All the tools you need for a Van Conversion

OK, because I had these huge bits of reclaimed mahogany I used a few extra tools, but if I didn’t these were pretty much all the tools I needed.

In total they cost you about £200/$250! But… firstly these are super useful tools and can be used for an DIY project throughout your life!

Either way, if you don’t need them afterward you can always sell them on eBay. I mean, if they cost you $250, and you sell them all for $180, then you have rented them all for a few months for only $70. Cheap rental!

With tools it is worth going by the old saying ‘buy good, buy once’.

Power Tools

I have had the older model of the following Bosch drill and Jig saw and they have lasted 8 years and going strong – they are good value.

Power Drill UK: Bosch PSB 750 RCE Hammer Drill

Jig Saw UK: Bosch PST 700 E Compact Corded Jigsaw

Jig Saw Blades UK: Bosch T Shank Jigsaw Blade Set, 8 Pieces

Cordless Drill/Screwdriver I could not find the cordless drill I have, but if you are going to do you van in full days I really recommend getting two batteries. Its so frustrating to have to stop work because of a flat battery!

The following drills come with two batteries and should do the job pretty well!

UK: Hitachi DV18DGL/JF 18V Li-ion Cordless Combi Drill with 2 x 2.5Ah Batteries

Extension lead, power drill, cordless drill, hand clamps during the build

Hand tools

Foam gun OK, you probably don’t need this, but I seriously recommend you get one. I would not do it without!

It is ten times easier to use than the tube on the non-gun tubes and about ten times less messy! Just remember to get some cleaner – when you are finished – and will disconnect the foam canister for good – clean it out else it will be ruined.

UK: Draper 28618 Expanding Foam Gun

Other Hand Tools (UK links here – but it is easy enough to find these tools)

  1. Hammer

  2. Tennon Saw (mostly for sawing cladding ends neatly – jig saw can lift grain)

  3. Hack Saw

  4. Metal file

  5. Pliers

  6. Mole Grips (not essential)

  7. Needle Nose pliers (to hold the tiny nails for cladding clips)

  8. Socket Set (mostly to take fixings off the van)

  9. Allen Key Set

  10. Right angle.. for example:

Framing Square Right Angle Rule Ruler Engineers Carpenters Tool 24 X 16

  1. Tape measure (5m)

  2. Hand Clamps – clamps like these things are super handy: 5 X SPRING CLAMP 160MM CLIPS EXTRA STRONG LARGE TOOLS PLASTIC JAW DIY HEAVY DUTY

  1. Bar Clamps – also great for holding things while you screw the other end! CON:P B25665 Bar Clamp Set (4 Pieces)

  1. Wire strippers

  2. Small screw driver (for electronics)

  3. Surform (removing/shaping wood quickly)

  4. Work light.. for working at night! This portable LED one should work well.. BEEWAY® 20W LED Rechargeable Portable Work Flood Light Emergency Spotlight Daylight White 6000K – 200W EQV

  1. Heavy Duty Extension – 20m should do depending on where you work: 4 Way 20M Extension Cable Reel, 13Amp 230V-240V Heavy duty

  1. Center punch (to help you drill holes in the right places on shiny/sloping metal work)

  2. Staple Gun (various uses)

  3. Permanent marker – marking on metal

  4. Pencil – marking on wood

I am sure there are a few I have missed – but mostly it seems about right.

Disclosure; the links are Amazon affiliate so I get a few dollars if you use them.. and that would be nice 🙂

Another build shot 🙂

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