Time Saving Pliers

Introduction: Time Saving Pliers

About: Carnegie Mellon Design + HCI

After spending hours at a workbench you really do want to shave of any access time you sit there. Collectivly switching tools you end up wasting plenty of time for simple tasks such as cutting, with the Time Saving Pliers you will have an x acto blade and pliers in one so you spend less time switching and more time fixing.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:
1. A set of pliers ( i picked up a set for 1.86 at home depot)
2. An x acto blade
2 Crazy Glue

1.Dremel with EZ lock thin cut blade
2. Vice of some sort
3. Sharpie 

Step 2: Making the Cut

You will need to put the pliers in the vice for this step.
Mark a line in the middle of the pliers as shown with a sharpie.
Begin your cutting with the Dremel from the back to the tip of the pliers.
Gradually work your way down to the tip, try to make the cut as thin as possible and only a mm or two deep.

Step 3: Setting the Blade

I used an X- Acto blade because of how thin it was but soon realized the slit i had made was to big for it.
I cut the X- Acto blade the the shape I wanted and kept all of the spare fillings so that i could make the blade a slight bit thicker. Make sure when you are cutting the blade is tightly in the vice, i had it fly out and hit the wall which is kind of scary to think if i had been in standing there.

Step 4: Attaching the Blade

Attaching the blade is only a matter of trial and error. In the end i fastened it with crazy glue and dropped some solder into the cracks to make a snug fit.

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    9 years ago on Step 4

    This seems really impractical, not to mention dangerous. I salute your initiative to create the tool you want to use, but this kind of negates a lot of the benefits of using an x-acto knife: 1) The pliers don't have the same grip as a regular x-acto handle, and you'll lose a lot of the precision the normal handle provides. 2) Since the blade is attached to the pliers, you can't use the tip as easily, nor can you fit the blade in small spaces for detail work. 3) The blade is glued in (not that I can think of an easy alternative way to attach it) so you can't easily replace it when it gets dull--depending on what you're working on, you may need a very sharp blade and might need to change it out rather frequently.

    Not to mention the fact that you now have to be aware of a very sharp exposed blade on the back of your previously-blunt pliers.

    If you're happy with it, good on ya for seeing your need and filling it, but I wouldn't recommend this tool for general use. You'd need a separate knife and pair of pliers anyhow, for when this couldn't do the job.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    haha i totally agree, kinda made this on a whim, thanks for the comment anyway :P stay tuned and definitely subscribe for some cool stuff thats in the works for this summer!