Tips of the Week: Shop Fun with Magnets, Hot-Knifing Plastic, Creating a Samples Library


Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.

Jimmy’s Tips from Making It

If you didn’t get a chance to see NBC’s maker reality contest show, Making It, it might be worth a look. I really enjoyed the spirit of it. Great heart, wonderful, goofy chemistry between hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and some very talented contestants. It really was more of a traditional crafts show, so the subject matter wasn’t all that interesting to me, but it was nice to see the mainstreaming of talk about makers, the maker movement, and the joys of getting creative and getting your hands dirty. One other selling feature was our pal, Jimmy DiResta, showing up as the show’s Shop Master. They criminally under-utilized him, but it was always fun when Jimmy did show up. There was more Jimmy content on the show’s website, including a number of short tips videos. Here is a video round-up of them all. Some fun ones here, like using compressed air to accelerate (or de-bond) hot glue and using a rag-covered magnet to pick up lots of metal parts at the same time.

Dirt Farmer Jay has a different approach to picking up loose metal parts than DiResta’s magnet and bandana trick. Jay has made a set of magnet pick up tools that he keeps handy throughout the shop. These are little more than chunks of scrap wood with magnet glued to them. You can use these to “vacuum” up loose hardware…

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