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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:

Projects: Dartboard Cabinet Rebuild — Part 3
The dartboard cabinet restoration was coming along great. After a coat of natural Danish oil and a few coats of poly, the cabinet itself and the doors that go along with it were looking better than I thought they would. It was time for everything to be fitted together.

TM’s 2009 Favorites: Klein Cutters
This pair of small Klein cutters has been with me since I left home and stole them from my father’s tool bag — with his permission, of course. The thing about good hand tools is they don’t quit easily.

Silicon To Replace Lithium-Ion In Tools?
The science behind modern battery developments is enough to make one’s head spin. But it doesn’t take a genius to understand that there’s a limited supply of lithium out there. And some sources suggest that with hybrid and electric cars’ popularity on the rise, that supply might not last as long as we think.

Do you happen to remember X10, the device-control-over-power-line protocol that was mega-popular in the ’80s? It’s still around, and it’s still super cheap. But after 20 years of over-the-counter and DIY innovation it’s a lot easier to mess with — as is its more modern coutnerpart Insteon.

How-To: Build A Crib — Part 1
The Mrs. and I are expecting our firstborn in a few months. Your life changes in unexpected ways with the mere mention of this event. One of side effects of this experience is that money starts disappearing for baby stuff. There are tons of items you must locate, one of which is a crib.

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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