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Welcome back to Tool Talk! This week Sean and Chuck run down the top five as selected by Toolmonger readers, discuss the upcoming Sears/Craftsman split, and tell some great shop stories. Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403.  (Podcast Download)

 

Besides this week’s incredible top five as selected by Toolmonger readers, we’re joined by Nick Engler, a Shopsmith trainer, who tells us why we should all join the Shopsmith brigade. Highlights: we discuss woodworking tools and projects, cover a device perfect for blowing up rocks and concrete, and argue for and against the all-in-one tool concept. Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

This week Sean and I make an impassioned plea for you to try welding, talk reel vs. electric vs. gas mowers, and, as always, run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers. Highlights: we discuss the zillions of small flux-core welders available inexpensively, question the cost of building with aluminum or other high-buck materials as compared to steel, reminisce about pushing reel mowers as kids, and talk tools, tools, tools. Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

Join Sean and me for this week’s special break s#!$ edition of Tool Talk. As always, we also run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers, taking some time at the end to call out a few posts we thought deserved attention, but we’re also joined by Mike Marusiak, Stanley’s global product manager for hammers and demolition.  Highlights: we dish on all the stuff we broke at Maker Faire Austin last weekend to kick off Toolmonger’s Break S#!$ Week, talk about pinewood derby cars and how far they’ve come over the years, and compain about the lousy service at big box lumberyards. Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

Join Sean and me as we discuss Sean’s new table project — and all the cool projects readers posted over the weekend in the Flickr pool. As always, we also run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers, taking some time at the end to call out a few posts we thought deserved attention.  Highlights: we comment on how when you’re building bookcases everything looks like a book, stand in awe at Toolmonger’s first (and thankfully short) political discussion, and cover some details on the Hurriquake nail.  Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

Join Sean and me as we wrap up Toolmonger’s glove week and pass on some behind-the-scenes secrets about our glove testing.  As always, we also run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers, taking some time at the end to call out a few posts we thought deserved attention.  Highlights: we reveal some of our testing procedures and personal feelings about various gloves, cover what’s probably one of the sweetest week’s tool-wise on TM in recent history, and generally have a good time.  Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

Join Sean and me as we wrap up Toolmonger’s hands-on week and discuss everything we learned from the experience.  And, as always, we run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers, taking some time at the end to call out a few posts we thought deserved attention.  Highlights: we talk Dremel (both large and small), introduce some new TM contributors, and explore Sean’s love of all vehicles treaded.  Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

This week we talk woodworking, delving into a low-cost bookcase Sean is building.  For far under $200, he’s put together a nice plan that’s easy to build without mounted power tools.  And, as always, we run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers, taking some time at the end to call out a few posts we thought deserved attention.  Highlights: we talk about all the tools required to build the bookcase, discuss easy hand-wipe oil stains, relate seat-belt-cutting experiences, share our love of full face shields, and lament the end of Ice Road Truckers.  Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

We’re joined by John Piccone, inventor of the AutoWrench, who shares the story behind of how this popular tool started life and eventually made its way to Black & Decker — and under Christmas trees everywhere.  As always, we run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers, and call out a few posts we thought deserved attention.  Highlights: we discuss welded vs. braised saw teeth, talk about DeWalt’s new not-Oxford Oxford work boots, and thank our readers for uploading photos of their projects to carry us through a week stuck in the office.  Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)

 

This week Sean and I rant about about tool-guy tall-tales, plus we run down the week’s top five posts as selected by Toolmonger readers.  As always we also call out a few posts we thought deserved attention.  Highlights: we discuss woodworking sans-table saw, talk welding sans-TIG, get the low-down on the high limb tree saw, wish we lived closer to RI’s Steel Yard or the Bay Area’s Crucible, and lament the smell of a big-ass pile of cedar.  Remember, if you’ve got a question or comment you can call us at 866-718-9403. (Podcast Download)