Buying exactly the number of bolts or nuts I will need to
complete a project is a surefire guarantee that I will lose
one! I really don’t like to interrupt my workflow in order to
run to the store for a single required part.
One of my favorite go-to sources for hardware is
McMaster-Carr (see Resources). They have come through
for me, and stock parts that I have not been able to find
locally. Even if you do not shop with them, their online
catalog is a treasure trove of ideas for parts to solve many
I try to stock a reasonable selection of building
materials. I may not have everything I need to finish a new
design, but it allows me to begin and double-check my
parts list to be sure I have remembered everything I will
need to pick up on my shopping trip. (Who am I kidding? I
never get everything I need on the first try!)
I purchase the majority of my aluminum and steel from
a local metal supply store. They stock every size and
thickness of material I need and can cut long sections into
manageable lengths for me. It is also much more
economical than buying these products from your nearest
big box hardware store. In a pinch, I have had to resort to
buying a piece from them, but only if it is after hours for
my source. I cringe when paying at the register, but at least
the progress on my build can continue!
In addition to those resources, you do need to have a
number of other consumable supplies available. These
include a variety of paints, glues, solvents, oils, epoxies, zip
ties, and tapes. Unfortunately, no one has created a glue or
tape product that works for all applications, so keeping a
selection is unavoidable. You will also want to keep stocked
up on the products needed to utilize all of those things.
Brushes, rags, spare paint spray tips, gloves, and hand
cleaner will all be put to good use.
We have discussed the importance of providing
adequate ventilation and providing a safe power source.
Please always use your safety glasses, respirators, and
gloves when appropriate to safeguard your health.
Keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher handy in case
of need. These need to be in place before they are needed.
If you do not currently have them, put them on your next
shopping list now!
Now Go Build Stuff!
Having a well organized and safe environment to work
in will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this hobby.
Starting from scratch can be a daunting task, but it is well
worth the effort. If you already have a space, see if there
are any improvements you can do to make your life easier.
Spending some time planning and keeping your shop in
order will make you more effective and will maximize your
time available to build. Build more and have more fun doing
it. Sounds like a good plan to me!
Do you have any tips or tools that you incorporate into
your shop? Please join the discussion and post them in the
DIY Animatronics Forum at http://tinyurl.com/qjeehjs.
Until next month, MAY THE PASSION TO BUILD BE
WITH YOU! SV
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Combining Super Glue™ with baking soda will allow you
to increase the usefulness of this all important adhesive. It
allows you to not only reinforce joints, but fill holes and gaps
in your project. You can even sand and paint the finished
repair! Adding the baking soda to the glue will also allow it to
cure almost instantly without the use of an additional kicker.
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