Everyone needs to have the right tools for the job. You can’t be a photographer without a camera, a pianist without a piano, or a baker without baking pans. The same applies for the Do-It-Yourselfer. I’ve pulled together a list of my must have Tools for the DIYer to help you get started on your next project!
Tools for the DIYer
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If you were to start anywhere, I would start here with a purchase like this one. You have most everything you would need to tackle any basic DIY project, including a cordless screwdriver! Hammer, tape measure, pliers, level – all you need in one kit! In fact, Trent even heads for my toolkit over his own. It’s just so convenient!
You can always use a quality utility knife in your toolkit. From cutting boxes to scoring wood – this is a tool I go for quite often.
This screwdriver safes you time and effort with the ratcheting option. You can screw easily without changing grip. Another awesome feature is that the top of the screwdriver opens as storage for extra bits!
If you’re wanting to hang shiplap, or make sure your pictures are even, then get a nice level. I like this one because you can use it at multiple angles.
I have linked to this tool many times before. This is my favorite tool I use when I do any reupholstery project. It’s perfect for removing staples and nails.
So now you’re ready to take on the bigger projects and need the right tools for the job. Here are some essentials to get you started.
So this was the first big girl tool I learned to use. Being a natural klutz, I steered away from making the cuts and always deferred to my husband to do the job. Until that one day when I needed something cut and he wasn’t at home. I had watched him hundreds of times, so I knew what to do. Boy, I wish I would have learned sooner. This is a favorite piece of mine!
This little guy is fun to use! It’s so easy to make the curved cuts and add detail when needed. Super easy to use and really affordable.
This tool had made my woodworking projects go by so quickly, but did you know you can use it for reupholstery too? I used this tool when I recovered my Wingback Chair. Unless you are particularly handy, I recommend getting the “oil-free” type of compressor so you don’t need to keep up with the maintenance of that option.
Ooh! I want this one just because it’s so pretty! This is the tool I use to hang shiplap, or build pallet projects, but what I love about it is the option to use it as a staple gun. It has made many an upholstery project much easier!
This isn’t the hand sander I use, but it’s the one I wish we had. We have a pneumatic hand sander because of our air compressor, but it sometimes leaves swirl marks. So this little guy is on my wish list.
A good power drill with a quality battery is an excellent tool to have. This is our favorite one. We’ve owned it for years, still haven’t replaced the battery, and it holds a charge for days! Love this drill!
This tool makes marking so easy on boards!
So this new addition to our tool arsenal has changed my life. Not only are my tools hidden away nice and neat, but the worktop is A-MAY-ZING! Of course, I love having a clean surface to work on, and being able to leave a project to dry in a safe place is awesome!
My sawhorses have taken a beating! As far as tools for the DIYer – this one gets used all the time. From painting doors to cutting plywood – I use these babies non-stop. They are also helpful when you need to cut a long board on your miter saw.
Do you remember the little dog on the side of the milk cartons in elementary school? He always gave tips on being safe, in fact, I think his name was Safety Pup! Well, Safety Pup says always wear protective gear when you do woodworking. Sanding dusk and particles can easily get in your eyes or nose. Such a necessity to have these in your tool kit.
Not only do I use these when working on a DIY project, but I’ve also utilized these for many craft projects too. It’s the extra set of hands you need when no one is there to help out.
What I love about this tool is it’s safety feature. Not only does it scan for studs, but it also scans for electricity to keep you from drilling or hammering into an electrical line. I use this guy ALLLLL the time!
My Tool Wish List
Yes, there are a few tools I have yet to own, but I am hoping to get one day. So I’m sharing my wishlist Tools for a DIYer that I don’t own with you as well!
Being able to trim pieces of wood easily would make so many projects easier, but it’s a pricey item and takes up space that we don’t have. Hopefully this tool will be in our home one day!
I haven’t really needed this tool in all of my DIYs, but it sure looks fun to use!
This is really helpful in making tricky cuts. Of course I’d love to have one of these. It just looks so cool!
This list of Tools for the DIYer should help you get a head start on what items you need to accomplish any project. Do you have a favorite tool that I haven’t listed? Leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorite tools are!
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