Post by jimmiroquai on Aug 16, 2010 14:26:51 GMT 8
I've made almost all my custom guns in my apartment. With the exception of occasional trips to the machine shop, i've made do with these basic tools: 1. Set of large files 2. set of fine, small files 3. a good set of chisles 4. basic tool set: various sizes and types of screwdrivers 5. Various pliers 6. Hammer 7.Hacksaw 8. Metal vice grip 9. Dremel rotary tool 10. Power drill 11. Epoxy metal 12. Lots of super glue
The power tools are a HUGE help and make things a lot easier. But you can make do with a hacksaw and files.
For raw materials, best place to get metal tubes and such is in sta.cruz or binondo. For wood, any lumber shop. I also use sheet plastic board (sintra pvc) which i got from a shop near New manila.
For the stuff i can't do on my own, i go to a machine shop.
I wish i had my own lathe and cnc machine as well as a background in engineering but i have to make do with what i have. But the fun is in the building.
Post by justinaquino on Aug 16, 2010 15:22:54 GMT 8
I have a few more questions: what do you do about all the dust and debris? Do you have a carpet, what's your floor like? How is the lighting, do you use both warm and white lamps? Did you have to worry about fire or fume precautions?
I'd imagine, an apartment workshop would need a lot of shelves and storage for drying, sorting, and storing projects in various stages. Is that true?
Do you use a Vise? Did you have to get a special table, I'm using an salvaged office table made of that recycled wood composite which needs to be thick to be strong?
Post by jimmiroquai on Aug 16, 2010 16:32:01 GMT 8
Nope, i don't have a carpet. I usually lay down a lot of news paper when i expect a lot of debris. I don't have a lot of shelves either. I usually work on one project at a time and the unfinished work is left on the floor for the meantime (to my wife's dismay). I spray paint and do other smelly things (apply body filler etc) on the small balcony outside.
It's best to use white light when working, sunlight when painting.
Yup, i used a vise. Before i bought the vise, i had to use my left hand to hold pieces steady while sawing. It was very tiring, even more so than the sawing itself. The vise helped me a lot. It's a medium sized metal vise that's supposed to be bolted on top of a table. I just put a lot of duct tape underneath mine and use it on the floor.
Powertools: I use my Dremel for most of the work. There is also a Black and decker brand rotary tool available in the large hardware DIY shops. Heck of a useful tool. Been using mine for almost 10 years. From model construction, 1/6th scale scratchbuilding, sculpting, and now to 1:1 scale scratchbuilding. If you're buying one, make sure you get a LOT of cutting wheels and sanding drums, and at least 1 high speed cutting tool bit for metal. I also have a power drill for the heavy duty stuff that the dremel can't handle, like drilling into metal/ hard wood.
Post by justinaquino on Aug 16, 2010 19:06:13 GMT 8
Thanks alot this will be very useful. I realized it would be better to look at how everyone else's works shops look like before spending. I'm sure it will be really expensive with the trial and error parts.
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