Since I have started doing a lot more woodworking, I have definitely figured out what my favorite tools are and what I couldn’t live without. So I thought I would put together a list of my workshop must haves, for you. These would make great gifts for the habitual DIYer in your life.
Nothing else can happen if you don’t have your safety gear in place. It is numero uno! I thought I didn’t really need it, and I had ringing in my ears for the longest time because I used a pneumatic nailer without ear protection. These banded style protectors are awesome. They go around the back of your neck and they don’t interfere with eye protection. They are so comfortable that half the time I forget I have them on and I run out to go pick up the kids at school with them still around my neck.
I have two criteria for eye protection. First, they must be anti-fog. It’s really tough to see what you are doing when your glasses are fogging up. Second, they have to have protection from the sides and top of the glasses as well as the front. When I am sanding I don’t want the dust to sneak behind my glasses.
Any time I am woking with wood, sanding or creating a lot of sawdust, I like to wear a particulate mask. Breathing in those tiny wood particles can’t be good for my lungs so this helps protect me.
I couldn’t do anything without my cordless drills. They are one of the most important tools I have. I like having two on hand for projects where I am using two different types of drill bits. Having two drills allows me to save time by not having to constantly change them out. I’m a lazy DIYer.
You can’t do much if you can’t cut your wood. A sliding compound miter saw will do most everything you need.
And for the things it won’t do, you have a table saw. However, this is not one of my favorite tools. It is my least favorite. It scares the crap out of me and I have visions of finger tips flying across the room. My table saw duties are usually covered by a circular saw.
If you have hung around here long enough, you know that I don’t do much with out my Kreg Jig. I have the K5 but there are plenty of others available for varying prices. Pretty much all of my building projects include the Kreg Jig. You can see them all, here.
I hope you find something you love as much as I do and something that makes your woodworking days a little bit easier.
Do you have any of these things? Tell me what you think of them.