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- On this page, you can scroll our resources of products we use on a daily basis.
- You then can check out our Portfolio link at the top, which is our collaboration of photos (many more than in blog posts) from every DIY project we have documented in sequential order.
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- The Blog is the page where our new project updates will be posted as soon as they are live!
Top 13 Essential DIY Tools:
In order to get started doing any type of DIY projects, these are my tried and true tools of choice, in order of what you should purchase first to last. Keep in mind the items get more expensive as you get more experienced with renovations and DIY projects… The tools I have listed below are items I actually use on a daily basis and will vouch for each of them! I’m a firm believer of buying quality over quantity. The tools I purchase may be more expensive up front (though they aren’t Festool prices!) but they will last for years to come!
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- A quality tape measure that will last for ages… My tape measure of choice is the Stanley 25-Feet FatMax Tape Measure
- Carpenter pencils are a must! Check out the CH Hanson Carpenter Pencil (Pack of 12)
- A quality hammer that lasts for decades… The one I use is the Estwing 16-Ounce Straight Claw Leather Handle Hammer
- You have to have a framing/speed square to mark your cuts! The one I use is the Stanley Quick Square
- You will need a nail punch set sooner or later. I really like the Stanley Cushion Grip Nail Set
- I own three different four different size levels, and each of them serve their own purpose greatly. I wouldn’t abandon any of them, since I need each size for a variety of projects. They include: Johnson 9-Inch Magnetic Glo-View Aluminum Torpedo Level, Stanley FatMax 24-Inch Level, Stanley FatMax 48-Inch Level, and Stanley FatMax 72-Inch Level
- There is only so much you can do trying to sand things by hand. For this reason, you will definitely want to get your hands on a power sander. The one I use, and my preferred choice is the Bosch ROS20VSC 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander. I also own the Black & Decker QS900 1/4-Sheet Sander, but I prefer the Bosch over this one.
- I use a miter saw on a daily basis for everything from cross cuts, trim work, you name it… The one I use is an older version of the DEWALT DWS782 12-Inch Slide Compound Miter Saw. Save your money now and buy a 12″ sliding miter saw instead of a 10″, or a fixed saw. I can cross cut 12″ wide boards with this saw!
- A good circular saw will be a must have for multiple purposes, including long cross cuts and other general cuts. I have an old discontinued Craftsman saw, but I have my eye on the Makita 5007MGA Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake when my Craftsman dies…
- I did a lot of research on cordless drills/drivers before making a purchase, and I am impressed daily with my Makita LXT211 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit. I can’t say enough good things about this kit. I use it with darn near every project. It charges fast, lasts long, is light weight (for an 18v) and has tons of power. Yes it costs more, but again… Quality over quantity…
- Once you do enough DIY projects, a hammer and nails just don’t cut it anymore… For that reason, you need an air compressor and a couple different size nailers: The PORTER-CABLE PCFP02003 3.5-Gallon 135 PSI Pancake Compressor will provide enough CFM and Pressure to get most jobs done. I pair this with two different size Hitachi Nail Guns, the Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer for finer trim work/woodworking and the Hitachi NT65MA4 15-Gauge Angle Finish Nailer for a bit more heavy duty trim work/woodworking. With the exception of my Hitachi NR90AE(S) Framing Nail Gun (for framing), these are the only two nail guns I use for the majority of my trim and woodwork.
- Another fastening tool which I cannot live without is my Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System. This tool has helped me build bookshelves, tables, benches, you name it! It hides the holes out of sight, hence the name “pocket hole”. I’d also recommend getting the Kreg Face Clamp to help line up those joints.
- Rounding out this list is my favorite tool of the bunch! My PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner! I’ve used this tool to build bookshelves, my garage cubbies, and complete my custom wall wainscoting project! I love using a plate joiner for a wide variety of projects!
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Email List Building:
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