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Your 5 Most Important Shop Tools

August 15th, 2017, 10:27 am

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Hey all,

Quick question: if you had to choose your 5 most essential shop tools when it comes to making & designing on an everyday basis, which ones would you choose? I'm just looking for general answers (like a table saw, drill, etc.) but if you want to suggest a specific brand or model you're more than welcome to share that too!
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Pencil
Straight edge
Caliper/ruler
Clamp
Sandpaper

Never did a project without all 5.
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exacto knife
foam core
pink foam
spray glue

:-)

but if you are thinking of big floor standing power tools:

Bandsaw
Drillpress
Belt/disc sander combo
Spraybooth

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August 15th, 2017, 10:53 pm

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For initial design and quick protos:

1. Pen/Pencil
2. Verniers
3. Knife
4. Masking tape
5. Hot glue gun

If we are testing developed prototypes, not that I normally make these myself, then I'd include mig/tig and grinder in there too.

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August 15th, 2017, 11:01 pm

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I donated /got rid of all my stuff in order to move countries, so this question is making me think what I would buy for the next shop...

1. Cutting mat, probably a big one.
2. An exacto that won't leave me in pain.
3. Helping hands, the big articulated ones
4. A vacuum cleaner.
5. Marking/Measuring tools.

As for power tools, I can get by with a dremel and a power drill, but yo's list is pretty good.

I would also add that the first thing I need is a table,good light and ventilation.
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yo wrote:exacto knife
omg.

How did I forget this? I have one at my work and home computer. I have 2 each in my garage and basement toolboxes and at least 6 each in both of toolboxes in our lab.

I'm an idiot. (Not to be confused with our friend @IDiot :) )
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With power.

What yo said but with a dremel for #5.
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August 16th, 2017, 10:10 am

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A lot can be accomplished with hand tools. As a student, or amateur on a budget, buying a Ryobi multi-tool kit with a Drill, Circular Saw, and Jig Saw will allow you to make just about anything with some clever jigs for cutting things accurately. That's all I've got for now at home, and I get by. But, my future plans are to buy the following shop tools (more tailored for wood working):

1. Bandsaw
2. Drill Press
3. Table Saw
4. Belt/Circular Sanding station
5. Planer

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August 16th, 2017, 12:16 pm

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iab wrote:With power.

What yo said but with a dremel for #5.
duh, yes, a dremel! I love my dremel. I use it for everything from sculpting foam to cutting an extruded metal rain gutter to length :-)

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October 19th, 2017, 4:43 am

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Caliper / ruler
Clamp
Sandpaper
Table
welder

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October 19th, 2017, 9:12 am

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- Spray paint, the graffiti brands get you a long way
- X-acto knife. I also have a complete kit with interchangeable blades, never use it, just stick with the classic
- Tweezers (Sparkfun has the best one)
- Rotary tool (some German brands like Parkside are almost as good as Dremel)
- Foam core board
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