Nick Rodrigues Basic Kit For Fabrication
This is a selection of the most essential tools for my studio practice. I keeps these in close orbit at all times while working. They are in a sense an extension of my body when I work out quick ideas. I wouldn’t dream of showing up without at least this basic kit. When traveling on a plane, I may omit a few items, but other than that you will find all these in my cart.
*Note: The following descriptions are subjective personal opinions.
I tried to link to the place where I purchased these items so that I’m not intentionally endorsing any particular vender.
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#1 Cordless Drill and Impact Driver
By Milwaukee but I suggest you replace it with Makita
From JM Tools
#16 Japanese Saw
#17 Putty Knife
By Stanley? or Red Devil?
#18 Japanese Wood Chisel
#19 Utility Knife (Swivel-Lock)
#20 End Cutting Plier (AKA: Horse Head Snips)
#21 Wire Cutters
#22 Wire Stripper/Cutter
By Klien Tools
#23 Surform Shaver
#24 12-Inch Tongue and Groove Plier
#25 Hex L-Key Set
#26 Portable Socket Set
#27 6 in 1 Screwdriver
#28 Spud Tool
Essential tool for aligning holes when assembling large steel structures.
#29 Adjustable Wrench
Just a little guy.
#30-31 Pry Bar
By Dasco Pro
Cost $9.97 for a set of 3
This little set of levers is amazingly useful for all sorts of tasks. I mostly use them to raise heavy objects a bit so i can slide a shim underneath.
#32 16 oz Ball Peen Hammer
By Kobalt (no longer available)
I’d rather have a “Martin brand hammer,” but I’m too cheap. I carry a ball peen hammer instead of a claw hammer because i like the control when tapping parts into place or center punching to drill a hole. We keep the dead blow, claw and sledge hammers on the wall in the shop.
#33 Nantucket Diddy Bag
By Nantucket Bag Company
#34 Canvas Zipper Tool Bags
By Klien Tools
Cost $35 set of 4
#35 Cheap Safety Glasses
Cost $10 for a set
#36 Welding Hat
By Comeaux Caps
#37 Hearing protection
#40 Snappy Bit
By Make it Snappy
#41 Step Drill
Cost $49-100 for a set
#42 A Selection of Commonly Used Taps
From Baller Hardware in SilverLake.
#43 A Selection of Commonly Used Drills
By Fast Cap or just go to a local hardware store
#44 An X-Acto Knife
By X-Acto or go to your local art supply store
#45 Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil
By Alvin or go to your local art supply store
Cost $18.21 for a set of 2
By Starrett or McMaster-Carr
#47 Cold Chisel
By Dasco Pro
Cost $12.96 for a set of 3
#48 Center Punch
By unknown but here is a good one.
#49 Magnetic Tip Holder
Cost $ 4.97
#50 1/4″ Socket Adaptor for Drill
#51 3/8″ Socket Adaptor for Drill
#52 A Few Extra Screw Tips
Cost $7.99 for 15 pack