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I love seeing how others organize their workspaces. No matter how small or large, clean or messy, etc. it’s always interesting to look at what problems Toolmongers run into and how they solve ’em when it comes to a place to work.

Take Scott’s bench, pictured above. I’m sure he’ll jump in below in comments to give us some detail, but I can already tell a lot about him just from the picture. He’s clearly somewhere where it gets a bit chilly as he’s got a little portable heater mounted just to the left of the bench. The temperature/humidity sensor hanging on the bench means he’s probably doing some staining work, maybe the guitar?

And he’s a middle-ground-guy when it comes to the draws vs. pegboard battle: he’s got a nice pegboard wall, but has additional storage above.The magnetic storage for files and screwdrivers seems pretty damn effective.

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This great picture from reader JMaz Photo reminds me that most adult men who work with tools have a pinewood derby story and an old racer lying around somewhere, either on film or the actual dusty old roller stuffed in a shoebox atop a shelf. All of them were glorious constructions, full of hope and wonder.

Of course, after race day they were either put on a shelf next to a ribbon or trophy, or strapped to a firecracker propulsion system (with a lit fuse) and left to the automotive gods to decide their fate.

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We have always appreciated the DIY spirit around the homestead. It’s a certain type of person who looks about his or her abode and proclaims, “I can make this better,” then sets into motion doing just that with whatever’s at hand. Take reader Blitzcat, for instance: A few planks and a bit of 2×4 and suddenly a 16’ workbench is in full effect.

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One of the great joys in life is building something that would’ve cost you a load of cash to buy otherwise. Toolmonger reader 1200tec knows this chest-puffing truth because he just completed a set of built-ins that should keep just about any storage-happy household organized.

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Longtime reader and friend of the Toolmonger shop Beano-t took in this view in his shop and thought, “This looks like a project.” We couldn’t agree more. It’s pleasant here in the South when the days aren’t kicking up to triple digits, but for many it’s already freezing-ass cold in the work area (and we aren’t far behind). I’m curious what you guys in the North do to keep the cold at bay while out in the shop?

In Texas we more often than not just don’t go in the shop when it’s under 40 degrees out. Keeping cool in the summer is more our game. However, because I’d rather not lose the valuable time in the lull of late December when the work slows down and the shop stays empty, I wonder what the best strategy is, short of full heating. I look to the Toolmonger readers to set me straight.

So how about it? I’m guessing, “dress in layers and stop being a sissy” will rank up there, but what else have you got? Let us know in comments.

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I knew I liked longtime Toolmonger reader tmib_seattle. Other than awesome ironwork and teaching kids how to properly harness fire, apparently he also spends his free time putting together gaming tables. We can think of few more worthy activities.

For those of you who are picturing roulette wheels and blackjack half-rounds, let me point you in the other gaming direction. What tmib has got here is a gaming system that costs far less cash than a gambling addiction Mr. Seattle has a tabletop RPG gaming addiction — and it is the hotness.

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Rather than setting calipers to a different diameter for each cut, Galbert calipers allow you to read the diameter in real time while you’re turning. The spring-loaded mechanism pushes against the work piece and moves an indicator on a large, easy-to-read scale.

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Reader Scottland83 recently posted this bad-ass vice and stand to the Flickr pool. It is the awesome, if a bit unstable-looking. Obviously there must be something holding the two logs together or Scottland doesn’t put a great deal of force on the end of that vice.

This is my set-up for limited shop accommodations. I added a leather cover to the mallet handle to slow the blistering on my hand, and I added a custom, extra-long yolk-style handle to the vice. I use this vice primarily for woodworking, for which I sometime switch-out the metal teeth for wooden ones.

We never get tired of seeing what folks with tools come up with. Especially when it comes out looking so damn cool. Hats off and beers up to you sir; may the blisters on your hammer hand be small. That sounded better in my head.

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This photo by reader Litcritter is the kind of image that either inspires action and excitement or a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of your gut. Around here this kind of sight can be seen starting back up again in the end of the summer with the weather backing off its triple-digit assault.

Though most folks will tell you reseating your home on its foundation or throwing in a few anchors is scary — and honestly it is — renovation and home projects in general fill weekend air almost daily in the months ahead.

Our hat is off to Litcritter and his home on a hill, and we hope the process goes as smoothly and inexpensively as is possible when a digger shows up for duty on your lawn.

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Here’s a great lineup of older Black & Decker sidewinder saws from reader PutnamEco. Generally I love any circ-saw, but I’m fascinated with older ones. PutnamEco lists out what each one is and they’re all interesting — but the one that caught my eye was the Super Sawcat.

Black & Decker circular saws from my collection. The closest saw in black is an 7 1/4″ 1 1/2 HP saw from early 80s?, no model is listed on the tag, the grey saw is an model no. 3057 Sawcat from the late 70s, a poser living on the reputation of the next saw with the black handle, a real Super Sawcat cat. no 997 from the late 60s, last a cat. no. 730 aluminum bodied saw from the early 60s.

Mostly because the 60’s were before my time, I haven’t gotten my hands on one but once. It was the first circular saw I ever held. It was a thing of mystery at the time but it kicked off a lifelong love of all things noisy and dangerous. Glad to see they are not as rare as I thought they were. Nice circ’ collection, sir!

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