Power Tool Essentials for Your Home Workshop

Power Tool Essentials for Your Home Workshop

Helpful power tools that are nice to have around the house

By Glyn Sheridan

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Selecting the most frequently used power tools for your workshop will ensure that you have the right equipment to complete most common household projects. For brave DIYers that like to tackle challenging projects themselves, a few basic home power tools are essential for most jobs. Keep in mind that you may need to call in a professional or add specialty tools for difficult home projects.

Stationary Power Tools

Large, stationary power tools can be a substantial investment, but they will save time and labor. A table saw will allow you to rip larger sheets of wood into smaller, workable sizes, and it will help you make straight cuts. Chop and miter saws enable you to cut precise angles. If you're building furniture, a jigsaw is invaluable for patterned cuts. If you work with rough lumber, a power planer will smooth your board surface.

Hand-Cutting and Drilling

Even with big stationary tools, you'll frequently make cuts directly to your project. A circular saw will make straight cuts, and a reciprocating saw will make rough cuts for openings in plywood and other large sheet-type woods. A power band saw or a power scroll saw will make smaller, refined and intricate cuts. A drill with a variety of bits will make holes of many sizes, and a router can make individual holes or let you shape the edges of your project.


If you plan to build large projects, such as bookcases, chests or shelves, you'll need a framing nail gun. These nail guns shoot large nails useful for building a solid structural frame. A screw gun is also handy for attaching wood sections when you're using wood that tends to split if nailed.


Finishing tools are essential in your workshop for putting the final touches on your projects. These power tools will help you create projects with a professional look. They include hand sanders, orbital and belt-type sanders, finish nailers, pinners and staplers. Select a quality paint sprayer to apply paint or varnish for an impeccable finish on your projects.

Air Power

When choosing power tools for your workshop, consider air tools that connect to a central source. One of the first purchases in a workshop is often a large air compressor to power numerous air power hand tools. While large, stationary power tools run on direct electricity, air power hand tools are versatile, with long, flexible air hoses that allow the craftsman to manipulate the tools without the danger of numerous electrical cords. The air hoses that connect the power tools are interchangeable.

About the Author

Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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