Tool Review: Garrett Wade Gunsmithing Screwdrivers

Garrett Wade Gunsmithing Screwdrivers - Title

This is a set of three finely made flat-head screwdrivers with fancy hardwood handles and nice brass ferrules. Apart from their fine finish, the hollow-ground tips are the screwdrivers' major selling point. Supposedly, unlike a double-wedge shaped screwdriver blade, a hollow-ground blade applies more torque to the bottom of the... Read more »

Tool Review: Rio Grande Electroplating Chems

Rio Grande Electroplating Chemicals

This weekend, my buddy Jon came over, and we used my garage chem-lab to silver-plate some brass hinge leaves for some fancy jewelry boxes he's making. I had never electroplated anything before, and have been curious about the process since my undergraduate days. My impression, based on my survey courses,... Read more »

Best of 2012: Toolsday

The Easydriver

We started doing tool-review-Tuesdays—inevitably compounded to "Toolsdays" in short order—in early 2011, and 2012 has been the column's first full calendar year. The reviews are written on a volunteer basis by MAKE staff and friends. Sometimes a manufacturer or retailer provides a review unit, but as often as not, the... Read more »