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With its vibrating action, the Seedmaster allows you sow seeds evenly and quickly. Whenever you turn the thumb wheel, it shakes a few seeds through the V-channel in the baffle.

The 9″ long Seedmaster comes with four different-sized baffles to choose from to match the size of the seeds you’re sowing. You can find the Seedmaster for less than $10 if you shop around.

Seedmaster [Luster Leaf Products]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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Extruded aluminum track has become a popular addition on machine tables and fences because of its versatility — a variety of accessories like hold downs, stop blocks, and guides can be attached with simple T-bolts.

Incra takes the track to another level. Their fence system gives you precise and repeatable positioning by eliminating one source of human error: lining up stop blocks with a scale. Rather than depend on your eye, they incorporate a 32TPI rack in their track and stop block for measurement-free positioning.

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A radius turning tool lets you make ball shapes or radiused ends on your metal turnings. With the tool you can make convex curves up to 3/4″ in diameter in brass, aluminum steel, or plastic — you just mount the jig on your lathe’s tool post and swing the handle, which rotates the cutting tool in an arc.

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A few weeks ago I posted a neat, yet overly expensive solution for collecting dust from under the router table. It turns out I overlooked a cheaper solution if you have a Rockler or JessEm router plate or lift.

The Rockler Down Under Router Table Dust Port simply twists and locks into the bottom of their new Inter-Loc router plate inserts — no tools required. If you’re not using a lift, it’ll fit through the opening of most router bases.

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At Toolmonger, we try to stick to bringing you new and cool tools, so we don’t share a lot of websites — but sometimes we need to be reminded why we have those tools. When I rediscovered Matthias Wandel’s woodworking  site, I thought “Holy crap — this is a guy who knows how to use his tools to build some damn cool stuff.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured projects from his website. He’s the guy who built the wooden combination lock and brought you the Eyeballing Game. If you haven’t yet explored his site, you should: It’s chock-full of other amazing Wandel-ful projects.

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After we sprung ahead into Daylight Savings Time, I changed the batteries in all my smoke detectors. Since we’ve lived in our house over ten years now, I figured I’d also take the time to replace the last of the old smoke detectors installed by the previous homeowner.

Imagine my surprise when I take one of the old detectors down, start to remove the bracket, and find drywall anchors sunk into the floor joist. I can think of two reasons why the anchors were there: the previous homeowner drilled holes that were too big and used the anchors to reduce the size of the holes, or the previous homeowner didn’t realize you don’t need drywall anchors in wood. Given some of the other repairs I’ve uncovered, I’d guess the latter, but maybe I’m being cynical.

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If you have power tools, chances are you’ll probably need a first aid kit someday. Festool hopes you’ll add their first aid kit to your stack of Festool Systainers and be ready for that day.

Festool packs 167 certified ANSI/OSHA first aid supplies into one of their SYS 1 Systainers and marks the red latches with the quasi-universal symbol for first aid. If you do end using it, Festool includes details for reordering supplies with the kit.

Festool doesn’t come right out and say it, but they do imply that they are only making a limited number of these Systainer first aid kits. When you do find one, you’ll pay $89.

First Aid Systainer [Festool Blog]
First Aid Systainer [Festool Products]
First Aid Systainer [Ace Tool]

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Whether you want to keep track of a bunch of stuff or tell people who made it, there isn’t much simpler than using a number and letter stamping set. These hardened steel stamps can be used on wood and softer metals like brass and aluminum.

You probably want a 36-piece set, which usually has stamps for A through Z, 0 through 8 (9 is 6 upside down), and an ampersand. The stamps sets come in several different character sizes such as 1/8″, 1/4″, or 3/8″.

The 36 piece 1/4″ letter and number stamping set from Harbor Freight will run you $11, while online similar sets will run you $25 or more.

Stamping Set [Harbor Freight]
Street Pricing [Google]
Amazon(B00315BCEO) [What’s This?]

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When using a router table, you want the throat — the opening the bit pokes through — to be the smallest diameter possible that still allows the router bit to turn freely. If the opening is too large, small pieces can dip or even fall into the throat. Some throat plates twist and lock into place, and others are held in place by screws, but by far the coolest way to hold a router throat plate is with magnets.

INCRA’s MagnaLOCK laser cut steel rings are held in place with four rare earth magnets; just drop the right-sized ring in place and you’re ready to route. The donut-shaped magnets are held in place with counter-sunk screws and sit on top of O-rings. This setup presumably allows you to adjust the height of the rings so that they’re flush to the table surface.

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Maybe you aren’t going to reach speeds of 40 MPH on these Marshalltown knee boards, but at least you won’t sink into the concrete while you’re shuffling along at 0.04 MPH.

Strap into the kneepads, lock your toes into the toe brackets, and you’re ready to work some concrete. The knee boards are made from 18 gauge stainless steel so they won’t turn into rust from contact with wet concrete all day. When the knee pads finally give out, you can replace them without having to buy a whole new pair of knee boards.

Pricing for Marshalltown’s KB230 knee boards start around $110.

Knee Boards [Marshalltown]
Street Pricing [Google]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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