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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:

Biscuit-Shaped Knock-Down Connector
Sometimes you want projects to last, sometimes you want projects to be portable — the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  You can find quite a few knock-down connectors on the market, but Lamello’s Clamex lets you use your biscuit joiner to make knock-down connections in solid wood or wood composites.

Fishtail Chisels
Not every woodworker needs a set of fishtail chisels in their shop, but if you’ve ever wondered how to clean out the back corners of dovetails or other recesses, you might want to take a look at these tools.  So named for the chisel head’s similarity to a stylized fishtail, the shape allows you to get into acute corners on either side of the cutting edge.

TM’s 2008 Favorites: Bosch’s Colt Palm Router
By simply routing the edges on your projects you can propel them from mundane to super-slick.  Around two years ago I was looking for a hardcore trim and edge router and shopped around till I found the Bosch 1.0HP Colt router.  Since that time I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s completely worth the $100+ price tag — it’s one of the more solid tools in the shop.

Budget Shop Truck Build, Part 3: Building An Engine Stand
Once we’d lifted our shop truck’s motor we knew we’d have to pay some serious attention to it to get it up to ‘workhorse’ status again.  Because we’d blown our wad on parts for the motor, we decided not to spring for an engine stand but build one ourselves from a few casters and some plywood.

Clean The Oily Mess That Is Your Milling Table
How do you get that gunk out of your milling table’s T-slots?  It’s almost impossible to clean the shavings out of these oily recesses — unless you’ve got this scraper designed just for the purpose.  Its T-shaped head matches the shape of the table slots to scrape the metal debris away.

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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