Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 14 Nov 2012.
To narrow it down. We like things that cut things.
im not a modder, but those tools make me go ohhhhhhhhhhh, would love to have those in my workshop!... once i get a workshop after getting my house.
That is exactly how I feel... lol
I know it's not great for modding, but it's brilliant for UN-modding... or 'un' anything really! It's my favourite tool in the toolbox and it's very satisfying to use:
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the fubar:
you missed a hammer off the list. You've got to have a big hammer. If something goes wrong the hammer can fix things by smashing stuff into a million pieces.
For me, has to be good variable solder station and good set of wire strippers. But never seen the dremel scroll saw before.
Can someone buy me the scroll saw and band saw, so I can have the full set?
and a CNC milling machine
and a 3d printer, that's it.
and a laser cutter, that's definitely it, this time.
Don't forget a step drill bit to go with that drill. Cleaner cuts than a hole saw.
- Good quality metal ruler (with metric and imperial).
- Good quality T square thingy.
Paper and pen/pencil, depending on how detailed you want to sketch, up to A3 in size.
Just dropped £lots on a full set of engraving gear, mod mode engaged!
One tool I love is my Antex GasCat. It's a combination of soldering iron, mini - blow torch, mini - heat gun (good for heat - shrink etc) and hot - knife attachment for shaping plastic. It may be something of a jack-of-all-trades, but its portability, cordless operation (it runs on cigarette lighter fuel) and small size make it an extremely flexible device indeed. It's just as useful mending wiring on a car miles from home as it is modding power supply wiring in a PC
I think the one item REALLY missing in you list was a hack saw, -or maybe one of those little engineering rulers.
@Guinevere - Not a big fan of those. Things that try to do everything normally
fail. I usually dual-wield two mini crowbars for light-duty destruction.
I'd second Stef, more or less. I love the triangular Alumicolor scales (although I waste god knows how much time turning and flipping them, seeing as how I only really use the standard ruler side.) Also been meaning to see if they have metric versions, as imperial's getting a little less satisfying every time I measure something. I use 6" and 12" both - the 12" is a little unwieldy for measurements on small pieces, while obviously the 6" is less than ideal for longer lines.
Other than that, I get by with a Dremel, cordless drill, a few files, and a load of sandpaper (and a sanding block - essential for getting flat, clean edges on plexi, imo.) Next on my list is a drill press, though. Nothing extravagant, just a benchtop job - trying to drill holes square to a face is an exercise in frustration, either with a drill or a Dremel. A bench vise would be good, too - I realize some of the issues I have isn't just a lack of skill - it's hard to do precision work when you're limited to two hands - one holding the tool, the other holding (or holding down) the workpiece.
A Plasma Cutter for when a Dremel needs to go up to 11
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