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Old 29th November 2002, 04:16 PM   #11
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heh, you guys forgot something really important,


band-aids....
and maybe a computer that has acess to the internet, to visit diyaudio.com
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Old 29th November 2002, 04:36 PM   #12
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Peter- what are the minimal tools you would need to build an amp case if you really thought about it?

You need a drill. Drill press is usually about the same price as hand drill gun, so if you don't do any construction work I would choose drill press. Somebody on a forum bought one for $60. You really need a belt sander because it helps a lot in finishing the edges (and keeps the square). One can be bought for less than $100. There are different types, but 2" although not that popular is probably the best all around choice. Band saw is very helpful, a small one is enough for most jobs. If you have a jigsaw, it's good for the beginning, although not as convenient as stationary band saw.

Actually you only really need a drill press, hand jigsaw and a set of files. That what I was using for my first few chassis'.

You will also need a hammer, center punch, one or two clamps, sand paper, set of drill bits and taps, a good square (check before you buy, cheap ones are not always 90 deg.), ruler and a scriber. That's about it.
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Old 29th November 2002, 06:17 PM   #13
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Two more hand tools for case work I find essential,

A knibbler, and a hole expander.

The knibber lets you trim aluminium sheet, and make prefect square holes, for switches, mains sockets etc.

The hole expander is for when you need a hole larger than the largest drill bit you have.

Both are around nz$20 each, so probably about us$10.

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Old 30th November 2002, 12:25 PM   #14
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Haldor-what on earth is a hemestat- is it really that essential?
A hemastat is like a tiny pair of self locking needle nose pliers or overgrown tweezers. These are used by doctors during surgery to clamp off veins and hold tissue. For electronics they are handy for holding small parts, or forming leads, plus I like to clamp them on leads of heat sensitive components (like polystyrene caps) to protect them from damage during soldering.

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If you're just building an amp kit, do you really need a dremel and stand?
No, but if you make your own PCB's then a dremel gives you a way to shape the board and drill holes.

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As I said in my first post, you can make accurate, true panels for a box with just a square, straightedge and router.
Using a router for all of your cutting is possible, but is going to take much longer and waste more material. I expect you will be buying a lot of bits this way, in addition a router is not going to be able to cut thicker stock or make angled cuts.

It is hard to beat a table saw with a panel cutting sled for making accurately cut panels with square corners. IMHO the table saw is the second power tool a woodworker should own (after a drill).

Here is link to a DIY panel cutting sled http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodmall...ttingsled.html

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Old 5th December 2002, 03:54 PM   #15
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Default This is indispensable:

Just arrived -- it's gonna take me a month to do the stepper motors and controller, but a heck of a lot easier than the Dremel:
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Old 6th December 2002, 09:12 PM   #16
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I have no electrical background, a complete newbie, when I build my first JLH1996 I have only the following tools; still a newbie.

one hand saw, can not remember where that came from
one multimeter from canadian tire $25 cdn
one 40W soldering iron from Sayal $8 cdn
one can of car paint spray from canadian $10
one hand drill from Home Depot $370 already own;bought it when moved to this house four years ago.
one most important tool; Geoff Moss well priceless

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Old 6th December 2002, 09:33 PM   #17
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Just arrived -- it's gonna take me a month to do the stepper motors and controller, but a heck of a lot easier than the Dremel:
Man am I envious. I go the little X-Y table for my drill press but it doesn't come close to that. You go Jack.

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Old 6th December 2002, 09:39 PM   #18
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Looks great Jack, but minimal?
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Old 6th December 2002, 11:08 PM   #19
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Just arrived


I don't know whether or not to complain that Jackinnj shouldn't tease us with a post like this - or start trying to figure out how to get one

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Old 6th December 2002, 11:25 PM   #20
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Not so amazing guys.

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Just imagine if we all had one.
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