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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.


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.

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. :)

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.

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.

My gerber pen knife, scalpel and soldering iron.

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

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


9 years ago

Soldering Iron Scroll Saw Drill Press


9 years ago

Soldering Iron. Hot Glue. Hammers.

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

My Leatherman.


9 years ago

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

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

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.