# Tools

Kit - BusBoard, Junior Genius Blinky Lights Kit
Junior Genius Kits are built for experimentation, learning and fun! Experience the joy of seeing your first LED light up. The Blinky Lights Kit leads you through 10 core activities, from a simple LED circuit up to more advanced transistor LED blinky light circuits, using standard parts on a real-world breadboard. Learn about voltage and current by using LEDs, resistors, capacitors and transistors. You'll be able to build circuits using a schematic diagram, and there's plenty of help to get you there. Simple examples make it easy to grasp the basics and 'What's Happening' and 'Things To Try' sections encourage you to dig deeper. You will get valuable assembly and troubleshooting experience as you learn to use a great experimentation tool, the solderless breadboard. Real hands-on experience means greater educational value. This next-generation science kit doesn’t seal the parts into simplified plastic blocks.
$23.95 Allen wrenches - set of three sizes Package of 3 Allen wrench set of three: 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm$4.25
BreadBoard - Solderless, 400 point pattern
Solderless (plug-in) breadboard with 400 connection tie-points (i.e. 400 wire insertion holes) and 4 power rails. Solderless breadboards are great for building and testing new circuits because parts can be easily inserted and removed making them completely re-usable. This breadboard has a 300 tie-point IC-circuit area plus four 25 tie-point power rails. The housing is made of white ABS plastic, with a printed legend giving numbers and letters for columns and rows. The internal contacts are phosphor bronze with a plated nickel finish and a peelable adhesive tape backing is provided for attaching it to a surface. Be sure to check out the Zipwire™ jumper wire kits for use with this breadboard.
4.75 PadBoard - Size 1, Double Sided, Plated Holes Prototyping circuit board that has a general purpose pad-per-hole pattern making it great for general purpose analog and digital use. It is a double-sided board with plated holes, which allows components to be easily soldered to either side of the board. A square pad is provided every 5th hole, which makes it easy to align components on the top and bottom of the board. An anti-tarnish coating protects the copper for a long shelf-life and provides easy soldering. For fastening your project to a surface see our adhesive standoffs (S-H190-X) Features: • Pad-per-hole prototyping board with plated-thru holes. A square pad every 5th hole makes it easy to align components on top and bottom. • Double-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board with plated holes. Components can be soldered to either side. • 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering. • 31 x 19 holes, 0.037" holes are drilled on 0.1" (2.54mm) centers. Four 0.125” mounting holes. • Size 1 = 1.97 x 3.15in (50 x 80mm), 1/16" thick (1.6mm)2.95
ProtoBoard - Fits 1590B, 1 sided, 2-hole strips
Prototyping circuit board (PCB) designed to fit the Hammond 1590B die-cast aluminum enclosure. It has a convenient 2-hole pattern, which provides an easy way to connect parts while maximizing usable board area. It can be used as a stand-alone prototyping board, or installed in a Hammond 1590B enclosure. For fastening your project to a surface see our adhesive standoffs (S-H190-X) Features:
• Single-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board.
• Convenient 2-hole pattern provides an easy way to connect parts.
• 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering. Lead free and RoHS compatible.
• 0.042" holes are drilled on 0.1" (2.54mm) centers. 2 mounting holes.
• PCB Size 2.05 x 4.05 in (52.1 x 102.9 mm)
$3.40 ProtoBoard - Fits 1590BB, 1 sided, 2-hole strips Prototyping circuit board (PCB) designed to fit the Hammond 1590BB die-cast aluminum enclosure. It has a convenient 2-hole pattern, which provides an easy way to connect parts while maximizing usable board area. It can be used as a stand-alone prototyping board, or installed in a Hammond 1590BB enclosure. For fastening your project to a surface see our adhesive standoffs (S-H190-X). Features: • Single-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board. • Convenient 2-hole pattern provides an easy way to connect parts. • 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering. • 0.042" holes are drilled on 0.1" (2.54mm) centers. 4 mounting holes. • PCB Size 3.20 x 4.25 in (81.3 x 108.0 mm)$5.50
BreadBoard - Solderable PCB, 400 point pattern
Solderable PC BreadBoard enables you to transfer your circuit and wires from a plug-in breadboard without recutting wires or changing your layout. This breadboard has the same pattern as a standard 400 connection point solderless plug-in breadboard which has a standard 5-hole strip for each IC pin, just like solderless breadboards. However, it has the advantage that soldered joints provide a more reliable long-term connection than solderless contacts.
The board has four power rails like solderless breadboards, plus two bonus rails for power or signals. There are bonus two-hole pads along the centerline allowing DIL (dual in-line) headers to be used as well as a top side silkscreen to position components. Four mounting holes allow your projects to be secured.
$4.50 StripBoard - Single Sided, Size 1, Uncut Prototyping circuit board with a standard long strip pattern where tracks run the length of the board. The long tracks are convenient for power and ground rails, and for signal buses. Strips can be cut as needed to make smaller tracks and circuit pads and the board has 0.1" hole spacing for DIP integrated circuits/ headers as well as other parts. Higher quality than traditional stripboard, the holes are drilled, not punched.$2.95
Storage Box - for electronic components
This electronic component storage box works great for storing caps, pots, resistors and other electronic components. Made of plastic.
Starting at $6.25 Soldering Flux - Caig, Deoxit, Rosin Flux Low residue, no-spill. Thermal stability enabling excellent wetting and reduced carbonization at soldering temperature. No-clean flux can be removed by wiping with a cloth or with cleaning solvent. Nonflammable and non corrosive. Recommended for electrical and electronic soldering applications. Starting at$7.15
Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Cure Super Thin
Bob Smith Industries™ Insta-Cure™ Super Thin Cyanoacrylate. A must have for luthiers! Insta-Cure™ has a water-thin viscosity that wicks deep into joints by capillary action and cures in a matter of a few seconds (1-3 sec.). Surfaces to be bonded must be tight fitting (no visible gaps) and should be held together or clamped while you apply the CA around the edges of the seam. For glue applications with small gaps or looser fitting joints the higher viscosity Insta-Cure+™ is recommended.
• Water-thin consistency
• 1-3 second cure time
• For tight fitting applications
• Available in 1oz. and 2oz. sizes

WARNING: These products are eye and respiratory irritants. Product can bond skin instantly. Keep away from children!
Starting at $5.50 Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Cure Gap Filling Bob Smith Industries™ Insta-Cure+™ Medium Gap Filling Cyanoacrylate. A must have for luthiers! Insta-Cure+™ is a higher viscosity CA for loose fitting joints in which the adhesive must bridge gaps or the parts to be glued don’t fit perfectly. Medium viscosity super glue is the most common glue used in many luthiery applications due to it’s cure time and viscosity. Recommended for binding repair and small poly finish touch ups. Normally, the thicker CA is applied to one surface and then the parts are held tightly together for about 5 to 15 seconds. For large surface areas, including those with close fitting joints such as laminations, INSTA-CURE+ ™ should also be used. To prevent premature curing, don’t spread the glue into a thin film. Lay down a serpentine bead with about 1" separations on one surface, then assemble the parts, letting the pressure spread the CA out. To speed up curing time use the Insta-Set accelerator! Starting at$5.50
Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Maxi-Cure Extra Thick
Bob Smith Industries ™ Maxi Cure ™ Extra Thick Gap Filling Cyanoacrylate. A must have for luthiers! Maxi Cure ™ is the highest viscosity CA we have available and is great for extreme gap filling and finish fills. It can be carved with a knife or razor blade and sanded and feathered to form a finish which makes it great for chip repairs. The extra thick viscosity of Maxi Cure ™ also allows longer repositioning time than other glues (10-25 sec.) Apply Maxi Cure ™ in a coil pattern to one of the parts to be glued, spread glue evenly, then assemble parts. Hold or clamp firmly for 30-60 seconds. To speed up curing time use the Insta-Set accelerator! (S-F506)
Starting at $5.50 Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Set Foam, Pump Spray Bob Smith Industries INSTA-SET™ CA (super glue) Accelerator. INSTA-SET™ is a catalyst which acts as an accelerator that allows CAs to quickly cure in thick layers by enhancing the alkaline conditions during polymerization. INSTA-SET™ in a spray bottle is normally used to cure the CA that flows from joints when parts are pressed together. Applying an additional bead of thick CA along a seam and then curing it with INSTA-SET™ significantly enhances a joint’s strength. For difficult to bond materials, INSTA-SET™ can be applied to one surface and CA to the opposite surface. When brought together, they will bond instantly. INSTA-SET™ is formulated with a strawberry scent and activates CA in 6 to 8 seconds without any degrading of the CAs strength, which can occur with many other accelerators. It is compatible with all surfaces, even clear plastic and white foam. • Convenient pump spray (2oz. Starting at$5.95
Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Extender Tip for Glue
Package of 6
Bob Smith Industries ™ Extender Tip for CA glues. This extender tip can be used with all viscosities (Thin,Medium,Extra Thick) of cyanoacrylate that we offer from Bob Smith Industries™ and is compatible with both available sizes (1oz and 2oz) Extender tips can help you reach difficult spaces and control the flow of glue for more precise application.
• Helps focus glue stream
• Works with all three CA glue viscosities
• Package of 6
Starting at $5.95 Standoffs - 0.18", plastic with adhesive backing Low-profile adhesive standoffs with a 0.180" standoff height that securely attaches your PCB to a flat surface. The post inserts into a 0.125” mounting hole and includes a locking tab that secures the PCB when inserted. It can be used with 1/16” or 1/32” thick PCBs. The 0.6 x 0.6” square base is offset to allow the base to be underneath the board when the mounting hole is close to the PCB edge and the offset base provides a large sticking surface while permitting the PCB to be mounted in tight spaces or close to walls. This can be useful when working with small enclosures. High-quality 3M™ brand double-sided tape secures the standoff to a flat surface. These standoffs are available in packs of 8, 24, or 100 pieces Features: • Low profile 0.180" standoff height. • Offset base allows use when holes are close to the PCB edge. Starting at$2.25
Generator - Lodestar, Audio Frequency
The oscillation frequency range of this audio generator is between voice frequency band and super voice frequency band. Square and sine wave. 10K ohm input impedance, 10 V rms maximum input voltage. 600 ohm output impedance. Equipped with synchronized input terminals, enabling the high power output signas to be accurately controlled by small signals. comes with test lead and ground lead. 5.9" high x 9.8" wide x 5.1"deep.
184.95 Generator - Lodestar, RF Signal generator Compact solid state RF signal generator designed for the hobbyist, service bench and technical instruction. The generator is most suited for checking and aligning the IF circuit and tuners in AM, FM, and TVs. 100 kHz to 150 MHz in 6 bands and up to 450 MHz on third harmonics. Features: • Wide frequency range- 100 Khz to 150 MHz • With 1 KHz oscillator purpose of modulation • High Stability • Output control- 0dB/-20dB/-40dB and fine adjuster • Frequency accuracy + or - 5% • RF output- 100mV rms appx. (up to 35MHz unloaded) • Output control- High-low switch, fine adjust • Audio output 1 KHz min., 2V rms • Modulation: Internal: 1 KHz (AM) 30% appx., External: 50 Hz ~ 20 KHz at <1V rms input178.00
Guitar Pick Punch - For Making DIY Picks
This guitar pick punch is great for making your own guitar picks out of a wide variety of material. Two pick sheets are included but it is also great for making novelty picks out of old gift cards, IDs, credit cards, hotel key cards, and anything else you can think of.
This pick punch makes a great gift for any guitar player.
$21.99 Tool - Precision Devices, Lead Former, Various Sizes High quality, made in USA lead formers. These are great tools for bending component leads to fit various footprints. The radiused ends provide a right angle bend that does not stress the metal lead. These lead formers are made of high impact ABS plastic.$4.95
Wire Stripper / Cutter - Xcelite, 5", with Cushion Grip Handle
5" wire stripper & cutter with cushion grip handles. Features:
• Cuts and strips both solid and stranded wire cleanly, neatly.
• Adjustable screw stop for different wire sizes.
$15.75 Wire Stripper / Cutter - Xcelite, 6", with Spring and Lock 6" stripper, cutter with spring and lock, cushion grip handles, carded. Features • Wire cutting and stripping edges conveniently located in front of pivot • Allows use in tight places • Needle nose pliers add wire pulling and bending capabilities • Scissors-action stripper for cleaner, faster and more accurate stripping • Serrated edge • Includes work-speeding automatic spring and lock • Red cushion grip handle provides maximum leverage • For copper and aluminum wire 10 - 22 AWG$26.50
$1.75 Cutters - Xcelite, Shearcutter, General Purpose 5" Overall Length, 3/4" Jaw Length. Great for cutting wire and component leads, etc. Product Features: • Low profile, general-purpose cutter • Superior blade by-pass shear cutting action • Better cuts with half the effort • Greatly reduced mechanical shock delivered to the work • Features red grips • Flush cuts soft wire up to 20 AWG (0.8mm)$13.95