Loc: Florida, USA
A lot of this stuff can be obtained from Harbor Freight Tools, Home Depot and Lowes.
Metal This check list is useful for building objects out of metal like cases, brackets and so-fourth.
Drill (Corded or battery will do) Drill bits (the kind designed for metal) Ballpoint Hammer Rubber mallet Vice C-clamps 3/8 inch thick rubber pads Small heavy duty bean bags Hacksaw, Band saw, Jig saw, Saw-zal (it is up to use but I prefer a Jig saw and a band saw for cutting metal.) Tin snips or Poultry scissors (works great for thin aluminum) Pop rivet gun. Tap and Die kit (For threading holes and bolts) Drill-press (Comes in handy and takes the ache out with a hand drill) Vise grips A oak log (Yes a piece of a oak log comes in handy for beating metal on.) Anvil (This is optional really, I myself use a piece of train track rail) Files Dermal Bench grinder Heavy duty gloves and goggles
Plastic More modern, liter and cheaper. Cant live in a world with out plastics can we.
Vacuum forming unit (You can find a few guides on building one) Oven Electric sander Dremal Files Wire snips (Works great at cutting plastic) Channel-locks with rubber tips (You can use some shrink wrap to make your own) Drill Paddle bits (For cutting big holes) Wood drill bits (For making small holes) Router (For cutting, beveling and so-fourth Gloves, goggles, paper mask Hobby knife, box cutter, wood carving tools.
Final notes I'll add more check lists when I get more free time.
Loc: Florida, USA
Wood Hand saw Drill Router Electric sander Brush Hammer Chisels Goggles Table saw Clamps Rags Glue Wood filler Punches Knife Pencils Rulers or T square
Electronics Wire strippers Wire cutters Screw drivers ranging in different sizes and styles. Q-Tips Rubbing alcohol Solder iron station Volt & Ohm meter Oscilloscope grounding strap (Not really needed but make sure to ground your self) Nail clippers Pliers IC chip extractor Foam or Rubber tip clamps switchable power supply (Do not use a computer power supply to test circuits, use a real power supply). Plastic or rubber mat Conductive pen
Making your own PCB Copper cladding boards (You can find them at radio shack) Markers Clothes iron Bubble jet printer paper Ferric Chloride or Ammonium Persulfate Drill Rubber gloves Computer with PCB cad program/s.
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