Best of Make: Online 2010 — Tools

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer 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, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer 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, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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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.

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Gorillatorch Blade LED Light, $59.95, Maker Shed [From Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Tools for Makers]

#9

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James Vreeland’s homemade hammer, inherited from his grandfather. Read the moving story in the Toolbox: Homeliest tool in the shed.

#8

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Tim Oelker’s toolbox with hammer handle

#7

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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.

#6

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Dual-reading calipers with Imperial/SI units on same dial

#5

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DIY powder coating rig

#4

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Extech EX330 multimeter [From the Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Electronics Tools]

#3

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Metcal Soldering Iron [From the Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Electronics Tools]

#2

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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…

#1

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MakerBot Thing-o-Matic [From the Holiday Gift Guide 2010: 3D Fabrication]