Are you too used to the idea of running to your dad and borrowing his toolbox whenever you have a DIY project on your hands? That may not be a big problem if it only happens once in a while. However, if you plan on creating your own workshop, then there are some things that, as a DIY-er, you should have. Here is a short list to get you started.
A set of screwdrivers
If there was a first thing I purchased for my workshop at home, that must have been a set of screwdrivers. So many projects require such a tool, and the more you have, the better, because different sizes can easily be needed for various projects.
From tightening loose drawers to repairing lighting fixtures, and even opening can lids, there are many applications for one or more screwdrivers. Having a set helps you keep things well organized and you will never lose one of them.
An old fashioned claw hammer
A hammer is another piece of hardware that you should not lack in your toolbox. Whether you need to drive nails into a piece of wood or engage is demolishing small constructions, you will find this tool handy. Make sure that the hammer you pick is heavy enough.
A 16-ounce model is the most recommended. I like it best because I can carry it around, but it is not too lightweight. Also, here is a piece of advice: go for a model with a synthetic handle, because it will last longer than one with a wooden handle.
There are very few DIY projects that do not require any measurement. So, if you are to be true to yourself, as a DIY-er, a retractable tape measure should be on your shopping list. It may sound like a too mundane tool, but if it’s missing, you will know how much you need it.
The chances are that you will need to drill holes and drive nails and screws into wood or other materials when you work around the house. A portable drill is an essential tool because it does not depend on electric outlets being around. Get a model with a lithium-ion battery, as these are the most durable.
If you can afford it, a saw table is the best choice, but a circular saw can be a reliable alternative just as well. For making straight cuts fast and smoothly, there is no other tool to compete in this field. Whether you need to cut through ply wood or engage in small furniture related projects, a circular saw will prove indispensable.