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Choosing Your Work Tools
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Work shops consist of several tools, depending on common tasks and
personal skills. For most homeowners that are creating a workshop,
several tools are considered priority tools. It is important to
assess your goals and common tasks, and then select the tool that
best suits your needs. Keep in mind that it isn't necessary to buy
all of your tools at once. It is a better idea to wait for your
skills to improve and your projects to grow more complex. This will
give you a better idea of what tools to add that will give you the
There are several different categories of workshop tools including
power tools, air tools, cordless tools, mechanic tools, and hand
tools. If you are a serious “do-it-yourselfer” then your work shop
should consist of several priority tools to make it a truly complete
workshop. Priority tools generally include a table saw, band saw,
radial arm saw, air compressor, compound miter saw, table and belt
sander, a planer, lathe, drill press, a good router with
accessories, and an assortment of hand tools. Also, priority hand
tools include a good set of chisels and a good plane.
When purchasing the tools for your workshop, it is best to make a
visit to your local hardware store. On mid-to-high end brands, the
place to find the best prices would be a Home Depot or other
hardware superstore. Craftsman tools are commonly a good value, and
come with solid guarantees. Other good quality brands include Black
and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Companion, and Skil.
In addition, when it comes to workshop tools, proper maintenance is
important. You have a serious investment in your tools, and they
will last several lifetimes if you take good care of them. Not only
should you choose tools of high quality for lasting purposes, but
also be sure to follow a few simple steps when it comes to tool
• Keep tools dry.
• Clean them regularly.
• Keep them lubricated.
• Keep them sharp.
• Fix pieces that break.
• Sharpen blades when they get dull.
• Make sure to put them back in their proper place.