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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:

Case’s Questionable New “Vault System”
Case is putting some of their knives away Disney-style to increase their value.  While some collectors love the idea, Sean hates it, and Toolmonger readers voted the debate right into the numero-uno spot in the top five this week.  Check out the post, and let us know what you think in comments.

Mitered Door Frame Router Bit Set
This bit set dramatically simplifies the process of creating picture-frame door panels — and other projects too.  It’s also quite inexpensive.

Turn Any Push Mower Into a Zero-Turn
Our newest contributor Leslie dug up this set of replacement wheels that converts most standard push mowers into zero-turns on the cheap.  If you’d like to cut a little closer, but (like us) won’t shell out for the big dogs, give this post a look.

An Environmentally-Friendly Parts Washer
Parts washers are, ironically, one of the most environmentally dangerous tools in the shop — yet are absolutely necessary for restoration work.  TM’s resident Dealmonger Stephen found a better solution: a washer that uses safe cleaning fluid and bacteria that eats away the oil each night to refresh the fluid.

Tie Down Gear Without Knots
This week we posted yet another piece of “knot replacement” gear, which re-ignited the debate on tie-down tools vs. learning to tie knots.  And it again brought out Tite Tie inventor Chris, a smart-as-a-whip Aussie who keeps a close watch on Google.  Want to meet him?  Post about the Tite Tie!

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.


One Response to Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week In Tools

  1. Trevor Dyck says:

    So, you guys photoshop the top 5 images into one, and then below that you list them with links… but the links aren’t in the same order as the images. I gotta say, its confusing. I see a picture of a hook, so I think, “well if I count entries down the list, I’ll find the link/story.” Nope. Maybe you could put the pics and links/paragraphs in the same order? Just an idea.

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