The small tools available in the Main Workshop at rLab. This list is not complete (and probably never will be) but gives a good idea of the range and type of tools we have available for use.
Please feel free to use tools in the workshop or elsewhere in rLab, but always return things to their original location.
We maintain supplies of the basic PPE required to operate safely in the lab, including eye protection, ear protection and gloves. Specialist tools, such as the welders have their own dedicated PPE provided.
Members are free to biring their own PPE equipment in, however it is their responsibility to ensure that it is suitable for the task.
Any missing or damaged PPE should be reported immediately to the mailing list or the directors so it can be replaced.
Please do not use any tools that require PPE if it is lost or damaged.
None of the tools listed here require induction before they can be used.
Please post on the rLab Google Group if you want help in learning how to use any of the tools or advice on how to approach a particular problem.
Tools live in various places around the Main Workshop. Many tools are on open display; a rough default location is given with each tool.
If you find any of the tools missing, broken or in a suspect state, please post on the rLab Google Group to let people know.
|Ryobi Drill||Cordless power drill||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Right-angled Drill||Right-angled Drill||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Circular Saw||Cordless circular saw||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Torch||Battery light||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Chargers and Batteries||Power for the Ryobi One Plus tools. Please put batteries back on charge after use.||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Impact Driver||Cordless impact driver||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Jigsaw||Cordless jigsaw||Rack on North Wall|
|Ryobi Vacuum Cleaner||Cordless vacuum cleaner||Rack on North Wall|
|Hot Wire cutter||Thermocut 650 hand-held hot wire cutter||On top of Ryobi Rack on North wall|
|Screwdrivers||A range of slotted, Philips and Pozi screwdrivers||West Wall|
|Files||Assorted hand files plus file-cards to clean them||West Wall & Metal Table, Drawer F1B|
|Spanners and wrenches||Assorted spanners and adjustable spanners||West Wall|
|Hand Saws||Hand saws, Tenon saws, Coping saws and Hacksaws||West Wall|
|Hammers||Hammers and Mallets||West Wall|
|Wood Chisels||A range of chisels suitable for woodworking||West Wall|
|Angle Grinders||4.5" and 9" Angle grinders with a selection of cutting and grinding discs||Side of Metal table|
|Clamps||Assorted types and sizes of clamps||East Wall|
|Drills||A selection of wood, masonry and HSS metal drills. Mostly metric sizes||North Wall workbench, under the Ryobi tools rack|
|Taps and Dies||Mostly metric taps and dies, with tap handles and die holders. We have a number of boxes of taps & dies||North Wall wall-box to the left of the lathe, behind the mini-mill|
|Workshop Tools||A set of workshop tools, including sockets, screwdrivers and allen keys||Red case on top of the chemical cupboard|
|Circlip Pliers||Internal and external circlip pliers||North Wall|
|Bicycle Tools||A set of common bicycle maintenance tools||Wood drawers, West Wall|
|Random orbital sander||Random orbital sander, takes hook&loops pads||On top of wooden drawers by drill press|
|Mouse sander||Mouse sander, takes hook&loops pads||On top of wooden drawers by drill press|
|HVLP Paint sprayer||High-Volume Low-pressure air paint spray system. Outdoor use only, and don't leave mess in the carpark!||On top of wooden drawers by drill press|
|Sheet Metal Tools||Hand riveter and other sheet metal tools||Metal table, drawer F1A|
|Socket Sets||Assorted sockets, ratchets and extension bars||Metal table, drawer F2A|
|Bearing Puller||Puller tool for removing bearings, pulley, etc||Metal table, drawer F2A|
|Drill Accessories||Sanding pads and other drill accessories||Metal table, drawer F1B|
|Mains Drills||Mains Drills||Metal table, drawer F2B|
|Painting Equipment||Paint brushes and other accessories||Metal table, drawer F1C|
|Rotary Tools||Dremel-style rotary tools and accessories||Metal table, drawer F2C|
|Hot Tools||Hot air gun and small propane torch||Metal table, drawer B1A|
|Mains Saws & Planer||Circular saw, Jigsaw and Planer||Metal table, drawer B2A|
|Mains Woodwork Tools||Stapler, Drum Sander & Vibrocutter||Metal table, drawer B2B|
|Arbor Press||Arbor press||Under metal table on north wall|
|Pipe Bender||Pipe and conduit bender. User manual.||Under metal table on north wall|
|Pyramid Roller||Sheet metal roller, now uses M2.5 Z13 gears||Under metal table on north wall|
We keep a small number of stock consumable items, including :
- Thread Locker
- Cutting Compound
- Duct Tape
- PTFE Tape
- Abrasive sheets, belts and pads
- Selection of woodscrews, most 3-6mm diameter (contents will vary)
- Selection of nuts, bolts and washers, mostly M3 to M8 (contents will vary)
- Scrap wood and metal
Please do not rely on the lab having a particular item in stock for a project. Use of small amounts of consumables and scrap materials is free but if you're using more than a small amount then please make a suitable donation to the downstairs honesty box. We'll only keep supplies in stock to long as there's money being donated to cover them. If you use up the last of something then either replace it or report it.