College Maker Bag: Tools for School




About: I am a recent graduate of the Sustainable Manufacturing program at California State University Chico. I currently consult with local businesses and provide freelance design work. I've been making things for ...
This is my college maker bag. I have a huge workshop at home and I'm accustomed to having tools all the time to make with. I'm off to college shortly, so I will be away from my workshop for quite a while. I considered taking a tiny "tool kit" as recommended on the "things to bring to college" list from my dorm, but I decided that a tiny kit would nowhere near satisfy my maker appetites.

Here's a look at what's in the bag. It's pretty small for the amount of stuff crammed into it, but it allows me to to basic work on all kinds of stuff easily, and yet it stores away easily. I made a quick horrible stencil and painted "Tools" on it, and threw an Ible's patch on it to look all official-like. The bag itself I got for 50 cents at a local thrift shop's cheap bin.

I jammed most of the stuff into a plastic tool box I had lying around, then stuck that in and crammed the rest around it.

Look at the pictures to see what's inside. Not pictured things that are in there as well are:
  • Small multimeter
  • a ziplock baggie of tacks
  • a ziplock baggie of sheetrock screws
  • baggie of various batteries, AAA-9 Volt
  • Small roll of speaker wire
  • Glue sticks for the mini glue gun



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    4 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction


    I keep a butane micro-torch, some assorted sizes of shrink tubing, and a plastic 3 inch vernier caliper in mine, in addition to most of what you have.

    From your photos, I see there are a couple of obvious things I need to include.

    3 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    What are those obvious things? I just realized this morning that having no flame source is a bummer, I can't melt the ends of cut paracord down, Had to borrow my floormate's Zippo.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I do not have the small hammer, the needle, the thread, or the sharpie in mine. I also do not keep my Robot patch with my "Maker Bag".

    I do have an old beat up Palm Zire 72 stuffed in there, though. It has a camera for photos and I can make notes until the cows come home. I also have two styles of hemostat (to compliment the needle-nose). I also have a multi-meter with transistor tester.

    Here is the torch I use -

    I'm going to start referring to my "Maker Bag" as my "M'ag".


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The hammer you can get at Ace or harbor freight. Yeah, I just use my phone for all the pictures/notes. Hemostats are the same thing as forceps, right?

    I have a torch, i just need to get it when i go home next.