These are probably the most important things you’ll have in your shop. It can be easy to get wrapped up in that great project of yours, but they make safety gear for a reason people. Take it from a girl who has had sawdust in her eyes and nails in her foot.
Soooo important for any kind of wood working, but especially if you are using pallet or reclaimed wood. Splinters are not only inconvenient, they can be dangerous. My knuckles have been saved from rogue sanders by a good pair of gloves on more than one occasion.
I can’t stand the sound of my chop saw, and the sander really makes my skin crawl. You’d really have to chop and sand a lot to do real damage to your hearing, but why chance it? Save yourself the stuck-in-a-bell ringing and wear some sort of ear protection.
These are the most important, gotta have ’em, you’ll use them all the time tools. Many brands sell these in sets, which is a great way to get them at a good price.
This is going to look like a sponsored post for Ryobi – I wish! But no, I love them independently. I am loyal to Ryobi for plenty of reasons, not the least of which is it being one of the most affordable of the big power tool brands without compromising reliability. All of their cordless tools use the same battery (we have a dozen plus tools but only two batteries!), and their lithium batteries are half the size of other brands’. That makes it so much easier to spend the day with a drill in your hand.
It has all your drilling and driving needs covered: drill bits for wood and metal, and driver bits for nearly every screw you will face.
Those few tools will easily get you through your first projects, but as you begin to tackle more involved projects you’ll start yearning for tools that have more specific purposes.
There you have it! Those are the (workshop) things I can’t live without. You’ll find your own favorites as you hone your DIY skills, but if you are just starting out I hope this gives you an idea of what you’ll need.
And by the way, congrats. Get ready to be more proud of your home than you ever have been. I built that is one of the proudest things you’ll ever say.
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