How to buy tools

No workshop is complete without tools. As a matter of fact, owning and collecting tools is (or at least appears to be) for some people the main reason behind owning a workshop. Just look at the number of YouTube channels doing tool reviews and the associated heated discussions about which […]

Replacing BMW E39 windshield washer hoses

The windshield washer jets of my E39 suddenly produced only a trickle instead of a stream. Investigating the issue started with opening the bonnet and removing the damping mat. It is hold in place by a number of split pins. There are special fork-like tools for removing this, but lifting […]

Wall-mounting a Makita charger

Wall-mounting is the best way to have a charger accessible yet out of the way. I’ve got the Makita DC18RC, which does not have holes for easy mounting. I have however found a suitable holder on Thingiverse. This is a quick 3D print. After removal of the rubber plugs, it […]

Refilling and bleeding a trolley jack

My son has plenty of toys, but nothing beats dad’s tools. My trolley jack is a favourite of his, and he uses it to lift this go-cart. Unfortunately he opened the release valve too far once, releasing some of the hydraulic fluid. As I found out the next time when […]

French Cleat storage wall

Judging by many workshop tours on YouTube, you really can’t have a workshop without at least one wall with French Cleat storage. So naturally I didn’t want to be left out. The wall behind my workbench already had holes and plugs that I simply re-used. I also had a couple […]

Monitor stand

I wanted a simple monitor stand for my desk. I had some leftover 18mm plywood from my media cabinet. From this I cut one 50 x 25cm and two 10 x 25cm panels. Both ends of the large panel and one end of the small panels were cut with 45 […]

Wera Kraftform XXL screwdriver set

A decent set of screwdrivers is probably the most essential part of your tool kit. My choice in this regard is the Wera Kraftform XXL set. It consists of twelve screwdrivers: Two Philips and two Pozidrive Three flathead Two flathead that can be used as chisel Two insulated flathead that […]

Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 320

Pocket holes are a very simple, quick, and convenient way to join wood. In many cases, the holes can be placed in a way that they are invisible. Unlike with dowels, biscuits or dominos, it is not necessary to drill (and thus align) holes in both pieces. Only one piece […]

Cheap shelving

Storage is always an issue in workshops. My options here are very limited, as I want to be able to use the garage for parking a car. With the garage being only 2.90m wide, storage cabinets along the walls are not possible. The only available space is high up, but […]

Building a media/amp cabinet

I use three half-size (106cm tall) Ikea Billy bookcases in my home office, which left me with approx. 1m of space left. Another Billy would have been an option, but would have covered the light switch and a power outlet, and would have wasted about 20cm of space. I also […]