You may be wondering what tools have come into play for this trailer build. Here’s a handy list of everything I’m using in my tiny 3rd-floor apartment workspace to git ‘er done.
Each item includes a link to a corresponding HomeDepot.ca or Amazon.ca page (no affiliate nonsense, no worries) so you can check it out & order if needed for your kit. You can likely find everything at other online sources or your local hardware outlet too.
I wanted something compact & portable that could be moved around & stowed away if needed in my apartment. This thing fits the bill.
Mitre saw (cordless) & aluminum blade
Cutting square tubing perfectly straight with a hacksaw or cutting wheel on a Dremel is no easy task, so I got a proper tool to ensure clean 45 & 90deg cuts.
Aluminum brazing rods
Edge folding brake
Steel wire brushes
I got the same set as this at my local dollar+ store for $4CAN; lol.
Clamps, clamps & clamps
Various clamp types come in handy, as with any project.
2″ spring: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/anvil-2-inch-spring-clamp/1001127536
2½” C: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bessey-bessey-2-1-2-inch-900-lb-drop-forged-c-clamp-with-1-3-8-inch-throat-depth/1000816966
6″ bar: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bessey-bessey-6-in-600-lb-clutch-style-bar-clamp-w-2-1-2-inch-throat-depth/1001200657
36″ bar: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bessey-bessey-36-in-600-lb-clutch-style-bar-clamp-w-2-1-2-inch-throat-depth/1001200652
90° square angle: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bessey-90-degree-corner-clamp/1000816604
Vibration absorbing pads
The hardwood floors in my apartment building are like amplifiers for the downstairs neighbors, so something is needed to attenuate vibration & noise while using power tools to cut & polish metal parts. These work fine.
J-B Weld marine epoxy
In case I need to bond stuff to the telescoping frame members where neither brazing nor rivets are appropriate.