Back when I started building my workshop, I had little to no idea about the tools that I was supposed to invest in. That’s why I asked for the opinion of one of my now best friends and neighbors, Dan. He had a lot of experience with building his own furniture, and that’s what I was interested in doing, as well. I didn’t want to do any metal work or anything like that, but I would have enjoyed repairing things around the house so that I wouldn’t have to pay for someone to come and do that for me.
Dan told me that I have to split the tools I’d need into some categories. Some can be used for measuring, such as tapes, speed squares, and levels, others are typical hammers, and you’d also need a variety of power tools. I thought I would write a post about five of the most important workshop tools that have helped me through and through so that other rookies like me would be able to benefit from reading it.
Get a drill press. While cordless drills are by far the most versatile alternative of all, most of the models you are likely to come across don’t have enough power for you to be able to take advantage of their versatility. If you want to invest in something worth the while, I’d suggest getting a drill press. I was able to find out more about the reasons I should consider such a tool both from Dan and thanks to some online research that I undertook all by myself. This is the source of the article that has helped me the most.
Consider buying a circular saw. If you’re an amateur woodworker like me, you definitely need a circular saw for rough dimensioning and a variety of other tasks, as well. A table saw would be a lot more useful; however, not too many DIY-ers can afford getting one right off the bat, so you might at least consider a circular saw and some good-quality protective equipment.
Try out a power jointer and thickness planer. Flattening the faces of reclaimed or rough lumber can’t be done efficiently unless you put in a lot of time and effort into the whole process. To avoid all of this, I suggest using a power jointer. The thickness planer can help you save a lot of time, and if patience isn’t one of your virtues, you definitely need to consider one of these, as well.
Get a shop vac. Nothing beats a clean workspace, and you know it. If you don’t get a drill press that comes with a specific attachment with the help of which you can keep your table nice and tidy, you at least have to use a shop vac once in a while to get rid of all those wood shavings, scrapings, and all the other debris in your shop.
Find a portable drill that best suits the size of your hands. If your hands are smaller, you might find it difficult to get a good power tool that enables you to get a good hold on to it properly.