• The home workshop is one of those places that will literally see hundreds of projects both big and small, as the years go by. Everything from a simple patch job on a bicycle tire to building the new family dining room table might happen in the home workshop.• The arsenal of tools you have in your home workshop may vary depending on what you’re into, but there are some tools that you should just always have around. These tools will make it possible to cover all the basics when they come up, and keep up to any ‘to do’ list that comes your way.
Basic Hand Tools• Despite advances in technology and many men’s general love for power tools, having some good old basic hand tools is always a plus for a home workshop. Some of the more useful ones to keep on hand include: Hammer – a basic claw hammer is great for simple jobs like driving light nails, hanging pictures or removing old nails. Screwdrivers – regardless of how many power tools you accumulate, you’ll always find the need for a regular screwdriver from time to time. The kind that carry interchangeable bits in the handle are usually the most convenient to use. Pliers – one good pair of needle nose pliers and a good pair of ‘channel lock’ pliers will help you tackle many different jobs around the house. Socket Wrench – a complete socket wrench set will enable you to loosen or tighten virtually any type of nut or bolt you’ll encounter in a regular household. Utility Knife – a utility knife is one of those tools you will use a lot more than you may think. Look for a knife that has safety features and the ability to take strong blades for heavier work.
Power Drill• Anyone who does even a modest amount of work around the house knows the value of a good power drill. An 18-volt cordless drill will cover all your needs around the house, but you can opt for a less if your needs are less or budget is a factor. Look for a power drill that has the following features: ▫ Two batteries so you can continue working while one charges. ▫ Ability to charge the battery completely in one hour or less. ▫ Complete set of drill bits that will work in wood and masonry.
Circular Saw• A circular saw works well around the house for many lumber cutting chores, especially products that come in sheets like plywood.• Like all power tools, circular saws vary in price and power, but a corded 15-amp saw will usually be enough for most household cutting jobs.
Sander• It’s always possible to buy sheets of sandpaper and get scrubbing when you need something sanded, but a quality random orbit sander is a lot faster and more convenient.• This kind of sander is a handheld tool that moves sanding disks by spinning them and moving it in an ellipse at the same time. This makes for a unique pattern that won’t leave swirls and works for all grains of wood.• Belt, drum and oscillating sanders are a few other types of sanders that might be used in the home workshop.
Levels• Some people might not consider a level a tool, but if you install anything in your house that needs to be square and level, they will save many a project over time.• There are lots of different kinds of levels to buy, but a good metal one with magnets along the edge usually works well.• If you like to keep up to technology, look for an electronic level, or ask what the latest thing in levels happens to be.• Just remember that as long as it keeps your pictures, mirrors and everything else level, it’s a good addition to your collection.
Accessories• Every workshop needs some extras to make the tool collection complete. There’s really no use in having a lot of tools if you aren’t going to stay organized, so a toolbox is one important accessory to have. Look for one that has more than enough room to hold your tools, and is strong enough to keep them safe and dry.• A tape measure is another must-have accessory that some might consider a tool. You can go high tech when it comes to a tape measure, or just use the old-fashioned kind, but it is wise to have one. If you do a lot of measuring alone, look for a tape measure that can extend over 10 feet on its on before collapsing.• One more accessory that you should always have in a home workshop is a pair of safety goggles. Whether you’re using power tools or hand tools, there is always the potential for small fragments and objects to fly into your eyes. A good pair of goggles will enable you to keep working and keep your eyes safe under any circumstances.