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A tool is any physical object that can be used during an activity, with the said object not being consumed in the process. Tools are necessary when doing any sort of work, and for the amateur chemist they are very important when doing any engineering.
- 1 General
- 2 Basic tools
- 2.1 Anvil
- 2.2 Awl
- 2.3 Axe
- 2.4 Bolt cutter
- 2.5 Box cutter
- 2.6 Brush
- 2.7 Cat's paw
- 2.8 Chisel
- 2.9 Crowbar
- 2.10 File
- 2.11 Gimlet
- 2.12 Glass cutter
- 2.13 Hacksaw
- 2.14 Hammer
- 2.15 Hex key
- 2.16 Ice pick
- 2.17 Knife
- 2.18 Pincers
- 2.19 Pipe cleaner
- 2.20 Pipe cutter
- 2.21 Pliers
- 2.22 Scissors
- 2.23 Screwdriver
- 2.24 Sewing needle
- 2.25 Socket wrench
- 2.26 Trowel
- 2.27 Wire brush
- 2.28 Wire stripper
- 2.29 Wrench
- 3 Advanced tools
- 4 Power tools
- 5 Kitchen tools/utensils
- 6 Other tools
- 7 Availability
- 8 References
Below there's a list of various tools that are useful for the average joe. Obviously you will not need them all, but at least a few are necessary when doing any work.
A vital tool for any metalworking.
Awls (bradawl, scratch awl, stitching awl) can be used as aid when making various wood or plastic lab equipment, either for marking or for piercing holes in them. They can also be used to break apart hardened reagents, though being short, an icepick would more suitable for this task.
Good for cutting and splitting wood and other materials.
A useful tool for cutting chains, padlocks, bolts and wire mesh.
Used for cutting boxes, paper, foam, thin wood and plastic.
A simple tool for cleaning items.
Good for removing nails.
Good for carving out wood, stone and hardened materials.
Good for opening boxes and other woodwork. Come in two main shapes: curved and straight.
Used to grind hard materials, they are useful when making powders, though the resulting particles will have a large size.
A hand tool for drilling small holes, mainly in wood, without splitting. Can also be used to break apart hardened reagents from fragile bottles.
Used for cutting glass plates, though with enough skill can be used to cut other types of glass items.
Glass tube cutters are a pipe cutter-like cutting tools, which is designed for cutting glass tubes, like test tubes and more.
Useful when cutting metal.
Useful for beating stuff.
Vital when working with different types of screws.
A good tool when trying to break apart hardened reagents inside bottles.
Knifes are good for cutting.
Useful for pulling nails when doing woodwork.
Useful for cleaning test tubes and other glass tubes.
Useful for cutting pipes and other tubular materials, like batteries.
A very useful tool, which should not be missing from your toolbox. Lineman's pliers is a must. So are tongue-and-groove pliers.
Hand-operated shearing tools, commonly used for cutting paper, tubings, parafilm, or plastic items.
While not very often used in lab, it is a very important tool that should not be missing from anyone's inventory. Can be useful for breaking and removing hardened solids.
Used for sewing cloth or poking small holes in wood, plastic or other soft materials. Needles are often kept in a pincushion.
A type of wrench or spanner that has a socket attached at one end, usually used to turn a fastener.
A necessary tool when working with fresh concrete. Or in garden.
Good for removing thick rust from corroded steel items.
Hand-held device used to strip the electrical insulation from electric wires.
Different size wrenches are necessary when doing any sort of work.
An adjustable spanner or adjustable wrench (US and Canada) is an open-end wrench with a movable jaw, allowing it to be used with different sizes of fastener head.
A fuel-burning tool used for applying flame and heat in various activities, like burning stuff, melting materials, etc.
An instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb).
A useful lifting device, which can be used to hold various items or installation at a desired height.
Useful when doing woodwork.
Useful for measuring very thin objects, it is more sensitive and precise than a Vernier caliper.
An important tool when working with large nuts.
Versatile hand tool that combines several individual functions in a single unit.
A mechanical device that joins pages of paper or similar material by driving a thin metal staple through the sheets and folding the ends.
Pliers useful when working with nuts and screws of various sizes.
Useful to measure various small items.
Useful for holding various objects in a tight grip.
A very useful tool when cutting thick and hard material, like metal or ceramic. Can also be used for polishing.
Ball mills are very useful when making powdered materials.
Can be used to grind metals and other items. You can also make powdered material with it, though the powder will not be fine.
Handheld power tools used for grinding, sanding, honing, polishing, or machining material, typically metal, stone, plastic or wood.
Dremel rotary tools are the most common type of die grinders.
A very useful and versatile tool when it comes to heating and drying items and materials. It is also a handy device when it comes to desoldering electronics.
Hot glue gun
A device that heats sticks of hot melt adhesive (HMA) or hot glue, which, upon cooling, hardens. Useful for gluing various items, where classical adhesives are unsatisfactory.
Useful for cutting wooden boards, planks, etc.
The most important tool in any electronics hobbyist kit.
A hand tool used in soldering, similar in operation to a soldering gun.
If you don't have a vacuum pump and you don't need high vacuum, a vacuum cleaner is sufficient for your needs, though it's very noisy.
Necessary for working with vacuum.
Useful when drilling holes, screwing screws. By attaching a stirring rod, it can also be used as a makeshift mechanical stirrer.
Cordless power drills have the advantage of not relying on power cords, though their charger does not last very long.
Heat-resistant glass baking dish can be used to dry or recrystallize salts and compounds from a solution.
May be used as a Pasteur pipette.
Useful for cutting soft materials or mixing static-sensitive energetic materials.
Both plastic and stainless steel versions can be used in chemistry experiments.
Useful for cutting materials.
Useful when scooping a larger amount of granular material from a bag or large and tall container.
Just like simple spoons, they can be used instead of spatulas.
Useful when working with hot items or casting metals.
Useful for separation of granular materials or drying wet items.
May be used instead of splints.
Can be used as replacement for spatula.
Useful in metal casting.
May be used for holding soft materials.
The best tool to draw circles.
Useful to climb to higher places or as stand.
A flexible ruler used to measure distance.
Self-retracting metal measuring tapes are often used by carpenters when measuring distances.
Used for measuring angles. Made of transparent plastic, though older models were made of metal or wood. Available in 180 and 360 degree scale.
A ruler is a straightedge with equally spaced markings along its length. Used for measuring short objects or drawing lines on them.
Useful for removing rust or oxidation from metals or making boiling chips from glass.
A set square or triangle is a vital tool when drawing geometrical shapes or lines.
Useful for sharpening blades.
Useful when cleaning glassware or other things.
A toolbox is a box designed or used to organize, carry, and protect the owner's tools.
Tools can be bought from hardware and home improvement stores, as well as online. Price and quality depends on the brand.