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Small Tools


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.


Main Workshop PPE

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 Discord #Tool-Problems channel to let people know.

We have a set of Milwaukee 18V power tools, these are stored on the north wall.

Milwaukee Tool Storage
Charging Station for the Milwaukee tool batteries.
Tool Name Photo Description Location
Milwaukee M18-FPD2 Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee M18-CPLPD Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee M18-FID2 Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee M18-CBLID Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee Circular Saw M18-CSS55 Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee Jig Saw Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee Angle Grinder M18-FSAG115X Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee Multitool Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee Saw M18-BSX Rack on North Wall
Milwaukee Lamp Rack on North Wall
Tool Name Photo Description Location
Ryobi Right-angled Drill Right-angled Drill 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
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
Bit set Hex screwdriver bits set North Wall on top of the red draw cabinet
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
Hot Tools Erbauer EHG2000 Hot air gun 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


Lubricants, glues, and other common consumables
Nuts, Bolts and Screws

We keep a small number of stock consumable items, including :

  • Lubricants
  • 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.

Recent Changes[edit]

  • Replaced broken angle grinder. Jmf (talk) 11:35, 30 December 2021 (UTC)