I wanted to share the tools and techniques that I use to assemble my surface mount prototypes. The below video details all of the tools I use for initial assembly (not rework) and the steps taken. In putting this info out there, I hope to prevent some people from having some of the same learning curve headaches and issues that I had when first transitioning from through hole soldering to surface mount.
By the way, the board featured in this video is the CircuitBrains Deluxe. The final hours of its Crowd Supply campaign are running out. It’s so close to funding! If you would like to get your hands on one, go put in a pledge!