Do you have a DIYer on your Christmas List? Know someone that wants to start working on projects but doesn't have the tools?
Christmas is the best time to buy tools because they are on sale - that's why I'm getting my Holiday Gift Guide out before Black Friday - so you can plan your shopping now.
There's a handful of tools that you need to build almost every or any project. These are the essential tools that every DIYer should have.
If you are starting from scratch with tools, consider buying the same brand of tools so they can all share the same battery. The batteries are the expensive part, and you only really need a couple. This will also minimize the number of battery chargers you have to keep track of and store.
I'm recommending Ryobi tools and this post is sponsored by Ryobi because they have the best cordless brad nailer option, and I've been using their tools for almost a decade. Ryobi is a great value option for those doing DIY projects. I've linked to the tools I use in the below list of essentials.
- Cordless Drill - for screwing and drilling holes, mine is part of a combo kit with the circular saw below.
- Cordless Circular Saw - I use the 5-1/2" blade because it's easier to handle and smaller to store. It comes in a combo kit with the cordless drill.
- Cordless Brad Nailer - nails are faster, cheaper and easier to hide than screws
- Cordless Random Orbital Sander - easy to change sanding discs, versatile, powerful, uses sandpaper up consistently
- Kreg Jig - used for better joints, edge to edge joints, hidden fastening. Your projects will look more professional with a Kreg Jig. I recommend the K5 for serious DIYers or the Kreg 320 for occasional DIYers.
- Tape Measure, Clamps, Eye and Ear Protection all are necessary as well - see also under stocking stuffers
Want to spoil your woodworking friend? These are the gifts that will bring on the squeals of delight! Why? Because these are the tools that will take projects to the next level! And make life easier.
- Cordless Jigsaw - for making curved cuts
- 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw - for making better cuts faster, can also cut at angles and bevels quickly and easily
- Cordless Crown Stapler - if you want to add fabric or canvas to project, for example, upholstering a bench or attaching canvas to frames
- Cordless Hot Glue Gun - for when no other fastener will work, or when you are attaching mixed materials. Also great for attaching corners of picture frames.
- Cordless Router - For finishing edges and taking material out of wood. You can router out channels or create decorative edges, or even use to cut round tabletops.
The Stocking Stuffers
If you have someone on your list that has a few tools already, or you aren't shopping for a big ticket item, here are my recommendations for stocking stuffers. You can't ever have enough screws, nails, sandpaper, or foam brushes.
- Tape Measure - A 16' tape measure is all you need
- Stud Finder - Essential for finding studs in the wall
- Clamps - pick clamps that will work with the workbench. If the workbench has high sides, make sure you purchase clamps with a big enough opening to clamp both the workbench and the project
- Safety Glasses - Amazon affiliate link
- Hearing Protection - Amazon affiliate link
- Drill Bit sets (includes both driving and drilling bits)
- Speed Square
- Foam Brushes - buy on Amazon about $.25 a brush - Amazon affiliate link
- 3/4" and 1-1/4" brad nails
- 1-1/4, 2" and 2-1/2" self tapping screws (I like the GRK brand self tapping finish/trim head and also the GRK cabinet screws at Home Depot)
- Paint brushes - 2" and 3" sizes are best for painting furniture, assortments are always appreciated
- Sanding discs and sanding blocks