BASIC TOOL KITS FOR WORKING WITH RESISTANT MATERIALS
Plastic "Tote" Trays, for general tool storage
Either Woodwork Vices ( Bacho-Record model V150 or similar) or Metalwork Vices ( Bacho-Record model V75 or similar). Both are fitted with cramping device for fitting to table or bench and are used for holding work during sawing, filing and drilling etc.
Steel Rules, Pencils, Compasses for general marking out procedures
Junior Hacksaw, the most important tool for cutting resistant materials
Cutting Boards, for general purpose protection of tables, made from hardboard or thin plywood 40cms X 25cms (Sheet of glass paper can be glued with PVA adhesive to one surface of these for smoothing surfaces of timber pieces and for economical use of glass paper)
Bench Hook, a device that clips onto the front of the table and used for general cutting of small sections of timber
Bradawl for marking centres of drill holes, 3mm diameter X 3cm blade
Hand Drill (wheel brace) preferably pistol grip with enclosed gears and a selection of twist drills 2-8mm and 1/16" to 3/8" diameters
4mm and 6 mm Stationer’s Single Hole Punches ( Maun Industries) for punching holes in card and soft plastics
6mm "Flat Blade" Screwdriver, for inserting and removing small screws up to 3cms long and numbers 4, 6, 8 shank size
6mm "Posidrive" Screwdriver, for inserting and removing small cross headed screws
4mm "Electrical" Screwdriver, for work on electricity (maximum 12 volt battery systems)
Pair of Scissors, strong, sharp, but preferably rounded ends, for general purpose cutting of paper, card, fabrics and soft plastics
Trigger action low temperature Glue-gun, for use by teacher for a "quick fix", and upper juniors only under teacher's close supervision, to assist pupils in the assembly of project work quickly and easily
FOR TEACHERS USE ONLY
Swan-Morton Craft Knives, for cutting out shapes and holes in paper, card and thin plastics
NEVER ALLOW PUPILS TO USE STANLEY TYPE CRAFT KNIVES,
and WOOD CHISELS SHOULD NEVER BE USED IN PRIMARY DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
ADDITIONAL USEFUL TOOLS FOR WORKING IN RESISTANT MATERIALS
Coping Saws, for curved line cuts in plywood, hardboard and timber
8" Dovetail or Tenon Saw, or similar small "hard backed" saw
15cm Pliers, for holding, bending, manipulating and cutting thin metal section or wire
15cm Pincers, for removing small nails and panel pins
Wire Strippers, for cutting and removing outer insulation from electrical wiring
10" "Warrington" Hammer with flat pein
Warding File Set + selection of larger Files and Rasps, for filing and smoothing off contours of work in resistant materials
Small "G" Cramps for holding things firmly to the bench or table
Pop Rivet Kit, for holding together sheet card, plastic, thin metal
Cabinet Maker's Brace and Bit, with various larger diameter bits for boring holes in timber, plywood etc.
Staple-gun (Titan “Tacker” or similar) for fixing work together quickly
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT FOR ART, AND HOME ECONOMICS WORK
Electric Kiln, Kiln Furniture, Clay moulds and Modelling Tools for work in clay
Sewing and Darning Needles, Weaving equipment and other items for work in textiles
Baby Belling Electric Cooker, various dishes, jugs, trays, cooking utensils for cooking and food preparation
Pails and dishes for fabric dying and papermaking
Screen Printing Equipment for posters and fabric printin
EQUIPMENT FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Microcomputers, Printers and Peripherals
Software packages for word-processing reports, preparing graphs and databases, simple drawing of images, computer control etc.
RESOURCES FOR WORKING IN RESISTANT MATERIALS
10mm and 12mm square section Obeche or Jelutong or softwood timber
3mm (kites), 4mm (axles), 6mm dowel, and larger diameters of timber
Various other larger sections of Obeche.or Jelutong or softwood timber
Various pieces of plywood, chipboard, block-board, hardboard (cheap off-cuts from local timber merchant, parent or joiner) Also pieces of scrap resistant sheet material such as acrylic, “Corroflute”, aluminium etc.
Selection of nails, and panel pins up to 1-1/2" maximum, Selection of slot-head and crosshead screws up to 1-1/2", numbers 4,6,8, Selection of small bolts up to 4mm diameter X up to 1-1/2" long, nuts, washers, springs, cup-screws etc.
Soft iron wire, coat hangers and steel welding rods up to 4mm diameter.
Selection of electricity components i.e. 1.5V, 2.5V, 3V, bulbs, small motors,1.5V, 3V, 4.5V, 6V and 9V batteries ( PP3, SP11, SP7, PJ996 ) 1-3V, 3-6V, 9-12V, battery clips, crocodile clip leads, switches, buzzers, bells, multi-stranded electric wire, aluminium kitchen foil.
Nylon tubing and syringes of various sizes for hydraulics
Gears, pulleys and propellers for mechanisms
Card discs with centre holes for wheels up to 3" diameter. Various plastic, wooden, plywood, MDF board or other types of wheel ( Circular tops and lids off containers including things like “party-poppers” are useful for wheels and pulleys)
Various Technical Construction Kits to suit the age of the children. New ones appear annually. Duplo, Mobilo, Technical Lego, Teko, Plawco, Mini Quadro, Meccano ( they don't always end in "O") so try Googleplex, FirstGear, Reoclick etc.
Eventually teachers will begin to realise that not only do they have many of these materials already in school, but that during designing and making the tasks can be guided or planned to deliberately use a variety of junk materials that are readily available in the resources corners of their classrooms. One further important feature may be that the Design Technology tasks should involve progressively more difficult processes across key stages one and two, and ultimately reach a stage where the young designers consider other materials that are less accessible and therefore inherently more expensive and more difficult to work
GENERAL ART, HOME ECONOMICS AND SOFT RESOURCES
A4, A3, A2 white cartridge paper and a selection of coloured papers
White and coloured card, various thicknesses, and Corrugated Card (scraps from local printers, supermarkets, box manufacturers, packaging etc..)
Pencils, coloured crayons, felt tipped pens, various types
General school powder paints and brushes, for painting, image making
PVA adhesive (Poly Vinyl Acetate) "Marvin Medium", "Arnold School Glue" "Evostick Resin W" or similar and small nozzle dispenser bottles or re-sealable containers to hold glue. ( Hairdresser salon products and "Toilet Duck" bottles are fairly easily obtainable and will dispense small quantities. The difficulty is getting the PVA from bulk storage and into these using a small funnel )
Cellulose Wallpaper Adhesive (without fungicide additive), “Copydex” and other school glues and gums
Cellotape, masking tape, brown paper tape, vinyl packaging tape and electrical insulating tape
Wide assortment of junk materials (home disposables) such as boxes, squeezy bottles, cardboard rolls, egg cartons, tubs, tops and lids
Various types of self-hardening and kiln-fired clays
Sewing, Darning, Weaving and Knitting materials, Threads, Wools, Yarns and String
Range of suitable synthetic and natural fabric materials
Fabric Dyes, inks, paints and batik wax etc.
Beads, sequins, buttons
Cookery materials and food ingredients as and when required (The Health and Hygiene rules and regulations need to be carefully considered)
Lollipop sticks, matchsticks, Paper "Art-straws" and plastic drinking straws
Clear Polythene Sheet, carrier bags or bin liners for kite making
Damp sand, Self-hardening Clay, “Play-dough”, “Plasticine”, “Flour-dough” for modelling
Balloons, rubber bands, paper clips, drawing pins, pins, eyelets, split paper fasteners