TOOLS & MA­TE­RI­ALS

Use­ful items for build­ing, cut­ting, sand­ing, or re­pair­ing.

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For work­ing wood.

1. SAND­ING PRO

Ideal on flat sur­faces, the vari­able-speed belt sander comes with a dust bag that swivels 360 de­grees to keep it out of the way. It mea­sures 21" long x 3" wide. The mo­tor is lo­cated over the platen for per­fect bal­ance; $169 and up. Porter-Ca­ble, (888) 848-5175, porter­ca­ble.com

2. PULL SAW

The Ja­panese-made Z saw cuts on the pull stroke for pre­cise, straight cuts that make it easy to fol­low a cut­ting line. The 300mil­lime­ter hand saw of­fers su­perb con­trol and has a re­mov­able blade; $43.50. Hard­wick & Sons, (866) 369-6525, hard­wickand­sons.com

3. AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL FLOUR­ISH

Add ex­tra sup­port to porch columns with solid West­ern red cedar knee braces. Avail­able in smooth or rough fin­ishes, the paint- or stain-ready 18" x 18" knee brace comes in a range of widths. The 5 ½ "-wide smooth brace is $104.40. ProWood Mar­ket, (800) 915-5110, prowood­mar­ket.com

4. CUT AND CARVE

Azek to Mill is a ready-to-cut, main­te­nance­free build­ing ma­te­rial made from cel­lu­lar polyvinyl chlo­ride (PVC). Ideal for ex­te­rior trim el­e­ments, it’s suit­able for ground con­tact and comes in planks and sheets. A 1 ½ "x3 ½ " x 18" plank is $63.39. Azek Ex­te­ri­ors, (877) 275-2935, azekex­te­ri­ors.com

5. IN­JEC­TION FIX

Six10 thick­ened epoxy ad­he­sive com­bines the strength and re­li­a­bil­ity of a two-part epoxy with point-and-shoot con­ve­nience. The self-me­ter­ing coax­ial car­tridge dis­penses a gap-fill­ing struc­tural epoxy that bonds to wood and other ma­te­ri­als, es­pe­cially in tight places; $27.99. West Sys­tem, (866) 937-8797, west­sys­tem.com

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