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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:

It’s Just Cool: Folding Chairs
Fast Company recently had an interesting item about folding chairs. To my eye, two of them stood out. The first, shown above, by Christian Desile, is made from bamboo and recycled PET. One hundred of these folded flat will fit in a two-meter stack.

A Countertop Works, But This Is More Toolmonger
Here’s a very, well, Toolmonger way of opening a beer sent to me by a friend today and found originally on the awesome There, I Fixed It site. Once I finished yukking it up (and wondering why he didn’t just whack it carefully on a workbench), this got me thinking about other improvised tools.

Stretch Belt Tool
For anybody who’s ever used a screwdriver to slip a belt onto a pulley, you’ll recognize how Snap-on’s stretch belt tool works. In the brochure at the bottom of the post, they claim you can use the tool for mounting belts on some late model Ford Chevy and GMC SUV’s, but frankly I don’t see what would prevent you from using the tool on other vehicles.

Gator-Grip Hex Driver
The gimmicky tools are out in force this time of year. The Gator Grip driver system is one of those gimmicky rigs that sounds a lot better than it performs most of the time. However, it does work some of the time, and as we’ve said in the past it only takes once to make a tool handy.

The Sand-It Jig
Gluing the pieces of my daughter’s shattered ornament back together reminded me of how much respect I have for people who can build tiny models.  The skill, patience, and steady hands you need to do tiny precision work has eluded me so far.

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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