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Last week was a busy one 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:

Preview: Sears Brings Li-Ion To C3 Series Cordless
Sears finally plans to make li-ion batteries available for their affordable line of 19V C3 tools. We have a few of these around the Toolmonger shop and are very pleased that we’ll be able to keep ’em around longer than their original Ni-Cd batterys.

Make A Lathe Out Of Your Drill Press
For those crafters short on dough but high on turning, Grizzly has an attachment that hooks up to your existing drill press and puts the power of turning in the shop for less than $30. If your stock is smaller than two feet, this could be your rig.

Jason Should’ve Wielded A Bill Hook — For Pruning
The bill hook looks mean — because it is. Wielded correctly it makes short work of brush and overgrowth. Though it looks like a slasher movie prop, this tool has been around for hundreds of years — mostly because it works.

Hardwood Levels By Crick Are Trick
Crick has been making sweet-ass, custom hardwood levels for the better part of 30 years. Though the waiting list can seem a little long, the features and overall quality of the product make them something to consider when a new level is in your future.

Bartender, Get Me A Gimlet
The hand-powered gimlet is the really old-fashioned way to get a screw started in that heirloom you’re building for the family. It takes some extra effort, but that’s kind of the point.

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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