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What are the most useful tools to get the job done?

Started by superrichi1a, Sep 11, 2014, 08:03 pm

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Evenin' builders! I've been thinking a lot about consoles recently (though I think this topic has potential to help with issues regarding Police Boxes and Daleks especially, too), essentially, what tools have you all found most useful in building these things? It seems to me that the right tools turn an "alright" build into a sensational one, and often it's down to the little things, such as adding small grooves or creating a good bevel, say on Police Box panels or the rings above the Tennant console. My hope is just to try and start to get a feel for what tools are most useful in the most situations, which I think should be helpful for new builders and builders who, like myself, have got this far with a handsaws and hot glue guns (and later a jigsaw).
I'd be grateful for any advice anyone can offer, and I hope there's not already a thread like this! I have looked in the past!
Thanks :)
Isn't it how ironic that we have to think of solutions out of the box, in order to build our boxes a lot of the time?


Protractor, compass, graph paper for designing, good music to build by, and enough indoor and outdoor space for assembly/fabrication.
A table saw with a degree attachment. Spare bits and blades for every tool (they can and will break/wear out). Safety gloves, goggles if need be.
15-25% extra lumber than planned for. Cordless circular saw. That's all I can think of for right now lol.


Sep 12, 2014, 06:21 am #2 Last Edit: Sep 12, 2014, 06:22 am by galacticprobe
If you're building a console that has distinct angles on it (like one of the Classics or the 2013 console), then a Bevel, or T-bevel is a good tool to have so you can keep all the angles correct: http://www.woodenboatstore.com/category/s/a
This is just one place to find such a Bevel. You can also find them in antique shops in their old tool bins. I found mine there for $5 and it was one of the larger ones with the wooden handle and brass slide. It worked wonders when I was restoring that old wooden skiff and had to match angles and bevels on the rotten planks I was replacing.

I think you can still get them at home improvement stores, but those are the all-metal ones. Still, they do the job.

"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"


Sep 16, 2014, 04:43 am #3 Last Edit: Sep 16, 2014, 04:46 am by petrovich
The best investment i have made so far been a pair of clamp on straight edges (24 inch & 48 inch). i use them in with a corded and cordless circular saws ( new blades as well for a  start fresh.)  i have been accused of not being able to cut a straight line with a laser (i need all the help i can get)...

  smaller cut are made with a Delta miter saw. my cordless power drill get lot of work as well a a Kreg pocket screw jig set...

these are just a few of the tools that the most work. there are many more... (electric scroll saw, hand rasps...)