People value things they make themselves higher than things they buy.
Though building a new table may take more time than going out and buying one, a homemade table will probably mean more to you and your family because you created it.
One of the hardest parts of building anything is finding the right tools.
Let’s take a look at the 10 best tools for your home projects
A hammer is one of those tools you don’t want to be without.
You can use a hammer for a lot of projects, such as:
- Nailing pieces of wood together
- Taking nails back out of old wood
- Hanging pictures
- Hanging Christmas lights
- Tapping objects into tight spaces
You can even use hammers to smash candy canes so you can make your own homemade peppermint bark. (Make sure the candy is in a plastic bag or under a towel so it doesn’t touch the hammer directly).
Quick clamps apply pressure to both sides of an object.
For example, if you need to glue two pieces of wood together for your new bookcase or knife block, quick clamps will hold the pieces tightly together as the glue dries.
Levels aren’t just for making pictures straight. You can also use a level to:
- Make sure the shelves of your bookcase aren’t crooked
- Find out if one side of your dresser is shorter than the other side
- Make sure your fence isn’t sloping as you build it
Just balance it on top of the object and adjust until the bubble is centered in the vial.
If you need to cut a lot of wood, you need a speed square.
You can put the lip of the speed square against the top of the wood and make straight 90-degree lines.
You almost never buy a piece of wood that’s exactly the size you want it. A circular saw is one of the best tools to get that wood down to size.
These handheld saws can make straight cuts (provided you mark the wood well) at a variety of angles.
A circular saw works best for quick cuts on smaller pieces of wood.
If you have larger pieces of wood to cut, you should stick with a mitre saw.
This saw has a mounted blade but allows you to cut large pieces of wood at different angles very quickly. You can use this saw to cut wood for things like furniture, flooring, slats for a new bed frame, or baseboards.
If you don’t need straight cuts, a jigsaw will give you curved and shaped cuts.
Jigsaws are the best tools for cutting designs out of wood, like letters or animals, and making circle cuts.
Anytime you’re working with wood, cutting or drilling or sanding, you should wear safety glasses.
This keeps sawdust and dangerous splinters out of your eyes.
They can drill holes in wood or drywall or act as a power screwdriver. You can use them with all different kinds of drill bits and work with any kind of screw.
If you’re hanging up things like a mirror or a towel rack, you can drill the holes before you hang them. This makes screwing into the wall a lot easier.
Wireless power drills are the best because they aren’t limited to outlets.
In most cases, you can’t begin a project without measuring something first.
Measuring tapes are one of the best tools you can have for your home projects because they can measure just about anything.
Even if you’re just trying to figure out how to measure caster wheels, all you need is your trusty measuring tape.
Make Sure You’re Prepared
Every home project needs some kind of tool. This list includes 10 of the best tools for almost any project.
If you need to cut, nail, screw, or measure, these tools will keep you working.
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