A Good Thing In a Small Package
Companies send us all sorts of tools and gadgets to review; my office is full of them (no, I'm not complaining). When the Screwpop Company sent me its key chain utility knife, I was intrigued but not excited. I stuck it to my metal desk intending to give it more consideration at a later date. Since then, I've used it almost daily to open letters, dog treat packages for Roxy (she comes to work with me every day) and, ironically, packages containing other products for review.
The genius is in its size and simplicity; it's not much bigger than a standard utility blade. I'm going to buy a few more to keep with my bicycle, ATV, tackle box and camping bin. The Screwpop Utility Knife 2.0 is available for about $8 at screwpoptool.com and other online retailers.
Mark Petersen, Associate Editor
Nifty Blade Height
I've always relied on small blocks of wood to set the cutting depth on my table saw blade. Even though I labeled each block, they would inevitably get knocked onto the floor and swept into the trash, and I'd have to make another one.
I no longer have that problem because I picked up a set of Mag Shims from FastCap. Mag Shims are 1/8-in. magnetic spacers. If you need a blade height of 7/8 in., simply stack seven spacers, and raise the blade to match. They also work great for setting the depth on router bits and drill presses. I stick them right to the backside of my fence, so they're always at hand and never get lost. A pack of eight 1/8-in. spacers and two 1/16-in. spacers costs $25. Buy a set at fastcap.com.
Mark Petersen, Contributing Editor