TNT Newsletter for August 17, 2007
Insurance in a snap, metal dealers, fancy clips, on the painting tip, super hot glue.
I am awash with tips this week. Everyone is consumed with the desire to be helpful. I love it! Being a maker is really about helping other makers out, and it's not always about finding the right tool. Sometimes it's tipping someone off to using a tool in the right way, or thinking about a problem in a different light. I love these tips because each one touches on a different problem, whether it's being prepared to deal with insurance, or keeping things organized in a playful way, pointing out a good metal supplier, or reminding us all of the glories of a really good hot glue gun.
Makers depend on tips like these. Some of them are silly, but they build a community and remind us that we're doing something fun and worthwhile. That all knowledge is certainly worth sharing.
Keep the tips coming!
Staff Editor, Make Magazine
Reviewed by Frank Ford
You do have a digital camera, yes? Well, you can buy yourself some really important and valuable "insurance" if you simply pull out every drawer and box in your shop and pop a quick snap of the contents. In the case of fire, flood, or theft, you'll have some of the most valuable records ever! Neatness doesn't count all you have to do is identify the stuff.
Reviewed by Yojinbo
Tip: Speedy Metals is a great place for ordering small quantities of metals for your projects. I've ordered brass tube stock, 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, and tool steel from them. Shipping is fast, and they are geared toward small orders--so they are not "put out" when you only order one or two items.
Reviewed by Andrea Dunlap
I have a ton of old clip-on earrings that I've either inherited from my great-grandmother or collected from junk sales (I can't shake the desire to be prepared for playing dress-up with ten-year-olds at a moment's notice). I recently came up with a new way to use them in the everyday, though. If you were giving someone money or just like to keep money in a drawer (I like to stash a little in case I can't get to an ATM), you can use clip-on earrings as a money clip. Depending on the sturdiness of the earrings, you can only do a few bills at once.
Reviewed by Lextone
Gotta paint the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom? If you have an airbrush, use it to cut-in: just get a can of compressed air and hook it to your airbrush. It's faster and easier than a brush or mini roller, with no mess. You can tape off around doors and windows and fixtures or use a piece of cardboard to prevent overspray. It allows easy touch-up as well. All this with no brush marks, drips, or runs, and it's quicker, too. Oh yeah it's great for stencils, too (duh).
Reviewed by Li Hertzi
I am in love with my glue gun ... well, one of them. Is it the new snazoid cordless one with the space-age heating base from Black & Decker?
No, though that is a beautiful machine, trendy and lauded. No, it is my ancient Craftsman Corded 80510 Hot Glue Gun, a small and unassuming machine (the patina of years of paint, glue, grass, and flotsam and jetsam cover the original color ... hmmm, I think it was black). Oddly and completely off-topic is the fact that this number is the same as the zip code for Allenspark, Colo., where I spent several pre-reality years of bliss, skiing, being married, and painting.
At any rate, my advice to my students and friends is to get a HOT glue gun, be sure to ventilate, ventilate, ventilate. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend mine because they don't make 'em anymore, but I would trust a Craftsman.
And have a bowl of ice cubes nearby if you are working with this weapon and your sensitive finger tips.
Enjoy makin' stuff!
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