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Hey guys! Long time, no see! In true Stephanie form I have been MIA from the blog for quite some time now! What can I say…life! I’m sure you can all understand that. I have a few projects in the works but in the mean time I thought it would be fun to do a little post for anyone thinking about getting into woodworking. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite tools I use. I’m putting them in the order I purchased all of mine but this list is in no way ordered by what I like the most. I love my tools like I love my kiddos…all equally haha. Let’s get this party started, shall we? (P.S. Just click on the pictures to be taken to affiliate links where you can purchase everything I’ve mentioned!)
CORDLESS DRILL-I have two drills. I use them both all of the time. One is perfectly fine but if you are able to have two it’s a great time saver! I have both a DeWalt and a Ryobi. The DeWalt is a little more powerful but more expensive. The Ryobi is great for the home DIYer because it’s a great price point and gets the job done.
CIRCULAR SAW-I must admit. I sort of hate working with this. Maybe it’s because I can’t cut a straight line to save my life? Who knows! The thing is, if you are interested in building this is a great option for your first project. The first thing I made was a table and chairs for my kids. For my first project I didn’t want to invest in expensive tools like a compound miter saw. Let’s be honest…what if I hated wood working? That would be a huge waste. The circular saw is great because it’s not very expensive. I don’t even know what brand I have but I am really wanting this Ryobi cordless circular saw. The idea of not having to work around the cord is what gets me!
KREG JIG-Once you’ve done your first smaller project and figure out that wood working is Ah-MA-Zing, you will want this baby! At first I bought the R3 but quickly invested in the K4. There are newer options out now (mine is 6 years old) including the big daddy of them all, the Kreg Foreman. That’s my dream tool! Now that you’re an avid woodworker, walk don’t run, to the store to get yourself a Kreg Jig!
COMPOUND MITER SAW-Say goodbye to the days of cutting everything with the circular saw! Notice I said everything because you’re still going to need that dang thing anytime you need to cut sheet goods. Whomp whomp! But now, when you’re cutting smaller pieces you can use this guy. I started off with a knockoff brand that got me through for a good 7 years. I was redonkulously lucky last year when my dad’s cousin said she had a saw that she wanted to give me. Enter my new Dewalt 10″ Sliding Compound Miter saw!!! Do you need this particular saw? Heck no but if someone is giving you one DON’T TURN IT DOWN haha. For a more budget friendly option you can always go with the Ryobi version. I haven’t had one yet but I love my Ryobi tools so I’m sure it’s great!
SAW BLADES-Something to remember is your saw blades dull over time. I know I have heard that you can take them places to get them sharpened but if you don’t want to do that I definitely recommend Diablo. Cutting with a new Diablo blade is like putting a hot knife through butta!
SANDER-Sanding is one of my least favorite things to do! Having an electric sander makes things much more bearable though. I have several different types of sanders. I have an orbital sander, square sander, Ryobi corner cat sander, and a Ryobi belt sander. All of mind are corded. I would suggest getting a battery powered sander though. I hate dealing with the cord. I really need to upgrade my corner cat sander to the Ryobi One Plus Corner Cat Finish Sander. If you’re reading this Ryobi, please feel free to send me everything on my wish list…I won’t be mad haha!
BRAD NAILER-You can go two ways on this one. You can go get yourself a new air compressor and a pneumatic nailer which is what I used until about 1.5 years ago. There’s nothing wrong with this but it’s not as easy as a battery operated one especially if your air compressor is a giant like mine is! If you already have an air compressor you can just take your happy little self down to the nearest Harbor Freight (or order through the Amazon link) like I did and get this guy from Central Pneumatic. If your budget is larger I would suggest the Ryobi One Plus AirStrike. I love mine! I can move all around the garage/driveway and even take it inside to use without having to lug around the compressor. It’s a bit of an investment though so start saving now!
SAFETY EQUIPMENT-I know this is number 8 on a list of 7 must have tools. Well, that’s because I don’t really consider this as tools but they are super important so I wanted to make sure to include them. Eye/ear protection and a dust mask are musts!! Also, if you are a woman a ponytail is great but if you are like me and have very long hair I would suggest a bun. I always thought a ponytail was sufficient until I saw a video of a lady who’s pony got caught by her drill and ripped her scalp right off her head. Seriously, BE CAREFUL! You’re not saving yourself any money by DIYing if you end up having to pay a bill to the ER because you weren’t being safe!
Well guys, those are some of the things I always recommend to people who are looking to start woodworking. Of course don’t limit yourself to these things but they’re a great starting place. And before you know it you will have a tool wish list that’s a mile long with an equally long to build list! If you’re looking for some projects here are a few easier project below that I’ve made. Good luck and happy building!!
If you decide to give out any projects I would love for you to tag me on social media using the hashtag #simplylovelylumber. Happy building!!