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Observe good workspace practices

  • Keep your workspace neat and orderly.
  • Always obey common sense.
  • Do not continue work if at any point you feel uncomfortable with the hazards a challenging electronics project poses.
  • Use caution when soldering—lead is hazardous, and the iron is extremely hot.


Use the right equipment

Having the proper tools for electronic assembly, particularly a powerful enough soldering iron, will make your life much easier! Here are the tools you need to assemble your Tesla coil:

  • temperature-controlled soldering iron, 40W minimum
  • rosin-core solder of an appropriate thickness
  • safety glasses
  • small pliers
  • flush cutters
  • wire strippers
  • small screwdriver
  • hot glue gun
  • multimeter


Optional but useful:

  • packing tape
  • masking tape
  • solder wick or other desoldering tools


You will also need...

  • spray-on or paint-on polyurethane varnish
  • a mini USB cable to connect to the tinyTesla interrupter
  • a laptop running 1T Panel or other MIDI control software



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