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Bosch Laser Measure Lets You Get Rid Of The Tape Once And For All

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When you’re in your backyard building things, you’re inevitably going to have to use your trusty measuring tape. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using one, you’ll know what a pain in the rear end they can be. They’ll come unhooked, bend when you need them to stay straight, and snap back at you haphazardly. Sure, we sound like incompetent DIYers, but so are a great number of people who just want to build things, with limited experience. Bosch Tools has a line of laser measuring tools, the latest one of which is so small it could fit in a tight jean pocket. It’s the GLM 15, and can measure things up to 50ft. away with 1/8 inch precision. What’s more, it’s only $50, which is very little money to save you the kind of hassle a regular tape can give.

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Is That A Klax In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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It’s completely possible to imagine that if you’re going out in the woods for an extended period of time, you may at some point want to cut some wood down. Axes have been known to make a quick number out of this task, but carrying them with you in your backpack can be very inconvenient. Not so much if you get a Klax. It’s a detachable axe head that features a special clamp, allowing you to secure it to any piece of wood you find (and which fits the clamp). So, put it in your pocket, go camping, and whip it out when you need to get your cutting on. But… we haven’t told you the best part yet. Most of the models feature multi-tools, which could come in super handy in the wilderness. Take the Klax Lumberjack, for example. It has: a Stainless Steel Ax Blade, Hammer Head, Hex Wrench Set, 1/4” Bit Drive Socket, Bottle Opener, Lanyard Hole, Caribiner, Ruler and KLAX Clamping System!

Different models come with different sets of tools, and will set you back different amounts. The top of the line model, made of Titanium, is $550. But the other ones range between a much more reasonable $115 to $160.

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It Turns Out It’s Possible To Reinvent The Axe

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Oldie but goodie here.

Axes have been round for quite a while; after all, what’s simpler than driving a sharp metal edge into a piece of wood? Unlike the wheel however, the tool’s longevity doesn’t mean its design can’t be improved upon. Take the Vipukirves axe pictured above. It helps you split wood more easily by offsetting the center of mass to the side. This way, each time you drive the axe down onto your log, you’ll also generate some rotational torque. This torque, applied to the part of the axe that’s already in the wood, acts as a lever and splits the wood down its fibre, reducing the amount of force needed to accomplish the same results. It’s ingenious and simple, and if the video below is anything to go by, does actually appear to improve on the old design. Sadly, innovation often doesn’t come cheap, and the Vipukirves is no exception. Owning one will set you back €155.74 or about $215, plus €47.26 ($65) in shipping.

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For Happy Breakfasts: Crack a Smile Mold

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Not everyone wakes up to greet a new day feeling chipper and full of life. That’s especially true for night owls and for people who just aren’t morning persons. For these people, something that can help or at least add a little cheer is the Crack a Smile egg mold. As the name implies, the mold basically turns scrambled eggs into smiley faces and you probably can’t help but crack a smile when you see a humongous, yellow smiley face on your plate.

If you’re not much of an egg person, then you can use the mold for your pancakes instead.

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Screw It…With a Wink and a Smile

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Sometimes, even the smallest of details make all the difference. Take these screws that are aptly called the Screw:), for example. They look just like your average screw except for the head, which has a smiley face imprinted right on it. That means conventional screwdrivers won’t work with it either, because you can’t exactly jam it into the smiley face’s eye to screw it in. Instead, you’ll need a custom screwdriver with a protruding smiley face to be able to screw the Screw:) in tightly.

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Laser Engraved Rolling Pins Are Great Promotional Tools

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If you’re the proud owner of a pastry shop, you should seriously consider placing an order with Etsy seller ValekRollingPins. They’re able to laser engrave a standard 16.5″ beech rolling pin with the design of your choice. The pastries and pies that you make can then endlessly display your logo or message, Louis Vuitton-style. Prices start at roughly $45.

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MacGuyver Tool Is More Puzzle Than Useful

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That’s sort of the point of a MacGuyver Toolkit though, isn’t it? Of course this one isn’t called “MacGuyver Toolkit” for trademark reasons, but calling a little tin box containing seemingly unrelated and potentially useless things an ‘Action Hero Toolkit’ isn’t fooling anyone. You’ll probably spend more time trying to figure out how to use the items than doing anything useful with them, but that’s half the fun in this. So what does $10 buy you?

Bobby Pin – Pick locks or keep your mullet funky fresh with this heroic hair product.

Strike-Anywhere Match – Seven second campfire.

Rubber Band – Bazinga!

Bubble Gum – Not just for chewing.

Birthday Candle – Suitable for a “Happy Birthday MacGyver” cupcake. Or slow burning fuse.

Paper Clip – TPS reports should be stapled. Bombs should be defused with a paper clip.

Shoelace – Makeshift handcuffs. Makeshift shoe binder.

1¢ Stamp – Cover your laptop webcam to protect yourself from the NSA. Or send a postcard in 1873.

Duct Tape – Exactly as strong as MacGyver’s jawline.

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Lightsaber BBQ Tongs

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Would Darth Vader have been able to grill a mean steak? Would Luke Skywalker be able to BBQ a half decent burger? No one really knows because the rebellion doesn’t take a break for a delicious charbroiled lunch. But that hasn’t stopped The Fowndry from releasing this official set of Star Wars Lightsaber™ BBQ Tongs. Yes, they do make the classic lightsaber sounds when you press a button so you can reenact your favourite battles as you wait for the ribs to be just right. Getting one will set you back all of £19.99, or roughly $32.

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The Accutrax Pencil Blade: For When Your Puny Old Pencil Is Just Not Manly Enough

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You’re doing all kinds of jobs, remodeling the house, cutting things, hammering others, and generally getting your hands dirty. Good on you. You’re probably using a boring old pencil to trace cut lines though, right? Bet you wish you didn’t get such a sad little tool, don’t you? Bet you wish you’d gotten these Accutrax pencil blades. Blades, that’s right! These will fit any standard box cutter tool, but instead of cutting stuff, they’ll do what pencils do and trace lines. But they’ll do so while being house in a freaking box cutter tool, man. If that’s not something you wanna be totin’ round the construction site, we don’t know what kind of a construction worker you are.

It’s $10 for 3.

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