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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:

Now Available: Irwin Dust-Off Chalk
Remember Irwin’s multiple-styles of marking chalk? We found the first one on shelves finally: the version that wipes off easily. Look for others soon.

Protect Your Hand, Save A Faucet
These handy rubber covers make turning those old-school faucets a lot easier on your hands, and can eliminate the need to replace broken faucets when the gate’s still in good shape.

How Much Is This Project Going To Cost Me?
This handy calculator makes estimating woodworking projects simple — plus you can perform cost analysis based on varying materials. Wouldn’t that table look better in teak? How much would that cost? (You don’t want to know.)

A More Powerful, Long Lasting Rechargeable 9V: Lithium-Polymer!
Most 9V rechargables suck because they don’t store enough power. No more: check out this line of li-poly rechargables that pack in the juice — and offer long shelf and trickle life. Maybe you can finally ditch the alkalines in the smoke detector!

Preview: The Angle Snap
If you do a lot of layout on sheet stock — like plywood or drywall — check out this jig which makes marking specific angles a lot easier.

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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