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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:

Industrial Moisture Checker
A woodworker’s going to feel disappointed when he sees checking or warping in a beautiful piece of furniture after he’s already finished it, but imagine seeing those flaws in an entire hardwood floor.  Flooring guys don’t have time to look at moisture readings on every piece of wood, so Delmhorst designed this contractor-grade moisture meter to tell you more than just how much moisture there is where you stick the pins.

An Expensive Alternative To A Few Scrap 2x4s
Impatient with the setup time required by drywall jacks or lifts, John V Santiago invented Free Hands drywall supports as a cheap and easy solution for wrestling sheets of drywall solo.  Free Hands also allow you to adjust and align sheets of drywall before securing them, all by yourself.

Hot or Not? Halogen Shop Heaters
We don’t experience the blood-freezing temperatures here in the South that they do further north, but it does get cold enough that we start looking for heating options in the shop during the winter.  Talk of halogen heaters starts making the rounds as soon as the first frost hits — but are they effective in the shop?  The Toolmonger readership says, “Not really.”

What’s That Funny-Shaped Piece Of Metal?
You’ve got your rectangular scraper, your curved scraper, and your gooseneck scraper.  Back up.  What’s a gooseneck scraper?  Well, you could say it looks a little like a French curve, and it serves a similar purpose.   It’s composed of many different-radius curves, so you can try to match a section of the scraper to a curve on the molding, bowl, or other curved piece you’re finishing.

The Spring Is The Thing
Add a spring to a hand tool and you’ve changed it drastically.  Take for instance, scissors:  You wouldn’t want to cut fabric or thread all day with even the best pair of scissors, because with every snip you have to reopen the scissors — literally a pain.  But a pair of spring-loaded thread nippers open themselves, so you just have to squeeze.

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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