Our favorite tools for featherbuilt installations

If you've made it to this page, it means that you've bought one of our Wall or Ceiling Panel Kits, or you're thinking about buying one.

Either way, we're glad you're here!

In this post, we'll share our favorite tools and supplies that will ensure you have the smoothest possible experience installing our kits. As always, if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Drills n Bits

cordless drill

This will be critical during all aspects of your van build, so don't shy away from investing in a good one with a long battery life!

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small bits

You will use a 1/16" bit and a 3/8" bit to set your match-drill holes and then expand the holes in your rails and panels.

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step up bit

This is the bit you will use to expand the factory holes in the van to install the proper Rivet Nut. (10mm)

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rivet nut guns


If you have access to an air compressor, this is the Rivet Nut gun we recommend!

Make sure it comes with a ¼ mandrel to fit the Featherbuilt ¼-20 hardware**

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drill adapter

If you don't have access to a compressor, this is a great alternative that attaches to your drill.

It will drain your drill battery quickly, so have backups.

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If you like doing things the good old-fashioned way, this is the tool for you.

It requires a good amount of manual strength, so proceed with caution and a big protein shake.

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allen wrenches and hex keys

5/32 t-handle wrench

Although we include one in your kit, having a backup is a great idea for tightening all the ¼-20 screws. This one has a comfortable rubber grip.

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5/32 Hex Key Bit

If you want to move a little faster, this 5/32 bit for your drill will help. Be careful of your speed and torquing the screw/rivnut!

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other helpful goodies

rust prevention paint

Any time you cut new holes in your van, treat the metal to prevent rust. We give each rivet nut hole a little spray before inserting the rivet nut.

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finishing wax

If you ordered the Bamboo or Natural Plywood, this is our favorite finishing wax for a beautiful, rich finish that conditions your wood (and your hands!)

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rubber mats

You'll be doing quite a bit of kneeling on the van floor and this helps catch metal shavings as well as protect your knees.

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nice to have on hand

Besides the tools listed above, there are a few tools and supplies we like to have on hand - no matter what we're working on.

And there you have it! The tools and supplies needed for a Featherbuilt Wall or Ceiling Panel Kit Installation. Got any more questions? Reach out to us!