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What should go in a Techie toolbox? Answered

I want to put together a gift for a friend - a cool tool box with things he might need but definitely doesn't have (he pretty much only has a drill). I don't want just hammers and such, he works with robotics and computers, as well as building various devices with motors and moving parts. I'm looking for things that might help him, a "Mythbuster's" tool box if you will.

Does anyone have ideas? What would you like in your collection? What is a basic list that I could start with?


soldering iron, solder,plenty of extra wire, needle nose pliers, a set of screw drivers including the tiny ones, a set of hex wrenches also including the tiny ones,maybe some extra robot parts and such and that is all that i can think of right now

Thank you everyone!

He has almost nothing, he had a well stocked workshop at the robotics lab at our university, but he has just graduated and moved cities. Literally, I had to go buy a screwdriver to put up things on the wall.

I was hoping not to ask him, doing my best to get information on here, from his friends, and from the lab. How big a tool box would he need to hold these things? We live in an apartment, and he has a place to work somewhere else, but I'd love to have a fairly compact place to store them - though I understand it won't be a tiny tackle-box.

 Re-design's list is excellent, but I wonder if your friend doesn't have all the basics?  Ripstikfan also has excellent  suggestions.  I would add to the list a labeling machine (it makes a tape with printed words that you can stick on whatever you build).   Of course, there is always an oscilloscope--fantastic for electronics--but can cost several hundred dollars.

He probably has a wish-list.  Would it spoil it to ask him? 

Not necessarily in any order.

Good set of screwdrivers. 
Good set of torx drivers. 
Good set of small and medium sockets metric and non-metric.
Good set of "T" handle allen wrenches metric and non-metric.
Good set of pliers, wirecutters, strippers.
A nice big tool box with lots of drawers and bins.
Good set of open ended and boxed end wrenches metric and non-metric.

Recip. saw (look at Sawsall).
Big set of nice drill bits for metal.
Big set of nice drill bits for wood.

Multi-meter (ask suggestions before you buy).
Soldering iron and accessories.
Pop rivet tool.

Lots more but this should get you started.