I purchased these tools as I needed them. It may take you a few days/weeks to get to the point of needing a Nail Gun for example, no need to rush out and purchase one until you need it. Some of the power tools you can rent from your local Building Supply Store if you want to go that route.
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Tape Measure – I LOVE this one by Little Pink Tools! It has the fractions on it so no more counting the hash marks!
Gloves/Safety Glasses – I use different ones depending on what I am doing, sanding, staining, nail gun, etc. Whatever kind you are comfortable with will work, just protect those girly hands & nails! Safety Glasses are so important, wear them! Lots of different types to choose from at Home Depot, no excuses!
Pencil – Just an ordinary pencil or you can grab a carpenter one from your local building supply store. Kinda a no-brainer but believe me, I searched around my house for a pencil and all I could find were markers and pens!
Sander – I prefer an Orbital Sander, the one I use is from Ridgid. Orbital vs. Sheet (Palm) Sander – Both are great Sanders, here are a few Pros & Cons. I use the Ridgid Brand because of the Lifetime Warranty!
- Sands in random pattern resulting in fewer swirl marks.
- Can sand joints with grain of each board going in different directions.
- Faster than a palm sander at removing material.
- Less hand fatigue than a vibrating sheet sander.
- Easy and quick to change sanding discs
- Better at getting into corners.
- Must keep moving and follow the grain to avoid swirl marks.
- Less expensive than a random orbital sander.
- Less expensive to operate because it uses standard sandpaper.
- Works well for sanding between finish coats.
- Removes material less quickly.
- Paper tends to tear once it wears or if an edge is caught.
- Extended use can results in hand numbness.
Bottom line, both are great Sanders, the Orbital is the most versatile.
Orbital Reciprocating Saw – Great tool for taking pallets apart! Light weight and blades can be changed without a tool.
Best Investment Corded Drill – I started out with a rechargeable drill but quickly found that it didn’t have enough power for what I needed and I kept changing batteries. If you need to purchase a drill, I would definitely go with the corded version right from the start! I LOVE my Ridgid Drill! I purchased a heavy duty one so my Husband could use it for projects other than woodworking, you can purchase a less expensive one if you only are going to use if for woodworking.
Nail Gun – Great for small Brad or Finishing nails. When I was ready to purchase one, Home Depot had a four-in-one deal, Brad Nailer, Finishing Nailer, Staple Gun and an Air Compressor all for $199.00! It seems like a lot of money to spend but trust me, it is a great deal when you consider the Compressor alone is upwards of $200.00. I just looked online and they still have the same deal again, click on the picture below!