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    The ABCs of Making: H is for Hand Tools

    Jessy Ratfink
    Published on - June 18, 2020 by Jessy Ratfink

    Inspiration, #tinkertogether

    Over at Instructables, we love hand tools. Especially ones that are custom made for a specific purpose! In this blog post, I'll share some creative and interesting hand tools made by the Instructables community.

    Make a Glass Bottle Cutting Jig

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    There are many, many ways to cut a glass bottle out there, but do any of them look so sleek? I doubt it!

    This bottle cutting jig was originally posted in 2013 but has received several updates since then, so you know you're going to make something that works properly. Build your own and start cutting glass bottles like a pro!

     

    Tape Measure Add-On

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    Mark and measure with ease thanks to this 3D printed tape measuring tool! Print the files included in the tutorial or make one that's the perfect size for your tape measure. This is a fun way to learn about using Tinkercad, too!

     

    Make a Springy Center Punch 

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    If you've ever struggled to drill a hole in *just* the right spot, you need a center punch! This homemade center punch is made from a spring and a screw and comes together in no time.

     

    3D Printed Tools for Woodworking

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    Get extra use out of your clamps, drill more accurately, and organize your drill bits with this collection of 3D printed woodworking accessories! Click through to the instructable to see each 3D printed piece in action.

     

    Lasercut Wooden Clamps

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    If you have access to a laser cutter and some wooden sheets, these wooden clamps can be yours! These clamps are a great use for scrap wood you might have around. 

     

    Print a Bit Driver Ring

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    I love how functional and well designed this ring is! The bit driver ring was designed in Fusion 360 and the cover can be upgraded by adding a magnet once it's printed. 

     

    Giant Hand Plane

    Last but not least, this giant wood hand plane is truly the most glorious of hand tools.  Watch the video and check out the instructable to see how it was made!


     

    Keep an eye on the Tinkercad blog and our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) for more step-by-step guides, design challenges and other inspiration.

    In the meantime, please see our recent posts titled Hello Tinkercad Friends! Let’s #TinkerTogether and Parents Guide to Starting Kids in Tinkercad. They provide more information on some of Tinkercad’s useful features for parents, teachers, and students.