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It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger.  If you’ve been spending time in the shop — you should! — 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:

Tool Quality, New vs. Old School
Think your old school pro tools kick the crap out of today’s junk?  Think again.  Sure, old pro tools measure are better than lots of new consumer-grade stuff, but 100 years of R&D yields some benefits.  Of course, that doesn’t mean the old stuff isn’t cool as hell.

The Work of Bruce Herbert, Tree Carver
Bruce Herbert sculpts with a chain saw.  How cool is that?  Besides that, we understand he’s a first class guy.  Check out this post and the link to his site for lots more about him.

Xtreme Power From An Xtremely Yellow Box
Besides looking like a jaundiced Johnny 5, this box also distributes power at the jobsite, turning a 50A 125V or 250V power drop into more usable 20A 125V outlets.

The Minwax Project Planner
Ever wonder what that stain’ll look like on your furniture project — or better yet how the finished project’ll look in a room painted like yours?  Minwax recently added a kick-ass project planner to their website to help you out.

Fasteners On The Cheap
Need a crap-ton of fasteners and don’t want to pay squat for ’em?  This place is for you.  Look elsewhere for that one-off specialty screw, but if you’re building a deck — or doing a driver test at Maker Faire — you can get screws (and other stuff) cheap in 5,000 count quantities.

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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