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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:

Modelmaking Made Easy: A Foamboard Rabbet Cutter
The next time you’re building a not-quite-to-scale (thanks, Doc Brown!) model with foamboard, you might want to give this handy tool a try.  It makes cutting rabbets (read: lengthwise notches) in foam a simple two-part process.

My Sweet New Swiss Army Pioneer
Sean dishes on his newest knife acquisition and outlines his idea of what a Swiss Army knife should (and shouldn’t) be.

The Bernz-O-Matic Self-Igniting Butane Torch
Pocket butane torches are cool — and useful! — but this one stands out from the rest.  It includes a catalytic burner that’s perfect for activating heat shrink tubing as well as a soldering tip that slips over the catalyst.  Best of all: the lighter button locks down so you can move your workpiece toward it instead of visa versa.

ExTech’s Affordable New Combustible Gas Detector
In the past you’ve had to shell out major green — or depend on calling a pro — to detect minor leaks in gas plumbing.  Now you can check up on your installation yourself with the new affordable detector.

Use The Trench Foot To Save Your Foot
I really, really hate digging.  I’d probably still hate it if I had one of these cool little “shelves” to attach to my shovel, giving me a nice, flat step to push on instead of knife-edged spade.  But at least my foot wouldn’t hurt as much.

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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