Toolbox Essentials

As some of you may know, we’re going to be renovating our home here at some point (hopefully this year… which is what we said last year). They’re major renovations, and we’ll need to move out for the duration of the construction work.

Which got me thinking… if I could only work out of one large toolbox or small cabinet for a few months, what would I absolutely have to have in it?

My list so far…


  • Butane torch + butane canister
  • Solder block
  • Solder pick + tweezers
  • Flux + brush
  • Citric acid for pickle
  • Solders
  • Binding wire

Other tools:

  • Files
  • Emery paper, sanding stick
  • Liver of Sulphur
  • Soft brass brush
  • Chasing and planishing hammers
  • Deadblow or rawhide mallet
  • Small bench block
  • Saw frame, blades, lubricant
  • Glue stick
  • Bench pin + jig/clamp
  • Pliers, cutters
  • Small box of drills and burs
  • Something to drill/bur with!

… plus a selection of materials… sheet, wire, stones, beads. That might be the hardest selection of all ^_^

This is a long list! I’m sure I’d have to cull it to fit into my workbox… and it doesn’t even have some of the things I love best in it (because they’re too heavy etc).

What would you put in your box of essentials? Why? What would you leave out?

PS: Image from… I want a whole bank of these Dulton goodies when my new studio is done, if I can still afford them then! (sigh) ^_^

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