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Do to the new forum conversion process, many of the images in this thread were lost. If anyone wants something reposted, I have most of the images saved.

Please make a request here regarding the post # in question, I will attempt to recreate that lost post information.

Hi LarryD. I was very sorry to learn that this happened when you reported it earlier today. I immediately submitted a report to the powers that be at Arduino to be certain they are aware of the situation. I’m really hoping that this precious resource for our community can be restored to its former glory.

I was looking through the source of the posts and saw that some of the images that are still here seemed to have made it through the migration just fine. I realize that some of the remaining ones are here because they were hotlinked from external sites, but I do see others that seem to have been migrated. Do you have any ideas of what is different between them?

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Unable to discern any differences in images.

If people want to see some of the missing images(not all), Google has some.

A link to some Images

‘Some’ of the missing images. <-----<<<<

No no… do not close this thread! :slight_smile:

DITTO !

This post will contain the index for this thread.

This is going to be a work in progress

Links to topics will be added so you can select a topic covered (in alphabetical order).

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Battery connector recycling
Brass inserts 1
Brass inserts 2
Brass inserts 3
Brass inserts 4


Clamps magnetic hold down clamp
Clamps magnetic hold down clamp cleaning the magnet
Clamps magnetic hold down clamps used to test a powered PCB
Clamps magnetic hold down ‘High Boy’ clamp
Clamps magnetic hold down ‘High Boy’ clamp extension
Clamps magnetic hold down ‘High Boy’ clamp, examples of use
Clamps magnetic hold down 'High Boy' stand, make a double extension arm
Clamps magnetic hold down 'High Boy' stand, make an open ended double extension arm
Clamps magnetic pinch clamp on powered up circuits
Clamps magnetic pinch clamp/vise
Clamps magnetic pinch clamp construction
Clamps magnetic pinch clamp modification, add leverage
Clamps magnetic binder clip clamp
Clamps pinch clamp stand-alone
Clamps torsion spring clamp off THT soldering
Clamps torsion spring clamp modification
Core bit prototyping PCBs
Core bit drilling jig #1
Core bit drilling jig #2


DCM Methylene Chloride plastic welding
DCM applicator
Demagnetize tools
Desoldering spatulas
Desoldering SMD capacitor removal the a spatula
Desoldering hot plate MHP30 1
Desoldering hot plate 2
Desoldering hot plate 3
Desoldering hot plate 4
Desoldering hot plate 5
Desoldering hot plate 6
Desoldering hot plate 7
Desoldering hot plate 8
Desoldering hot plate 10
Desoldering hot plate 11
Desoldering needles
Desoldering solder wick, how to use with hot air
Drilling accurate holes in faceplates etc.
Drilling template board 1
Drilling template board 2
Drilling template stick 1
Drilling template stick 2


Fixture Plate #1
Flow charting
Flux applicator
Flux applicator make an applicator bottle


Gluing tip applicator
Gluing micro glue tips
Gluing vacuum syringe for gluing


Header IDC bus bar idea
Header connector labeling
Header connector soldering to PCB with tweezers
Header connector wire splicing
Header pin cutting
Header pin cutting with Benchmate jig, see last images
Heat shrink, water proofing the end of a cable
Heat shrink cutting jig
Heat shrink cutting jig bolt 1
Heat shrink cutting jig bolt 2
Heat shrink, making a protection sheath for your tools
Heat shrink, solderless breadboard wire with Dupont crimp connector
Heat shrink tweezers modification
How to mount components to thick wooden boards #1
How to mount components to thick wooden boards #2


Logic gates, one and two per SMD package


Motherboard


Nut starter magazine
Nut starter


PCB castellated daughter card, converting to
PCB LED 8 X breadboard helper
PCB prototyping on copper clad material with diamond core #1
PCB prototyping on copper clad material with diamond core #2
PCB prototyping on copper clad material with diamond core #3
PCB prototyping on copper clad material with diamond core #4
PCB prototyping on copper clad material with diamond core #5
PCB prototyping on copper clad material #1
PCB prototyping on copper clad material #2
Potentiometer replacement with SMD resistors #1
Potentiometer replacement with SMD resistors #2
Projects an example of a simple project, ‘Useless Box’
Project boxes, made from flat plastic material #1
Project boxes, made from flat plastic material #2
Project boxes, motherboard brass inserts 1
Project boxes, motherboard brass inserts 2
Project boxes, motherboard brass inserts 3


Quickies 1


Sandpaper idea
Screw starter aid 1
Screw starter aid 2
Screw starter aid 3
Short circuit detection
Silver soldering, jig for joining a stainless steel screw and rod
Silver soldering ceramic surface
Solder paste SMD REFLOW syringe
Solder paste syringe
Solder paste syringe filling
Solder paste syringe dispenser #1
Solder paste syringe dispenser #2
Solder paste syringe storage
Solder paste syringe removing air from
Software code folding in the Arduino IDE
SMD desoldering spatulas
SMD desoldering tool from aluminum can (‘Desoldering Spatula’)
SMD to DIP
SMD to DIP and SIP PCBs
SMD I.C. removal with Olfa chisel knife
SMD I.C. removal the a spatula
SMD I.C. component removal
SMD single gate chips
SMD soldering, using solder wick as a solder wave carrier #1
SMD soldering, using solder wick as a solder wave carrier #2
SMD vacuum pick up tool


Testing using a powered PCB using magnetic hold down clamps
Tools 3D platform 1
Tools 3D platform 2
Tools 3D platform 3
Tools articulating arm for your workbench #1
Tools articulating arm for your workbench #2
Bench Bench grinder, making equal length parts #1
Tools bench grinder, making equal length parts #2
Tools BenchMate workbench mounting plate 1
Tools BenchMate workbench mounting plate 2
Tools BenchMate workbench mounting plate 3
Tools bolt/screw cutting 1
Tools bolt/screw cutting 2
Tools bolt/screw cutting 3
Tools counter sinks & prototyping PCB
Tools digital callipers 1
Tools digital callipers 2
Tools digital callipers 3
Tools drill press cutting sled 1
Tools drill press cutting sled 2
Tools drill press jointer 1
Tools drill press jointer 2
Tools Hotplate, MHP30
Tools hot plate, adding a hot air wand to
Tools hot plate sled cooling
Tools hot plate sled, how to make
Tools magnetic cup prevents spills, and holding hardware
Tools spring vise modification
Tools spudgers
Tools sticky pad bottle tipping protection
Tools storage in eye glass cases
Tools storage, using zippered pouches
Tweezers reverse action
Tweezers make screw holding tweezers
Tweezers, self closing tweezers on a magnetic stand


Wire bending tool for the solderless breadboard
Wire cutting small lengths 1
Wire cutting small lengths 2
Wire solderless breadboard Dupont crimp connector heat shrink
Wire splicing
Wrenches
Workbench compressed air in a can
Workbench magnetic light 1
Workbench magnetic light 2
Workbench magnetic eye protection 1
Workbench magnetic eye protection 2
Workbench air filtering soldering fumes
Workbench antistatic work station #1
Workbench antistatic work station #2


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Make a double arm for your ‘High Boy’ stand.

Bend a stainless-steel bicycle spoke into a closed narrow oval as seen in the images below.

Silver solder the two ends of the spoke together.

Fit the double arm over the compression washer of the High Boy stand.

See also post #911


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Keep your tools organized with vibrant coloured zipper, lined pouches.

Convince the sewer in your house to make some tool storage bags for your workbenche(s); treat that person to a night out on the town (after Covid).

Use a heavy denim for the pouch material.

Large zippers are best for tool storage.

The colourful zippers will be a clue to the pouch’s contents.

Store your tool pouches in the area where those tools are most often used.

You mean this thread with 200k+ views?

Liked and bookmarked.

I’d started my own thread index on the old forum but it’s nowhere as complete as yours.

Still working on the index, might be finished in about 1 week. :thinking:

Self-supporting, reversed action tweezers are good for holding wires, switches, and other small components.

You can rotate the self-supporting tweezers by 90° to change the orientation of what is being held.

If you own regular reversed action tweezers combine it with a magnetic stand.

Now the tweezers act like the commercial version; the combination is actually better.

The regular tweezers and magnet stand is more stable than the free-standing version.

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Open ended double arm

Further to post #905, Make a double arm for your ‘High Boy’ stand.

The closed and silver soldered narrow oval arm discussed in the above post can be made differently.

The following images show an open-ended double arm which is much easier to make and is as effective or even better than the original.

The open ends are rounded over using a concaved Dremel silicon dioxide bit.


As seen before, the double arm can be slid in and out to adjust its reach; items can be easily attached with a simple: screw, washer and thumb nut, wing nut combination.


Adding a binder clip, as seen below, allows you to hold items at 90° to the surface it touches.

If the double arm height is shorter than the item it is securing, you then have that item under downward spring compression.

As a result, you can add DCM, epoxy etc. glue to join the two pieces, and letting the glue set until things dry.


There are a few more advantages of using a double arm with your High Boy Stand that will be covered in subsequent posts.

Concaved bit:

The double arm can be twisted by 90° Giving it a vertical orientation.

The wing nuts are tightened to lock the double arm vertical.

In this position, we can add different tool ends that need the double arm vertical.


For the SMD hold down clamp, we can also make a double arm which has the loop end bent at 90°.

With the arm bent like this we can again accommodate tooling ends needing the double arm vertical.

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Make a tool for the open ended double arm.

See post #919 also.

Stainless steel (SS) rods with attached SS screws has been presented a few times in this thread.

Below is a discussion describing how to silver solder a SS screw to the SS rod.

What we need to do is keep the rod in the same plane as the threads on the screw.

Two equal sized .06” thick aluminum plates are aligned and clamped together.

Three inline 2 mm holes are drilled in the plates.

The top and bottom plates will now have perfectly aligned holes.

Drill a 1/4” extraction hole to the left of the center hole in the bottom plate.

The two plates are held together and separated by brass standoffs.

A short brass standoff is added to the center hole of the bottom plate as seen in the below images.

Add a 1/4” aluminum washer to the top of the middle brass standoff then screw your SS M2 screw through the washer into the standoff.

The aluminum washer prevents silver solder from getting on the brass standoff and the threads of the screw.

The SS rod is inserted through the top plate and into the top screw opening.

A blow torch is needed to melt silver solder.

You must add silver solder flux to the SS rod and screw top.

Use sandpaper to clean the silver solder wire then add flux to the end.

Using the tip of the inside blue flame from the torch, melt a small amount of solder to the junction of the rod and the screw top.

Let cool and unscrew the rod, remove the assembly through the extraction hole in the bottom plate.

Nice tip, I’ve made something similar, but much primitive!
Cheers!
Marcelo from Argentina

Hi mate,
Do you ever get time to actually make projects and not just tools? ? ? :grinning: :+1::grinning:

Tom… :grinning: :+1: :coffee: :australia:

Well you see it’s this way:

Between 8AM and 8PM, I make things.

Between 2AM and 5AM, I design the tools and techniques for the previous day’s shortcomings.

:wink:

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Great minds think alike. :thinking:

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