[Blabber] Equipment purchases: toolboxes?

Justin Levinson localtalent at gmail.com
Tue May 28 16:08:59 UTC 2013


Well, we do need some more diags and the usefully-sized screwdrivers keep
disappearing.

I like the idea, but even if it is a Grave Sin, things seem to have
difficulty finding their way back to their homes at this point.  Would we
just be compounding the problem?


On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM, citybadger <citybadger at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have some doubts that this would be productive. The number of common
> tools that are used so frequently that having multiples of them for ready
> routine use is very small - wire cutters, #2 screwdrivers, multimeters,
> needle-nose pliers. A breadboarding kit with breadboards, jumpers and power
> supplies might make sense, except that people often want to keep things
> breadboarded for a while and thus is their personal boxes. Soldering kits
> could be assembled with solder, wick, pen rosin, work clamp, and a
> soldering station, but that's more of a portable soldering station box than
> a general toolbox. Maybe someone comes up with a tool list I can be
> convinced.
>
>
> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Ah, OK.
>> I think it's a good idea.
>>
>> Any opportunities for "hop-ons" with this order, like with Adafruit?
>>
>> I need to get parts for my vacuum-former soon... So that Smooth-On can
>> drain my bank account
>>
>> BenS
>>
>> On May 28, 2013, at 11:39, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk> wrote:
>>
>> > That's kind of what we already have. (Not enough tools, of course, but
>> someone has to propose any purchases.) The proposal is to have multiple
>> sets of the most common tools that are grouped together.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:37 , Ben S wrote:
>> >
>> >> Perhaps purpose-themed sets of tools (ie. sewing, woodworking, audio,
>> metalworking, SMD, Molding/Casting, PCB-Making, lighting, painting,
>> weighing/balancing)?
>> >>
>> >> BenS
>> >>
>> >> On May 28, 2013, at 11:24, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk (mailto:
>> guan at yang.dk)> wrote:
>> >>
>> >>> An idea I think first proposed by Jim Galvin that I wanted to
>> circulate more widely:
>> >>>
>> >>> Should we make a semi-large purchase of tools (I think we could
>> afford to spend a few hundred dollars on this) with the aim of making
>> complete toolboxes or sets?
>> >>>
>> >>> Right now we have things organized by type of tool, so there's a box
>> of pliers, a box of screwdrivers, etc. That's mainly because we don't have
>> that many of each kind.
>> >>>
>> >>> The idea is to buy N sets of common tools, such as pliers,
>> screwdrivers, tweezers, wrenches, multimeters, etc. There's a box for each
>> and they are meant to be kept together, and will be labeled accordingly. It
>> would be considered a Grave Sin to separate these sets from each other.
>> >>>
>> >>> What should such a box contain? How much would it cost?
>> >>>
>> >>>
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