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:
A Grown Man’s Tinker Toys: Structural Pipe Fittings
Looking to build something like a jungle gym out of PVC? This post shows you how to find the key ingredient to do it on the cheap: connectors that are inexpensive themselves and — better yet — fit cheaply-available tubing/pipe. Now you have no excuses at all!
Install Crown Molding Faster With The EasyCoper
This coping jig claims to make installing crown molding simpler and easier, but drew mixed reviews from commenters. Check out the post and add your opinion to the fray.
You’re Never Too Close For Safety Glasses
If you’re cheating with “reading glasses,” you probably know what it’s like to be forced to choose between them and safety glasses. The right choice, of course, is safety glasses — because if you think being near-sighted is bad, try looking through a Dremel disc fragment embedded in your eye. Now you don’t have to choose: you can have both.
Preview: Mac’s Multi-Dolly
Here’s a cool little finger-dolly with multiple curves and surfaces perfect for detailed sheet metal work. It comes in two sizes, and you’ll have to see it to believe it.
Fence Clamps That Stay Out Of Your Way
Tired of clamping work down only to discover that the clamp is in the way? This pneumatic clamp draws force from your air compressor and holds down material from the bottom, leaving the top completely exposed. And the high-end version even clamps itself to the table via air, too.
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.