Five “must have” tools for any do it yourselfer


We all know that having the right tools can make or break any project and there is no exception when working on your average DIY project. Read through my list of personal “must have” tools to make any DIY project not only a success, but enjoyable too! In addition to the basics (hammer, tape measure, screwdrivers, level, etc.) here are my “must have” tools that will allow you to take your DIY project to the next level so you can keep on elevating!

1) Hand Sander. This was the first “power tool” that I purchased and it opened up my world to so many new and exciting DIY projects. In fact, I first started my DIY fun as a furniture re finisher, which over time evolved into building furniture. If you’re testing the DIY waters a hand sander is a great place to start. My Ryobi hand sander was about $50 and is still my favorite and most versatile, tool.

2) Electric drill. Frankly there is not much you can do without one. Take the capability of your drill to the next level by purchasing a variety of drill bits, pre-drill bits and counter-sink drill bits (to make your screw head flush with the wood). I recommend getting a drill that recharges vs. plugs in if you can afford it, you won’t regret it. You do get what you pay for here so do your research!

3) Circular [Skill] Saw, or better yet, a Table Saw. I know Home Depot can cut your wood for you, but needing to cut the wood at home at some point is inevitable. Make sure you learn how to use your Skill Saw or Table Saw from someone who has experience as this is not something you want to mess around with via trial or error.

4)  Saw Horses. If you don’t have a Saw Horse, invest in some sort of work bench or table so you can work through your projects while standing up. I have long said goodbye to the days of maneuvering projects around the floor of my garage. My back and my patience (or lake thereof) have both thanked me 🙂

5) Kreg Jig. All I can say is wow. These things are amazing! They enable you to drill pocket holes or “corner” holes so you can fasten wood together while hiding the screw holes. While they’re AMAZING, I do recommend investing in the above tools before you invest in a Kreg Jig.

Now, your don’t need all of these tools in your arsenal to be successful on your DIY project. Depending on your project, you may not need any of these! But for my projects (furniture building and refinishing) these are my go to tools! I wanted to share what has taken me quiet some time to decipher in the chance that it may help you in any of your upcoming daydreams!

What tools would you add to this list? What other tips and tricks would you find helpful to learn about?

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  1. That Kreg Jig is the best DIY tool purchase we’ve made on a small scale! I seriously don’t know how we lived without one for so long. We only got the mini but, I don’t mind 😉 BTW, I read your about me page and I felt that pain when I worked in an office. I ended up quitting and now work on an organic farm. Best decision I ever made but, not without hardships. Wouldn’t have it any other way though!

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    1. Hi Angie, thanks for stopping by! i could not agree more. Any tools you would add to the list? I have not yet researched or used a nail or (automatic) staple gun yet, but will in my next project 🙂

      Way to go on making such a big change. I take it day by day, but you never know what can happen!

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