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Lutz 15-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver, Lutz Tool Company, $13.33

Screwdrivers with removable bits have become par for the course in the last several years, but I think the value of the ratcheting action has been overlooked. I first put my hand on a ratcheting screwdriver several years ago and instantly fell in love. It reduces the amount of friction between handle and hand, and just makes screwing and unscrewing a whole lot faster. The Lutz comes with double sided bits that fit snugly into the handle. Keep one in your toolbox, in your glovebox… you get the idea.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


  1. Isaac Dover says:

    $575?! Please tell me this is a typo.

    1. Isaac Dover says:

      Err, I was commenting about the Crown marking gauge.

      1. oh yes, that was most definitely a typo. Sorry about that. The price is 46.99 – here’s the link – http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000424/3753/crown-rosewood-and-brass-marking-gauge.aspx

  2. Joshua Lenord says:

    Sorry to nit-pick, but the image for the marking gauge is incorrect. What is depicted is mortise gauge, if you notice the twin points for marking the longer edges of a mortise, which are adjustable to mark different mortise widths, a marking gauge only has one point.

    1. Interesting, because the Woodcraft link I posted lists has that picture in the listing for a marking gauge. I never knew there was a difference. In any case, the pins on this tool are removable, so it can be used to score just one line if you wish.

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