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Last week was 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:

When in Doubt, Lock it Out
Rather than lock your tools up in a shop-teacher-reminiscent cabinet, try this handy plug lock. It slips over the end of power tools’ cords and prevents children (and stupid neighbors) from plugging ’em in without the key.

Protect Your Table Saw With A Magnetic Cover
You know you put crap on your table saw. Everyone does. This magnetic cover snaps on to protect your “spare” worktable for when you need to use it as a saw again.

A Tiny Life Saver
This tiny key-chain-sized device offers an easy way to smash car side windows should you find yourself trapped in after an accident. It’s way more portable than the Lifehammer, and not too expensive, either.

Irwin’s New SpeedBor Max Drill Bits
While the SpeedBors were, um, a bit boring, Irwin’s new SpeedBor Max bits look like a true innovation. They’re loaded with features designed to speed up drilling and provide a cleaner finished hole. Check out the post for details.

Better Than Velcro
This new 3M product offers much more tensile strength than everyone’s old favorite hook-and-loop fastener. Now if they’d just upgrade the adhesive backing, we’d really jump for joy.

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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