Several people wrote in to say that some of the terms I used in my first “Maker Slang” piece were actually established technical terms, not slang. Indeed. “Maker Slang” is just the name of the column. It will include slang, jargon, and long-standing technical terms. Similar to the “Jargon Watch” column I edited for Wired for 12 years. It was a combination of jargon, slang, and industry terminology.
In my request to hear about unusual and unusually-useful tools, Doug B writes:
“When I was moving shops last year, someone left a small shopping cart in front of the old shop. It sat there for weeks (honest!), so I drafted it into the move. Now it holds a position of honor in my new studio. It moves all of the tools and supplies that I need for a project out of my tool closet. It holds cut parts to move from station to station. I can get all of the stuff out of the truck in one go. And it’s a great temporary place to put junk that isn’t a work surface, then wheel it around to put all that junk in its proper place. Indispensable!”
Reader Joe P.
wrote in to remind us of the shop utility of scalpels: “Seeing Mike M’s
forceps in issue #59
reminded me of a repurposed medical tool I use in my wood workshop: a scalpel. 100 blades
plus a free handle, for just $8.25 on Amazon