Here is for a guide / suggestions on favorite tools for the workshop. Since I adore getting down & dirty with DIY projects, it’s natural that I would be a go-to person to show + share what I have in my workshop corner of the garage. Whether for yourself or for a gift, here’s my TOP 10 favorite TOOLS for the DIYer.
1. Orbital Sander
My favorite and most used tool is the orbital sander. I talk about it all the time and use it on almost every DIY project. A good orbital sander is about $40-50. Using an orbital sander will save any DIYer countless hours & is a must in the workshop!
2. Circular Saw
Great for cutting wood, steel, and even tile. Using a circular saw you can make quick, straight cuts across a board (crosscuts) or along the board’s length (rip cuts), as well as bevel cuts.
3. Cordless Drill / Screwdriver
This tool was the first big tool that the Mister and I ever bought (and actually we have a corded model, not cordless) years ago and it is a MUST HAVE in the workshop because when drilling or screwing, a DIYer really needs the power and pressure to tackle projects.
4. Level + Speed Square
Both are inexpensive, but a must for a DIYer. I don’t think there is much need for explaining why, but from hanging shelves to ensuring pictures are hung straight on a gallery wall, a level + a Speed Square are important tools for the tool box.
> I recommend the Stanley 43-511 Magnetic Shock Resistant Torpedo Level & Speed Square
5. Kreg Jig
This isn’t a have-to-have tool, but it is a tool that I highly recommend because the creation and ease of projects is limitless with a Kreg Jig. From making a simple picture frame to a bookcase or desk, a Kreg Jig is a great tool to create pocket holes to join/connect pieces of wood. I used my Kreg Jig to make my snazzy spice racks & jewelry holder.
I will be honest, we don’t often use the jig saw and we have a cheap inexpensive version, which doesn’t work well, but it really is a tool that a DIYer needs and will use. It’s my go-to tool for all my pallet projects (like the pallet bookcase) because it’s what I use to dismantle them.
7. Powered Miter Saw
This is a tool I couldn’t live without. A miter saw is expensive and it took us years to make the purchase, but it’ really been worth the money. We use it SO much because of how easy, effortlessly, and precisely they can cut. Important features to look for are that the miter saw has a laser and can at least cut boards up to 12 inches.
8. Wet Saw
I wasn’t going to add this to the list, but then realized we have used our wet saw so many times over the years. It was a purchase we were originally reluctant about (would we really use it that much to offset the cost?), but it was definitely worth the expensive and our recent bathroom makeover wouldn’t have been possible without. Also important to mention, a new, sharp blade for each cutting job is key!
9. Cordless rotary Tool Kit
A cordless rotary tool kit is perfect for a variety of hobby, craft, and light-duty home improvement projects. With accessories + attachments for cutting, grinding, sanding, polishing, routing, drilling, and carving, any project can be tackled! Dremel is really the best company for multipurpose tools and a good one is about $100.
10. Cats Claw/Nail Puller + Utility Knife
I lumped these 2 tools into one because they often go hand-in-hand and are both incredibly important for DIYing and/or everyday use. Again, 2 tools that you may not think you need, but REALLY do. The cats paw / nail puller we use a lot for removing nails, removing moulding, etc. The utility knife is a no-brainer for it’s uses. From cutting boxes to scoring sheetrock, it’s a tool that doesn’t even make it in to my tool box because we use it so often – it actually stays in the kitchen (away from the kids of course) since we use it daily.