Asked on Oct 15, 2016

Looking for a tool set

Stephen Scott JohnsonLjgordonMarge


I'm a relatively new Diyer and keep running into not having the right tools for the projects I want to accomplish. The diy's are mostly wood projects i.e. large holed peg board, shelves for a pantry, framing a bathroom there an all in one tool set that anyone recommends for a mother of 2 with limited space. Thank you in advance!
7 answers
    • Nicole
      on Oct 16, 2016

      Thank You Ljgordon. Unfortunately or fortunately my husband has almost all the basic tools. Where I'm running into challenges is needing to cut wood or sand large areas. I'm not always able to take advantage of the cutting department at lowes or home depot. Any thoughts on a compact circular saw that is interchangeable?

  • William
    on Oct 16, 2016

    Great site from Ljgordon. All the tools to get started. As you do more and get better, you will find you may need more tools or specialty tools. Welcome, and Good Luck!

  • Ruidoso
    on Oct 16, 2016

    I agree with the others about the basics. When I run into a problem, my hubs will eventually come up with a better idea......Don't feel that WE will neglect you. If in doubt, ASK! W-E-L-C-O-M-E-!

  • Beverly Kulju
    Beverly Kulju
    on Oct 16, 2016

    Besides the basics in this link shown there are a number of companies Dewalt, Makita and Ryobi for sure that make a series of tools that utilize the same battery pack so you have cordless drills, drivers, saw sander and all-in-one tools for whatever light maintenance job you have. These are not heavy duty tools but work well for most home maintenance project and are light weight enough to use for extended period of time without fatigue. I personally have the Ryobi and love them even have a hedge trimmer which makes my gardening work easier also Just remember to always clean your tools after use and they will serve you well for years to come. (The Ryobi sets are at Home Depot only)

  • Marge
    on Oct 16, 2016

    You could probably use a table saw or at least a jig saw. I use an electric sander for wood, dry wall patching. etc. I have a drill press that makes vertical holes without having to hold the drill in place. I used this for drilling into wood or steel. A miter box and a hand saw might be helpful too. What are you planning on making?

  • Ljgordon
    on Oct 17, 2016

    My wife has refinished old furniture and has a palm sander, and a sander with a triangular shaped head. It used hook and loop to attach the various grits of sandpaper. If need I have a 4 X 24" belt sander. Black and Decker makes a 7 1/4" saw. Blades can be changed for what you need to cut.

  • Stephen Scott Johnson
    Stephen Scott Johnson
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Unless you need really precise cuts, a basic jig saw can do a lot. Easy to use and doesn't take up space. For smaller width pieces where you're just crosscutting, a basic miter saw is a great tool and doesn't take up a huge space. For sanding, you probably need a small to medium sized orbital sander, depending on how big is the area to be sanded. As someone mentioned, if you go the battery route, stick with the same tool brand to easily change out batteries. Hope this helps.

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