I had plans to finish the dog feeder tonight. I even made Kurt help me get the parts at a local hardware store. I didn’t plan on the sinus headache that has rendered me useless and curled up on the sofa. But I’m bored and hurting and grumpy therefore I want to blog, but I don’t have the energy to battle a headache to finish the build tonight. So….what to do, what to do…
I know! Let’s think about my favorite must have tools and we can compare lists.
- Dewalt 18V drill driver – it’s beaten to hell and back, has been dropped once or five times, covered in war paint of various colors but never lets me down.
- Kreg Jig – this crazy little thing has stolen my woodworking heart. It creates “pockets” for pocket screws – great for many projects including the headboard bench project that Dad and I completed.
- Kobalt 10″ sliding miter saw – Dad had a non-sliding miter saw and the guard broke off of the front, which made Dad declare the saw unsafe. If Dad declares something unsafe than it is by all standards completely deadly. I recommend a sliding miter saw because of the extra cuts that can be made without having to flip the board over to complete a second cut.
- Bostitch nail gun – at first I was afraid, I was petrified…now I know that having a nail gun is great for stapling trim, chicken wire onto window frames, and feeling in general like a woodworking BA.
- Crowbar – very handy when trying to remove square-headed nails that are commonly found in barn wood materials.
- Flat-head and Philips screwdriver – not only do these function as (surprise, surprise) screwdrivers, they can be utilized as chisels or other various in a pinch tools.
- Soft bristle/Wire brush – I mention these two quite a bit in my blog posts because I use them for dirt, grime, and bug removal before, during, and after working on projects.
- Hammer – make sure that you have a quality hammer with a claw on the back for nail removal.
- SAE/Metric wrench set – having a few of the same size helps when trying to bust/break old rusty bolts. And if that doesn’t work, use a little Liquid Wrench (see this post for a prime example).
- Measuring tape – measure fifteen times and cut once, right?
Happy thoughts! Now, what are your favorite or essential tools? Should I add to my list?