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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:

Keep Your Jumper Cables Organized
It may look a bit like a brown bowling ball bag, but this thing actaully wrangles clunky jumper cables and a flashlight in a tight package to stow under the seat or in the trunk.

Smooth-Rolling Kickback Protection For Your Table Saw
Board Buddies are for woodworkers who aren’t big on featherboards but do a bunch of ripping. The ‘Buddies don’t leave marks on the wood and hold it secure like a set of rolling third hands.

Project: Build A Backyard Playhouse
A playhouse out back is a classic kid nirvana; the kids that had them were always the kings of the block. But the store-bought variety can get pretty steep. Why not build your own? Remember, though: the only thing better than having a playhouse when you’re a kid is having helped built it.

The Boy Mechanic: Kid Projects From Back In The Day
This book is something you don’t see much anymore: instuction on how to get a young person out in the shop doing projects they will enjoy building. Disclaimer: some of those things might actually be dangerous if you don’t supervise your kids. So supervise them.

Hot or Not? Electric Turkey Carvers
Love ’em or hate ’em, electric turkey carvers are here to stay. Our readers had some unique views on whether this innovation represents a step forward or backward. Check out their comments if you get a chance.

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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