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:
High-Speed Steel Turning Set
The crack-smoking price on Woodcraft’s high-speed steel turning sets has come down $50 for the month of October. If you were looking at taking the plunge on a five-piece or eight-piece set then this might be the time. Apparently no one else could justify $140 for them either.
Sanding With The Devil
Yes, the Sand Devil is yet another sanding block, but instead of a proprietary pad it works with a standard 3″ x 21″ aluminum oxide sanding belt that reportedly lasts up to 20x longer than regular sandpaper. Plus, when you’ve worn one side of the belt you can rotate it to get fresh abrasive.
C.H. Hanson Slide Square
C.H. Hanson calls their Slide Square the next generation of layout tools — it’s a square, it’s a caliper, it’s a protractor, and it fits in your pocket. It also features holes for marking bolt locations in 2×4 and 2×6 sill plates. Multi-tasking is a beautiful thing.
Pounding things into submission with a sledgehammer can really work out your frustration, but that’s the only time it’s fun — repeatedly aligning walls with a sledge isn’t most carpenters’ idea of a good time. It definitely wasn’t Keith Kennedy’s favorite pastime, which is why he invented the WoodRatchet.
Preview: Freud Doweling Joiner
Dowel joinery is very strong, but you might have some difficulty lining up the pieces. The biscuit solves this alignment problem, so it’s grown more popular in recent years. But just when you thought the dowel had lost to the biscuit, Freud comes out with their new doweling joiner.
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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