View Full Version : What should i buy?

TrAvIs 05
04-13-2006, 01:25 PM
Ok, so i'm just starting to get into this whole "modding" thing and i barely have any of my own tools. What i really need help with is what to buy to cut metal like the cover on a PC to make my own window on the side. I have no idea what to buy and i'm on pretty tight budget. What kind of cheap cutting tools should i get? I live like right next to a home-depot too so any links from their site would be great.

Just to show how new i am to this... this is basically the only thing i've done which was last night.

Before- http://travis.mxadrenaline.com/speaker1.jpg

After- http://travis.mxadrenaline.com/truckspeakers.jpg

04-13-2006, 02:05 PM
a dremel, jig saw, and a rivet gun are my essentials.

04-13-2006, 03:09 PM
A good screwdriver, a pair of safety goggles, some sandpaper and a file or two with a handle.

04-13-2006, 04:22 PM
Welcome aboard and have fun with your mod.
I like the texture you have going. It looks like rip-stop nylon fabric.

As for tools: the above is a good start. There are several "what should I buy?" threads and they have lots of good ideas. Think of buying tools as starting a collection.

"I live like right next to a home-depot"

Remember you don't need to buy new. Check out garage sales, estate sales and second hand stores.

TrAvIs 05
04-14-2006, 01:23 AM
I just bought this a couple of hours ago i'm gunna try it out tomorrow...


04-14-2006, 11:49 AM
One of my first tools, although expensive was an air compressor. You can get by without one, but if you do have one it opens the door to many possibilities-air tools, custom painting, and it's good to just have compressed air to clean stuff with. You don't have to get a big shop compressor-you can get one of the small, portable jobs like roofers use for around 100.00 or less.

TrAvIs 05
04-14-2006, 01:05 PM
Well i guess it looks like i'm on the right track...

I have both compressors you talked about-

Here's my new tools i bought-

... and here's what i use when my computer decides not to work-

Thanks for all the info guys. ;)

Edit- O yeah, and as you can tell from the speaker pictures i also have a manual rivet gun too.

04-15-2006, 07:08 PM
thats sweet id chop so much crap.

04-16-2006, 09:37 PM
nice dremel...u can only cut the metal if u buy reinforced cutting discs...the stone ones will shatter...and if u wanna work with plexiglass a.k.a. acrylic a router is really handy for that and many other materials.