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The following list is provided as a starting point when acquiring tools for an RV build project.  This list is fairly complete, but we also recommend you speak with other RV builders and tool suppliers to help best determine what you need for your specific shop and project.

If you are building an RV-12 or RV-12iS, which uses certain different fasteners and related tools, please refer to Section 3 of the RV-12 plans for a comprehensive list of tools needed when building that model.

** denotes suggested to assemble the practice projects “RV TRAINING PROJECT-1” and/or “TOOL BOX KIT.”

Recommended Tools for the RV-3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14

  • 2X and 3X Rivet Gun , or 3X Rivet Gun Only **
  • E-Z Change Spring
  • Air Swivel Regulator
  • 1″ Dia. Flush Set **
  • 3/32″ Cupped Set 3.5″
  • 1/8″ Cupped Set 3.5″ **
  • 3/16″ Cupped Set 3.5″ (only for fabricating spar)
  • Double Offset Cupped Set
  • Mini Bucking Bar 1 lb. **
  • Anvil Bucking Bar 1.9 lb.
  • Footed Bucking Bar 2.2 lb.
  • Microstop Countersink Unit **
  • #40 Countersink – 3/32″ Rivet **
  • #30 Countersink – 1/8″ Rivet
  • #8 Countersink – #8 Screw
  • #10 Countersink – #10 Screw
  • Wiss Snips Left & Straight **
  • Wiss Snips Right & Straight **
  • Air Drill
  • #40 Drill Bits (for 3/32″ rivets) **
  • #30 Drill Bits (for 1/8″ rivets) **
  • #19 Drill Bit
  • #12 Drill Bit
  • #21 Drill Bit
  • 12″ #40 Drill Bit
  • 12″ #30 Drill Bit
  • Deburr Tool **
  • Cleco Pliers **
  • 4 Cleco Clamps -1/2″ Jaws
  • 4 Cleco Clamps -1″ Jaws
  • Pop Rivet Tool **
  • 2 Screwdriver Bits – Size #2
  • Hand Squeezer / 3″ Yoke
  • 1/8″ Universal Cupped Set
  • 3/16″ Universal Cupped Set
  • Flat Set 1/2″ x 1/8″ ** (**2 required)
  • Flat Set 3/8″ x 1/8″
  • 3/32″ Rivet Dimple Die **
  • 1/8″ Rivet Dimple Die
  • #8 ScrewDimple Die
  • 24″ Stainless Rule
  • Unibit 1/4″ – 3/4″ by 1/16 ths
  • Permanent Markers ** (“Sharpie” Xtra or Ulta Fine Point)
  • 3M Cut & Polishing Wheel 6″
  • Hearing Protector
  • Safety Glasses
  • 325 Cleco Fastners – 3/32″ ** (** 30 required)
  • 175 Cleco Fastners – 1/8″ ** (** 10 required)
  • Deburring Set – Large Holes
  • Edge Deburring Bit
  • Fluting Pliers
  • Rivet Cutter
  • Air Tool Oil
  • File Card / Brush
  • 10″ Vixen File
  • C-Frame Riveting Tool

Optional Tools

  • #6 Countersink – #6 Screw
  • Drill Stop Set of 4
  • Angle Drill Attachment
  • Cordless Screwdriver (for deburring)
  • Threaded Drill Set 6 pc.
  • Back Rivet Set **
  • Dimple Die Organizer
  • Removable Rivet Tape
  • Tape Dispenser
  • 12 oz. Dead Blow Hammer