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I was just curious what tools or techniques folks found most useful in their projects. For me it is the Dremel and epoxy.

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Grathio (author)2009-07-29

First aid kit and a vacuum cleaner. Every project I do needs band aids and a vacuum cleaner. I'm not sure if that's because I do a bunch of different kinds of stuff or I just need to be more careful.

RadBear (author)Grathio2009-07-30

Well I've never seen you work but typically blood loss does indicate a little more attention is needed...or that you're very committed to your project. I guess it's matter of perspective. :)

Grathio (author)RadBear2009-07-31

The problem is that after you loose enough blood it's really hard to pay attention to much of anything. :)

I remember watching Roy Underhill on the early episodes of The Woodwright's Shop and thinking "Gah! That guy cuts himself every episode, but keeps on going!"

Now that I'm a little older I'm pretty much the same way.

RadBear (author)Grathio2009-08-03

Well as long as you aren't cutting things off you'll probably be ok. Plus the blood might be handy for staining a wood product. And you could say you put a part of yourself in every project, and it would be true rather than an empty sounding platitude.

Jayefuu (author)2009-07-31

My gerber pen knife, scalpel and soldering iron.

RadBear (author)Jayefuu2009-08-03

Scalpel? Soldering Iron? Are doing surgery or body modification? :)

Weissensteinburg (author)2009-07-13

My hands.

Ouch, corns on your toes are bad enough, on your hands....that has to hurt... :-)


jeff-o (author)2009-07-29

Soldering Iron Scroll Saw Drill Press

Bigev (author)2009-07-28

Soldering Iron. Hot Glue. Hammers.

jessyratfink (author)2009-07-12

My sewing machine or my Wusthof santoku. :D I'm also very fond of spray paint.

RadBear (author)jessyratfink2009-07-12

What is a Wusthof santoku?

jessyratfink (author)RadBear2009-07-12

It's a big fancy knife!

RadBear (author)jessyratfink2009-07-14

Note to self: Do not irritate Ms. Ratfink.

Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2009-07-12

A big fancy expensive knife!

Who pays that much for a tool that only does one job??

Weissensteinburg (author)Kiteman2009-07-13

Expensive knives are so worth it, if you cook a decent amount.

jessyratfink (author)Kiteman2009-07-12

Iron Chefs? I paid $80 for mine a few years ago. Worth every penny! I even have a little case for it and I take it around with me anytime I'm cooking somewhere else!

Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2009-07-12

Oh, I have this image of you with the knife perpetually in a scabbard at your belt*... Draw! Slice-slice-slice-slice...

*Just as I do.

And my leatherman, it does come in handy for lots of weird little things!

Javin007 (author)2009-07-13

I would have to second the dremel and epoxy, in that order. But then, I'm a JB Weld whore.

Lithium Rain (author)2009-07-12

My boxcutter (it's pathetic, I need a real knife, or even a Leatherman but that'll have to wait for a bit).

Brennn10 (author)2009-07-12

My Instructables Leatherman and my Dremel tool. They are my children.

Kiteman (author)2009-07-12

My Leatherman.

ll.13 (author)2009-07-11

I'm not joking. a hammer or other hammer-type tool (big adjustable spanner, socket wrench...)

RadBear (author)ll.132009-07-12

I found a 5 lb sledge very handy on my last project.

Goodhart (author)2009-07-11

For my projects, since 99.99% of them are electrical in nature, the soldering iron comes in most handy, followed closely by a third hand w/magnifying glass (fading eyesight), along with the occasional use of desoldering braid or pump.

Some of the test equipment I have built myself comes in handy if I am using particular components: LED tester (also is a polarity tester for LED / diodes), 555 tester, 7401 tester, AC source hot tester, ELF detector, etc. That last one detects extremely low frequency radio waves, which CAN sometimes interfere with some of my projects.