Wish List

From Asmbly Wiki

Asmbly is always interested in acquiring quality tools and machinery for use by its members. This page includes a selection of our priorities for 2022.

If you own one of these machines and would be interested in donating or hosting it at Asmbly for members to use, please email workshop@asmbly.org for more information.

Wood Shop

  • Large oscillating edge sander: eg SB1097 or HS950. Our tiny benchtop edge sander isn't really useful for furniture-sized projects commonly made in our wood shop.
  • Tilting spindle sander: eg Laguna SS-24 or Delta 31-484. Our benchtop spindle sander isn't really useful for furniture-sized projects, and a tilting spindle allows sanding bevels without the brute strength sometimes required to maneuver a large workpiece on a tilting table.
  • Large combination sander: eg Shop Fox W1712 or Powermatic 31A. Replacing our desktop sanders with a stationary unit would improve capacity and dust collection.
  • Two more Laguna Revo 12|16 variable-speed midi lathes. Our woodturning classes are always popular and expanding our lathe fleet will allow us to accommodate more students.
  • A >20" helical-head planer: eg Laguna PX|22 or Powermatic 201HH. We had a big jointer upgrade last year; one of these days we'll want to upgrade our planer to the same league.
  • A large tilting-head scroll saw: eg Excalibur 21. We have a couple small consumer-grade scroll saws but it can be hard to control a workpiece on a tilted table, and flat they're mostly redundant to the big lasers. A tilting-head saw can make cuts that would be very difficult otherwise. (We'll need two or more matching machines if we get a scroll saw class going.)

Metal Shop

  • A proper fabrication table: eg Fireball Table or, perhaps more realistically, two or more Arcflat Tables. We currently have a steel fabrication table that's not particularly flat. A machined fabrication table with convenient fixturing would be a huge help to our welding folks.
  • 3-in-1 sheet metal machine at least 36" wide: eg Baileigh SBR-5216. We only have a benchtop brake now; basic sheet metal tooling would be useful to a lot of members.
  • a 5C Collet Block set for the mills, with metric and Imperial collet sets.
  • Metal Lathe, geared head, at least 12x40 with DRO: eg Precision Matthews 1440TL or Jet GH-1440ZX. Our lathe *works* but it's not amazing, and we're not inclined to invest much money in it. We're open to either modern or vintage options, so long as it's in good shape can cut both Imperial and metric threads. Universal gearbox is definitely preferred, so folks don't have to mess with change gears.
  • Manual Vertical Mill, 2+ hp, X&Y power feed and 3-axis DRO preferred: eg Bridgeport or KBC TUM-3VS. Our manual mill's kind of on the small side and doesn't have the rigidity of a full-size mill. We're likewise open to modern or vintage options, so long as it's in good shape.
  • Mobile gantry crane, at least 1000lbs capacity. Electric hoist and lifting magnet definitely a plus but perhaps not strictly necessary. This would come in handy for a bunch of applications, but will be needed soon for a single operator to load material in the fiber laser.
  • A second MultiMatic 220. We currently have one MM220 and one MIG welder. Replacing the old MIG with a second 220 would help with TIG classes and allow sharing of consumables.
  • a dividing head for the mill: eg Precision Matthews BS1

Electronics Lab

We are currently renovating our electronics lab to bring our outdated equipment up-to-date. Our full wish list for this renovation can be seen on Digi-Key here and here. Below are a few of the larger items we are looking for.

We are not currently accepting donations for electronics consumables such as capacitors, resistors, transistors, ICs, etc.

As a rule, Asmbly accepts hosting or donation of working, ready-to-use equipment. If you have a candidate machine that needs some attention before use, we may be able to arrange volunteer support for repairs prior to or concurrent with transfer to Asmbly.