This kit has evolved over time during multiple cross country trips. I put this post together to help anyone interested in building a nomad maker toolkit. This all started after needing a soldering iron to fix a wearable project at Pax South 2016. I lucked out and found some fellow makers that had everything. I was inspired to build my own toolbox. This kit is intended to be deployed during extended travel and used as storage tucked under a home workbench. There are links down below to everything including the rolling toolbox to help you build your own kit!
A modular toolbox works best for me.
I spent a good amount of time searching for a toolbox/storage. Since I mainly work with electronics and small components this discreet case works well. If you pack heavier tools I would suggest something beefier. This is a general overview. I will go into more detail on what electronic components and kits I pack for workshops in later posts. Stay tuned!
Its in that place where I put that thing that time.
I usually stock small component boxes and bulkier small items that wont fit in the top tray. The Anker powerpack keeps my raspberry pi based file server/proxy running. It can also charge up my tablet and phone a few times. Having a good respirator mask is essential when working with paint or wood! Never underestimate the need for a good set of digital calipers on the road.
The middle section has 2 pull out drawers. Lets take a look! Having a rechargeable magnet mount LED lamp can help out in the tightest of pinches.
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Oh yeah. That one box… its usually filled with through hole parts and lower cost Arduino compatible boards. They make a great gift! Especially for those who are starting out.
The screwdriver set was picked up while waiting in line at Micro Center. It is worth every penny. My favorite Quakecon Edition Logitech mouse fits well in the left over space.
Now to the second drawer. This is when I get into AV gear. Classic video games anyone? A 3d printed NES case protects my raspberry pi 2. I love these retractable HDMI cables. Not only do these cables save space and headaches with tangles I feel like Batman when I push the button to wind them back up. The RF Wireless keyboard is the most solid wireless keyboard I have used on a Raspberry Pi. It has a flashlight on it as well.
The bottom storage bin has a pretty good amount of space. Depending on what I expect to encounter during my trip the contents change wildly. The bulky items go down below. A good fume extractor with carbon filter is worth its weight in gold. I like working with lead free hardware especially during workshops. A wireless keyboard and my power cables sit below my camera gear. I have an emergency switch and older AV cables for back up that round out the kit. I can see a hot air rework station and larger gear fitting in here soon.
The toolbox can be set on the bottom storage bin. Not having the pull out drawers saves space when its at a premium.
A repurposed pouch from an old bag holds my Multimeter and hangs from the telescopic handle.
What else would you pack?
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Magnet Led Light Craftsman Cordless Rechargeable Work Light
Magnifying glasses with led Tinksky 10X 15X 20X 25X LED Illuminated Magnifying Glasses
Battery operated soldering iron Hakko FX-901/P Cordless Soldering Iron
Flush cut snips Hakko CHP-170 Micro Soft Wire Cutter
Wire strippers Hakko CHP CSP-30-1 Wire Stripper, 30-20 Gauge
Lead-Free Solder Velleman SOLD100G6LF Sn 99.3% – Cu 0.7% 0.02″ 0.22lb.
No-Clean Solder Wick NTE Electronics SW02-10
Solder Removal Tool LyonsBlue Desoldering Vacuum Pump
Autoranging Mini Multimeter Extech EX330
Brass Wire Sponge Xytronic Tip Cleaner
2.4GHz Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad Rii Mini Wireless
Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass SE MZ101B
Fume Extractor Aoyue Benchtop Solder Smoke Absorber
Fume Extractor replacement filters Fume Absorber Replacement Filter 5pcs
Kapton Tape 1 Mil Kapton Tape (Polyimide) – 1/2″ X 36 Yds
Retractable HDMI Cable ReTrak HDMI Cable