On the Cheap!!!

David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
edited April 2015 in Fabrication
Hi folks.
Many of us look through catalogs and drool on the nice equipment there. Airbrush compressors (decent), Degassers, Flocking Guns.
And then we see the price :(

However one can make a lot of these on the cheap from discarded materials for about $50 or so. REALLY!!

Ok - Airbrush Compressors.  I have made one of these but I used an old fire extinguisher tank on mine (and no welding.. Bolts and tie straps work well.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBm8XnIc2oU


Now a compressor just sucks air in from the atmosphere But is can also suck the air out of a pressure pot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixts7vQPDKM


Flocking Guns are fun, but you don't want to spend $1500 on them. Here is one for under $10
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Flocking-or-Static-Grass-Gun-from-a-/


Finally us old Buggers start to get failing eyesight.. and electronic parts are getting smaller.
I can buy a SMD microscope for a under $1000 But.. With a cheap  Video Micropscope from ebay (Not USB), and a cheap reversing monitor (total about $60) I made this. That is a camera module I am looking at there.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706914582676510&set=pb.100000739257449.-2207520000.1428195749.&type=3&theater


Or if you don;t mind looking off to one side to a laptop monitor then just any of the USB scopes with a stand will do :)

Hope this helps the starting workshop.


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