Category Archives: Tools

A cheap and simple sanding drum

The author takes an old PC fan, breaks the blades off, sands it down a bit, then superglues sandpaper to it.  Pretty simple build. https://www.instructables.com/id/Stronger-Cheaper-DIY-Sand-Drum/

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Use a sawzall to shake cans of paint

Interesting build.  The author basically took a sawzall that wasn’t working out for him and made a paint shaker out of it with an arduino to control it.  The write up is pretty good.  And if you have a broken … Continue reading

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Adjustable Wire Foam Cutter with an Arduino

Interesting build, but couldn’t the author done the same thing with the POT being inline instead of using an arduino?  I wonder if the author has other plans for this. https://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-Wire-Foam-Cutter-Arduino-PWM/

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Cool mallet build

Nice build for a mallet https://www.instructables.com/id/Joiners-Wooden-Mallet/

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Add a wheel to the bottom of a plywood carrier

Been meaning to build a carrier for plywood for some time.  Its hard to get your arms around a sheet of plywood to carry it.  The author here built a carrier out of scrape, and put a caster on the … Continue reading

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An even easier to use planing sled

OK this is on the list over the other ones.  The author basically put the thing together so that the router just fits between 2 boards, and you can zip along with that and just “mount” the ends on the … Continue reading

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One fancy portable workbench

All I can say is wow on this one.  Its a nice looking portable workbench.  Me…I won’t build it (way too much work) and I can modify some cheaper solutions to make do. https://www.instructables.com/id/Folding-Portable-Workbench-With-Quick-Release-Vise/

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Another hot foam cutter, but look at the wire assembly

I like the wire assembly on this one better than others.  Not so sure about the copper ends, but the spring on the opposite side of the bolt to hold tension, that is a nice add. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Hot-Wire-Foam-Cutter-1/?ALLSTEPS

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Make your own lathe chuck

This is a little more work than I would be willing to do, but materials are cheap, and if you have alot of time on your hands…guess this would be worth doing. https://www.instructables.com/id/4-Jaw-Lathe-Chuck/

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Nice build for a magnetic stirrer

Nice build, but I wish the author added in way to print out the object with other vendors.  And I would add a pot to make it variable speed. https://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Magnetic-Stirrer/

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