Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

What things would you use at the maker shop?
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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby Nicholas Lee » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:48 am

um. 1000 dollar voucher to harbor freight would do the trick? i was there over the weekend. they had a sandblasting station (enclosed, with gloved access) for 400 bucks.

also: english wheel anybody?

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby darus67 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:32 am

For any tools more complex than a hammer, that might get used more than twice,
I don't think Harbor Freight is the best choice of suppliers. I consider their power tools to be consumable

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby idris_arslanian » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:11 am

I wish that, at least our electronics section, be organized like this:

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby orion » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:22 am

wow that is a nice setup.

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby ckthorp » Tue May 12, 2009 8:42 pm

jtbarclay wrote:Don't you need some sort of uv light source to make the screens?

In college I make a screen printing light using some treated lumber scraps from building my deck, some 2 foot fluorescents, and some unfiltered UV bulbs. Worked like a charm. I printed my masters using an ink jet printer on overhead transparency film.

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby dinscurge » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:20 am

hammers regular, smithing, ball, mabey few different sizes
drills couple hand wired for cheap and more power, 1 mabey 2 presses 1 small 1 big
1 mabey 2 metal lathes as you can do wood in them
your basic planes/scrappers for clay/concrete
concrete/firebrickclay to make a big coal forge for sandcasting which can make just about anything a cnc could make at crazy lower cost, you can use a torch to cast plastic so dont really need a reprap either. and then you have a forge so you can do blacksmithing/forge welding. some sheet metal for making some charcoal if want to use charcoal for forge.
a welder mig/arc mabey torch but electric is much better in my opinion. once you have a welder you can make sheet metal forming tools e.g. box and pan break, you can make vises, use a foot pump/aircompressor and a pneumatic piston to make a lowpower/safe arbor press.
table saw, cirular saw, jigsaw, saber saw,
sockets/ratchets-wrenches, screwdrivers
soldering irons, wave, regular, torch, scopes,
few computers running windows/linux/unix
squares centerpunches. once you have the basics you can make almost anything else you would need.

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby Booka » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:23 pm

Couple things that I have not seen listed yet.

Digital Camera / Camcorder
Safety gear (glasses, face shields, aprons)
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguishers
Safety procedure manual / guide. (not fun, I know, but ...)

A location to show off / display past projects... Either pictures, or a PC to play movies, as well as display group / community items.

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby iMonger » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:28 pm

metis wrote:i'm not sure i'd put a laser etcher on the top of the "realistic" list. or a CNC mill

my list:

band saw
drill press
table saw
wood lathe
metal lathe
oxy/actl torch kit
wire feed welding setup
angle grinder
scroll saw
circular saw
jig saw
recrip saw
hand drill
air compressor
air tools
misc wood and metal hand tools
extension cords, lots
mapp torch
butane soldering iron
sand/bead blaster

bench soldering station ventilation
benchtop soldering irons
multi voltage bench top power supplies
multi-meters, hand held
benchtop test equiptment (osciloscope, multi meters, etc)

sewing maching
heavy duty sewing machine
padded table (sewing layout)

design work station (with autocad, maybe inventor, eagle, etc)

"office" computer for managing the shop

"office" computer for managing membership/business stuff

wish list, CNC mill, CNC printer, laser etcher, water jet cutter,

Above in red are items I have that I can donate. As mentioned in another post, some sort of quid pro quo or 'payment in kind' regarding membership is what I'm partly hoping for. Items I've highlighted above in blue are ones that could be built for the shop as group projects (which I'd like to get involved in).

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby wammie » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:19 pm

We need a working document scanner too.

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Re: Equipment Wishlist (realistic version)

Postby Eliot » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:12 pm

Late to the party, in general.

I live in a house with other people and I work 2nd shift. The only times I can work on projects are very early in the morning, and very late at night. Also, since its not my house, I don't have a space to work in and therefor, I haven't invested in tools beyond pliers and wire strippers.

This is what I would like to see in the shop pretty much "right now" that everyone can use on nearly any project, and also looking at total newbies or younger crowds who might not realize what they need for a project and show up with little more than an idea of what they want to do. Or people who, say, live in apartments and can't keep ANY tools around:

A drill with bits for metal and wood.
A rotary tool.
screwdrivers all kinds
all kinds of screws, nails, bolts etc.
Tap & Die (which I can donate!)
measuring tape
safety gear to keep in the shop-safety glasses and gloves. I bet we could get these in bulk from somewhere.
files and rasps for metal and wood
Pliers, wire strippers and other small hand tools.
soldering equipment (for electronics and maybe for metal too--not everyone can weld)
Pencils. Pens. Paper.

Things I'd like to see in the future:
Everyone's already meantioned a CNC or reprap, laser etcher etc.
Drafting tables.
Sewing equipment.
"learning kits" for various little skill sets that can be used to learn various things like soldering, putting together LED stuff, using a dremel etc. These are things someone would actually have to make up, but I think they'd be really cool little self-starter projects.

And of course the larger equipment, press/mill, saws of various sorts. Welding stuff.

But really--basic basics first!

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