Manufacturing guy-at-large.

My favorite tools of 2016

Added on by Spencer Wright.

I like tools a *lot*; my favorite gifts (both given and received) have been tools. So I thought: Wouldn't it be fun to put together a guide for folks like myself who want/need gifts for loved ones & themselves?

Aside from five items here (each marked with an asterisk), I own and have used all of the stuff below extensively. My filter: It's gotta be a tool; it's gotta be a pleasure to use and/or be exceptionally useful; and it's gotta be something that you might not think about or stumble across otherwise.

And so, without further ado: My favorite tools of 2016!

Planning & Strategy.

  • A serious particulate respirator. You know those paper dust masks? They're BS, and you'll never look back once you use a real respirator.
  • Eye protection! I have a pair of these. I've had foreign objects (metal, sand) removed my my corneas on more than one occasion - it *sucks.*
  • Workflowy. The free version is everything you'd ever want out of a list app - iOS or web access, supports hashtags and sharing, etc. It's a *great* tool for task & information management.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection & Testing.



A Lego model of the Panama Canal (which you can only buy in Panama).