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It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger, but we did get to spend some quality time in the shop.  If you’ve been spending time in the shop, too, and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select:

It’s Just Cool: Peeping Norm
While it’s not about a tool per se, it seems that this post got some of you just as hooked on watching the New Yankee cam as we are.  We enjoy the shows, too, but there’s something about seeing Norm and friends actually do the work — complete with mistakes — in real time that keeps us truly addicted.

Engineer’s Squares: Accurate And Easy On The Eyes
Accurate to +/- .00005″ per linear inch, these shiny steel squares come in various sizes as well as sets which include a wood presentation case.  They’re pretty inexpensive, too, at just $30 for a four-piece set.  Check the comments on this post for some great reader suggestions of other similar finds.

This Flatback Tape Bends Over Backwards For Accuracy
Minus the curve that lets you extend standard tapes out one-handed, this tape can fit around curved furniture.  Also, because it lays flat against the object you’re measuring it’s much easier to make accurate marks.  You’ll never miss that standout.

Hands-Free Project Lighting With The DREMELite
Wish your Dremel had a project light?  Here’s your answer: this little device replaces the bezel just behind the chuck and lights your work via two bright white LEDs.  And it requires no batteries!  Instead, it’s powered by a small internal generator that spins with the tool.

Gardening, Rambo-Style
This K-Bar-looking garden implement is quite practical for cutting tough roots and is guaranteed to scare the crap out of your neighbors. 

Help us choose next week’s Top 5!

We’d appreciate your help in choosing next week’s Top 5, which’ll be featured here, elsewhere, and in the podcast as well. While you’re reading TM this week, look out for the “Interesting Post” button at the bottom of the article:


When you see an article that piques your interest, click the button once. You’ll return to the same page, but TM’s software’ll score your click for future reference. We’ll check in on the totals before selecting next week’s Top 5.


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