Step 11: Make: Tools

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Ok, so you've got the kit. Here's how to build it!

First get your tools together. There are a few tools that are required for assembly. None of these tools are included. If you don't have them, now would be a good time to borrow or purchase them. They are very very handy whenever assembling/fixing/modifying electronic devices! I provide links to buy them, but of course, you should get them whereever is most convenient/inexpensive. Many of these parts are available in a place like Radio Shack or other (higher quality) DIY electronics stores.
Minifig6665 years ago
 What, I have to make the tools?!?! LOL!
ERCCRE1236 years ago
don't you have a section of your website about tools you need for electronic projects?
skim9 years ago
where can i purchase the WES50/51 (either online or store)?
In place of 60/40 RA solder, I would suggest 63/37 RMA (Rosin Mildly Activated). It is a "eutectic" type solder, which means it has no "plastic phase" in the melting process and therefore tends to yield a better joint. RMA 63/37 type solder is readily available at Radio Shack stores. Also, RMA type 63/37 is the recommended for hand soldering by MIL-STD 2000 and NASA soldering specs.
ladyada (author) 9 years ago
true about the rosin, thanks for mentioning it. the vice i use is a panavice jr. they're a bit pricy ($25) and unnecessary here, but i love it!
ckthorp9 years ago
A tool that isn't listed but is also extremely handy is a "Pana-vise" with a few different sets of jaws. I believe that the vise used in the photos is a pana-vise, judging by the base, but I've never seen that particular set of jaws before. More info from the manufacturer: http://www.panavise.com/
ckthorp9 years ago
I second the sentiment about the WES50/51. Very nice iron with a handle that actually stays cool. Warmup time is also very fast. Under ~30-45 seconds to ready. And you know that it is ready because it has a nice indicator light to let you know when you're up to the selected temperature. As for the solder, I suggest finding no clean flux solder if you ever plan on building things which will last more than, say, 5 years or so. The "RA" activated rosin core flux will eventually corrode your solder joints. I've had resin core flux projects last more that 10 with no evidence of corrosion, but I've also seen corrosion as soon as ~3-4 years, so Your Milage Will Vary.