Answers to the Workshop Smarts questions from issue 153

A. According to Keith Rucker, an antique tool expert from Tifton, Georgia, the first electric handheld woodworking tools were drills. German-based Fein claims credit for the first handheld power tool, above, an electric hand drill made in 1895.

With regard to electric-powered stationary woodworking tools, the picture grows murky. Just before the turn of the century, stationary machines were driven by steam-or-water-powered line shafts. Smaller shops were at a big disadvantage because they simply could not afford boilers and steam engines or water wheels.


Idea Shop 6, Paycheck 20: Wall Storage

Build versatile wall storage using perforated hardboard (one brand is Pegboard). Hung from the same type of beveled French cleat as the clamp rack, you can make, move, and arrange several panels to suit your needs. Hooks and hangers, right, come in a variety of sizes and functions. For example, short hooks accept wrenches, and you can make a shelf by resting a piece of scrap stock on a pair of longer hooks with supports. To bank enough money to buy the planer later, we made just one panel for now. 


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