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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:

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: A Quality Knife
Here’s our (now) annual post recommending a pocket knife as the prime gift for Father’s Day.  For many reasons, it’s an awesome gift.  We’re not recommending that you (necessarily) pick up a 6″ hunting knife for him, but more a simple, basic, but quality pocket knife that he can carry every day — even in the office.  It’s a long-lasting gift that keeps on giving.  ‘Nuff said.

Festool’s Two-In-One Sander
This new sander’s exciting feature: it can switch between random-orbital and pure rotary modes on the fly — perfect for removing lots of material on a first pass, then switching to orbital mode for finishing work.  It also mates up perfectly with Festool’s legendary dust-collection rigs.

Deck Mate Screws: The Best For Deck Construction?
A reader turned us on to these screws at Maker Faire, but when we posted it here many readers expressed different opinions.  The quick consensus: used with the “special” driver, they’re good stuff, but a waste of money if you use a standard phillips in ’em.  There were lots of votes for square-drive, too.  Check the comments for details.

MAC Expands Their Spherical Socket Line
If you’re a MAC user and you’ve begun using their spline-type spherical sockets — they’ll handle a variety of fastener heads ranging from six- and twelve-point to inverse Torx and even half-rounded — you’ll be excited to know that they’ve expanded the 1/2″ and 3/8″ drive lines significantly.  See your local truck to get ’em.

Sparkfun Electronics 
This supplier provides all kinds of interesting electronic components — the ones you’re not likely to find at your local supply house.  Examples: GPS and cellular gear, and a 24-bit color LCD just like the one in Sony’s PSP.  You’ll definitely want to add these guys to your “little black book.”

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:

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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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