List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Tools for hobbists

Any project requires good, reliable and precise equipment to ensure a successful outcome. Here is a comprehensive list of tools that I use on every project.

Basics

Precision screwdriver kit

I am very happy with this kit I use almost every day

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Pliers and Tweezers

I have an assortment of pliers, wire cutters, wrenches, stripping pliers and tweezers.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Third Hands

 

This one is pretty good. I also printed this very useful soldering fingers.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Craft Knife

For fine cutting clean my p3D printed parts. I also use it to build paper prototypes.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Needle Files / Sanding Sticks

I also printed this very useful sanding block  

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projectsList of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

A hex key set

Most of the screws I used are Hex socket screws and as my precision screwdriver kit is limited to M5, I have multiple hex keys just in case. If you can’t go to your favorite tool shop, here is a cheap set

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Measure and control

Caliper

Always on hand, I use it to control the measurements of my impressions in 3D, to design new models from prototypes, to control the sizes of my screws… This one is ok, but you might need a better one for more precision.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Precision L square ruler & Steel Ruler

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Multimeter

Using many Lipoli batteries, I check the battery voltage with the multimeter. I buy flight controllers as well and voting errors being possible when there is a doubt I do a check! Check this one if you need

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

 

Hand tools

 

Soldering station

I own this one and I am pretty happy with it

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Rotary tool

I am very happy with my Black & Decker RTX, very powerful and handy for the price. I just bought a universal chuck adapter and a kit of accessories. I use it very often to drill, sand or engrave.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Electric screwdriver

A time saver, your hand will say thank you.  The Black & Decker Smartech 20V is a very good one

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Hot glue gun

To keep almost anything and to make small repairs, it is a most useful purchase. This gun is simple and efficient

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Heat gun

A nice to have to heat your shrink tubes.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

 

Consommables

Heat shrink tubes

To be used with your soldering iron, a lighter or a hot air gun to insulate your welds and have a clean finish. Here is a nice set of multiple diameters and colors.

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Wires

It is good to have at hand different sizes of electric wires

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Solder

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Tape and glue

It is always useful to have flexible tape to insulate welds, strong tapes to hold, double sided tape to make fixings and color tape for your artistic creations!

List of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projectsList of tools that any hobbyist should have for any DIY projects

Screws

I have problems finding metric screws in Canada where I currently live, so I order them from abroad. I have screws of different sizes from M2 to M5 with nut locks.

 

Additional device

I have a 3D printer and even if it is not a tool as such, it is a great device to make prototypes, print your own tools (a wrench, a sanding block, soldering fingers, a razor scraper…), and so many other applications.

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