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:
Be Your Own Sawmill
If you cringe at the price of wood at the lumber mills or, even worse, the big box stores, you might be searching for other options. I checked out some portable sawmills and found that most of ’em cost upwards of $3,000. Then I found this more affordable tool by the Granberg Company — it works off your chainsaw.
Is This Quick-Change A Scam?
Recently Kreg introduced this quick-change bit set for use with its pocket screw jigs. Personally I’ve never understood why these quick-change kits are so popular, especially with keyless chucks becoming so commonplace, but if you’re a fan, now you can quickly switch between drilling pocket holes to screwing boards together.
Hot or Not? Electric Chainsaw Sharpener
Chicago Electric makes this inexpensive chainsaw sharpener that sells for $35 at Harbor Freight. Sure, the quality of tools purchased from Harbor Freight can be suspect, but how can you screw up a chainsaw sharpener?
Grey Water Heat Recovery
If we can take ReTherm’s claim at face value, by installing their device to recover waste heat that would otherwise go down the drain, we can save at least as much as we would with tankless water heaters, at a fraction of the install cost — which means the device might actually pay for itself in a reasonable period of time.
Many Materials, One Bit
Imagine carrying just one set of bits to the job site whether you need to drill into metal, concrete, wood, tile, or a combination of materials. Bosch brings that daydream into reality with their multiconstruction bits.
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.