Category Archives: Tools

Convert a hand grinder into a plunge saw

This isn’t half of a bad idea.  The author basically takes a grinder and puts it on a compound miter like setup.  This would be a simple way to cut off steel bar/pipe (currently I put the bar on a … Continue reading

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Use cardstock as a cutoff wheel

I wondered sometimes if the cheap dremel cutoff wheels at Harbor Freight where paper, maybe I was right.  This article (video) goes over using cardstock to cut wood with it.  Its the speed that really counts for the cut. The … Continue reading

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Add a Milling Table to your drillpress

I like this build but I am a little mixed on doing this.  The quill on a drillpress isn’t exactly built for side to side movement.  More up and down.  So with light materials I guess this would be OK, … Continue reading

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One cork, and LED, and electric tape and you have a simple tester for coin batteries

Beats breaking out the meter to test the battery. http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-3v-Coin-Cell-Battery-Tester/?ALLSTEPS

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A cheap and simple tape dispenser

OK this is going on the build list.  I wonder if I could find an IKEA mailbox shelf I could convert….hummm.  Either way this is a nice simple way to have a tape station for mulitple different tape types. http://www.instructables.com/id/Central-Tape-Stations/

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Nice portable paint booth

I like how the thing has a built in filter system to catch any extra spray.  Its a nice build but…well I’ll just go outside.  🙂 http://lifehacker.com/build-a-portable-spray-paint-booth-for-your-workshop-1792061720

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Make your own beam compass

At first I thought this would be a good idea, til I noticed I could pick one up at Harbor Freight for $5.  Given that one is only a foot long.  It could be adapted to be longer.  I guess … Continue reading

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Interesting way to etch with electricity and salt water

This is different since the author isn’t “dipping” the metal into a salt solution, but instead is painting it on…kindof…with an electric cotton ball.  I would be a little concerned about shorting the thing out in my hands thought.  The … Continue reading

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Add a cabinet push latch to have build in pushup bench dogs

Too funny, but a clever build to use a push latch to have bench dogs that can be “pushed up”.  Me…I just keep a basket of them nearby. http://www.instructables.com/id/2-Pop-Up-Woodworking-Bench-Dogs/?ALLSTEPS

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Take an old ski boot and use it to hold a cordless drill

Nice cheap build, could do this with old rollerblade shoes too.  Me…I’ll stick to my PVC pipe (cheaper and doesn’t stick out as much).  Still a pretty clever build. http://www.instructables.com/id/Wall-Mounted-Ski-Boot-Drill-Holder/

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