Windsor Essex Maker's Association
Products You Should Know About
- E6000 - a general purpose craft glue, cures flexibly.
- Loctite - available in a number of grades, often known by colour. Green loctite is capable of wicking into an already assembled joint, red is high strength, blue is medium strength. More info on the grades here
- Cyanoacrylate - sold under the brand name Crazy-Glue. Useful as a general-purpose adhesive, as well as for sealing small cuts. Very useful for fixturing, can be removed with heat.
- Hot-melt glue - great for fixturing. Low-strength, can be removed with isopropyl alcohol. Being burned by it sucks.
- Polyurethane - the modern replacement for shellac. Clear, plastic-based coating.
- Shellac - made from the shell of the lac beetle. Can be melted or mixed with a solvent.
- Q-Dope - polystyrene dissolved in MEK. When used to coat an inductor, provides mechanical support for windings without changing the inductance. Can be made at home or bought here.
- White lithium grease - general purpose grease, good chemical stability and adhesion.
- 30 weight motor oil - used for machine ways and bearings. Can be bought at Canadian Tire, but look specifically for the “detergent free” variety. The detergents are not very useful lubricants, and are completely unnecessary in applications outside of engines.
- Gear oil - higher viscosity than motor oil, but lower than a grease. Intended for high-pressure, faster, sliding applications like gear teeth. A lighter oil will squish out, a heavier grease will introduce extra resistance and can also migrate away from the teeth.