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It’s been 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:

T-Tracks For Jigs And Hold-Downs
We took a moment to rap about T-tracks and the many hold down wonders these little pieces of aluminum can deliver. They’re cheap, strong, and durable, plus you can cut ’em to almost any length. If you’re looking for ways to mount gear, check this out.

Heat Treat Hand Warmers
After we mentioned Heat Treat hand warmers are a good way to keep the cold off your digits, Toolmonger readers got down to business and talked about various hand warming methods for those out in the cold.

Holz Toys’ Wooden Digger
This wooden digger is a little kid’s dream. But we’re not sure who likes it more — the dad or the kid building sandcastles with it. Either way, the neighborhood kids will be lining up for blocks to play with this toy. Who doesn’t love a steam shovel you can ride?

Protect Your Dome With MSA Hard Hat Liners
They look kind of dorky and won’t win you any fashion shows, but you won’t be laughing at these hardhat liners when the weather turns cold. Believe us, on a frosty morning out on the job site, we’ll take “dorky and warm” over “fashionable and freezing” any day.

Rekindling The Old Flame: A Look Back At Blowtorches
Ah, the good ole’ days: gasoline-powered blowtorches now cost almost as much to fill up as they do to buy. That’s ok. We still love ’em, even though there are 100 products on the market now that would do a better, safer job than the old standby. Almost everyone from back in the day has a story involving one of these torches, and we still love to hear ’em.

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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