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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Whether you’re a dumpster diver, keep a hawk-eye for things left curbside, or just make yourself aware of unwanted tools and materials, the art of salvaging can be a maker’s best friend. What have been some of your best finds?

I often keep a look out toward the beginning of every month when folks move out of their rentals. One time I found a big pile of good-looking stuff on the curb. After some digging I found a set of dozens and dozens of jewelers’ rotary bits. There were all sorts of specialty tools that conveniently fit my Dremel, and when I whip one out now I’m often the envy of my geek friends.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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