How I found a good drill press

A drill press is a useful tool to have in your workshop, especially if you’re a weekend mechanic like me. Making the difference between all of the models that are available in today’s market is truly a difficult feat as there seems to be an immense variety one can choose from. Some are priced higher than others, but the actual cost might matter less if you’re focused on getting a good drill press for what you have in mind.

I started out by looking at the resources I found online. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t know all that much about drill presses, in general, but since my best friend had suggested one, I had to think about it more seriously.

I set out by trying to understand the motor power, drill speed, swing, and quill travel just to make sure that I grasped the technical specifications of every machine that I came across. The construction quality varies significantly from one drill press to the next because it doesn’t have to vibrate a lot so that your pieces turn out looking great. In addition to this, you need to go over some customer reviews to make sure that you’re buying a unit that’s safe to utilize and that might not endanger your safety and perhaps the one of the people trying to work with you on your tasks.


Laser sighting is a neat feature to have and it can take your accuracy to a whole new level. You’ll be able to drill holes through the wood or metal without having to bother to make calculations all of the time.

The swing size is important as most 8-inch and 10-inch drill presses can be used for small projects such as jewelry making, but their 15 and 18-inch counterparts can offer excellent results when employed in serious projects. Most of the latter alternatives are massive as they weigh a lot and are anything but compact and portable. On the other hand, 8 and 10-inch options can make a good choice for people looking for a highly portable product.



In my research, I used several websites. I’m a great fan of Popular Mechanics and have learned a lot of things using this website. What I like the most about the resource is that most tips address DIY-ers, amateurs, and hobbyists, which is why the tone of the articles is friendly and less advanced. Miller Welds has a forum where people talk about drill presses and the best known brands that make them. Last, but not least, there’s this new resource that I found to be particularly helpful and that has loads and loads of reviews and comparisons of the top drill presses available today.

3 Easy Fitness Exercises You Can Do at Home

A lot of people complain that they never have enough time to exercise since they need to get in the car and commute to the gym and therefore lose a lot of time in traffic. What I think it happens is that people simply overcrowd their schedules with all kinds of things, like checking their social media every three minutes and find themselves so caught up in meaningless actions that they run out of time for anything else.

If you want to get fit, you only need to find a few minutes at first in your busy schedule. No, you do not have to travel to the gym, navigating the urban jungle every day. Although I own a fitness club, I know that the first steps are necessary and these can be done at home. In this post, I am going to tell you about three simple exercises you can perform at home, so you can quickly improve your fitness levels and your overall shape.



No, I am not suggesting to put on a cape and trying to save the world. Superman is a very simple fitness exercise that will make you feel better while engaging your entire body. Lie on the floor, on your belly and stretch your toes and your fingers as if you are trying to touch the opposite walls. This exercise will give you a good stretch, and you will feel an improvement in your posture right away.


Don’t forget leg day

For some reason, people are not particular about exercising their legs, and I think it is a huge mistake. Here is the easiest fitness exercise you can perform at home for great looking legs. It is the simple lunge. This exercise works your glutes, too, and all the ladies will surely appreciate getting more definition in that particular area of their bodies. If you want to turn lunges into a full body workout, I suggest getting some dumbbells or improvised weights, such as full water bottles. This way, you will work both your arms and your legs. Also, because of the particular nature of the movement you execute, you will be able to strengthen your core, as well.

Jump squats for your cardio routine

So, I suggested earlier a stretching exercise and one you can use for your entire body. Let’s talk a bit about cardio now. What I usually recommend to people coming to my gym for the first time is to include some jump squats in their routine. This way, you are not only giving your muscles a good workout, but your heart rate will increase, and you will be able to sustain more vigorous activity. Also, cardio is great for weight loss.




3 power tools I can’t live without


Tools have been instrumental in asserting that we are different from the rest of the animal kingdom species. We may have started out carving spearheads out of rocks, but we most certainly have come a long way. Power tools outclass hand tools because of their promise of speed and versatility. They function primarily to embody that huge DIY spirit that every self-respecting handyman wants to show people.

These three are what I consider genuine must-haves:

The cordless drill

To manually bore one hole in one hour is not something that a real handyman would love to do for a period of 8 hours in the shop. No sirree! A solidly engineered cordless drill is what you need to tackle plenty of drilling tasks varying between making small pilot holes to creating large ones into which electricals can be made to run through.

A cordless drill is used to drive large lag bolts, dainty screws and fasteners into holes. However, an impact drill would be more to your liking if you intend to work often with large lag bolts. A cordless drill is generally considered the modern handyman’s tool, make no mistake about that.

Cordless drills are typically 12-volt tools that are lightweight yet carry high drilling technology. They are also built quite robustly for their size so they can withstand the abuse they are often subjected to. If you have the budget for it, get an 18-volt model instead if you are to properly address the power-to-weight ratio factor.

The circular saw

If you are to make short work of cutting through tough material or sheet goods, a circular saw should be just the tool you need. A handsaw is fine if you just cut wood workpieces once or twice every year. For regular cutting jobs, nothing beats a circular saw. It can cut through an entire small pile of wood in just two minutes. How does that compare to your regular hand saw

Use a circular saw with safety in mind, as it can cut through skin and bone just as easily as it can through wood. Follow safety instructions for use from the tool manufacturer. You can choose between corded and cordless models. For hefty materials, choose corded units that function either as a regular circular saw or a worm-drive saw that’s more heavy duty.

The drill press

There’s any number of drill presses available on the market. You can choose from mini drill presses, benchtop models and freestanding ones. Perfect for repetitive and repeatable hole drilling, a drill press ensures accuracy and consistency of results. Get one that offers versatility with a range of spin speeds, a beveling worktable and flexible chuck capacity.

A drill press can even be fitted with a variety of attachments to handle different tasks including sanding and mortising. This tool is used in jewelry making, wood working, metal trades and more. You’ll find this tool exceptionally indispensable.

You may have a different list drawn up, but again, these are the three tools that I personally consider crucial for any workshop



Basic equipment I needed when I opened my studio

I had to invest a tidy sum of money for fitness studio equipment. It was all a necessary expense as I had envisioned my fitness club to be the go-to gym in my community. I did plenty of research aside from getting advice through message boards on gym management, and also consulting the best gym equipment reviews.

Free weights

Dumbbells and kettlebells are utilized for free weight training. Considered the workhorses of the fitness world, dumbbells have remained a fitness mainstay despite the technological advances in a range of gym equipment, with almost 100 percent personal training studios offering them, based on equipment trends reports. I didn’t want my fitness club to be one of the less than 5 percent that doesn’t have an array of dumbbells. Fairly expensive, my gym’s dumbbells are able to offer gym patrons and members a way to keep track of how they are doing in their fitness goals. Dumbbells enable people to compare their starting dumbbell weight with their current one.

Undoubtedly the new kid on the block, kettlebells have gained popularity in fitness training. (I recommend reading this article for kettlebell training) Although it’s tough, kettlebell training is offered at my studio because I know what fantastic results it can give to users when employed with proper supervision. I offer the services of my own kettlebell training instructor who ensures that one kettlebell among the several my gym has can cater to every aspect of fitness.

Cardio Workout Equipment

I decided to invest in some of the best cardio equipment around that includes elliptical trainers, stair climbers, recumbent and upright bikes, and treadmills. My fitness club has three treadmills and I plan to add more as time goes by. Elliptical trainers are great for fat loss training. Both ellipticals and treadmills offer solo-workout options while serving effectively for warm ups. Although the cardio workout equipment I invested on are costly (they are commercial grade), they do ensure sturdiness and are engineered to handle frequent use.

General exercise equipment

To add versatility to my clients’ workout, as well as a bit of play, I also invested in top quality medicine balls. From high-performance MMA athletes to the average Joe, the medicine ball is used by fitness club members for deceleration training, reaction drills and replicating a variety of common exercises that can be performed using dumbbells. These include lunges, squats, presses and curls. Some of the medicine bells in my gym include heavier, no-bounce ones that support explosive movements to drive users up the kinetic chain, from their feet to their legs, hips, shoulders and up to their hands. The balls can thus be thrown without worrying that they would come back.

We also have resistance tubings or resistance bands, more popularly known as Pilates rings. Easily transportable because they are lightweight, the resistance bands we have have become many of our gym members’ favorite pieces of fitness equipment. In fact many of our clients have even bought their own to use at home or when traveling.


These are just some of the basic gym equipment we own. I shall describe more of those we have in a later post. For now, those who want to put up their own fitness clubs can take their cue from the items my own gym has, among others.