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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:

Snake Wires Under The Carpet
Sometime you have no choice but to run wires under the carpet; you might have finished rooms above and/or below where you need to run networking, speaker, or other low-voltage wiring.  You’re not going to get very far just trying to push the wire under the carpet — that’s where an under-carpet snake comes in handy.

Editorial: Bringing The Amish Heat
I have a tremendous amount of respect for the woodcrafting capabilities of the Amish. I’m sure most of them could run circles around many of us with hand tools, and the level of their craftsmanship is highly regarded in many circles. My question is what on earth made them think the Heat Surge was a good project to get involved with?

TM’s 2008 Favorites: Honorable Mention – Shop Stereo
Talk to anyone from old codger to young whippersnapper and they’ll tell you tunes are important in the shop. There’s nothing like stone-cold silence to convince you you’re working and not having a good time in the shop. Hate if you want to — the shop stereo made honorable mention.

Two dado blade types dominate the industry:  “wobble” dado blades, which are simple, but leave the bottom of the dado slightly concave;  and stacked dado blades, which leave a flatter bottom, but are usually more expensive and can be difficult to adjust.  Freud tries to combine the advantages of both types of dado blades with its Dial-A-Width sets.

Set Table Saw Blade Height And Tilt With One Tool
The Gauge-It lets you easily and accurately measure blade height and angle on your table saw.  It compensates for blade teeth to give you accurate measurements, and the spring-loaded armature moves with your blade, indicating the exact angle.

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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