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.

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