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Toolmongers Top 5It’s been another wild week here at Toolmonger.  If you’ve been busy in the shop and haven’t had time to keep up with Toolmonger, we recommend checking out the following posts when you have a chance:

Project Garage: Yukon Engine Swap (Part 3) — Fabricating Engine Brackets
The factory upper engine brackets didn’t fit on our “bolt in” engine, so we made our own (and modified one of the existing ones).  We added 20+ pictures of the whole fabrication process.  If you’re considering a late model engine swap (or just want to see some cool basic metal fabrication), this is a must read.

Finds: X-Treme Tape
This is some seriously cool stuff.  It stretches to 3 times its length, withstands acids, can handle temps up to 500 degrees F and down to -60 F, insulates to 8,000 V… the list goes on and on.  Check it out.

Finds: The Woodcraft Clamping System
Anyone who’s glued up a large panel can relate: it’s a pain to get it straight in both dimensions (top and sides).  This inexpensive clamping system makes it easy.

Feature: Carl Olsen’s Waterjets.org
Carl Olsen — a guy who not only writes control software for a major waterjet manufacturer, but has been around waterjets since childhood spends his “spare” time maintaining one of the most informative sites about waterjets on the web.  He took time out to talk to us and dispell some common waterjet myths.

Toolmonger’s “Doh” of the Week: Kids in the Shop / What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done in the shop?
Last week we asked you to relate some of your “doh!” moments from the shop — in the hope of entertaining fellow readers and maybe helping them avoid stepping in the same hole — and the response has been great.  Thanks so much for sharing!  If you haven’t seen the comments on either of the above posts, you definitely want to check them out — great stuff.

Coming Next Week

We’ve got some good hands-on experiences to post regarding Hobart’s AirForce250A plasma cutter.  In short: you want a plasma cutter.  They rock.  We’ve also got part two of the Unique Performance shop tour as well as more tool finds.

Note that this month’s “comment to win” contest is drawing to a close.  If you haven’t entered — by just commenting — yet, now’s the time.  Why not drop in and share some of your “doh!” shop experiences, or maybe shed some light on some of our tool finds?

 

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