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Gaffer’s Tape

<i>[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2003 – MF]</i>If you think duct tape is useful, try Gaffer’s tape, known by the brand Permacel (P-665). It’s the …

Hacking

Wendy Frauenfelder, crafter and amateur chef

<i>We have hired an editor to edit the Cool Tools podcast. It costs us $300 a month. So far, Cool Tools listeners have pledged $277 a month to the</i> …

Hacking

Dewalt Dual-Mold Safety Goggles

<i>[Cool Tools has a YouTube channel with many more tool reviews]</i>I picked these up these Dewalt Dual-Mold Safety Goggles on Amazon for around $10.I have …

Cool Stuff

OXO Peeler

<i>[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2003 – MF]</i>It is hard to image how the traditional kitchen peeler could be substantially improved. Remarkably, the …

Kitchens

Midwest Auger

I bought a house a few years ago that has a cheap fence. Rather than putting posts in at the edges where the neighbor’s fence had already been …

Design

Gutenberg Magic Catalog

I’ve been evangelizing the Gutenberg Magic Catalog to all my reading friends for years and I was floored that it hasn’t been on CoolTools. The …

Books

SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner

I have had this Bissell Spot Clean Pro Carpet Cleaner now for a few years and it has made my life so much easier. With three dogs one of them is …

Portable

80,000 Hours/Similar Pages/Great movies for families

<b>Career advice</b><br>80,000 hours is the typical length of the average career. 80,000 Hours is a blog that dispense free career advice based on science, …

Creative Commons

Deejo Folding Knife

I came from an Opinel fundamentalist family (No. 8 : 42g), and while I like its simplicity, I have found the wood section inside the virole ends …

Knives

Tweezerman

<i>[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2003 – MF]</i>Most drugstores sell pathetically lousy tweezers. These are blunt, imprecise instruments suitable for …

Beauty

Greg Gage, CEO of Backyard Brains

<i>We have hired an editor to edit the Cool Tools podcast. It costs us $300 a month. So far, Cool Tools listeners have pledged $261 a month to the</i> …

Arduino

The Fluke Ukulele

<i>[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2004. Since then, the makers of the Fluke introduced the soprano-sized Flea, also an excellent ukulele for $179.</i> …

Guitar

Skidmore’s Restoration Cream

I have used Skidmore’s Restoration Cream for years, primarily for maintaining the finish on a handmade Kansas walnut table and it has never done …

Restoration

SpyCloud/Hemingway Editor/Quotable

<b>Have you been hacked?</b> <br>SpyCloud is a scary and useful website. Scary, because it showed me how many times my passwords have been hacked from website …

Shoes

Maker Update: Hakko CHP-170 Flush Cutter

This week on Maker Update, an enchanted talking tiki totem pole, my trip to OSH Park and Metrix Makerspace, a retro lightbox, and why you need flush …

Arduino

Chain mail dish scrubber

In our household, I’m the one responsible for washing the pots and pans, so I’ve come to really appreciate scrubbing tools that can scrape away …

Wool

Ben Baker, Owner of Cigar Box Nation

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Guitar

Scotch Thermal Laminator

As a medical instructor I had to buy a laminating machine to prolong the life of the certification cards and prevent students from tampering with the …

Chose

PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish

After my project car sat on jack stands through the winter it took some deep cleaning to bring it back to daily driver duty. The headlights were a …

Hacking

Blade Runner homage/Snappa/Just Read

<b>Fanfic passion:</b><br>I backed this cinematic Kickstarter project from Croatia. Two guys have spent years creating their own miniature fanfic version of the …

Blade Runner

Lidocaine, Topical Analgesic

<i>[This is a revised Cool Tools Favorite from 2004 – MF]</i>The strongest non-prescription numbing substance you can apply around a scrape, wound, or burn …

Anesthesiology

Tech Restarter

For years our home + office internet connection was plagued by slowdowns and brief outages that could only be cured by rebooting the router (even …

Routers

Best Portable Soldering Iron Options

[This is just one of many tool review videos we have on our new Cool Tools YouTube channel. Check it out, and if you like it, please subscribe — …

Cool Stuff

Maker Update: 300W Power Inverter

This week on Maker Update, Donald Bell looks at spiral stairs, the Trinket M0, a glove that tracks high-fives, Charlotte the drawbot, an essential …

Gear & Gadgets

Microplane Grater

<i>[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2004 – MF]</i>Microplane began making micro-blades for woodworking use, but they’ve diverged into making fantastic …

Recipes

Xeni Jardin, Co-editor of Boing Boing

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Xeni Jardin

KD Links X1 Dashboard Cam

I’ve been driving for 45 years and have not had an accident yet. Not everyone else on the road is so careful. For insurance purposes I installed a …

Gear & Gadgets

Pumps-a-lot Water Pump

<i>[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2003 – MF]</i>This is a cool tool. It is a powerful water pump you can use without electrical power; instead it uses …

Home Improvement

Caravanistan/Travel toothpaste/Dewalt right angle

<b>Caravanistan</b><br>I’ve been exploring the vast territory of Central Asia, sometimes known as the Silk Road. Between the Caucuses in the west, and remote …

Google Docs

Epilady Coil Tweezer

Despite its name, this tool works for men too. I’ll admit it: As I get older, my vision is worsening and mysterious new hairs are starting to sprout …

Science