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Published on December 20th, 2011 | by Ruth

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Cut Corners With Two-In-One Jig and Reciprocating Saw From Rockwell

Need to cut stuff up? Short­en some­thing? Just take out some agres­sion? Or do you need a gift for some­one who is handy with a ham­mer and nails? We all like the idea of hav­ing a saw on hand, even though some of use can’t come up with an im­me­di­ate use-case for a saw. Giv­en that, we’re lim­it­ed to some­thing that takes up a small amount of space. Rock­well makes a fan­tas­tic hand-held two-in-one jig and re­cip­ro­cat­ing saw, avail­able for $168 on Ama­zon.

It’s a nice com­pli­ment for those who al­ready have a dremel tool. The dremel, for those of you who, like this writ­er, didn’t know pre­vi­ous­ly, us­es ro­ta­tion­al mo­tion, where­as a saw us­es lin­ear mo­tion. Some of our staff are more fa­mil­iar with saws (and tools in gen­er­al) and tried it out. Though we’re of­ten skep­ti­cal of items that claim to have too many func­tions, we found it to work well, and con­vert eas­i­ly- with the pull of a lever it ad­justs be­tween six dif­fer­ent cut­ting po­si­tions.

The saw comes with 12-volt lithi­um bat­ter­ies, so you don’t need to wor­ry about dis­tance be­tween your pro­ject space and an out­let. It comes with an LED light (that flash­es when the bat­tery is low) and a blow­er, to il­lu­mi­nate your cut and keep the dust out of the way.

The saw is at­trac­tive enough that I find my­self itch­ing for a use for it. I won­der if I got hold of some wood I could fig­ure out how to saw a na­tiv­i­ty set in time? Most like­ly if I start now it’ll be ready by next hol­i­day sea­son. Maybe I’ll have time for a Meno­rah too…

For well un­der $200, we think this is a great tool, ei­ther for some­one who knows what they’re do­ing or for the en­thu­si­as­tic wan­na-be wood­work­er.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.



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