I have rounded up a collection of all of my favorite tools and resources! I use these in all my projects – ranging from woodworking to simple crafts and could not do without!
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My Favorite tools and resources –
Basic Saws –
The very basic requirement for any woodworking project is the ability to accurately cut wood – boards and sheets. A compound miter saw was the first saw I bought and was able to do a huge number of projects with just that. Most of my big boards and sheets were cut down by the hardware store. Over time I have added a Circular saw and Jig saw as well to help me be more independent of the hardware store and more accurately cut my lumber for projects. Also, of course the Jig saw brings with it the ability to cut curves and other shapes! Below are the exact models I use.
If you are a complete newbie and don’t want to invest in a saw just yet, you might want to get a miter box and saw. It is great for when you need to make a few simple cuts on small boards.
Kreg Jig –
If you follow my woodworking projects, you know I cannot live without my Kreg Jig and all its accessories! It is the absolute necessity in my world of woodworking! The Face clamp and the right angle clamp are like having an extra pair of hands and are an absolute necessity too! The face clamp holds boards even as you join them and the right angle clamp holds boards at the right angle so you don’t have to worry about them moving as you screw them together.
Drill and bits –
Essential Fasteners/Screws –
There is always a need to attach things that don’t alway use screws. If the board in the project is not going to get a lot of stress, you can always use a brad nailer to attach. When you use thin wood or while upholstering (like this ottoman and bench), you need a good quality staple gun. Apart from using staples, most staple guns can also be used with small nails. I used mine in attaching all the trim on the Ikea Tarva dresser and the Ikea Ivar cabinet.
I always have these screws in my toolbox. These pretty much are all I need for most of my projects. The 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws are used to join boards that are 3/4″ thick and the 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws are used to join boards that are 1 1/2″ thick. For the rare occasion when I am not using pocket holes – like attaching a seat or top to the frame, I love to use spax screws. They do not need any pre-drilled holes and can also be used in a variety of materials. They come in various sizes but the 1 1/4″ and 2″ versions are pretty much all you need for most projects.
Sanding is the most important step of preparing the piece of furniture for finishing – be is staining or painting. A beautiful finish can only be achieved if the surface of the wood is smooth and free of defects. An orbital sander will make your life a lot easier! I started out with a simple low budget sander which worked well for the first year but when I started using it heavily, it died on me. I did a ton of research and opted to get this Bosch orbital sander and it was the best decision. The option of variable speed makes a huge difference in the finish. Also, I didn’t think that dust collection capabilities of sanders could be so great until I started using The Bosch sander. For tight areas, corners and quick distressing, I love my Ryobi Corner cat sander.
These were a few of my most favorite tools! Check out my 5 favorite tools and tricks for woodworking. You seriously will never guess #1!
Painting tools and supplies –
If you follow my blog, you know that I paint almost 90% of my projects. I love color and painted furniture is my favorite! I used to paint everything by hand and it was the LONGEST step of the entire process until I discovered the HomeRight Finishmax paint sprayer. I cannot even imagine painting my outdoor patio set if it would not have been for this paint sprayer. HomeRight recently came out with their large spray shelter and small spray shelter. These are a genius concept! Now I don’t have to worry about building cardboard forts or clearing out everything in the garage before painting! Check out all the tutorials on how to use these and more project inspiration at the bottom of this post.
See my other must have DIY painting tools!
Check out lots of inspiration for fun and colorful furniture makeovers!
My must have adhesives –
Glueing is a part of crafting and woodworking. I always have these 4 adhesives on hand. For wood working, I use wood glue of course. Hot glue was the best invention ever in the world of adhesives. I love the wide range of things that I can glue with my glue gun quickly. E6000 is another adhesive that I love for its strength and capabilities although I hate the fumes! Then there is white gorilla glue – it is super versatile and strong!
Now that you have seen all my favorite tools for all my projects, I want to share with you my #1 tip for success with any project! It saves me tons of time and money and helps me complete all my projects on schedule and in budget! It is my Project Planning Worksheet. It takes only 15 minutes and the results are amazing! A full tutorial on how I use the worksheet is included too! Click below!
My Favorite Blogging Ebooks –
If you are a blogger, I would love to share the below resources with you. These have played a huge role in my blog coming to the point it is right now!
Read more about how these ebooks have helped me grow my blog in this post.