   Bench Grinder page.
Bench Sander
A sanding machine that is bench mounted. Used for sanding timber. Similar machines for finishing metal are known as linishers.  Bench Sander page.
Biscuit Jointer
A relation of the small angle grinders, this tool with it's purpose made saw bled and adjustable frame is used in fine joinery work for producing what in effect are mortise joints with loose tenons called biscuits or plates.  Biscuit Jointer page.
Blacksmith's Vise
A large strong steel vise that has a leg that sits on the floor to absorb the shock of any hammering.  Blacksmith's Vise page.
Boring Machine
A multi-head machine used for drilling more than on hole at a time.  Boring Machine page.
Bow Saw
In woodworking: A thin metal blade in a metal or wooden frame. Used for crosscutting and ripping and some curved cuts.  Bow Saw page.
Braided Line
A string line made out of braided material, rather than twisted.  Braided Line page.
Breast Drill
A hand operated drill with a pad on the end which can be place against the chest to increase the force applied. The drill operates through a wheel and pinion gearing, so it is possible to have a range of gearing. Two speed drills are common.  Breast Drill page.
Brick Saw
A machine cutting bricks, pavers and cement blocks using a diamond blade cooled by water. Often portable with petrol or electric motors.  Brick Saw page.
Broad Axe
An axe with a wide blade. Used for felling trees, a woodsman's axe.  Broad Axe page.
Buck Saw
In woodworking: A thin metal blade in a tubular metal frame. Used for crosscutting, mostly lopping tree branches and sawing up logs.   Buck Saw page.
Butt Gauge
In hand tools. A marking gauge specifically designed for hanging doors with butt hinges. Two gauges in one and can get very close to fixed door stops.  Butt Gauge page.
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Carpenters Axe
In woodwork a tool with a flat metal blade fixed to a wooden handle. Used to hew and cut wood into rough shape.    Carpenters Axe page.
Caulking Gun
A lightweight steel frame with a squeeze grip handle for applying a range of caulks, sealants and fillers that are marketed in tubes.   Caulking Gun page.
Cermet Tipped Blade
A type of saw blade that looks like a TCT blade but it has ceramic and metal qualities. Used in saws designed for cutting sheet steel. That is metal roof sheeting.   Cermet Tipped Blade page.
Chain Mortiser
In woodworking: A machine that uses an endless chain to cut mortises in timber.  Chain Mortiser page.
Chalk Line
A string line that is covered with powdered chalk. When stretched tight on a surface and flicked the chalk leave a straight line on the surface.  Chalk Line page.
Chemical Fastener
A mixture of a polyester base resin and hardener kept in separate compartments of a tube that are mixed together in a nozzle when they are extruded out of the tube.   Chemical Fastener page.
Chemical Fastener Gun
A large form of a caulking gun that is used for applying chemical fastener.   Chemical Fastener Gun page.
Chipping Hammer
A rotary hammer drill that has a non rotary function so that a chisel can be used. For chipping small amounts of concrete or chasing masonry walls.  Chipping Hammer page.
Chisel Mortiser
A woodworking machine that cuts mortise slots in timber using a hollow square chisel with a drill bit inside it.  Chisel Mortiser page.
Chuck Key
A small bevel gear on a shaft with a sliding bar handle used to tighten and undo the chucks on drilling machines and electric drills.  Chuck Key page.
Circular Bench Saw
A woodworking workshop machine designed mainly for rip sawing.  Circular Bench Saw page.
Circular Bench Saw
A woodworking workshop machine designed mainly for rip sawing.  Circular Bench Saw page.
Circular Saw (Metal)
A hand held electric saw designed specifically for cutting sheet metal. Used by metal roofers and cladders.  Circular Saw (Metal) page.
Claw Hammer
A carpentry tool the hammer face is used for driving nails and the opposing claw is used for withdrawing nails and other prising or levering work.  Claw Hammer page.
CNC Router
A wood router that can be controlled by a computer to cut various pre-programed patterns or text etc.  CNC Router page.
Coil Nailer
A pneumatic nail gun that gets it's name from the fact that the nails come in a coil. They are typically used for siding and framing work.  Coil Nailer page.
Cold Chisel
A former metal worker's tool used for cutting steel. Now used for chipping and breaking concrete etc.  Cold Chisel page.
Combination Square
A all purpose all steel square. In it's standard form it is a rightangle and a mitre square, and with an additional bases it is a muliti-angle bevel or protractor and a tool to find the centre of bar stock..  Combination Square page.
Compound Miter Saw
A woodworking power tool that is capable of cutting compound angles. The saw can cut angles of up to 45 degrees either side in relation to the vertical fence. In addition the blade can be angled or tilted in relation to the machine's base.  Compound Miter Saw page.
Concrete Bullfloat
In concreting: A large wooden or metal float on a long handle used in leveling and smoothing wet concrete.  Concrete Bullfloat page.
Concrete Screed
In concreting: A hand held straightedge used in leveling and tamping wet concrete.  Concrete Screed page.
A person who makes or made wooden barrels.  Cooper page.
Coping Saw
In hand tools. A small saw for cutting curves. Typically for scribing around mouldings on skirtings (baseboards) and cornices (crown molds).  Coping Saw page.
Cordless Hammer Drill
A compact hammer drill that uses battery power.  Cordless Hammer Drill page.
Cordless Reciprocating Saw
A hand held battery powered saw.  Cordless Reciprocating Saw page.
Countersink Bits
Machine and hand bits for for countersinking holes in wood, metal and plastics.  Countersink Bits page.
Countersink, Counterbore
A depression that is made to recieve the head of a screw or bolt so that it does not protrude above the surface.   Countersink, Counterbore page.
Crosscut Saw
In hand tools. A saw for cutting across the grain of timber.  Crosscut Saw page.
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Diamond Saw Blade
A saw blade that has a matrix of diamond chips. Used for cutting ceramics, concrete and masonry. Generally falls into two categories, wet or dry cutting.   Diamond Saw Blade page.
Door Sander
A woodworking sanding machine that is used for through sanding doors and panels.  Door Sander page.
Dovetail Saw
A joinery and cabinetmaking saw with a small thin blade and fine teeth supported by a stiff metal back of brass but also steel. It takes it's name from the dovetail joints that it is used for cutting.  Dovetail Saw page.
Draw-knife Bench
A purpose made seat or bench to hold the material while using a draw knife. The main details being that the worker sits down and uses his feet to control the gripping of the material.  Draw-knife Bench page.
In woodworking, two handed tool for shaping mainly in the round or curved sections. Used by wheelwrights, coopers, boat builders and others.  Drawknife page.
Drill Press
A drilling machine either floor or bench mounted. A rotating vertical axis holds the drill bit and it is lowered into the work usually by a hand operated lever.  Drill Press page.
Drywall Screwgun
An electrical screwdriver that is specifically set up for driving drywall or plasterboard screws  Drywall Screwgun page.
Dual Mode Sander
A multipurpose sander that can rough cut and then switch to be a fine finish machine.  Dual Mode Sander page.
Dumpy Level
An early form of optical leveling instrument. It is a commonly mis-used term when referring to a Builder's Automatic Level. The dumpy has a leveling tube that has to be set at each swing of the instrument. Further it gives an upside down reading in the view finder. It has no auto features.   Dumpy Level page.
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Ear Muffs
Ear protectors that muffle sound and protect the ears in noisy environments.   Ear Muffs page.
Easy Clamps
One handed clamp that works through a ratchet handle similar to a caulking gun.  Easy Clamps page.
Edging Tools
Small hand tools for making neat edges to concrete surfaces.  Edging Tools page.
A earth leakage detector ELD, also known as an RCD or residual current device, is an electrical safety device that detects faults in electrical systems within milliseconds and shuts off the current before harm can be done. When fitted into a portable junction box for mains power leads or cords it is called a safety box etc.  ELD Box page.
Electric Air Compressor
An electrically power machine for producing compressed air for use with air powered tools  Electric Air Compressor page.
Electric Cement Mixer
A machine for mixing cement and concrete which is driven by an electric motor. They are usually quite small, portable in some way and use household power for ease and convenience.  Electric Cement Mixer page.
Explosive Fastener tool
Also known as Powder actuated fastener tool. A "gun" that can fire high tensile steel nails and bolt fitting into hard materials like steel of concrete. Sometimes called direct fasteners.   Explosive Fastener tool page.
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F Clamps
Carpentry clamps in the shape of an F   F Clamps page.
Fencing Pliers
Large pliers with the capacity to cut, bend and twist heavy gauge and high tensile fencing wire.  Fencing Pliers page.
Fiber Cement Shears
A small power tool for cutting fiber cement sheets.  Fiber Cement Shears page.
Fiber Cement Shears
A small power tool for cutting fiber cement sheets.  Fiber Cement Shears page.
Fiberglass Tape Measure
A wind up type of builder's long tape measure. Comes in various lengths up to 50M.  Fiberglass Tape Measure page.
Fibro Cutter
A two handed tool metal tool used for cutting fibrous asbestos cement sheeting.  Fibro Cutter page.
Finish Nailer
A pneumatic nail gun suitable for small finishing nails.  Finish Nailer page.
Finish Stapler
An air tool used for fixing trim carpentry.  Finish Stapler page.
Floor Clamps
Aids to fixing tongue and grooved flooring. They clamp to the floor joists and exert pressure on the boards to close the joints.  Floor Clamps page.
Floor Cleat Nailer
An air tool used for secret fixing hardwood flooring.  Floor Cleat Nailer page.
Forstner Bits
Machine bits for drilling flat bottomed holes in wood and some plastic .  Forstner Bits page.
Framing Nailer
An air powered tool that drives large framing nails. Typically 3 1/2" clipped head nails.  Framing Nailer page.
Framing Square
Also called a roofing square and steel square this is a flat steel square with legs of 600mm and 400mm or 2ft by 18 inches. It can be used just a general square but it can also be used to perform roof and stair set outs by using sets of tables inscribed on both faces of the sqaure.  Framing Square page.
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Gent's Saw
A smaller version of a dovetail saw whit a straight round handle.    Gent's Saw page.
A one handed tool with a wooden T handle and a metal spike with a small screw on the tip. Used for making starting holes for screwing or drilling.  Gimlet page.
Glass Cutter
A simple small tool for cutting glass.  Glass Cutter page.
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A metalworking hand tool for sawing metal and hard plastics etc.   Hacksaw page.
Hand Brace
A hand tool used for drilling holes.  Hand Brace page.
Hand Floats
Hand tools for finishing concrete. The consist of a shaped base and a handle. They are made with different materials for different finishes. Steel, magnesium,wood,plastic and sponge etc.  Hand Floats page.
Hand Mortiser
In woodworking: A machine that speeds up the task of making mortises but is powered by hand.  Hand Mortiser page.
A saw blade suitable for hand held power saws that is specially designed to cut fiber cement sheets.  HardiBlade page.
High Speed steel
Steel used to make metal drill bits,saw blade etc. Shortened to HSS.  High Speed steel page.
HVLP Spray Gun
A High Volume Low Pressure compressed air spray gun. Also called a gravity feed gun.  HVLP Spray Gun page.
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Impact Screw Driver
A cordless electric screwdriver that uses vibration or impacts on the screw head to drive or remove screws.    Impact Screw Driver page.
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Jack Hammer (Electric)
An electric tool that is used for breaking up concrete or masonry etc. Also known as a demolition breaker.   Jack Hammer (Electric) page.
Jack Hammer (Pneumatic)
1.) An air operated hand held tool that drives various chisels percussively for breaking up concrete, rock and hard ground.
2.) An air operated tool mostly hand held, that uses various sizes and lengths of drill bits for drilling into rock. See Rock Drill.  Jack Hammer (Pneumatic) page.
Jointer Planer
A woodworking machine with a single cutter head that planes one surface at a time of a piece of timber. Also called surfacer. Used for straightening and squaring timber.  Jointer Planer page.
Jointing Tools
Small hand tools for making neat looking joints to concrete pavements.   Jointing Tools page.
Junior Hacksaw
First made by Stanley. A small saw with a simple one piece bent metal frame for metal and plastics cutting. It uses cheap disposable 6 inch blades.  Junior Hacksaw page.
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K Clamps
Joinery sash clamp named after the shape of the main bar which is a K rather than T shape. Made by Bessey   K Clamps page.
Keyless Chuck
A chuck to an electric drill or similar that can be operated by by hand, rather than by using a chuck key.  Keyless Chuck page.
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Laminate Trimmer
A relation of the router, this tool is specifically made for trimming laminates, but with various cutters it is quite a handy lightweight tool for such jobs as recessing hinges.   Laminate Trimmer page.
Laser Level
A tripod mounted optical instrument that is used for obtaining levels in construction work. A spinning device emits a laser beam on a level plane that can be picked up by a receiver on the operators staff.  Laser Level page.
Leveling Staff
A surveyors and builders aid in leveling. Most commonly an extendable aluminium rod with checkered painted graduations on the face. In close work it could just as easily be a simple board with pencil marking on it.   Leveling Staff page.
Li-Ion Battery.
A rechargeable battery using Lithium Iron technology.  Li-Ion Battery. page.
Low Speed Drills.
A larger size electric drill that has low gearing. Used for drilling steel and also used with mixer attachments for mixing grout, ceramic tile cement, plasterboard adhesive and toppings etc.  Low Speed Drills. page.
Lump Hammer
Also known as a club hammer. A short heavy two faced hammer used with heavy short strokes when working with cold chisels and the like.  Lump Hammer page.
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Manual Flooring Nailer
A hand tool used for secret fixing flooring.    Manual Flooring Nailer page.
Marking Gauge
In woodworking: A hand tool made out of mainly wood to mark or score lines parallel to an edge or face.  Marking Gauge page.
Masonry Drill Bit
A drill bit made for drilling into masonry and brick walls. Almost universally they have TCT inserts in the cutting tips.  Masonry Drill Bit page.
Mechanics Vise
A workshop tool, firmly mounted at a convenient height for holding and gripping material while working on it.   Mechanics Vise page.
Metal Smoothing Planes
Carpentry and joinery hand planes made out of mainly metal. A small light plane used for dressing off and finishing.  Metal Smoothing Planes page.
Mini Hacksaw
A handle and a support bar that uses standard length hacksaw blades. The front end of the blade is not supported and so it is useful for sliding into spaces that a standard hacksaw will not fit into.   Mini Hacksaw page.
Mortise Gauge
A joinery tool for marking mortise joints or similar parallel lines. It has two adjustable gauge points on one side an a single gauge point on the other side of the main bar.  Mortise Gauge page.
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Needle Scaler
An compressed air tool used for cleaning rust, welding slag and scale off steel. Also used for creating a textured finish and removing laitance on concrete.   Needle Scaler page.
Notched Floats
In hand tools. Steel floats with notched edges used for spreading adhesive. Mainly used by ceramic tilers to get an even bed.  Notched Floats page.
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Orbital Sander
In woodworking: A finish sander that has an orbital motion.    Orbital Sander page.
Oscillating Spindle Sander
A small woodworking electrical finish sander. It can sit on the face of a board and the spindle can sand the edge square.  Oscillating Spindle Sander page.
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Panel Saw
In hand tools. A smaller version of a crosscut saw used for finer work.   Panel Saw page.
Pavement Saw
A saw set up with a diamond cutting blade to cut concrete slabs and bitumen pavements.  Pavement Saw page.
Percussion Drill
An electric drill that has a hammer option for drilling fairly small holes into masonry.  Percussion Drill page.
Pipe Cutter
A hand tool for cutting metal pipes. Ranges in size from a small copper pipe cutter through to say 300mm diameter steel and cast iron pipes.   Pipe Cutter page.
Pit Saw
The main tool of the trade of the pre industrial age sawyer. A long steel blade with handles for a man at each end. Used in a saw pit, with one man on the top and one man underneath. for ripping down the length of logs.   Pit Saw page.
Plate Compactor
An engine driven vibrating steel plate for use in the compaction of back fill in trenches and other fairly small flat areas, say up to a house slab size.  Plate Compactor page.
Exactly vertical. If a member is vertical it is said to be "plumb". If not it is said to be "out of plumb".  Plumb page.
Plumb Bob
A weight suspended on a string line, cord or wire to find true vertical. The main metal used for this was lead, from the Latin for lead Plumbum. Also called a plummet.  Plumb Bob page.
Plumb Rule
A length of wood from which a plummet can be conveniently strung to find vertical.   Plumb Rule page.
Plunge Router
A versatile modern electric tool used in woodworking and with some plastics. The plunge refers to the fact that the machine normally has the cutter retracted when not in use, but when the base is unlocked, it can enter the work.   Plunge Router page.
Pop Rivet-Tool
A tool for fixing pop rivets. Comes in various layouts and sizes depending on the rivet size, but the small pliers like tool is the most common.  Pop Rivet-Tool page.
Power Miter Saw
Named after the mitre joint that it commonly makes these saws sometimes called drop saws or chop saws are used to make cuts across the length of pieces of timber.  Power Miter Saw page.
Power Saw
Any one of a few different types powered saws, but in particular a common term for a hand held electric saw with a circular blade used for cutting wood.  Power Saw page.
Power Wire Brush
Purpose made accessories for angle grinders and bench grinders for cleaning steel and other materials.  Power Wire Brush page.
Powered Grindstones
A couple of examples of belt drive grindstones used for sharpening tools. The power sources were water and steam.  Powered Grindstones page.
Pump Screwdriver
An Iconic tool in it's day pump screwdriver had a short few years when it was the fastest way to drive screws.   Pump Screwdriver page.
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Radial Arm Saw
A woodworking workshop machine for cross cutting timber. Can make angled cuts (sometimes compound cuts) and it takes a range of cutters in addition the saw blades.   Radial Arm Saw page.
Random Orbital Sander
A small woodworking electical finish sander. Also used in the auto repair industry where they are usually air driven. Capable of extremely fine results. Sometimes called a palm sander.   Random Orbital Sander page.
Ratchet Brace
A brace that includes a ratchet for ease of use in tight spaces, and also to use just the most powerful or easiest arc of turn.   Ratchet Brace page.
Ratchet Mechanism
A device used to convert a full circular motion of a tool or machine, into smaller arcs of motion to give more power and or convenience. Consists of a ratchet wheel and pawl.   Ratchet Mechanism page.
Reciprocal Saw
In Woodworking. A larger version of a hand held jig saw. A power saw that replaces a pad saw or compass saw. Also called Recipro or Sabre (saber) saws  Reciprocal Saw page.
Retracting Tape Measure
The device that replaced the carpenter's folding rule. A spring loaded self retracting thin steel tape measure.  Retracting Tape Measure page.
Reversible Electric Drill.
A larger size electric drill that has a reverse switch that can be used to back the drill bit out of a hole in the event a the bit jamming in the workpiece.  Reversible Electric Drill. page.
Right Angle Attachment
An accessory for a standard drill that makes the drill easier to work in confined spaces. Also it can reduce the speed of the drill.  Right Angle Attachment page.
Right Angle Drill
In Woodworking and Metalworking. A powered drill that has the chuck pointing at right angles to the shaft of the motor. Usually in larger sizes and usfull because it can work in a smaller place than a standard drill.  Right Angle Drill page.
Rock Drill
An air operated tool mostly hand held, that uses various sizes and lengths of drill bits for drilling into rock or concrete.   Rock Drill page.
Rotary Hammer Drill
An electric tool for drilling larger holes in masonry and concrete. Many of them can also be used with a chisel tool.  Rotary Hammer Drill page.
Router Table
A table adapted to take a portable wood router to increase the usefulness of the tool.  Router Table page.
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Scroll Saw
A fine bladed hand or machine saw used for cutting fine tracery work in timber and plastics.   Scroll Saw page.
Sheet Metal Nibbler
An electric tool for cutting sheet metal. Used commonly for cutting metal roof sheets and flashings and sheet metal work in general. It works by taking small bites of the material at a time.  Sheet Metal Nibbler page.
Side Axe
An axe with one flat face the better to give a smoother finish. Typically used working downwards on the side od a baulk of timber.   Side Axe page.
Siphon Feed Spray Gun
The standard compressed air spray gun for general purppose spray painting.  Siphon Feed Spray Gun page.
Sliding Compound Miter Saw
A woodworking power tool that is capable of cutting compound angles. In addition it has a sliding function that allows it to cut wider pieces of timber than a standard drop saw.  Sliding Compound Miter Saw page.
Sliding Table Saw or Panel Saw
A woodworking workshop machine for cutting sheet material.  Sliding Table Saw or Panel Saw page.
Speed Square
An aluminium triangular square, with one right angle and two 45 degree angles. Used for general squaring when marking out and by some people (reputedly) for obtaining roofing angles.  Speed Square page.
Spirit Level
A hand tool with curved sealed glass vials containing a liquid and a bubble of air. The glass bubbles are located parallel to or at rightangles to the body of the level to give horizontal or vertical readings.   Spirit Level page.
In woodworking, a hand tool having a blade set between two handles. Used on curved and flat work and for rounding off edges.   Spokeshave page.
Spring Caliper
A machinists tool for checking the size of something turned on a lathe. They can be categorised by being Inside calipers or outside calipers.   Spring Caliper page.
Stonemasons Level
Historic usage: A wooden frame from which is suspended a plumb bob to find a horizontal level. Also used by carpenters etc.  Stonemasons Level page.
Straight Grinder
A hand held electric grinder mostly used in metal working, grinding welds, castings etc.   Straight Grinder page.
Straight Grinder
A power grinding tool with to tool or cutter fixed on an extension of the motor's shaft.  Straight Grinder page.
String line.
Line usually out of string, but also used is wire, cord, nylon fishing line etc. When stretched tight it is used as an aid to creating straight lines.   String line. page.
The fine metal shavings and dust caused by drilling or sawing steel. The leftovers of the operation.   Swarf page.
Swivel Base Vise
A mechanics style vise that has a base that can be swiveled to allow for different working positions.  Swivel Base Vise page.
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Thicknesser Planer
A woodworking machine with a single cutter head that planes timber to a parallel depth and thickness. In the US abbreviated to Planer and UK-Australia is is called a Thicknesser   Thicknesser Planer page.
Tile Laser
A small laser tool designed for fast setting out square lines on floors for professional floor tilers.   Tile Laser page.
Tin Snips
Snips or shears for cutting thin sheet metal.   Tin Snips page.
Toggle Clamps
Hand operated lever clamps which can quickly apply pressure and just as easily release it. Very useful for repetition work.  Toggle Clamps page.
Treadle Metal Lathe
An example of an almost modern metal screw cutting lathe driven by a treadle, that is by foot power.  Treadle Metal Lathe page.
Treadle Wood Lathe
An example of a woodworking lathe driven by a treadle, that is by foot power.  Treadle Wood Lathe page.
Triton Saw Bench
In Woodworking. A cheap metal bench that when fitted with a hand held power saw, making a useful cheap bench saw.  Triton Saw Bench page.
Try Square
A joinery tool for testing timber or lumber for square, that is 90 Degrees. Also used for general squaring work. Comes in various sizes.  Try Square page.
Two Man Crosscut Saw
A saw with a handle for a man at each end. These saws are designed to cut on both strokes and so have distinctive teeth.  Two Man Crosscut Saw page.
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Vise Grips
Small adjustable hand tools that can grip and lock onto, and hold together small objects.   Vise Grips page.
Vise Jaw Caps
Parts that fit over the steel jaws of a vise to protect the work. Often copper, aluminium, plywood or timber.  Vise Jaw Caps page.
Vise Jaw Inserts
Replaceable hardened steel inserts for vise jaws.  Vise Jaw Inserts page.
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Wacker Packer
An engine driven plate compactor for use in the compaction of backfill in trenches and other narrow excavations.   Wacker Packer page.
A person who makes or made wooden wheels.  Wheelwright page.
Wide Belt Sander
A woodworking sanding machine that is used for through sanding doors and panels.  Wide Belt Sander page.
Wing Compass
A compass, often large, for scribing arcs and circles, with an arced wing that helps to steady the legs in use, and with a locking screw on the arc to hold the legs firmly in position.   Wing Compass page.
Wood Lathe
A woodworking machine for turning round sections. It can also be used for boring. The turning tools are normally held by hand with the aid of a tool rest.  Wood Lathe page.
Wood Shaper
A woodworking machine with provision for a large range of cutters to be mounted on a vertical spindle. Shaper is the US term for this machine. In the UK and Australia the term spindle moulder is used for this machine which is used to produce mouldings.  Wood Shaper page.
Wood Turning
The act of shaping circular wooden sections in a lathe. A turner is person doing the work.   Wood Turning page.
Wood Turning Tools
Metal chisels of robust construction with long wooden handles used for wood turning.  Wood Turning Tools page.
Wooden Planes
Carpentry and joinery hand planes made out of mainly wood. The oldest form of hand plane.  Wooden Planes page.
Woodworking Pipe Clamps
Clamp ends that are attached to standard diameter steel pipes.   Woodworking Pipe Clamps page.
Woodworking Vise
A vise that is built into a carpenter or joiner's bench. Optimised for holding timber.  Woodworking Vise page.

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