have some special storage needs. When
designing any new prop, an important
requirement is to build it in such a way that
I will be able to conveniently pack it away
between uses. I recently purchased a stand-alone shed where much of my collection is
housed (Figure 9).
Another useful storage spot is
somewhere to temporarily leave any
projects that you are currently working on.
Having the ability to leave them in an easily
accessible spot gives you the opportunity to
work on them when you only have a few
minutes available (Figure 10).
I’m not going to go into a detailed
discussion on all the tools you could gather
for your shop. You will want to have the
normal household toolbox stocked with the
usual array of screwdrivers, hammers,
wrenches, pliers, etc. I assume you also
already own some basic power tools such
as a drill and/or jigsaw. I will, however, include some of the
more specialized tools that I most often use in the bulleted
list that follows. I recommend that you buy quality tools. It
will be money well spent in the long run. Even when
purchasing a tool I only plan on using once, I try to avoid
the “dollar store” brands.
My philosophy is even if I only plan to use a tool for a
one time project, it is a good idea to buy a quality product.
If I needed it once, I will probably need it again!
• A rotary tool such as a Dremel and a selection of
different bits along with a flex cable. I find this tool so
useful that I have two: a corded model equipped with a
flex shaft that permanently remains on my bench; and a
second cordless model for working on mobile jobs.
• Bench top drill press — makes the drilling of precisely
placed holes a breeze, even in steel (Figure 11).
• Portable band saw — makes fast work of cutting metal
• Hot glue gun — handy for prototyping and temporary
• Heat gun — required for foam and plastic heating and
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Figure 9. A dedicated storage shed for all my characters.
Figure 8. Each PCB with all the necessary
Figure 10. A place for projects that are
in the works.
Figure 11. Table top drill press