DIY is a great way to save money on home improvement projects. We’ve done a ton of DIY on this house in the almost 4 years we’ve lived here, and I wanted to take you on a peek of our “workshop” to see the tools we use regularly and can’t live without. These would be perfect gifts for the DIYer or aspiring DIYer in your life!
A drill is the #1 must have tool. This one has a powerful 20v rechargeable battery that can be used on other Dewalt Tools on this list. It also comes with the charger and an impact driver for when you need a little more power.
This compound mitre saw was one of the very first tools we bought when we got the keys to this house. It’s come in so handy not only for angle cuts, but just to use as a chop saw to cut straight lines on smaller boards. Its my favorite saw.
This circular saw is great for cutting large boards. We don’t have a table saw, so this is the one that we use to make cuts on large pieces of plywood. It uses the same batteries as the drill, so you can get the saw only for a cheaper price.
A Dremel Rotary Tool is a wonderful tool to have around the house. It can do so many things! I’ve used it to cut baseboards, sand small things, and even route door mortises with the router attachment!
Anyone who wants to learn how to make furniture needs a Kreg Jig. This tool makes pocket holes to join 2 pieces of wood together for the strongest joints. It’s super easy to use and fun too!
Crown molding makes a huge difference in a room, but it’s really hard to cut. This Kreg Crown Molding Jig makes the cutting part easy! Seriously, if you’re going to hang crown molding, save yourself hours of time thinking and get this jig.
I bought this air compressor when I got my first nail gun, and I’ve used it for all of my projects since. It is big and loud, so make sure you wear proper ear protection when using it. You’ll also need a hose and accessories.
The following nail guns make my projects go fast! They all use the same air compressor, hose and accessories.
This brad nail gun has saved me so much time, it’s paid for itself. I was really scared of nail guns, but once I got this one, I make up projects just to have some nail gun fun. Don’t forget the nails! I like 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ nails.
We don’t use our framing nail gun much, but when we do, its saves a ton of time. I’ve used this gun to make corn hole board bases, bases for cabinets, and wall framing. These nails are big and sturdy. Note – the framing nailer DOES NOT come with a case. We hang ours on our pegboard.
I invested in this little paint sprayer to paint cabinet doors, and I love it. As an entry into the paint sprayer genre, this is a good. one. It’s easy to use and easy to clean. It’s really great for small projects. It uses regular mason jars which you can use to store your left over paint when you’re done. Make sure you get a replacement parts set so you have some extra cork rings.
Those are the tools I use most often for my DIY projects, but I still have some tools on my wish list. These tools will get most of what you want done. We’ve remodeled an entire bathroom, built in shelves, installed the bar and more with just these tools.
What tools can you not live without? I’m always looking to add tools to my shop.