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Title:
Make : tips and tales from the workshop : a handy reference for makers / Gareth Branwyn ; foreword by Donald Bell.
ISBN:
9781680450798
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Maker Media, Inc., 2018.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 196 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Organizing -- Project planning -- Measuring -- Marking -- Cutting -- Clamping -- Joining -- Gluing -- Drilling -- Fastening -- General electronics -- Soldering -- Molding and casting -- Sanding and finishing -- Painting -- Sharpening -- Desktop fabrication (3D printing, CNC, laser-cutting) -- Sewing -- Troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair -- Safety and first aid -- Miscellaneous.
Abstract:
"The hard-earned tips and tricks gained by experience are the hidden currency of makers -- passed along in workshops and makerspaces by example and by retelling -- shared wisdom that will help you work smarter, easier, and more efficiently. Who doesn't remember with gratitude the insider secrets they learned from a parent, shop teacher, or artisan? The best ones are never forgotten! This benchtop reference collects hundreds of ingenious and indispensable shop tips and pearls of wisdom collected by the editors of Make: and some of the most talented and prolific makers who've contributed to the magazine and Maker Faire over the past decade.Inside you'll find tips for measuring and cutting, gluing and fastening, clamping and joining, drilling, shop organizing, maintenance and repair, and more. The topics covered run the gamut from traditional shopcraft to electronics and soldering. You'll also encounter fascinating tales from experienced makers whose personal stories illuminate their favorite tools and best discoveries. Illustrated in full color with photos, drawings, and comic strips, Tips and Tales from the Workshop will entertain and enlighten while inspiring you.Get ready to smack your head and ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" -- ONIX annotation.
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Summary

The hard-earned tips and tricks gained by experience are the hidden currency of makers -- passed along in workshops and makerspaces by example and by retelling -- shared wisdom that will help you work smarter, easier, and more efficiently. Who doesn't remember with gratitude the insider secrets they learned from from a parent, shop teacher, or artisan? The best ones are never forgotten!This benchtop reference collects hundreds of ingenious and indispensable shop tips and pearls of wisdom collected by the editors of Make: and some of the most talented and prolific makers who've contributed to the magazine and Maker Faire over the past decade.Inside you'll find tips for measuring and cutting, gluing and fastening, clamping and joining, drilling, shop organizing, maintenance and repair, and more. The topics covered run the gamut from traditional shopcraft to electronics and soldering. You'll also encounter fascinating tales from experienced makers whose personal stories illuminate their favorite tools and best discoveries. Illustrated in full color with photos, drawings, and comic strips, Tips and Tales from the Workshop will entertain and enlighten while inspiring you.Get ready to smack your head and ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Praise for Tips and Tales from the Workshop : "Gareth Branwyn is the Tip Master. He scours the workshops of the world for practical, time-saving, life-altering tips to help you make stuff better, faster, and cheaper. This book rounds up the best ones he knows." -- KEVIN KELLY , creator of Cool Tools and Wired Senior Maverick"Gareth has essentially created a magic book for makers." -- DONALD BELL , Maker Project Labs" Tips and Tales from the Workshop is sure to inspire anyone to get making with newfound ease and satisfaction. This book embodies the spirit of great mentors, across every medium, and imparts a wizard-like cleverness to its readers. I thought I was clever, and this book has already prevented at least a dozen new mistakes in my studio. It's "ah-ha" moment overload!" -- BECKY STERN , DIY guru and Instructables content creator"It must be hard to write a book like this with such uncommon clarity and in so entertaining a fashion as Gareth Branwyn has done here. Gareth clearly has a deep understanding of making and those who make because he is a maker himself. Tips and Tales from the Workshop is jam packed with invaluable information; it is both a fun read and a reliable shop reference for any do-it-yourselfer." -- ANDY BIRKEY , YouTube maker


Author Notes

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer/editor and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, Wink Fun. His most recent book is a best­ of writing collection and "lazy man's memoir," called? Borg Like Me .


Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xv
Forewordp. xvii
Tips Creditsp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: How Tools and Shop Tips Often Come with Storiesp. xxiii
1 Organizingp. 1
Start Your Week Organizedp. 2
Organize for First Order Retrievabilityp. 2
Create a Gratitude Loopp. 2
Using Equipment Dead Space to Your Advantagep. 3
Organizing with Binder Clipsp. 3
Keeping Track of Small Partsp. 4
Parachute Your Fasteners onto the Jobp. 4
Use See-Through Bins for Shop Organizationp. 4
Lay Out Your Tool Wall on Paper Firstp. 5
Making an Easy Fridge Magnet Battery Organizerp. 5
Color-Coding Driversp. 6
Arranging Tools for Easy Retrievalp. 7
Identifying Your Cablesp. 7
Labeling Cables with Bread Tagsp. 7
Organizing Cables with Toilet Paper Tubesp. 8
Using Magnets to Locate a Pass-Through Holep. 9
Using Stretch Wrap for Strap Organizingp. 9
Consider a Heat-Seal Organizerp. 10
Make a Simple Bulletin/Chalkboardp. 10
Make Your Own Pocket Notebooksp. 12
Managing Your Cordsp. 13
Organizing Cables in CD Spindlesp. 13
Standing-off Cables Using Zip Tiesp. 14
Cable Weaving with Zip Tiesp. 14
Angling Binsp. 15
Creating PVC Pipe Spray Can Holdersp. 15
2 Project Planningp. 17
Learning with the Feynman Techniquep. 18
"Pre-Making" Mistakes Is a Good Ideap. 18
Implementing the Kenny Rogers Rulep. 19
Taking It Bird by Birdp. 21
Finding Power in the Names of Thingsp. 22
Build Early; Build Oftenp. 22
Getting Out of the Helsinki Bus Stationp. 22
Learn to Draw Isometricallyp. 23
Order More than You Needp. 24
Buy Extra Parts for a Very Important Reason: Beer!p. 25
Quote on Twice the Timep. 25
Factor CleanUp into Job Estimatesp. 25
Pick Twop. 25
Use Acetate Overlays in Your Notebookp. 26
Lay Your Projects Out on Paper Firstp. 27
Plan Your Project Enclosure Firstp. 29
Sketching a Concept, Thick to Thinp. 29
Learning to Swim by Wading in Over Your Headp. 31
Brainstorming at the Flea Marketp. 32
3 Measuringp. 35
Your Hand Rules!p. 36
Measuring Sky Anglesp. 36
Measuring Distance with Your Thumbp. 37
A Notepad on Your Tape Measurep. 37
Use the End Hook Slot on a Tape Measure for Unassisted Measuringp. 38
Use the Serrated Edge of Your Tape Measure to Scratch a Markp. 38
Use a Tape Measure Nail Grab to Scribe a Linep. 40
Understanding the True Zero Hook Featurep. 40
Create Quick Measuring Sticksp. 41
Playing Cards in the Shopp. 41
Use the Case of the Tape Measure to Measurep. 41
Quick-Drawing Lines Close to the Edgep. 41
Quick-Drawing Lines Farther from the Edgep. 42
Finding the Centerp. 42
Magnetize Your Tape Headp. 42
Adding a Marking Tool to Your Tapep. 42
Retrieving a Tool with a Tape Measurep. 44
Long Distance Measuring and Pointing with a Tape Measurep. 45
Use a Digital Scale for Measuring Multi-Part Epoxiesp. 45
4 Markingp. 51
Mark with a Razor, Not a Pencilp. 52
Reviving Markersp. 52
Paint over Tool Markings for Greater Visibilityp. 52
Stay with the Pointp. 52
Sharpened Two-Tipped Pencils Everywherep. 53
Sharpie Instead of Engineering Bluep. 53
The Squiggly Line of Untruep. 53
5 Cuttingp. 55
Straightedge Table Sawp. 56
Rip and Flipp. 56
Hand Sawing with an Orbital Strokep. 57
Tightening a Table Saw Bladep. 57
Working with a Dull Bladep. 57
Cut a Bendable Join in Woodp. 57
Create a Retractable Pocket Saw Bladep. 58
Build a Simple Plastic Bottle String Cutting Jigp. 58
Making a Hobby-Knife Compass-Cutterp. 60
Remember Router Protectionp. 60
Use a Climbing Cutp. 60
Listen to Your Toolp. 60
Checking the Square of Your Sawp. 61
Need to Get a Hacksaw in a Tight Space?p. 61
Use a Sharpie for Clear Metal Scribingp. 61
Shorten a Bolt with a Drillp. 61
Cut Pipe with a Stringp. 62
Use Tape to Prevent Tear-Outp. 63
Holding Up Your Cut Piecep. 63
Score and Break Foamboardp. 63
Cut Polyurethane Foam with an Electric Knifep. 63
6 Clampingp. 65
Drive a Nail with a Clampp. 66
Create Cheap Clamps with PVCp. 66
Speed-Handling a Clampp. 67
Using a Caulking Gun as a Clampp. 67
Using a Clamp as a Caulking Gunp. 68
Using Leather Pads for More Forgiving Clampsp. 68
Extending Bar Clampsp. 68
7 Joiningp. 71
Welding Plastic with a Rotary Toolp. 72
Craft a Tape-Dispensing Hammer Handlep. 72
Fold Your Tape for Easy Retrievalp. 72
Tab Your Tape for Easy Retrievalp. 73
Tab Your Tape with a Toothpickp. 73
Reducing Tape Adhesionp. 74
To Duct Tape, or to WD-40?p. 74
Make Your Joints Proudp. 74
Close a Hairline Gap with this Hammer Trickp. 75
Improvising a Shop Counterweightp. 75
8 Gluingp. 77
The 3 Cs of Good Gluingp. 78
Breaking Glue with Canned Airp. 78
Using Cyanoacrylate Glue and Baking Soda as Gap Fillerp. 78
Baking Soda as Ca Glue Kickerp. 78
Getting Rid of Glue Stringsp. 79
Debonding Hot Glue with Alcoholp. 79
Keeping Squeeze Tube Caps Lubricatedp. 79
Lubricating Ca Glue Capsp. 79
Spreading Glue with a Threaded Rodp. 79
Use Wax Paper When Gluing around Metalp. 80
Salt Your Glue to Prevent Board Travelingp. 80
Consider Prefinishingp. 80
Shaving Glue at the "Gel" Stagep. 80
Create an Impromptu Clamping Jig on Your Workbenchp. 81
Using Hot Glue as an Impromptu Clampp. 81
How Not to Test if Hot Glue Has Setp. 81
Heal the Burnp. 81
Using Cheap Paint Stripper as Solvent Cementp. 82
Combining Hot and PVA Gluesp. 82
Prototyping with Hot Gluep. 82
Bond Sticks of Hot Glue as You Feed Themp. 83
Hot Glue as a Sealantp. 83
Use Hot Glue as an Electronics Insulatorp. 83
Use Hot Glue to Create a Moldp. 83
Use Hot Glue to Seal the Edges of Foamcorep. 84
Use a Straw to Scoop up Squeeze-outp. 84
Create a Water-Resistant Mixture with PVA and...Waterp. 85
Needle Bottles and Capillary Actionp. 85
9 Drillingp. 87
Tape Your Bit to Mark Drill Depthp. 88
Add a Wooden Drilling Guide to Your Drillp. 88
Tape a Level to Your Drillp. 88
Save Your Drill Press Chuck on a Key Ringp. 89
Catch Drill Dust with a Coffee Filter or Post-itp. 89
Catch Drill Dust in a Coffee Cupp. 90
Make a Simple Jig for Drilling Straight Holesp. 90
Use a Nail as a Pilot Hole Bitp. 91
Use a CD to Help You Make a Straight Holep. 91
Punch Before You Drillp. 91
Water-Cooling Acrylic Drillingp. 92
10 Fasteningp. 93
Using a Rubber Band on a Stripped Screwp. 94
Hold a Screw in Place with Paper, a Comb, or a Pencil Eraserp. 96
Twist Off that Zip Tie Tailp. 96
Lube a Screw with Bar Soapp. 96
Use Your Pencil as Lubricantp. 96
Taping Slotted Drivers for Delicate Screwsp. 98
Turning Wood Screws Counterclockwise to Start Themp. 98
Cheating a Wrenchp. 98
Reducing Nail Gun Pressure on the Flyp. 99
11 General electronicsp. 101
Sorting Parts on a Sticky Matp. 102
Cutting PCB Fiberglassp. 102
Use Magnificationp. 105
Get a Component Lead Toolp. 105
Use a Pair of Tweezersp. 106
Always Give Your Boards a Bathp. 107
Using Black Hot Glue as a Light Sealantp. 108
12 Solderingp. 109
Desolder with Canned Airp. 113
Depopulate a PCB Quicklyp. 113
Use a Brass Scrubby to Clean Your Soldering Ironp. 113
Soldering in the Right Orderp. 113
Declaw Your Alligator Clipsp. 113
Take Your Iron to Teap. 113
Finishing Your Solder Pointsp. 114
Hold 'EM Steadyp. 114
Using Poster Putty as Helping Handsp. 115
Using a Washer to Assist Your Helping Handsp. 115
Using Binder Clips as Helping Handsp. 116
Soldering Provides Connection, Not Strengthp. 116
Selecting the Right Tip for the Jobp. 117
Splicing and Soldering to NASA Standardsp. 117
Making a Super Clean Cable Splicep. 118
13 Molding and castingp. 119
Working with Epoxies 101p. 120
Getting Bubbles out of Epoxyp. 120
Dissolve ShapeLock in Chloroformp. 120
Deciding How Thick Your Mold Should Bep. 121
Using LEGOs for Mold Boxesp. 121
Reinforcing Mold Boxesp. 121
Keep Your Scale Cleanp. 121
Casting Your Own Knobsp. 122
Rolling Epoxy Putty in Flourp. 122
Bending PVC with Hot Sandp. 123
14 Sanding and Finishingp. 125
Making Your Own Custom Sanding Gripsp. 126
DIY Containment Boxp. 126
Storing Sanding Disksp. 127
Getting Rid of Wood Dents with Waterp. 127
Mask around Wood Filterp. 127
Using a Glove to Preserve a Working Brushp. 127
Branding Wood with Ammonium Chloridep. 128
15 Paintingp. 129
Re-pointing Detail Brush Tipsp. 130
Use a Paint Shieldp. 130
Raise Up Finishing Work with Screwsp. 130
Squeegee with a Rubber Bandp. 131
Don't Contaminate Your Supplyp. 132
Create Drain Holes in Your Cansp. 132
Trim Crusty Rollersp. 132
Masking with Aluminum Foilp. 132
Lining Paint Trays with Foilp. 132
Concoct a Paint and Brush Holderp. 133
Make Your Own Fabric Paintp. 133
Whip up a Binder Clip Brush Holderp. 133
Reviving Wood Puttyp. 133
Label Your Paint Can Bottomsp. 134
Creating a Brush Cleaning Rackp. 134
Reviving Old Cans of Spray Paintp. 135
Learn Basic Spray Paint Techniquesp. 135
Sanding off Edges on Masksp. 137
Use Painter's Tape as a Templatep. 137
Taking Advantage of the Low Tack of Painter's Tapep. 137
Clearing Spray Paint Nozzlesp. 137
Store Old Nozzles in Acetatep. 138
Adding Agitator Ballsp. 138
Making Your Own Paint Washesp. 138
Making Your Own Matte Glaze Mediump. 139
16 Sharpeningp. 141
Sharpening at the Right Anglep. 142
Testing the Edge with a Fingernailp. 142
Testing the Edge with Three Fingersp. 142
Use Soap with Your Sharpening Stonep. 143
Use a Ceramic Mug as a Sharpening Stonep. 143
Making a Keychain Stropp. 143
Sharpening a Drill Bitp. 143
Flattening the Sole of a Planep. 144
17 Desktop Fabrication (3D Printing, CNC, Laser-Cutting)p. 147
3D Printing Tips for Beginnersp. 148
Block That Draft!p. 149
Use Maple Syrup for What?p. 150
Go as Low Res as You Canp. 150
Is Your First Print Layer All Squishy?p. 150
Use Test Printsp. 150
Tracing Photos of Objects for 3D Designingp. 152
Finish Your Prints in Cheap Craft Paintsp. 152
Adding Patterns to Your Printsp. 152
3D Print Parts from McMaster-Carrp. 152
Workholding, Quick and Dirtyp. 153
Use a Loupe to Inspect Your Bitsp. 153
Save Your Laptopp. 153
Double Down on Digital Fabricationp. 154
Skipping the Tabs on CNC Printsp. 154
Cleaning Stencil Machine Cutting Matsp. 154
Color-Tinting Laser Engravingp. 155
18 Sewingp. 157
Thread a Needle the Easy Wayp. 158
Use Pins Wiselyp. 158
Darning a Holep. 158
Don't Forget to Change Your Needlep. 160
Draw the Stitching Line onto Your Fabricp. 160
Make a No-Slip Fabric Gripp. 162
19 Troubleshooting, Maintenance, And Repairp. 163
Find (or Start) a Repair Cafep. 164
Troubleshooting Old Circuit Board Gluep. 164
Maintaining an Ironp. 165
Cleaning Chrome with Aluminum Foilp. 165
20 Safety And First Aidp. 167
Rehearse Your Tool Usep. 168
Super Glue Stitchesp. 168
Remember Meds in Your First Aid Kitp. 169
Making a Safety Pin Slingp. 169
Keep a Razor in Your First Aid Kit (and a Pair of Good Scissors)p. 170
Working with Electronics: 5 Safety Tips for Kidsp. 170
21 Miscellaneousp. 173
Encouraging Othersp. 174
Pick up Things with a Dart Gunp. 174
Get Thee a "Craft Mat"!p. 174
Employing Magnets around the Shopp. 175
Using Magnets as Metal Detectorsp. 175
Find Great Tools at an Estate Salep. 176
Hanging Pictures the Poor Man's Wayp. 176
Fill Screw Holes with MatchSticksp. 176
Fabricate Pour Spouts for the Shopp. 176
Fashioning a Tool for Prying Open Consumer Electronicsp. 177
Using the Graphite Transfer Methodp. 177
Using Steel Weights in the Shopp. 177
Give Old Tools Awayp. 178
Digging Holes with a Shop VACp. 178
Using Wood Glue for Screen Printingp. 179
Find Treasures with the "Grandfather's" Search Termp. 179
Create a Freezer Power-Loss Indicatorp. 180
Devise Some Poor maker's Shrink Film Plasticp. 180
Photo-Document Projects in Reversep. 181
Continuing the Conversationp. 183
Indexp. 185