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Show and Tell: Your DIY Homemade Tools


By mof

6 years ago



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    Post #3 Light bulb remover. Posted by mof (6 years ago)

    Post #16 Link to homemade CNC router. Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

    Post #20 Lock picks and tension wrench. Posted by Fanatic (6 years ago)

    Post #21 Roll pin remover. Posted by KenH (6 years ago)

    Post #24 Raised playfield stabilizer. Posted by mof (5 years ago)

    Post #28 Soldering platform. Posted by OuttaSpace (5 years ago)

    Post #31 Inexpensive pinball dolly. Two wheels, a handle, and some scrap 2x4. Posted by SchertzPinball (5 years ago)

    Post #39 YouTube video of portable pinball LED and lamp tester. Posted by Eddie (5 years ago)

    Post #47 Re-graining metal rails and fences. Posted by Vector (5 years ago)

    Post #49 Post removal and installation. Posted by Superchicken (5 years ago)

    Post #52 Tumbler media sifter/storage bin. Posted by Superchicken (5 years ago)

    Post #61 Helping hands type unit. Link to eBay store. Posted by pinball_faz (5 years ago)

    Post #70 Clay's LED tester in a pen case. Posted by SchertzPinball (5 years ago)

    Post #71 Post sleeve maker. Posted by LTG (5 years ago)

    Post #72 System 11 playfield holder. Posted by Taxman (5 years ago)


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    #16 6 years ago

    Best homemade tool that I have built 2 of is the DYI Mechmate.

    It is a CNC Router than can cut wood, aluminum, acrylic.....if you can draw it, it can make it.

    This was the first one I built that could fit a 4x8' sheet of plywood:

    http://mechmate.com/

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    #19 6 years ago
    Quoted from marlboroa:

    What does something like that cost?

    About $4,000 to build.

    If you already have a computer, subtract $400.

    If you want to use a wood router, rather than a spindle subtract $300.

    If you have a bunch of steel you can take from the scrap bins at work, subtract $1100.

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    #64 5 years ago
    Quoted from HHaase:

    Used to use loc-line for my reef tank too, way back when, very handy stuff for when you need to direct fluid flow.
    -Hans

    Yep, we use Loc-line on our CNC mills to direct the coolant flow.

    http://www.loc-line.com/

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    #139 4 years ago
    Quoted from mhkohne:

    connected by some threaded inserts and a bit of threaded rod.

    For the non wood workers among us:

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/159290/Threaded-Insert---Brass---14-x-20-8-piece.aspx

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    #222 3 years ago
    Quoted from shimoda:

    Power supply disconnects for testing/repairing MPUs at the bench. Basic but very helpful. I like having a label-maker for these types of things.
    2016-04-23_13.43.00_(resized).jpg

    I find those regulated PS wired into pins all the time!

    #224 3 years ago
    Quoted from shimoda:

    I kinda think it isn't a bad idea in some pins!

    LOL, I know what you mean.

    I always see them in a pin the only needs a single cap or a new rectifier.

    Pin power supplies are about the easiest thing on the face of the earth to troubleshoot and repair.

    2 years later
    #368 1 year ago
    Quoted from Lonzo:

    Ive used those hard HF wheels. Do they not mark up your hardwood floor?

    I use the black rubber HF swivel wheels under my 300lb+ house plants and stereo rack

    They have been in use for a decade, with no ill effects

    (disclaimer: My floors are real wood with oil based poly topcoat. Never tried plastic Pergo floors - be careful)

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