Category Archives: Tools

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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build a thermal imaging scanner with low tech materials

The author uses a camera, arduino, a couple of servos, and a cheap temp gun to map out the camera image for thermo signatures.  Its slow, but its pretty nice overall image (the thermo is overlayed onto the camera image). … Continue reading

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Build a thermoformer with vaccum former

Interesting build.  I like the idea, just no so sure I would go so fancy with everything laser cut.  Of course if I had a laser cutter that could handle it… http://www.instructables.com/id/THERMOFORMER-VACUUM-FORMER-PATTERNMAKEKER/?ALLSTEPS

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Making your own custom grips for tools

Nice build, the author uses scrap leather (I wonder what other materials we could use here) and a PLA based bottle to sew on the grips.  I may have to save this one for a rainy day. http://www.instructables.com/id/MakingFixing-Tool-Grips-With-Plastic-Bottle-String/?ALLSTEPS

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Convert a cheap orbital sander into a vibrating tumbler

And I just sold off my 2nd orbital too…figures.  Nice build where you can use an old, or cheap orbital to act as a lightweight vibrating tumbler. http://www.instructables.com/id/Vibratory-Tumbler-Using-Orbital-Sander/?ALLSTEPS  

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A super simple dremel holder

A bit nut, an l-bracket, and some surgu and bam, you have a holder for your dremel. Only think I can see being an issue is finding the nut to fit on the dremel. http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-and-Cheap-Dremel-Holder/

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Print out a vac attachment for when you make holes in your walls.

Nice simple attachment you can make for the next time you drill holes in your wall, you can use this to keep things clean. http://www.instructables.com/id/Suckit-Vacuumattachment-for-Drilling/?ALLSTEPS

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Another nice planer jig for a router

I like this one better than some, its more portable but…the downside its at one height for now (2×4 height) so its not really adjustable except via the router itself. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-a-Router-Planer-Surfacing-Jig-to-Thickn/

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