[Blabber] Equipment purchases: toolboxes?

Antonio diveblends at gmail.com
Tue May 28 17:34:55 UTC 2013


We did have a list with tools/wish list etc. when we were looking at the
mill stuff. Should still be around.

On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk> wrote:

> For any of the items you list, send me a link (Amazon Prime item if
> possible) and I'll see what we can do for the cheaper items, and put more
> expensive items on the meeting agenda.
>
>
> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> •Scissors are kind of a rarity there. I've only seen/used a pair with a
>> broken handle.
>>
>> •What about obscure screwdriver tips, like star, square, "security"
>> heads, etc? Personally, I'm fond of ratcheting screw-and-hex-drivers.
>>
>> •What about a nail gun? They have some relatively silent models, on the
>> pricier end.
>>
>> •Is there an air compressor in the space?
>>
>> •What about brazing? Welding would probably be a fire hazard, but brazing
>> may be a metal-joining ability to explore. A step up from soldering, but
>> not load-bearing.
>>
>> •Am I the only one who goes through more than 1 pair of Nitrile gloves a
>> day? I've got my own supply of creepy black ones, but maybe others would
>> benefit from hand protection.
>>
>> •What exactly needs to be done to get the laser etcher up and running?
>> Is there some commercially-available solution to Chinese/US power supply
>> conversion that would save time, if not money?
>> May be worth it, in terms of making an impression on visitors, to have
>> that up and running. The longer it sits, the longer it Will sit (like
>> podcasting, for example...).
>>
>> *Not suggestions with any passion behind them; just random thoughts.*
>> _________________________________________________
>> Also:
>>
>> I have a large collection of obscure, hard-to-find tools, safety
>> equipment, and other items that are just taking up space in my apartment.
>> Mostly military-issue or related, but may be useful to some.
>>
>> If anybody's interested in fire protection, ballistic protection (frag -
>> not bullet-resistant), slash/cut protection, various goggles,
>> High-Viz/Low-Viz, load-bearing gear, rigging, climbing, harnesses, modular
>> plate-carrying vests (w/o plates), utility belts, night vision, gun
>> maintenance (but no guns), optics, sensor instruments, camouflage, head
>> protection, or things along those lines, I could make them available.
>>
>> I have a large assortment of Field Manuals, Technical Manuals, and
>> Polygraph-related Manuals; the non-restricted ones I could also avail to
>> anybody those could help.
>>
>> Mind you, I'll be adhering to our NO WEAPONS policy with regard to all of
>> this - regarding information AND equipment.
>> I'll not disclose classified information and/or technologies, unless I've
>> obtained them from the internet or 3rd parties, or they can be easily
>> obtained elsewhere.
>> _________________________________________________
>>
>> BenS
>> On May 28, 2013 12:09 PM, "Justin Levinson" <localtalent at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> 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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