I tend to do mostly DIY renovation projects and because of that own a lot of my own tools. Never fear, you do not have to own all of these to DIY your own home remodeling.  Many of these can be rented at your local home improvement store or borrowed from friends (with possibly some help if you offer some pizza and refreshments when you are done!) Here are the top 5 tools I can’t live without. 

1. Miter Saw and Miter Saw Stand

 A miter saw is a specialized tool that lets you make cuts at a variety of angles. The saw has a blade mounted on a swing arm that pivots left or right to produce angled cuts. You can use a miter saw to quickly make cuts for crown molding, picture frames, door frames, window casings and more. I use the miter saw mostly for quick straight cuts for projects like wood floors and shiplap. It is what I used to cut my wood for my budget backsplash project.  Because I use mine so often, mine is mounted on a collapsible rolling stand.

2. Table Saw and Table Saw Stand

A table saw or saw-bench is a woodworking tool, that has a circular saw blade, mounted on an arbor, that is driven by an electric motor. The blade protrudes through the surface of a table, which provides support for the material, usually wood, being cut.  Mostly, I use a table saw to rip boards long ways.  Again, with as much as I use it, mine is anchored on a portable stand.

3. Palm Sander

The palm sander, or orbital finishing sander, is a hand-held tool that allows you to sand surfaces to remove the finish in order to add another finish or to generally smooth the surface of something. It can be controlled using one hand. If you prep surfaces correctly, you will find you need one of these!  You can get a pretty decent one in the $35.00 range.

4.  Cordless and Corded Drills, Drive and Drill Bit Sets

I am lumping these all together.  A cordless drill is great to have when I am working on furniture in my studio or hanging doors or something like that. The newer ones are handy because a good number of them have a light that comes on when the drill is running.  It makes it easier to see what you are doing. A cordless drill though just doesn’t have the power of a corded drill.  I own both because the corded drill helps me drill into something that is really tough such as concrete or a hardwood.  You use a drill bit set to drill holes and a driver bit set to drive in screws.

5. Nail Gun

A nail gun has all kinds of use.  I use it to re-attach the back of things like china cabinets after I have painted it.  I used it to attach my backsplash.  I will use it on my shiplap ceilings.  I use it to attach window and door frames and for many other things.  The one I have will nail both smaller and larger nails as it contained two separate sized nail guns.

These tools always make my projects much easier!  I always have smaller tools like a flat head and phillips head screwdriver, a level, a tape measure, a hammer and pliers close by.  If I have all of these, I can pretty much accomplish almost anything!

Until Next Time–Cheers!  Jodi


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