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Bootstrapping Music Projects - What Tools are Out There?

Are there any other softwares similar to Hooktheory's Hookpad? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 26, 2014 - 0 answers

Minimal tools for basic wood projects

I'd like to become more adept at basic wood working/carpentry skills, but I'm pretty clueless. My first project is to modify an existing wood work bench by removing a portion of the cabinets and extending a plywood countertop over the open space[1]. I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on tools, but I'm unclear what the minimal set (especially of saws) is for doing this job reasonably right. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Aug 3, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I cut a small rectangular hole in plastic?

I'd like to tidy up my Raspberry Pi projects by putting them in custom cases. The pre-made cases have holes for every port, which I don't need (and sometimes I have sensors and other things that need holes of their own). I have some plastic project boxes, but I'm not sure how best to cut the holes I do need. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jul 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Measure twice, cut once: tool buying edition

With Father's Day fast approaching and the home improvement season upon us, I've been thinking about tools. Delicious, delicious tools. Let's talk about the tools I need for my toolatorium. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Give me your checklists and frameworks.

What checklists and frameworks do you use in your professional life? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 1, 2014 - 4 answers

This is stupid! Please help me enjoy my new toys (Moto G, iPad, Macbook)

I've recently acquired some new toys that I'm not getting any use out of because of my unusually strong hatred of spyware, adware, and "social networking". Specifically, I've had a new Moto G phone for about two weeks, an iPad mini for a few months and a Macbook Pro for about two years. I'm not getting any enjoyment or use out of these tools because I need help configuring them in such a way that they don't bother me with social networking noise and spyware-related crap. Please help. [more inside]
posted by LuckySeven~ on May 14, 2014 - 20 answers

How do I start powerless woodworking?

What tools do I need to start powerless woodworking? If I go to Home Depot, what are the 5 or 6 most essential tools to pick up? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Apr 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Desperately seeking replacement bolt for Harbor Freight oscillating tool

I'm at my wits' end trying to find a replacement accessory bolt for my Harbor Freight (er, Chicago Electric) oscillating tool. HF customer service (ha) says that this part isn't available to purchase on its own, HF Twitter is ignoring me, and my local HF store just says they don't have them. [more inside]
posted by ndg on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking jigsaw recommendations

My week-old $30 Black and Decker jigsaw crapped out over the weekend and I'm in need of recommendations for a reliable homeowner-grade jigsaw that can cut straight lines. Most reviews I've found online recommend the now-discontinued Bosch 1590. Looking for anyone who's been happy with something currently available for around or less than $150. [more inside]
posted by ndg on Apr 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Choose your own Operating Procedures?

Currently I work in an administrative clerk-type position in local government. I need to create a manual for my job, so that someone else could step in if need be to do my work. Are there any apps or programs that would walk me through this? [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Mar 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Track ALL THE THINGS

I see lots of writing submissions trackers, such as Duotrope and Assignmint, and job application trackers like Huntsy and StartWire. Is there a web app that helps me track multiple kinds of submissions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 16, 2014 - 1 answer

Mobile tool storage ideas

I often work on my family's cars, however I don't have a garage and have to work in the driveway or in a rented (by the hour) garage with lift. In my workshop I have the tools organized on pegboards and in drawers. That's all fine and dandy, but I've come to realize that 90% of the time I use my tools I have to chuck them in tool bags and boxes and either bring them outside or to the aforementioned garage. I want a mobile storage system where everything has its place and I can see at a glance if something's missing. Like the pegboards, I guess, only portable. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Rusty tool (no really) - bring back to life?

I have a bag of old tools that have gotten rusty. Like this image. The moving parts are semi-seized up. Clearly on something like a hammer it's not a big deal, but please how do I revive them all back to nice and useable condition? I'm hoping there's some magic oil that I soak them in and it solves all my problems? Thanks [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Feb 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Multitasking air compressor?

I’m looking into buying an air compressor that will work equally well with an airbrush and a framing nailer. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Tell me what my job is, in another industry

I have transitioned into a slightly unusual role at my job, and want to know whether it exists outside my current industry, and what it is called. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 12 answers

What kind of Resource Management Tool would help my company?

I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me build a gangplank.

I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Dec 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

You know, other than spending my entire next paycheck at Ikea.....

Ok, so I recently purchased a pullup cage/station. You know, includes a side for dips, a pullup bar, etc. and is one large metal structure put together with nuts and bolts. Anyway, I think I enjoyed putting the darn thing together even more than I will using it. What other projects/hobbies can I work on/build/create using a tool box, wrench, other hardware type stuff etc. in my small to medium sized apartment that won't lose me my security deposit?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

What should I keep in my truck's toolbox?

So I have an old truck. I'd like to hear your suggestions for tools, spare parts, fluids, etc that I should keep on hand in the truck either in case something goes wrong or in case I find myself having to do something tool-related while I'm out of the house. Hit me with your best suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 5, 2013 - 20 answers

I want to measure things! For science, and thrift!

I want to measure and test things in my life (home, car, etc.) for maximum efficiency, thrift, and measuration, which is a word I just made up to combine measurements and data wankery. What measurements can I make and what fun tools do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Help Make this Space happen: Suggest your favorite tools and resources

I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Non-Obvious Everyday Bag Items.

My daily/everyday bag is a canvas haversack - about as large as a small messenger bag. I already know to carry things like breath strips and a small umbrella and a paperback around, but recently I've been looking to expand on the everyday items. For example: there was an awkward lull in conversation during a train ride. I happened to be carrying a pack of cards and taught everyone to play German Whist - wonderful ice breaker, great way to spend the trip. I'm looking for things like that, small, non-obvious essentials to put in your bag that can be used in many different situations.
posted by The Whelk on Sep 5, 2013 - 53 answers

Help me build a basic apartment tool set!

I am at the stage of life when I need to move from a random collection of tools to an organized tool set that equips me for basic home/apartment maintenance. What do I need? Budget: just-finished-grad-school poor. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Aug 26, 2013 - 32 answers

Name this plier-like culinary tool!

I was at a vacation home recently and came across this cooking impliment. It had a corrugated stationary anvil and a flat (IIRC) moving head. When closed the device has its drainage off to the side of whatever's being squished, sugesting that the juice is the thing here and the flesh of whatever's being pulped is neither desirable, retained, nor delicate enough to require much straining past the rather large holes. What's it for?
posted by Ogre Lawless on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Exterior paint removal question: MILD EMERGENCY

Exterior paint removal question: MILD EMERGENCY [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Aug 7, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I become one of those people who can build/fix anything?

My grandfather was one of those people who could build anything he needed and fix everything else. My dad can do much of the same but I don't know if it was as instinctual to him or he just learned it all from his father. How can I become one of these people? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Jul 19, 2013 - 34 answers

Who shops at an open-air market for dental tools?

Does New Orleans have an open-air market for dental tools? Back in the late '90s, I visited New Orleans with my parents. I have one memory from that trip that I am still bedeviled by. One afternoon, we headed to a big open-air market -- rows and rows of stalls, I think under some kind of canopy, various goods for sale. I guess this was probably the French Market, but I don't specifically remember. As we got further and further into the market, the stalls started to get a little funny. Everyone had POW-MIA flags, and I saw one that read, "KILL THEM ALL AND LET GOD SORT THEM OUT." [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jun 25, 2013 - 18 answers

Tight torx?

I need a tool to loosen torx screws (T27) in a space that has about an inch of clearance. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom on Jun 3, 2013 - 28 answers

How do I get every drop out?

I bought a tool designed to get the last bits of foundation etc. out of bottles. Then I lost it. It's no longer available to buy in the UK, so I was wondering if there is something similar out there not necessarily designed for cosmetics - maybe a science or art tool? Ideally, a very small, angled rubber/silicone spatula. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 2, 2013 - 19 answers

Mystery Implement, kitchen edition

Going through our kitchen gadget drawer, we can across what looks like nothing so much as a wand. It has a label on it that says it's from Scotland. What is this thing?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Apr 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

From garden to Eden

Is there a gardening tool that changed your life? Looking for a gardening-themed gift for a talented home gardener. The garden is suburban, mostly just plants and lots of flowers (no veggies or fruit trees). In S. California, if that helps. Alternately, which of your favorite gardening tools would you upgrade to a nicer one?
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Dot Net development tools?

Any suggestions for good Dot Net development tools? I'm interested in suggestions for a wide range of tool types, for example (but not limited to) unit testing, code coverage, style enforcement, bug finders, profiling, code/API documentation generation, installer/distributable packagers, continuous integration, build systems, report generators, static code analysis, decompilers, IDE enhancements, etc., etc. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Feb 8, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I get hands-on training in home improvement locally?

Is there some kind of class, part-time apprenticeship, or in-home tutor I can use to get hands-on handyman training near Livonia, MI? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 31, 2013 - 3 answers

News analysis

I need to do a rough and ready news analysis. I want to go to a specific news site and see the frequency of certain words and phrases before and after a certain date. Ideally, I'd be able to do this in a slightly more complex way, with combinations of words and phrases. I want to do this for free. Does such a tool exist? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jan 28, 2013 - 4 answers

What Do You Give New Parents?

Parents of Metafilter: What the best gift you can give new parents? Everyone has suggestions for the baby but what about the parents? What are the things you wished you had/realized you couldn't live without when dealing with your first kid? How could someone have made your life easier despite being on the other side of the planet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me EXCEL at my new job. (Yes, I went for the obvious one.)

What books or websites should I look at if I want to master Excel? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Tangle of tools

How do I organize my household tools in a very small apartment? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Dec 13, 2012 - 12 answers

What is this kind of shoe brush called?

What is this kind of shoe brush called in German and where can I order it online? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Dec 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a tool like the Dremel that I can buy as a great gift?

What 'cool tools' have come out since the Dremel? I'm looking for a tool as fun to use and versatile as a Dremel, for home use, and with a budget. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Dec 8, 2012 - 28 answers

What are these tools/parts?

What are these tools/parts? Something to do with my Kenmore washer/dryer. [more inside]
posted by gummo on Nov 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Metal munching moon mice needed. - Help with cutting a light steel plate over concrete.

Efficient cutting of steel plate, backed with concrete-like material? Ideas? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

What are these hand tools?

Just curious: what are these hand tools for? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Sep 21, 2012 - 21 answers

What are these tools for?

Can you help identify what trade this toolkit is from, and what it is used for?
posted by Morsey on Sep 18, 2012 - 18 answers

The Mystery of the Rusty Broken Thingamajig

What the crazy heck is this rusty antique yard implement a friend found under their house? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How to unscrew very tight screws?

Looking for tips for unscrewing very tight screws that are down in a well. [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Aug 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Website design tools

Simple HTML coding question: what tools do people use to replicate header and footers across pages when hand coding HTML websites? [more inside]
posted by mtstover on Aug 27, 2012 - 24 answers

I can has blog?

A few weeks ago, I asked for ideas for hobbies to keep me occupied while living on a small island in Alaska. A number of people suggested keeping a blog, and that appealed. So now I'm asking for help and resources to do it right! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

And stop moving apartments all the time!

How can I best manage documents for a fleet of freelancers online? Particularly including signing W-9s and contracts digitally. [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

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