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Remember old-school Toolmonger that was all young, dumb and full of… vigor?  So do we.  Check out what we were discussing a year ago this week: 

  • We broke our first AutoWrench, and much to Black & Decker’s marketing department’s pleasure, it failed exactly at the torque they said it would.  Check out the hands-on post (complete with video), and don’t miss our recent interview with the AutoWrench’s inventor where he dishes on the decade-plus-long story of bringing the ‘Wrench to market.
  • We previewed Skil’s 10.8V li-ion drill, which never really got the attention it deserved.  You can find ’em in the bargain bins now at a hell of a value.
  • Sean rounded up a “leash for cabinets” — perfect for keeping cabinets standing upright and off your back.
  • Readers dropped some great comments, like these.
  • Don’t want to shell out $750 for a sweet dust collection system?  We found an electrical accessory that turns your shop vacuum on with any power tool for a lot less.
  • LOX screws — the ones with the funky drive recess — really do work, as we proved last year.  We drove and pulled one of these literally ’till we got tired of doing it — we had to wear welding gloves to hold the screw — with almost no visible cam-out.
  • Matting a picture before you frame it can make a cheap-ass frame look expensive, and it’s a cheap process if you own your own matte cutter.
  • And Sean drew his first (and only, so far) Toolmonger comic, lambasting the (still going strong) power tool laser craze.  Drop him a comment and tell him how great it is so he’ll do more of them.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for us to call out these great old posts.  Try plugging your areas of interest into TM’s search engine to turn up hours of old-school TM fun.  See you next week.


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