Thursday, April 16, 2009

Essential Power Tools

I recently did a post on Essential Hand Tools, so now I figure I owe you guys one on Essential Power Tools.

1.) NO MAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT #1 - Drill (Corded or Cordless) - There are so many uses for this tool I am not sure how one would go without.

2.) NO MAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT #2 - Circular Saw - someone who is skilled with a circular saw can do amazing things that most of us need a table saw to do.

With the first two items a handy person has almost all of what is needed to build a house!

3.) Orbital Sander - great for general sanding and smoothing of surfaces.

4.) Jig Saw - a must if you want to do any type of curved cutting.

5.) Sawzall - I use thing mostly for demo but it is great for cutting in certain circumstances and in tight spaces.

6.) Table Saw - used to rip sheets of plywood or dimensional lumber that would VERY difficult if not impossible with a circular saw. I just used mine when repairing my fence to rip down a picket to 2 inches to fill an odd gap.

7.) Router - this is used to finish the edges of wood or put a decorative edge on them.

8.) Grinder (Benchtop) - I use mine all the time when sharpening my ax or my lawn mower blade.

9.) Compound Mitre Saw - if you do finish carpentry...this is the right tool to have. I would never even consider putting up molding or trim without one.

10.) Belt Sander - this is used when you have a lot of wood or a large surface area to sand. You need to be careful with this because you can remove a lot of wood in a short amount of time.

Having the right tool for the job is paramount and will make that job easy and more importantly successful.

...that is all.

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  1. Am I missing something? I don't see a drill press on your list. I'm not that good with a hand drill.

    I like my band saw and my scroll saw as well.

  2. Good tips! Also a dremel tool rocks!

  3. Bitmap:

    It is like anything else, some people have a different definition of essential....I would love to have a bandsaw and a drill press but I don't have the room in my garage.

    When I need curved cuts I use my jigsaw, when I need to make holes I use a regular drill.

    Scroll saws are great but I haven't had too much use for one but keep in mind I am not a wood worker so your mileage may vary for sure.

    Dremel's do rock, I use mine alot!

    The key here is use what works for you :)

  4. My father gave me a file when I was 4, showed me how to care for it and taught me how to make every tool by hand over the 12 years. Give me a motor and I'll make a power tool.

  5. YeOldFurt:

    Nothing wrong with that...hell I wish I more mechanically inclined...would have loved to do some machinist type work myself.

    I have seen those guys fabricate some things of beauty...

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