Apr 212014
 
In case you were not in the know – this Friday at 6:30pm is our Town Hall meeting which is open to all of our members.  We strongly encourage you to attend, especially if you’ve been “out of the loop”, curious as to what’s been going on,  or are simply wondering where the space will be going down the road.   Please check your MakeIt email for more information, and we hope to see you this Friday!


Apr 112014
 
Can go a long way in keeping your sanity when working in a community workshop. Sometimes when things get busy, tools can wander away from their flock – sometimes commingling with a nearby herd of tools. Insanity ensues when you realize you need one of the missing wanderers. Now where in this mess is my 15mm socket… ?

Of course you could paint or sharpie your tools – but that wears off too quickly. Especially if you ever clean them with a solvent. Or use them on a regular basis. Notching or grinding your initials can void warranties on tools that are under warranty. Not to mention, if they’re chrome plated, it can lead to their demise, by creating a corrosion path – ala oxidation propagation once the chrome plate is breached.

What to do? Electroplate them.

It’s super easy, takes all of 15 seconds to coat a tool, and will hang in there through repeated cleanings and some heavy use. Not to mention, it leaves your existing chrome plating intact. (and it’s reversible, should warranty day arrive!) Want to see how it’s done? Swing by MakeIt Labs this Friday evening and see it done in person. Otherwise, you can check out the posting on our Wiki Projects Page – Electroplating Tools. Starting this Saturday.