Many tools are helpful for the construction of sets and set
components. Some are specific to a particular type of material, but
many are general purpose. Having the appropriate tools on hand tends
to make the job of building a set much easier and safer for the set
crew, as alternate methods of accomplishing tasks need not be sought.
Some of the standard tools handy for working with any material are:
tape measures, squares, levels, awls, chalk lines, clamps, hammers,
staplers and electric drills. These tools can be used for many tasks,
and no set crew should be without them. Generally having several of
each on hand can help a large set crew get their job done in an
A multitude of saws, planes and sanders are useful for working
with wood. Plastics and metal working demand more exotic tools such
as metal rolls, metal benders, welders, heat guns, and vacuum forms.
Hot knives are useful for smoothly cutting various types of foam.
As always, knowing how to properly use these tools is paramount for
successful and safe work.