Essential DIY ToolsApart from essential hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, cramps, clamps etc, there are three categories of power tools that I consider essential to DIY. These are:
Table saws including hand held saws.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Table Saw
Mobility. Do you need a table saw that you can move from your workshop, to a jobsite, and back again? If so, mobility should be your main consideration when choosing a table saw.
Portable table saws are easy to move and transport. In fact, one person should be able to move a portable table saw around a workshop or jobsite with ease.
Contractor’s table saws are bigger, and can handle larger stock, than portable table saws. But it would be hard for one person to move a contractor’s table saw on their own.
Cabinet table saws are powerful. They’re also heavy. Moving one of these table saws takes so much effort and manpower that it’s usually best to leave them where they are.
Size. When considering a table saw, always keep these two questions in mind:
When you put this model in your workspace along with the rest of your tools and equipment, will you have enough room to work and move around comfortably?
If you intend to stash your table saw away when it’s not in use, will this model fit into the storage space you have in mind?
Power. How much power you need in a table saw will depend on the types of jobs you’ll use it for.
Many table saws, especially portable saws, have a 1.5 to 2-horsepower motor, and can be plugged into a standard, 120-volt household circuit. Typically, these saws are powerful enough to cut hardwoods that are around two inches thick.
More powerful, 3 to 5-horsepower table saws can handle tougher jobs, like cutting hardwoods that are three inches thick or more. But these saws often require at least 240 volts of power to run, and not all garages or workshops are wired to provide that kind of power.
How to Use a Table Saw Safely
Table saws are powerful tools. In fact, they are so powerful makes that taking the right safety measures when using one is a must.
Here are some tips that will help you use your table saw safely.
When cutting narrow stock, use a push stick to keep your fingers far away from the blade.
When using any power tool, protect yourself from eye and hearing damage by wearing safety glasses and ear protection.
Never use a table saw while wearing loose clothing, dangling accessories, or long sleeves.
Before using your table saw, make sure the safety features (like the anti-kickback pawls and saw blade guard) are properly adjusted and in good working order.
Having a piece of wood kick back into your body is never fun. To avoid such mishaps, never stand directly in front of a table saw blade.
Your Air Compressor: How to Use This Versatile Tool
An air compressor is an indispensible tool for woodworkers, home remodelers, crafters, and auto mechanics. In fact, anyone can benefit from having an air compressor, even those who only have to do the occasional home repair project.
Your air compressor is an amazing tool. And here are just a few ways you can use it to make any crafting, repair or construction project a whole lot easier.
Driving Nails without a Hammer
A nail gun is one of the most popular air compressor attachments, and for good reason.
If you do woodworking projects, you’ll appreciate having a nail gun. In fact, anyone who does projects that require dozens (if not hundreds) of nails will love this attachment. Not only does using a nail gun enable you to get the work done faster, it will also be easier on your wrists than using a hammer to drive in all of those nails.
You can use your nail gun on large projects, like repairing a roof or installing kitchen cabinets. Or you can use this attachment on smaller projects, like making picture frames and bird houses.
Having a nail gun attachment on your air compressor is also cost effective. A battery-operated nailer can cost hundreds of dollars more than a nail gun attachment does. Battery-operated nailers also run out of power and have to be recharged, something you don’t have to worry about with a nail gun attachment.
Another popular air compressor attachment is the paint sprayer.
The thought of painting a room fills some of us with dread. Not only does it take a lot of time and effort, it can also be really messy.
A paint sprayer can make painting interior walls and ceilings faster and easier.
Paint sprayer attachments also tend to make less mess, so there’s less to clean up.
You can use paint sprayer attachments to paint everything from cars, to furniture, to fences. And paint sprayers often give you a smoother, more even finish than paint brushes and paint rollers do.
Car Maintenance and Repair
Are you a DIY auto mechanic? Maybe you want to save money by handling the repair and maintenance of your car yourself. Or you just enjoy working on cars. Whatever the case may be, an air compressor is one tool you’ll want to have in your garage.
There are dozens of air compressor attachments designed to make things easier for the DIY auto mechanic. For example, you can use an air ratchet tool attachment to remove stubborn bolts. Or use an air gun to clear your engine of dirt and debris.
And, yes, you can use your air compressor to pump up your tires.
Other Popular Attachments
There’s almost no end to the number of attachments you can use with your air compressor. In fact, many air compressors come with some of the more popular attachments included. And, with a little looking, you can always find more attachments that will increase the functionality of your air compressor.
Three other popular air compressor attachments are:
Drill Attachments. Use these to drill holes through a variety of materials.
Sander Attachments. You can use these attachments to sand, polish or grind wood, metal, and many other materials.
Air Blower Attachments. You can use an air blower attachment to do a variety of things, including clean up sawdust, and other workshop debris.
An air compressor is truly one of the most versatile power tools you can own. And, considering all you can do with an air compressor, it’s an investment that will pay for itself in no time.
An oscillating tool is a versatile, multi-purpose, handheld tool that many construction workers, home remodelers, woodworkers and DIYers can’t live without.
You can use an oscillating tool to sand, cut, grind, scrape, saw, polish, and much more. It’s like having a dozen different power tools all in one compact package. And that might be why these power tools were once so pricey.
But now, you can find many high quality oscillating tools that are reasonably priced.
Essential DIY Tools