Got this tool with a bunch of other tools. It has some markings related to machine screws. Any help will be much appreciated.
Question by bageldoy | last reply
One end is pointed (maybe an awl) and the other has a screwdriver like blade (maybe a pry bar). It is cast or formed metal, 5 inches long and the blade end is 3/8" wide. My best guess so far is maybe a shoemaker's tool. Thanks for any help identifying this tool.
Question by bob73 | last reply
Is there a tool OR SERIES OF TOOLS out there that can assist hobby enthusiast who have the misfortune of unsteady hands. Not quite Parkinsons but pretty bad. The mind still wishes to create and to solve technical problems, but shaky hands put a stop to a lot of projects...or just make completion time very slow. There are definitely high end medical robot arms that do the trick but for your average Joe, there's always budget constraints. We can't afford those expensive automated robot arm systems. So is there a RELATIVELY reasonably priced product that could be used in these situations?
Question by KevPerkins | last reply
Not sure if this is a local thing or whether it's also going on elsewhere, but Tesco in Cambridge is having a sale on Rolson tools: I got a pair of safety goggles, four pack of clamps and a junior hacksaw for a pound each, and there's more (mostly hand tools) to be had. I know all the adages about buying cheap tools, but at that price I'd happily use them as raw materials for a one-off make. UKinese members, check out the hardware aisle in your local big Tesco, thar be (potentially) bargains. Now I'll have to work out something to do with them all...
Topic by PKM | last reply
Hello All, There is a tool that costs about $500 that hopefully can be made for a whole lot less. It's a chiropractic actuator (See Image). If you have never see one of these tools in action before, you squeeze up with your fingers and down with your palm, which will plunge the top part of the tool into the bottom part of the tool (kinda like a toilet paper roll holder type of action when pushing the two ends together). The top part of the tool goes down about 3/4 of an inch (while the bottom part of the tool stays stationary the whole time) and then somehow sends a hard tap to the end of the mechanism (maybe like an internal mechanism simulating something like a hammer coming down a nail or something). It's driving me nuts! How can a tool this simple be so expensive!? Anyone have any ideas on how to make something like this, maybe there is a tool that can be modified to do this that is out there already, or maybe there is something else that can simulate the action of this tool without breaking skin, bones, etc :) Thanks for reading and thanks in advance!!!
Topic by mvparish | last reply
I have a scroll saw in my garage that's been sitting there for ages. Without going into my sob story about my whole situation, let's say the reason why I wanted to use it is because I'm dirt broke and wanted to craft gifts, and I spent a bit of money fixing it up just to find out it won't power whatsoever. So now I'm looking for a way to cut wood precisely, possibly by hand. I've been working with wood about 3/4" thick, but I may go thinner for my own sanity if I'll be working by hand. Any recommendations?
Question by BastardlyDungeon | last reply
Cheap, cordless drills are amazing tools. Take one apart and attach a speed controller, you got a motor for a robot. Also, they have good high torque motors that can be used for all sorts of things. A $50 RC transmitter and a receiver make good remote uses, such as remote detonation. More useful tools are pneumatic cannons. I've used them from pressure testing to damage testing. WHat are your useful, unconventional tools?
Topic by starwing123 | last reply
I'm cleaning out my junk drawer. This whatever-it-is is going to the recycling center if I don't foresee having a use for it. It appears to be some kind spatula? It's made of #5 plastic and measures 11"x 1". What the heck IS it and what is it used for?
Question by bajablue | last reply
Today, I had a clear out of the workshop (Okay, shed) and found this peculiar tool. It's being lingering around for years now, and I've never been able to figure out exactly what it is and where it came from. The orange thing pushes down and locks, and when it is at the bottom a tiny metal rod appears and dissapears again at the end of the white nozzle. It holds in place until you press the orange button, at which point it fires the orange thing out at a fairly high speed, and it stops when it reaches the end of the blue channel. If you cover over the nozzle, it fires very slowly, so it probably sucks air from there. Does anybody know what this tool is?
Question by Ikkalebob | last reply
Can anyone tell me what this tool is for? I came across it all rusted and thought it was some type of pliers or cutter. After I cleaned it up I could tell it was probably neither. What I thought was a plier jaw is actually one piece and does not close and what i thought maybe the cutting blade, actually had lines and numbers, like a ruler. The one small screw that the spring is attached to, will allow you to adjust how far the jaw/cutter will close and the other screw, when loosened a bit allows you to slide the little metal 'arm' in or out, like a measuring template. It has some fancy designs on the handles as you can see and the only marking says "Made in Western Germany".
Question by millsy22 | last reply
Anyone have any clue what this tool was used for or what it is called? It was found in the dirt on a farm. I will attempt to describe as best as I can hoping that this will help after you see the pictures. It looks like the main piece is like a large needle with an eye at the one end and a point at the other. Then there is a curved hook sideways to the main piece (see the shadow on my leg). The hole/open portion in the middle appears to be some sort of clamp. When you press on the tab piece that is closer to the eye, the hole opens up, releases the pressure on whatever may be inside the hole.
Topic by jtaylor69 | last reply
Hello designers! I'm doing some research on design documentation and am interested in what tools people use to document their work-in-progress. Do you keep a design journal? Do you video tape / photograph your work? Do you use any special software? ...and when do you know when your work is Instructables-ready? How do you determine how much detail to provide in your Instructable? And what are the hardest parts of the documentation process? Also, if you're interested in participating in a study about how people document design work, please send me a message, and I'll provide some more details!
Topic by scientiffic | last reply
Hello, I have a question. I'm currently working on a project where data is transferred via radio at a frequency of 916.5 MHz. I need to receive this data, and then send a new signal containing the data out via Bluetooth. I have programming experience, and know C++ fairly well, but have never used Arduino or other microcontrollers. I have looked around, and could not find an answer anywhere else. Can Arduino do this? If so, could you point me in the direction of the radio receiver that can pick up that frequency and Bluetooth transmitter modules (is this the correct word?) that would work for me, as well as what type of Arduino board you would recommend? Thank you! -S
Topic by thesab | last reply
Im trying to make a killer joy buzzer like the one that The Joker uses, ive been twisting my head around it for a while and i think i have the propper electrical map, but i cannot figure the voltages or if im missing any component or having an extra component (not needed) i want the resulting shock to be 40 v. i am hoping for the comunity to help me get this done, and i would post an instructable about it, because i havent found one here, not yet ;) so i await for your sugestions and answers to my predicament. thanks until now ive got: three 9v batteries conected through a caliber 22 cable to a switch, then to a 12v buzzer and then the contacts...ill upload the scheme later
Question by fmolina3 | last reply
Hi, i pulled an electric water-heater (about 80 l) out of the trash. want to take the bottom off and convert it in a pot/kettle to do (´cook´ ) laundry over a wood-fire.i was wondering what would be the cheapest way to do it (i have very few means here)... rotary-tool?, hacksaw-blade?... (dont have a grinder, no blow-torch, no jig)guess to complete the cut i would use up quite a few of wheels, or, respectively blades (hack).any ideas? any feedback... all appreciated.bowing.
Question by la xerra | last reply
I am working on a project and saw this tool used in the instructable. It was used to cut wood (I'm using acrylic) but the author did not say what this hand tool is. I want to find one either in-store or online but I don't know what it would be called. It looks like some kind of coping saw but the blade looks different.
Question by Arya42 | last reply
My boss recently purchased all the tools from a jewelry shop that was going out of business and subsequently has a lot of tools that he is parting with. While these are primarily jewelry tools many of them are perfect for prop building. He has some nice workbenches, casting equipment, benchtop laser welder, a large polishing station, plating rectifier, rolling mills, benchtop lathe, flexshaft motors/handpieces, microscopes, engraving tools and all kinds of small hand tools. There's too much to list here- I have a complete listing of everything with photos and pricing. Some of this equipment is pretty big/heavy so local pickup would be preferred (Boulder, Colorado) but he said he'll ship equipment if need be. After downloading and viewing the list if there are any questions just message me and I'll try to answer them as best as possible or have my boss email you. Thanks!
Topic by Honus | last reply
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Topic by Lithium Rain | last reply