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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:

Makita’s Shear Wrench
This is just the specialty tool you need to wrench down shear-type fasteners.  Even if you don’t have any need for it, it’s a fascinating tool and worth a look.

Toolmonger’s Maker Faire Coverage
We attended Maker Faire 2007 in San Mateo, CA last weekend, and readers voted a good chunk of our live (and later) coverage into the top five this week.  If you missed any of our coverage, check out the link above or listen to this week’s special episode of Tool Talk where we talk about our Faire experiences along with lots of audio from the show.  We’ll have more details later, but as of right now we’re planning to attend Maker Faire in Austin on October 20th and 21st, too.

JLC Online’s Take On Small Drywall Finishing Projects
This awesome article over on JLC online covers many of the skills you’ll need to do simple drywall finish work on your projects.  They start with the tools and materials you need and run you through a pretty thorough how-to.

The Joist Jaw
This little tool grabs hold of joists and holds them properly in place while you attach them.  Think of it as a helper that always shows up on time and must only be paid once.

The Wonder Winder: Easy Extension Cord Storage
A visitor to our station at Maker Faire recommending this inexpensive cord winder from Harbor Freight, and it seems to be a hit among readers who’ve tried it.  Check out the post’s comments for details.

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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