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Chapter 1. Introduction > What a Bunch of Tools - Pg. 17

MAKE: PROJECTS Eccentric Cubicle Figure 01.03: Planes, jack and otherwise Figure 01.04: Pipe cutters: utterly indispensable. Buy several immediately. Razor knife Spend the extra money to get a high-quality one with a solid blade-locking mechanism and an ergonomic handle, and don't be afraid to refresh your cutting edge. Use in conjunction with the following item. Self-healing cutting mat Don't argue -- just buy a nice big one and use it. Improves cut accuracy, and saves your blades. Really impresses visitors too, for some reason. Jack plane, and planes in general Man, do tools have the coolest names, or what? Smoothes out wood surfaces, and reduces dimension subtly. Get a modest-sized one to start out, and plan on messing up a lot of wood until you become one with the tool. It's a worthwhile investment over time. Also worth getting is a pair of miniatures: I actually use mine more than any full-sized plane in the house. You can find them on the 'Bay dirt-cheap: cutesy little block and chisel planes, about 1 / 8 th regular size. If you keep the blades sharp, they're invaluable. [Figure 01.03] Pipe cutter Damn straight, Bunkie. We're cuttin' pipe! Well, tubing actually. Either way, the thing about pipe is that it doesn't stretch. It doesn't take kindly to compression either: any fabrication involving long metal cylinders is . . . er . . . dimensionally unforgiving. It's gotta be the right length. You could use your hacksaw and miter box, then true up your dimensions and dress your edges with emery cloth, needle files, the Leveler (you'll learn about this shortly) and a set square, or you could use one of these while drinking a cocktail. [Figure 01.04] It's your call. Whetstone (and the skills to use it properly) Sharp tools are happy tools. Measuring Quilter's measuring gauge Seek out a sewing supply store and be amazed at the variety of efficiently designed drawing and measuring tools. The needle and thread community know measuring. This 2" x 2" square of metal gives you accurate right angles and measurements from 1 / 8 " to 2" in 1 / 8 " intervals. [Figure 01.05] 12" carpenter's square I soundly encourage a non-Euclidean approach to life. That said, a majority of mechanisms are generally more comfortable with a "right angles/straight lines" kinda thing. Use appropriately. [Figure 01.06] 6