Hi folks, Anybody know the cheapest tool kit electronics work for mobile & circuit design kit making.
Posted by rampro 2 years ago
Just wondering what you guys are getting for christmas. is there any new cool tools out? cheap? i am getting the dremel stylus, by the way is it good? i am also getting a tool box kit. (soldering iron, pliers, etc)
Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago
I wish instructables that required tools and machinery that aren't in the average workshop - like 3D printers and Laser Cutters - had a badge or something on the thumbnail. so i wouldn't get all excited to view the steps and get to ";psf design in your 3D printer...". since i don't have a 3D printer nor do i know anyone who does. doesn't have to be fancy, something that would indicate "simple tools" "power tools" special tools" and "heavy tools". it could be an option that the poster could use, or not.
Posted by Thaikarl 5 years ago
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?
Posted by starwing123 9 years ago
Like a axe, knife,sandpaper, others. can be machine use.
Posted by josefu0 9 years ago
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!
Posted by Honus 6 years ago
Hi there everyone, I need a bit of help if available. I purchased a WEN 2307 101-piece rotary tool set from Amazon.ca a few weeks ago and followed that purchase with a Flexible Drive shaft. Although I was able to attach the drive shaft to the tool, the bits that came with the WEN don't seem to fit the collet of the drive shaft properly. Therefore, I am planning on returning the drive shaft and purchasing a different unit from a different supplier on Amazon. The unit that I am considering is an SPTA Electric Grinder Flexible Flex Shaft Rotary Tool Attachment 42" Length and Rotary Accessory which states that it fits All 1/8" rotary tools. Of course, the drive shaft didn't come with a manual, so I figured out myself how it is supposed to attach. I'm not very familiar with rotary tools and purchased this unit as a beginner, instead of spending a lot of money on a really good Dremel. That being said, I would like to know if the size of the collet is equal to the same size bit. (i.e., if the rotary tool is fitted with a 1/8" collet, do you use 1/8" bits, or do you use a different size? I know that this seems like such a stupid and/or easy question to most people, but, being a beginner, this can be quite confusing. Any assistance that you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Posted by freddyguy1 1 year ago
Hi, I was wondering what people use for prepping materials to fit on small workspace spaces. I am interested in using machinable materials like acrylic, lexan, delrin, hdpe, machinable foam, polystyrene, brass and aluminum. These materials are usually easy to get in the right thickness and width, but the length could be 4'. I need to slice them down to sizes no more than 5.25" long to be used on a small cnc machine (5.5"x4.5"x1.25" build area) What do you think, or have experience with, that solves most of your needs? Thanks, Andy
Posted by AndyWilson 3 years ago
Hi there, I hope this is in the right forum. So, I have always liked to work with my hands, seeing things people made and thinking "I WOULD LOVE TO GET INTO THAT" and I recently decided to make good on my wishes and wish to really get into the DIY scene. I'm looking for help on what tools I should get my hands on to start working on things. An example of something I wish tor re-create would be this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-PC-project-inspired-by-Shadowrun-Cyberdec/ I'm not looking for help on what it takes to make up the end product but rather the tools one would use consistently to make everything fit and what not. Is there a sort of beginners toolbox or something of that sort I should look into getting? Sorry if this is confusing, I'm confusing even myself a bit, haha. On a side note, does everyone here have a garage they work in? I'm in NYC and as many of you know it's not the easiest place to have a workbench. Can anyone recommend me places you would go to work on projects? Thank you in advance.
Posted by Rlahens 1 year ago
Hi instructable, I've been wanting to make a Lathe now for the better part of a year. But due to financial reasons and depression and such I've been unable to do so. However a few days ago i started thinking about possible places to get the materials I needed, including other tools to make things. Then I remembered the old factory workshop in my grandmothers house where they used to make fishing lures out of brass and figured, well if there's anywhere to get a powerful electric engine that would be the place. Today I went out there for a visit since it's only 15 minutes away, and I found so much more. Below i have attached photos of the machines, the workshop itself is a mess and needs a good cleaning as well as the machines. But I think it has promise if I attached some emergency shutoff buttons and such.
Posted by Orista 5 years ago
Im new to instructables ive tried a few easy paracord projects but now want to try making my own knife I have a piece of 01 gauge 3mm high carbon steel and a few designs to start. I'm looking for some tips on shaping the blade, hardening and final sharpening. I'm sure there are lots of little tricks out there hopefully this way I won't have to learn them the hard way. Thanks dugie
Posted by dugie502 5 years ago
I'm interested in starting to buy some tools to keep around for any things I may want to attempt to build. There are just so many different kinds of tools out there..and they are expensive. So before buying anything I'd like to know your top ten tools that you couldn't live without (excluding the really basic tools like screwdriver, hammer, pliers, wrench etc.)Also please share your experience with different brand name tools. Which brands would you reccomend, and which would you stay away from?
Posted by nightmaresyndrome 10 years ago
I got hooked to Istructables with things like the desktop trebuchet, the marshmallow shooter, the $10 dollar Mont Blanc pen, and the PVC bike repair stand. There is so much more I want to do on Instructables, but I don't have the tool capabilities to do so. Where is a good place to start in terms of what kind of tools I should get?
Posted by GoCubs252 9 years ago
Hey everyone, I'm doing a degree project about bringing product hacking more into the mainstream, something that this site does really well,but I've been wondering: What do you find are the most valuable tools for modifying products? What tools or materials are hard to find or source that would help you if they were more mainstream? I'd appreciate any extra insight you could give! cheers, Leo
Posted by Monk 7 years ago
Check out this guy who's training crows to use vending machines. Crows are smart, and very good at cause and effect. They're already known for dropping nuts at intersections so cars will do the hard work of cracking them open; it's a small step from this to world domination. There's a rather wobbly video of the crows going nuts for his machine while the seagulls waddle about ignoring it.Via Mark's liveblogging of TED talks on BoingBoing.
Posted by canida 10 years ago
Hi Instructables Community! I need to build a bed with about 2 feet of storage underneath it so I can put my things in boxes and sublet my room! I am attempting to do this on the cheap, but also want the bed to be sturdy enough to jump on! My idea is to have four 6x6 bedposts and construct the frame out of 2x6s with a 2x4 running lengthwise and also one running across on the bottom for added support. And possibly brackets to help reinforce the legs. I don't have a box spring and am not sure whether use plywood sheets or fence boards for the platform. Any thoughts on this plan? Does it sound sturdy? Also, I am trying to find a way to transport lumber from the building supply store I will buy it from to my house. If you live in SF and have a truck, I will pay you and make you lunch if you help me out! Let me know!
Posted by harveyrabbit75 8 years ago
This is my invention for the day. Use of magnetic tool holders is a very old, but handy way to organize tools. My contribution to Magnetic Tool Holders is to use small, strong magnets (12 mm diameter) attached to a metal bar or in the photo, to my card table edge. That in itself is still not very significant. However HOW the tools are hung from the magnets is significant. The problem: If I put the magnets vertically and hang the tools vertically, the surface area of the magnet is such that often the attraction between the tool and the magnet causes the magnet to stay with the tool instead of with the table. A magnet sticking to the tool, can be very annoying. The solution: Placing the magnets horizontally--at the bottom--AND hanging the tools by their tips allows for very easy detachment and attachment. The magnetic force is strong enough to hold some very heavy tools, like the pliers or long nose pliers without any difficulty. The tools are easily removed and easily replaced. This would also apply to any magnetic strip. The key thought of the day: Hang tools from magnetic tool holders by their tips. Of course, another solution is to glue the magnets to the supporting bar--wood or metal--and clamp the supporting bar to the table. That works as well, but is more permanent and is a little more work. Also, if the magnets are allowed to attach by their full surface area to the tools, the tools are hard to remove.
Posted by stannickel 9 months ago
Think for a minute about what tools you've found indispensable over the years. Before you watch this video, please post what that tool is in the comments. After you finish the video, you can see where you match up to what some other makers have said. Try not to read anything else before you post though, as there's a lot of potential to sway your opinion on this topic. More info can be found on my blog.
Posted by StumpChunkman 5 years ago
Does anybody use Harbor Freight Tools regularly? Somebody on here pointed them out to me, they have a retail store about 20 miles from me, and they have some pretty damn awesome deals. I'm hoping their stuff isn't too good to be true, I was planning on taking a trip up there on Sunday and buy up some stuff I've been wanting. I just don't know about the quality though, so can anybody give me reviews on their products?
Posted by cvxdes 10 years ago
(Sorry for my English is too bad because I was in Vietnam. I translated by Google) Hello! We have known about your site through a Google search. We think it is very good and I also have done a few things from the tutorials on the website such as USB Fan, USB LEDs ... We just do for fun because I'm not in a position to do big projects. And we really feel very happy when his own hand to create a product whether it is small:). We have a petition with you! Currently we are very interested and wanted versatile set of tools (like USB Gift Contest) but the ability of financial straits (now we're a student) to buy a versatile toolkit for them I was not too difficult if not impossible. So we want to ask you how old kit but not used may donate to us. We would be grateful if such a tool (if you can you can support me two or three sets, because here we lack tools). Thank you for reading! Waiting for your reply!
Posted by Matrixs 8 years ago
Hi. I've recently started making small electronic projects, first starting with a pack I bought from an electronics store that pretty much comes with all I need (resistors, transistors, springs, wires, batteries etc) it's fairly amateurish and for a beginner. But I have some more involved things i would like to start.. and a few little things lying around I would like to play with, take apart and salvage for working parts etc.. So I am at the stage now of wanting/needing tools for jobs. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with a list of things I would need? The electronics repair kits I have found on the internet usually cover computer repair/electronic repair tools for around $80 including screwdrivers, pliers, alligator clips, torch, and soldering iron kit etc... and I have considered buying an all in one kit liked his but if I was too just buy a few things at a time what would be the things I should get first? I'm hoping to over time build up a large collection of quality tools for future long term list so I don't really want anything cheap. And safety is definitely a factor. If anyone had any idea's or could help that would be great, Thanks. Vulnic
Posted by Vulnic 6 years ago
In this thread, share your tips for getting the materials, supplies and tools you use to make and modify stuff as inexpensivly as possible.A trick I use:The local grocery store "Hardware" section is full of cheap tools and supplies. Last week I picked up a 105 piece screw/nut set in a nice divided plastic clamshell case for $1.00, two days later I saw a similar, but empty, plastic case selling for $3.99 at the craft store. The screws at the local Big-Box home improvement center would be about 6 cents a piece + the gas and agravation of driving to the store in the middle of a project because I need a couple 6 cent screws. 6 cents x 105 pieces = $6.30 worth of screws.
Posted by Handsome-Ryan 10 years ago
20 SPACES AVAILABLE - USA ONLY Deadline to sign up: Monday, June 9. Accepted spaces will be notified by June 11 JULY BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Dremel, the versatile hand-held tool system, for our July 2014 build night. We have over $1000 in materials! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (5) Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool (3) Multi-Max MM30 Oscillating (5) EZ686-01 Accessory kit (5) EZ688-01 Accessory kit (5) MM495 Accessory kit We will only be sending the list of tools above. You are responsible for providing materials to use with the tools. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Select a Build Night Host: Each space must pick a host to present a 15 minute tool safety demonstration at the beginning of the build night. Host a Build Night: pick a night in July (any night) to host a project build night using the Dremel tools and kits. You can host multiple build nights during July and August to work on your projects. Post Instructables: post 2 Instructables using the Dremel Tools. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. GOOGLE HANGOUT EVENTS We will be hosting Google Hangout events during the month of July to talk about the tool. Stay tuned for a schedule announcement! SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process. YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by June 11 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the Dremel materials without completing this step. Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES: Dremel Project Videos Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.
Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago
Could Instructables perhaps include the category of REPAIRS. It just occurred to me when saw His Highness, E.W. post the repair of his power saw that there is no place really for this topic. I routinely replace the power cords on all my power tools on purchase with a 5M cable. (the factory cables are always too short and sometimes the plug is just downright weird). Lately I have replaced the bearings in my planer (with 100% success). However I seriously battled with the removal of one of them and did need advice. As a farmer I am constantly repairing stuff and am currently busy vivesecting my old drill and need advice on how to check the various parts for continuity, since smoke came out of it! but don't have a clue where to post though except in offbeat.
Posted by Karroo Oakey 8 years ago
I came across this site the other day and thought there were some fantastic projects (like a band saw made from plumbing pipe) that would make for great Instructables. I've personally been thinking about a lathe to go with my new mini mill....
Posted by Honus 9 years ago
I am about ready to start working on electronic projects on my own soon. i am in the middle of a physics class that is teaching me alot about wiring and such and i want to jump right on it after its over. the problem is i dont know what im looking for. i mean i just need one to do the cool electronic projects on here and other things. i dont know what types there are really and what specs i need to consider. i mean i dont want to get a $1000 oscilloscope and i only use 10% of its features. so can anyone help me. i reall would appreciate it. thanks. p.s. i saw something called a PC oscilloscope and wondering if anyone knows about this one specifically. it looks like something i could use. thanks
Posted by leader1 8 years ago
I will trade for your random parts i mostly very big LED's or LED displays or any electronics you dont need that are in OK or acceptable condition for upcoming school science fair (don't live near radio shack) i will trade my electronics kit to you it includes.2-POSITION ROTARY SWITCH condition=mint about the size=of the tip of your thumb to the middle joint.3 pin stereo jack 2 peices condition=mintsize= of a nickel.mono and disk capacitor condition=OK (sightly scratched leads)1 film capacitor condition=mint1 resistor 260 Ohms condition=good1 toroid with copper wire 1 without condition=mintsize= 2cm in circumferencesize=a dimeIR RECEIVER FOR REMOTE CONTROL condition=okand 5 other unknown peices (sensors and capacitors)
Posted by albylovesscience 8 years ago
I work with a company (whose name I will omit) that works in the field of picking locks and the like. I am trained and even paid to pick locks. I only recently picked up the hobby, with the job. I have a couple sets of picks. ~I don't need to know how to make picks~ There are plenty of instructables on that, on this site and elsewhere. What I would like to see are some decent pickgun instructables. I have seen some electric models online in various places, as well as some simple mechanic models, but have been unable to find either here. If anyone has built one, or plans to, please share the experience. I intend to get started soon on at least one of the projects in my head right now. So, I don't care if your pickgun is electric, manual, or magnetic-powered. I don't care if it opens car doors, deadbolts, padlocks, wafer locks, or warlocks. I just want to see what other people are up to.
Posted by BorisTheSpider 10 years ago
Okay, here was my idea: an old polygraph is basically an amplifier connected to a pen graph. pen graphs and amplifiers were used on the old oscillographs. Those were replaced with oscilloscopes, where the amplifier connects to the deflection coils on a CRT (or into an AD converter, then yadda yadda yadda.) My thought was, because people with old polygraphs in my experience want to dump them, while people with an oscilloscope of the same capabilities want a premium for them. One guy near where I live has an uncle who collected stuff, and he has an old Heathkit oscilloscope he'd like $75 for. Square tube, relatively massive body, very, very low bandwidth. He also wants about $50 for the old tube base done, with the round CRT display. And it won't show a trace when powered up. But he has a somewhat dinged up polygraph with chart recorder that is for about $10. Could I, perhaps with some modifications, turn that polygraph into what works as a low-bandwidth oscilloscope/oscillograph? The old tube based one would be of collection interest only, and being old and Heathkit, I doubt their accuracy. Is there any way the old polygraph could be turned into the world's least practical oscilloscope?
Posted by Nyanman 5 years ago
Hi Everyone, I'm Sarah Calvillo, a visual artist and interactive designer based in San Francisco. I created Steampunk Mr. Potato Head on instructables a while back. I recently built the first one-stop shop for makers in the U.S. to find and book affordable studio time. Growing up, I've watched my father build our house from his personal workshop. Living in the city, I've found there is limited space to build my own projects. I wanted to create a platform where you could rent space and resources from your community. Funding this project was a major challenge, so I resorted to bartering design for development services with a friend to build Concourse. It took us a couple months to build and launch the site. My only advice for someone replicating this project like this is not to fear being scrappy or hacky. Build what you can, then iterate on what you've built. As a one-woman operation, I’ve been focusing my efforts on helping the Bay Area to start. However, Concourse is open for anyone anywhere to use. You can either rent out your workshop or rent someone else. Visit us Concourse.co. Hope I can help you continue making a create cool stuff on Instructables. DM me for more information about Concourse. Alright ladies and gents, take good care and thanks for your time. All the best, Sarah
Posted by saritamarianyc 1 year ago
I Just Recently Downloaded Halo Map Tools V. 3.5, and I can't get it to work right. I've tried opening the map tools, but my computer keeps giving me this error message saying that it couldn't be opened and the action was terminated. If anyone could help me, I would Appreciate it very much...
Posted by Creator75 8 years ago
Hi, I recently moved out and have bought a new home that will require some renovations (I have some experience). However, I feel I will need to purchase a few tools, what are some tools that all DIYers should own. I have: Power drill Circular saw Jig saw Reciprocating saw Hack saw Hammer Wrenches other small tools What are some other tools I should purchase? I'm going to be doing some basic construction, drywall work, laying wood flooring and quite a bit of finishing work... maybe roof work and electrical down the road? Any help is greatly appreciated
Posted by JMH renovations 6 years ago
Here are my favorite online tools to use when I'm writing my Instructables! Hope you find use in some of them, I know it took me awhile to gather the best tools when I first started writing and publishing :) Photo editing: Pixlr: https://pixlr.com/editor/ Adding Text: Befunky: https://www.befunky.com/ Html Image code generator: Html.am: http://www.html.am/html-generators/image-code-generator.cfm Album maker, and picture organization: Google Photos: https://www.google.com/photos/about/
Posted by 38ren 1 year ago
There is a brilliant new contest - thousands of dollar's-worth of prizes, an outstanding opportunity to upgrade your whole Making capability.But only if you're American!Don't Craftsman sell tools to other countries?That's it - just a short rant.
Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago
Hi. I am wondering if there any community shops in the Vancouver bc area? I have a couple projects that require large and expensive tools / machines that I cannot buy and store myself. I think that finding a community shop would be the best option. Any help would be appreciated Professorred
Posted by professorred 6 years ago
I am asking for anyone and everyone who has ever had experience storing and/or transporting tools to help me out. I am designing a new product for tools and I need input. Please take my short (10 question) survey. No personal information is collected. It is totally anonymous. You would be helping out a fellow maker in a major way. Thank you so much. Here's the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BMLTGW5 P.S. If you could also share pictures or your toolboxes/storage areas I'd appreciate the data. Thanks again!
Posted by biggy smalls 5 years ago
Limited resources? Hiding from authority? No, not a young DIY-er with a low budget and strict parents, but prison inmates trying to get out. Take a look at this collection of photographs by Marc Steinmetz showcasing creative escape tools crafted by German prisoners while in jail. While many of them were confiscated before completion or implementation, a handful of them were used successfully to break out of jail. While I in no way condone these actions, you've got to admit some of these are creative use of available resources. Plus, if Instructables ever ran an Escaping from Prison contest (sponsored by Alcatraz tourism, anyone?), we'd all be up against some pretty stiff competition.Escape Tools
Posted by joshf 10 years ago
Anyone have any quick ideas for making one of these pasta machine motors? I have the machine and want the motor - do you think with an adapter and some epoxy this is possible??? http://www.cookingtreasures.com/Marcato_Pasta-Atlas_Pasta_Machine_MOTOR_2.html
Posted by Golftester 7 years ago
I used the new editor and i say i like it allot better . i have been out for awhile for shoulder surgery so i may have missed something but any way it will not show up even in the search all https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Cell-Voltage-Testing-Station/ is there a list of words that might cause it to get caught up in the filters for some reason ? or is it just that i did something wrong thank you fro your response
Posted by batteriesnotincluded 4 years ago