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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:

Three Metalworking Tools In One
For a Toolmonger looking to do some metalworking with limited space or budget the M1045 three-in-one metalworking tool from Shop Fox might be just the ticket.  This 12″ capacity machine can bend, shear, and roll metal up to 22ga.

Black & Decker’s 2nd Gen Smartdriver
We’d like to assume that the funky-looking new SmartDriver is a flaming piece of plastic with little or no value to everyday life;  however that’s what we did with the original SmartDriver, and we were dead wrong. In fact, the one I got over a year ago is still in active service and going strong.

Craftsman Crowfoot Flare-Nut Wrenches
These crowfoot wrenches caught my eye as I was walking through the local Sears — at first I thought they were the same old tool in a new package, but a second look showed ‘em to be a new-to-me flare-nut version.  Attached to an extension, crowfoot wrenches have often helped me get to out-of-reach fasteners, and these flare-nut versions should do the same trick for those hard-to-reach hydraulic fittings.

Roll Out The Velcro
I thought Velcro — or more generically, hook-and-loop fasteners — only came in adhesive-backed styles, but then I ran into these Velcro rolls at work, where we use ‘em for cable management.  The hooks are on one side of the roll and the loops are on the other.  I may be the last Toolmonger to come across these little round gems, but I thought I’d pass ‘em along just in case.

The Smallest Rosewood Square
Manny’s Woodworkers Place calls Gladstone Tools’ diminutive square “the world’s smallest rosewood square.”  They designed this square for model makers, but the two-inch square could also be useful in other tight woodworking operations, like getting under the shoe to check the squareness of your scrollsaw blade.

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.


3 Responses to The Week in Tools: Toolmonger Top 5

  1. Patrick says:

    I really like your blog, but I hate these re-hash posts. I already saw them. I’d post them somewhere other then your main RSS Feed or send them out as a newsletter for those who are into that email newsletter thang.

  2. Zathrus says:

    I, on the other hand, like seeing what the top 5 for the week were, even though I get every post and comment via RSS. It’s not that hard to go to the next article after all.

  3. Rasputer says:

    Has the weekly podcast ever actually been weekly?

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