06/17/16

5 Tools Everyone Tinkering In Electronics Should Be Using

1. Soldering Iron — Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering Station
For me a good soldering iron is really a necessity, specifically something with changeable tips and a flexible cable. I now have the best solder iron I have ever owned. The Weller WESD51, a digitally controlled iron with a max output of 50 watts. The iron is microprocessor controlled with a temperature range of 350F-850F. Digital LED display provides temperature setting and actual tip temperature readout in degrees. If I leave my iron on for some reason, it has auto power-off after 99 minutes.
https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000ARU9PO
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2. Xuron — Cutters and Pliers
Nippers, cutters and precision pliers make life so much easier. You can cut closer to your solder points and hold small parts better. I normally would be a little more general in my recommendations, but I really these tools compared to my Kobalt needle nose.
http://xuron.com/index.php/main/consumer_products/3
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03/22/14

Get Home Bag Series – Part #2

At this point I do not know how many parts this series will be. As I said, this will be an on going project throughout the summer to make preparations for the coming fall and winter. With an impending move, both of us will be driving over the road more. A much further drive to work for me and a longer drive for my wife to school. So now with that news I really do give serious thought about useful and quality items. Odds are the two bags will never be needed in an emergency situation, I hope, but I would rather be prepared.

This only a small update. This knife I see as a light to medium duty knife. It is the Mora of Sweden Companion knife, in military green. It is a 4 inch stainless steel blade with a full chunky rubber grip. Comes with a nice plastic color matched sheath, not a super important feature, but from what I understand, as does the knife, the sheath holds up very well over time and is quite useful. I am fortunate that I actually have a few friends that own these knives and have only heard good things about them. Added plus, quilatity as you know, but also a very good price. $13.00 USD on Amazon.com right now.

Like I said light to medium duty cutting with this knife. Firecraft, food prep, defensive blade and other things along that nature. Being that the blade is stainless steel, it is still steel and will work well with a Light My Fire, magnesium fire steel. Which is making its way into the bag. I will talk more about that later in a tool grab style post. If anyone might have any suggestions on a larger chopping knife please feel free to leave them in the comment box.

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Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel 4.1-Inch Blade

10/25/13

Introducing the Shapeoko 2

from hackaday.com

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For all the 3D printers that hit the Hackaday tip line, it’s surprising we don’t see more CNC routers. They’re arguably more useful tools, and with the ability to mill wood, plastic, and non-ferrous metals, open up the door to a whole bunch more potential builds. One of the most popular – and certainly one of the least expensive – CNC routers out there, the Shapeoko, just received a huge update that makes this minimal machine even more capable.

The new Shapeoko 2 keeps the same V wheel on an aluminium extrusion design withMakerslide, but fixes a few problems that limited the original Shapeoko. There’s a larger work area on this version, and the Y axes feature dual stepper motors. The biggest feature, we think, is the ability to handle materials larger than the machine itself thanks to its open front and back.

The Shapeoko 2 is available in two versions, a $300 mechanical kit that requires you to go out and get some motors, a power supply, and a grblShield, the full version, for $650, includes everything you’ll need to start routing wood metal and plastic at home.

10/19/13

One Day Builds: Adam Savage Makes Something Wonderful from Scratch

I’ve never been a BladeRunner fan or even watched the movie the entire way through but I really enjoyed this build of Adam’s. It is a gun case built from a finish plywood, brass hardware, paper covering similar that you would see on a guitar amplifier and green felt. From start to finish 7 hrs he states in the video. I envy his workshop and tool selection. Not to mention the amazing parts he keeps in stock.

I have a cigar humidor I have turned into a storage container for my Everyday Carry, EDC, tools and such. I would love to improve it a little and line it with a nice green felt. To me that seems very manly. This video kind of reignites to project, and gives me a few tips for the build and ideas on how to build it up. Watch it!

Watch Adam build, from start to finish, a stylized box to carry and display his Blade Runner Blaster prop replica. The entire project took less than one day to complete, and Adam narrates this video with commentary about his design and construction methods.

Find photos of this build and the completed box at http://www.tested.com

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10/15/13

Craftsman 13-Inch Reinforced Tool Bag

The Craftsmen 13-inch Reinforced Tool Bag was review on CoolTools[dot]com today. I own this product and have for maybe a couple years now. I actually got this free as a give away at Sears on Black Friday. Even though this bag is relatively inexpensive I would not label it as cheap. I used it as a storage bag for a lot of my ham radio gear and it has held up very well. The zipper is sturdy and pulls very well. I have no reservations against the canvas and construction, I firmly believe I could load it up and not have any issues. For 13 bucks USD you really can’t beat it.

To read a full review at CoolTools follow the link here.

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