Tools

Portable bandsaw stand

I have a portable bandsaw that I absolutely love- it’s one of my favorite and most useful tools. Cutting small pieces of metal with any degree of precision can be difficult however. What I needed was a stand to turn it into a benchtop saw.

This is a super simple low cost stand that is very easy to make and can be built in an afternoon.

Tutorial on Instructables.

SawStand

 

Converting old tools to lithium power

I have several old cordless power tools and they’re all in good working condition. The trouble is the batteries all need to be replaced and the batteries are obscenely expensive. I have a really hard time paying for batteries that cost almost as much as the tool and I didn’t want to discard perfectly good tools.

One other issue I had with my old batteries as that every time I went to use them the batteries were dead as the NiMH batteries would self discharge rather quickly, especially in cold weather.

Most modern cordless tools use Lithium batteries and I happen to use LiPo battery packs all the time for other projects so I figured I’d convert my old cordless tools to Lithium power using inexpensive LiPo battery packs.

This is a really simple conversion and the cost is a fraction of what power tool manufacturer replacement batteries cost.

Tutorial on Instructables.

Drill

 

Advice on soldering irons

Made a video about how to choose a soldering iron.

 

Owon multimeter review

A quick review of the Owon B35T multimeter which features datalogging using bluetooth and Android/iOS devices.

Manufacturer’s page with specs, user manual, etc.- http://www.owon.com.hk/products_info….

Available for purchase here- https://goo.gl/M4we8Y

Use discount coupon code OWON

 

Fast and cheap 3rd hand

Here’s how to make the simplest, least expensive 3rd hand ever. Works great for soldering electronics or small metal items using a torch.

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