Here are a few of our favorite tools that we covered in 2010. Please tell us what some of yours were, in the Comments below.
James Vreeland’s homemade hammer, inherited from his grandfather. Read the moving story in the Toolbox: Homeliest tool in the shed.
A little self-serving, but we love our Make: Electronics Deluxe Toolkit from Maker Shed. We think we did a pretty darn good job of sourcing decent tools for the price and assembled a complement of tools that’s perfect for the beginner-to-intermediate electronics hobbyist.
Metcal Soldering Iron [From the Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Electronics Tools]
ShopBot Desktop, a smaller, less expensive answer to their bigger CNC machines. The Desktop has a cutting volume of 24″ x 18″ x 2″ and pricing starts at $5290.
And, the #1 most talked about, celebrated, debated, and future-glimpsing tool of 2010 is…
MakerBot Thing-o-Matic [From the Holiday Gift Guide 2010: 3D Fabrication]