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From the monthly archives: October 2007

Our friends over at Case checked in with us today to let us know they put out a few cool Halloween-themed knives this season. The one pictured above is a Small Saddlehorn pattern with an orange bone handle. Instead of the standard Case shield, the knife features a “spooky Halloween scene” on the handle. Its skinner blade is partially-serrated and the knife ships in the pictured gift tin. Production of this model is limited to 350 units, which MSRP for $120. Sadly, Case says they’re likely already sold.

But if you’d still like some Halloween joy in your knife, you’re not completely out of luck. Case tells us they’re also producing a Mini-Trapper pattern in orange bone with similar engraving and a partially-serrated clip blade that’s cheaper — MSRP is $94 — and probably still available as it was produced in larger numbers.

If you’d like one, you’ll find ’em at your local Case dealer.

Yoyo Blank Cutters

There’s little cooler than making a toy for your kids (or friends’ kids). The sparkle in their eyes as they run off to play not only warms your heart — it also ensures another generation of people who know how to make things. Here’s an easy way to start: a yo-yo kit from Penn State Industries. 

Just select a kit that matches your woodworking prowess. If you’re a wood newbie, you can choose the kit with all the parts you need to make custom a yo-yo. If you’re a little more experienced, though, they sell cutters you can chuck up in your drill press to turn out ready-to-assemble yo-yo blanks. And if you have a lathe, they offer a mandrel for turning your own kick-ass custom blanks.

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Shoulder Dolly

The Shoulder Dolly supposedly helps you move heavy objects by supporting them on your shoulders, taking the stress off your back. One possible downside: if your partners slips going down the stairs, you, him, and that refrigerator are all going down together.

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Free Wiha Lineman's Pliers With Orders Over $100

Wiha makes a lot of great tools, and they’re currently offering a free pair of lineman’s pliers when you spend $100 or more on their website. The pliers retail for $23, are made from forged CV tool steel, and feature hardened jaws and cutting edges held together with heavy-duty steel rivets. They also include soft vinyl grip handles which are oil and solvent resistant.

If you’re looking for suggestions on what to buy, I recommend the Tech Rack that contains 50 of Wiha’s precision series tools including ten slotted, four Philips, ten nut drivers, ten torx, six metric hex, ten standard hex, and a chip lifter.

Free Pliers with $100 Spent [Wiha Tools]
Tech Rack [Wiha Tools]

Corner chisel

Sure, you could cut hinge mortises with a router and a template, then finish ’em off with a plain ‘ole chisel. But unless you’re a practiced woodworker, the results can look, well, less than perfect. What you really need is a corner chisel. Just place the corner chisel in the corner of the mortise, strike it with a hammer, and clean out the waste with a standard chisel — perfectly square corners every time.

And with Amazon selling the Grizzly corner chisel for $6, there is no excuse for sloppy looking mortises.

Corner Chisel [Manufacturer]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s this?]


(Tuesday, October 30th, 2007) Tonight: we get a new Dirty Jobs that promises some industrial strength costume ideas for Halloween. Sheet Metal is always worth watching again, but Sheetrock just dredges up old nightmares, spookier than any horror movie.

All times are central.

  • How It’s Made: Episode 36, wind generators, PVC gloves, thermo-formed glass and fire trucks (Discovery, 5:00 p.m.)
  • Holmes on Homes: Bargain Basement (Home, 5:00 p.m.)
  • Build It Bigger: Super Fast Warship (Science, 5:00 p.m.)
  • Machinery of the Past (RFD-TV, 5:00 p.m.)
  • How It’s Made: Episode 40, plastic bottles and jars, mail and wooden pens (Discovery, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Modern Marvels: Drilling (History, 6:00 p.m.)
  • Dirty Jobs: Coal Miner (Discovery, 7:00 p.m.)
  • How Do They Do It?: Speeding Car, Water Display, White Wash (Science, 7:00 p.m.)
  • How It’s Made, Season 3: Episode 22, Chains, Bagels, Vinyl Records (Science, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Dirty Jobs: Special Effects Artist (Discovery, 8:00 p.m.)
  • 10 Things You Must Know: Sheetrock (DIY, 9:00 p.m.)
  • Trade School: Sheet Metal (DIY, 9:30 p.m.)



Purolator Oil Filter 2Pack

It looks like Amazon is holding a sale on two-packs of Pure Oil’s Purolator Oil Filters which start at $6.24 depending on make and model of car. The good news: they qualify for the free shipping. The manufacturer claims that their PremiumPLUS filtering media removes 10 to 20 micron sized particles and meets or exceeds engine manufacturers’ requirements.

Purolator Filters [Pure Oil]
Via Amazon [What’s this?]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


This week Sean and I make an impassioned plea for you to try welding, talk reel vs. electric vs. gas mowers, and, as always, run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers. Highlights: we discuss the zillions of small flux-core welders available inexpensively, question the cost of building with aluminum or other high-buck materials as compared to steel, reminisce about pushing reel mowers as kids, and talk tools, tools, tools. Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)


My memories of pushing a heavy-ass reel mower uphill (both ways) as a kid may have turned me off to these green human-powered lawn clippers, but I’ve been hearing good things about ’em recently. I hear they’re better designed, lighter, and smoother-rolling than the rusty monster of my childhood. And many say they deliver a better cut, too, because the scissor-like action of the blades shears the grass, rather than crushing it like a gas mower.

Probably the best feature is the fact that they require little maintenance and no gas.  They’re also are so quiet that you’re a lot less likely to get dirty looks from your neighbors when you roll one of these babies out on a Saturday morning.

Of course, you’re probably not going to mow a 40-acre Montana ranch with one. But for a smaller lawn, what the hell?

What’s your opinion on this? Would you rather just jump on your Cub Cadet with cup holders, cruise control, and fine Corinthian Leather? Or are these the future? Let us know in comments.

Is a reel mower right for you? [ReelMowerGuide.com]
Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care Products [Clean Air Gardening]


Last week was a busy week here at Toolmonger with all the breaking s#!$ and what-have-you. 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 Real Erector Set — You Know, For Adults
Want to build with aluminum but don’t have a TIG (or a MIG gun and a lot of experience)? This is your ticket. Think of it as an all-aluminum erector set for adults.

Wild Bill’s Poker
Building a fire is fun, but burining your arm up proving your manliness by sticking your hand in the fire to adjust the wood isn’t. Actually, maybe it is. But this is still a safer solution in the long run: a handy 52″ long poker.

Ingersoll Rand’s IQv Cordless Tools
Everyone’s heard of Ingersoll Rand’s pneumatic line, but would you trust ’em to make quality electric cordless tools? They’re betting you are.

The Engineer’s Black Book
This little book of things-you-need-to-know-to-survive-the-apocalypse looks handy as hell, but we’re still waiting to see how it stands up to the Machinery’s and other handbooks over time. We’ll know in twenty years or so.

Breaking S#!$: Bringing Down The House With The FuBar III
Breaking s#!$ is fun — oh hells yeah. And this video shows you just how quickly a few relatively inexperienced guys can demolish a structure with Stanley’s not-on-shelves-yet FuBar III. How bad-ass is it? Check out the video to see.

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.