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:
Turn Over A New Leaf To Gauge Hole Size
When you need to measure the diameter of a hole, you can either start looking for objects about the same size for comparison or reach for a taper gauge. Aptly named for their tapered shape, the taper gauge measures hole and slot sizes quickly and accurately. The Starrett No. 267 taper gauge can measure hole and slot sizes from 1/16″ to 1-1/16″, to the nearest 1/64″.
Cheap-Ass Tools: $15 HF Micro Die Grinder
With Harbor Freight’s micro die grinder, you can grind or sand in tight areas or go to town on a carving project. The 1/8″ collet will accept most Dremel bits, which makes it good for all sorts of jobs — from sanding down the burs on your safety glasses to polishing up your iPod.
An Ambidextrous Tape Measure
Reading a tape measure upside-down is a good way to make errors, so FastCap makes a tape measure in their ProCarpenter line that reads both left-to-right and right-to-left. You don’t have to twist your neck to read the scale, so you’re less likely to misread the tape and wind up making a cut short or long when dyslexia kicks in.
How To: Build A Giant Dinosaur
Why build a giant dinosaur? Kids – and adults – love ‘em. And nothing spruces up a dinosaur-themed birthday party better than a giant wooden dinosaur. The best part: you can build your own for around $150 and a little sweat. It’s time to break out your tools for something whimsical.
If Marlon Brando had carried a carpenter’s rasp in The Wild One, this would have been it. This rasp, originally used by staircase makers to smooth curved handrails, can shape tightly curved or concave areas where a straight rasp won’t work — but we can’t help but point out how mean it looks. Anything that looks like Klingon battle armor is good with us.
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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