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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.


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



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


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Tim Oelker’s toolbox with hammer handle


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.



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


DIY powder coating rig


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


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]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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