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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

9 years ago

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.

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RadBearGrathio

Reply 9 years ago

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. :)

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GrathioRadBear

Reply 9 years ago

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.

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RadBearGrathio

Reply 9 years ago

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.

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Jayefuu

9 years ago

My gerber pen knife, scalpel and soldering iron.

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RadBearJayefuu

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartWeissensteinburg

Reply 9 years ago

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

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jeff-o

9 years ago

Soldering Iron Scroll Saw Drill Press

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Bigev

9 years ago

Soldering Iron. Hot Glue. Hammers.

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jessyratfink

10 years ago

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

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WeissensteinburgKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

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

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jessyratfinkKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

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!

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Kitemanjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

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.

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jessyratfinkjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Javin007

10 years ago

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

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

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

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Brennn10

10 years ago

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

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Kiteman

10 years ago

My Leatherman.

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ll.13

10 years ago

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

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RadBearll.13

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Goodhart

10 years ago

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.