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Milwaukee Magnum Drill, Milwaukee Tools, $158.51

This drill has been a workhorse in the construction industry for years. Both durable and powerful, it can drill the tiniest pilot holes up to the largest hole saw runs. I once saw a guy on a worksite with a Magnum that was completely caked in plaster and paint, but still worked like a charm. When I purchased mine, I didn’t have a screwgun, but learned how to use my Magnum for it after a little practice. This thing torques like a beast, so be careful when using larger bits that can catch on the material you’re drilling through. I’ve had the Magnum spin out on me a couple of times, leaving me with a sprained wrist.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


  1. Isaac Dover says:

    $575?! Please tell me this is a typo.

    1. Isaac Dover says:

      Err, I was commenting about the Crown marking gauge.

      1. oh yes, that was most definitely a typo. Sorry about that. The price is 46.99 – here’s the link – http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000424/3753/crown-rosewood-and-brass-marking-gauge.aspx

  2. Joshua Lenord says:

    Sorry to nit-pick, but the image for the marking gauge is incorrect. What is depicted is mortise gauge, if you notice the twin points for marking the longer edges of a mortise, which are adjustable to mark different mortise widths, a marking gauge only has one point.

    1. Interesting, because the Woodcraft link I posted lists has that picture in the listing for a marking gauge. I never knew there was a difference. In any case, the pins on this tool are removable, so it can be used to score just one line if you wish.

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