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post #1 of 15
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Hi all.

As a starting modder noobie I was wondering what kinds of workspaces you guys have that you create your awesome works of artisan art smile.gif

Do you work out of your garage, or from your own bedroom?
Do you piss off your mom for taking up the kitchen table?
Are you renting a space somewhere for your handicrafts?

Do you have simple tools or have you invested on some proper tools? If so what has been the most used tool in your workspace? What has been a tool you bought that you have not used at all? (damn amazon one click buy smile.gif )

Appreciate any answers you guys can give me. Setting up my own workspace and want to get tools bit by bit and with a reasonable budget.

- Jussi -
post #2 of 15
I too am starting and have done some stuff.

Must have tools

a good dremel with all the attachments. Especially metal cutting wheels. Do not cheap out here. I did and it did not pay off. Returned and still need to get a new one.

good 3in cut off wheel.

a good drill with bits that can eat through metal

safety glasses boxing3.gif

ear plugs (both for the noise of the cutting tools and the wife.) biggrin.gif

Learn how to paint correctly. TheJesus has a good tutorial. Learn how to wet sand.

sanding equipment both for metal and paint

Doing even a modest mod with out these tools is going to be a pain in the arse.

Research, research, and more research. Make sure you practice what you research before applying it to your build.

As for a work space I use what ever surface I have available. But, if you can set up a work bench that would be best. There are a lot of really good looking work areas people have in here.

Hope at least some of my info helps.
post #3 of 15
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Thanks Selluminis.

Indeed helpful tips and experience smile.gif Thanks for sharing.
For painting do you use airbrush or a paint cans?
post #4 of 15
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Thanks Selluminis.

Indeed helpful tips and experience smile.gif Thanks for sharing.
For painting do you use airbrush or a paint cans?

I used cans. Takes lots of patience. Not anywhere near good enough to air brush.
post #5 of 15
I agree that I just use whatever surface is available. I do all of my metal cutting outside on a makeshift table of saw horses and plywood.

A good Dremel and a good drill/drill bits are definitely a must have. I too bought a cheap rotary tool, and while it gets the job done, I should have dropped the extra 60 bucks for a good one. Make sure you invest in some of the attachments for a Dremel, flexible extender and whatnot. For drill bits, I always suggest a bit with 135 degree tip, such as most multipurpose bits will have, and a set of plastic bits for acrylic.

For long cuts in metal I use a jigsaw, normally they can be had for 30-40 bucks. I get all types of blades for different uses. I also used it when I had some acrylic I was cutting, but it's not my favorite method.
A good set of files can be found pretty cheaply.
I use a bunch of hand tools when doing things. You know basic stuff like pliers, screwdrivers, speed triangles, measuring tape, wire strippers, crimpers, etc.
Hole saws come in handy, but you can get those as you need them. I bought an adjustable carbide tip circle cutter for like 10 bucks for cutting large holes (fans and such) and bought the 3/4" and 7/8" hole saws for switches and small holes.

You really don't need to spend a ton of money on new tools, just make sure you get a good quality tool. Rotary tools = Dremel brand, corded. Cordless is nice but not as much power and can be a pain if you are doing a large project. You can always do what I did, buy as you need. thumb.gif Good luck!
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post #6 of 15
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I agree that I just use whatever surface is available. I do all of my metal cutting outside on a makeshift table of saw horses and plywood.

A good Dremel and a good drill/drill bits are definitely a must have. I too bought a cheap rotary tool, and while it gets the job done, I should have dropped the extra 60 bucks for a good one. Make sure you invest in some of the attachments for a Dremel, flexible extender and whatnot. For drill bits, I always suggest a bit with 135 degree tip, such as most multipurpose bits will have, and a set of plastic bits for acrylic.

For long cuts in metal I use a jigsaw, normally they can be had for 30-40 bucks. I get all types of blades for different uses. I also used it when I had some acrylic I was cutting, but it's not my favorite method.
A good set of files can be found pretty cheaply.
I use a bunch of hand tools when doing things. You know basic stuff like pliers, screwdrivers, speed triangles, measuring tape, wire strippers, crimpers, etc.
Hole saws come in handy, but you can get those as you need them. I bought an adjustable carbide tip circle cutter for like 10 bucks for cutting large holes (fans and such) and bought the 3/4" and 7/8" hole saws for switches and small holes.

You really don't need to spend a ton of money on new tools, just make sure you get a good quality tool. Rotary tools = Dremel brand, corded. Cordless is nice but not as much power and can be a pain if you are doing a large project. You can always do what I did, buy as you need. thumb.gif Good luck!

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post #7 of 15
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Thanks Terrere. thumb.gif

Great to get more input. Any experience on Acrylic and router bits? I got a good router but have not tried it out yet. Want to make a whole side panel out of acrylic glass... Wonder if a normal bit would do the job...

- Jussi -
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Thanks Terrere. thumb.gif

Great to get more input. Any experience on Acrylic and router bits? I got a good router but have not tried it out yet. Want to make a whole side panel out of acrylic glass... Wonder if a normal bit would do the job...

- Jussi -

No problem, happy to help. biggrin.gif I've done some custom work on acrylic, but I've never worked on acrylic with a router. I used my rotary tool and a set of diamond tip etching bits for my work, so I wouldn't know. What exactly are you wanting to do to the acrylic? Put a design? Normal bits might work, but I can't say for sure. Acrylic is basically a really tough plastic and when it heats up it melts (found this out with a jigsaw, circular saw, etching bits, drill) and sticks to your bits, so you might want to check to see if any bits are rated for acrylic. Don't get me wrong, I've heard of people using routers for acrylic work. Just never done it myself.

EDIT: After a quick Google, they do make plastic bits for routers.
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post #9 of 15
For cutting acrylic I use table saw with a 90 tooth carbide tipped blade, bandsaw and laser cutter. For smoothing out edges, disc/belt sander, sanding block with 400 grit paper, blowtorch to flame polish.

If you have a large enough shop area to work in, it's best to have a clean assembly/disassembly area, electronics (soldering) and sleeving area, and areas for all your cutting/drilling/grinding/painting to keep the mess away from finished stuff. I've got half of a 1 car garage right now, so it's super tough to deal with.
post #10 of 15
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So I'm trying to do this :
http://www.overclock.net/t/1375462/white-red-phantom-820-buildlog-firstmod/

I know that it does not need to be 5mm thick acrylic glass. But it is more sturdy than making it out of 3mm thick smile.gif

The division of having clean and dusty work areas separately is a great idea TLHarrell. Could you post a link to what you mean by laser cutter? That sounds cool and something my workshop needs smile.gif
I have about the same space as one car garage. Just have to make it work smile.gif

- Jussi -
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