Below you can find my favorite tools that I recommend and use for my projects. Most of these tools are an ‘upgraded’ version of other tools that I have used in the past. When you are just getting started, I recommend buying some cheaper tools (and only the essentials). Then, when you get some more experience, you can upgrade the tools that you use most frequently to some better quality ones.
Please note that it took me years to save up for all these tools and that you do not need any fancy tools to get started with electronics and making things.
This is the gear I use to take pictures for this website.
Storage is one of the most important things for any workspace, especially if you want to store many different electronic components or other hardware.
I have invested in a storage system from Sortimo called the T-BOXX. These storage boxes are super sturdy, come with a clear lid and contain small removable bins of different sizes. This allows me to store small hardware like nuts and bolts, ball bearings, electronic components and many other small items. I first saw these in a video on the Adam Savage’s Tested youtube channel several years ago.
I think it is important to create a storage system that keeps things well organized and makes it easy to find the parts you need for your project. Otherwise, you will find yourself buying new components all the time, even though you still had some in a box somewhere. Good organization can save you money in the long run!
I built a mobile storage rack that can hold around 20 T-BOXX storage boxes which was quite a bit cheaper than buying several WorkMo Mobile Tool Storage modules. The T-BOXX is quite expensive, but Stanley also sells some more affordable alternatives. In the future, I will probably also buy some tip out bins which make part retrieval even easier.