Get set up to work
Task: we need to hunt up and assemble in one place all the project materials, the essential tools, the essential safety gear, and any workspace equipment we might need for this build, and set up our work area.
1. Safety gear
For this project, all you really need are eye protection and optionally ear protection. This project is not too loud. But since I use these nice lightweight 3M safety glasses, which have special hooks for 3M earplugs on a cord, when attached they form a nice neck strap, so I pretty much always have both whenever I am modding with tools. So I never never set down or mislay either glasses or plugs anymore. Safer, and also great fast-on, fast-off setup for most any kind of work!
I also threw in a mask, for completeness. I usually recommend having a good N95 on hand for nuisance dust, light painting or sanding, etc. If you can’t find one in the days of Covid-19, then just use a cloth or paper mask. Just like with the virus: better than nothing!
2. Project ingredients
3. Tools for construction
4. Workspace equipment
A nice silicone work surface, with magnetic areas to keep track of small ferrous parts, and a bright magnifying LED worklight: build most anywhere!
Here are the ingredients for the invention documentation tool I discussed in the previous step:
Next: set up a place to build…