- Brass Sponge
Never forget to wet your sponge again.
- "Smart" Tweezers
For when you have a pile of surface mount capacitors, all alike, all different.
- PCB "Fab-in-a-Box" *
The best thing for making PCBs other than having lots of money.
- Calipers *
These are the calipers I use, except the face of mine is cracked because I dropped it but it still works.
- Screw Chek'R *
If you ever need to deal with screws this is an invaluable tool.
- Weller WES51 Analog Soldering Station *
This is what I use to solder 0603 and smaller surface mount parts.
For surface mount soldering you want something like this... I dont know anything about this seller, do not blame me...
- Xacto Black Gripster Knife *
I like this knife for detail work as I feel less likely to cut myself.
- Taig or Sherline CNC Mill
I have used the Taig and I assume that the Sherline is just as good.
- Logic Analyzer
I am still using an ancient Tektronix logic analyzer but one day I will get a USB logic analyzer.
* = I already bought this for myself.