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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 didn’t have a chance to keep up with Toolmonger last week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select:

Wire Bending Jigs
Bender of Futurama fame says, “most problems in life can be solved by bending.”  We have to agree – at least in spirit. Though it’s very simple looking, the wire bender can make as many shapes as you can imagine. With a little practice and some patience, you’ll be stopping nuclear bomb scares MacGyver-style with a coat hanger and some creative bending.

Watch Repair Tool Kit
Having a watch that doesn’t fit or doesn’t work is like having a car with no engine. It may be cool, but it’s not really going to help you get the groceries home. A simple set of watch tools gets your life straightened out and on time.

Firefighters’ Doorstops
Little did anyone know that the difference between a firefighter saving your bedroom from flames and having your belongings torched could be as simple as a cleverly designed doorstop that doesn’t pinch the fire hose when rounding the doorway.

Scrape Your Glues Away
The Kunz scraper isn’t for the namby-pamby weekend project — it’s for people who have better things to do than clean tiny scrapers. Get your hardcore scrape on, wipe it off, throw it in the toolbox, and get back to the game. It’s the weekend.

Tabletop Table Saw
It’s the little table that’s a big help in the shop. Swallowing the mini-me jokes can be difficult with a unit like this, but it’s a handy edition to have around the shop if you’re doing fine small-scale woodworking.

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:

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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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