Questions tagged [tool-usage]

For questions regarding the use of a certain tool. This includes asking after instructions on how to properly use it, how to improve your usage, how to prevent injuries, and more.

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Desk Pencil Sharpener - what's the purpose of the feeding arm?

Pretty minor - but it puzzles me. All desk pencil sharpeners I've encountered have a spring triggered "feeding arm" (see image where the arm is extended). What's its purpose? I can sharpen ...
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How can I avoid chipped edges on glass etching with a Dremel?

I've been trying my hand at etching glass with my Dremel 4000 & a Flex Shaft. I've been experimenting with different diamond bits and speeds but my edges always come out chipped. I use a water ...
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How can I create a center disk to put under a compass point?

I want to get my hands on one of these disks used to rest the sharp point of a compass on so it will not make a hole in the paper. Someone suggested this device in another question, but I can't find ...
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Punch needle tool settings do not match kit instructions

I received a couple of needle punch kits from Joann's for Christmas, along with a 2.2 mm adjustable length punch needle (Boye), which was the recommended tool for the kits. I was reading the ...
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How to use a protractor if you can't see what you are measuring?

I have this protractor: It seems to be the same or similar as this one: Robinson 5001# Stainless Steel Protractor RBS-R-5001 but there are no instructions there. The main problem with this protractor ...
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Masking tape tears paper off!

Well, I thought masking tape is used for painting on paper because it can come off easily. I simply put masking tape on a drawing sheet and just to see whether it comes off easily or not, I started ...
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Align concentric holes of different sizes in 2 pieces of metal on drill press

I'm trying to make a file guide using 2 steel blocks that I want to connect using bolts, like this: The bottom block will receive 2/4 (still experimenting what works best) 5mm holes that I'll tap ...
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Does a flex shaft need to be on a stand?

I am thinking of getting a flex shaft for jewelry and stone setting. I have seen most installs require a stand but every once in a while I'll see a video/pic where someone has forgone the stand and ...
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Why does my Cricut cut some images in the right place, and some off to the left? [closed]

I'm trying to do print and cut stickers and some don't work out. I've attached two examples — the one with the flag always comes out perfect, but the illustrations with the white outlines always come ...
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How to regain a row of slipped stitches?

Last night I was doing knit stitch on a practice piece of knitting in a small patch, 26 stitches long. When I got to the end I'd realised I'd messed up and I had 27 stitches. The yarn I'm using is ...
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Precise microwave oven control

I use a microwave oven for a lot of crafting projects (heating, curing, and drying materials). This often needs to be very precise and controlled. I experiment with times and power levels. However, ...
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Something against hand pain due to writing?

I sometimes write for hours per day (calligraphy), and my hand starts hurting because of holding the pen for so long. Is there a solution to this problem, e.g. some kind of glove or pen-strap that ...
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How do I use this old compass?

I found this old compass at a garage sale, and want to use it: The problem is that I don't know about any of the parts. Does anybody know what it is for and how to use/tighten it? The compass won't ...
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How can I blend soft pastels without removing too much colour?

I want to know which is the best blending tool to work on soft pastels. Every time I try to blend the colour seems to lighten. I use normal brushes or my fingers.
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Learning to work with a rotary tool

More or less by occasion as I searched for something original I could craft myself, I decided to craft a walnut jewelry box for the proposal. It went well! :-) For this purpose I had bought a rotary ...
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Rotary tool: How to insert bits into collet straight?

I've got a rotary tool (aka Dremel) with a collet like this one (aka quick change collet): You insert the shaft of an accessoir like a drill or diamond bit and tighten the collet nut to hold the ...