Basic tools can get you in and out of little fixes, but sometimes you need a bit more power in your palm. Power tools don’t have to be scary or intimidating. The right ones for the right jobs make projects go quicker. With a little information, patience, and safety-mindedness, you can become proficient in your use of power tools.
Let’s look at the most common power tools you should know how to use. Whether building a home, trimming moulding, or simply upcycling some thrift find, remember to use safety precautions and ask if you are unsure how the tool works.
1) Compound Miter Saw
From baseboards to crown moulding to 2x4s, this chop saw is used to make cross cuts, angle cuts, and bevel cuts.
2) Battery-Powered Drill
Moving around your job site will be easier with a battery-powered drill. Use this tool to install drywall, building a fence, or removing multiple screws from a board.
3) Circular Saw
Also known as a Skilsaw, this power saw with changeable blades can cut softwood, hardwood, concrete, stucco, glass, ceramic tiles, brick, and metals. Use this circular saw to trim your fence posts or cut wall openings for skylights.
This lightweight tool is used to cut holes in countertops or cabinets. It is perfect for many craft projects with its maneuverability.
5) Palm Sander
The palm sander is perfect for your little projects that require a bit more speed and even sanding. Use it – or an orbital or belt sander – to get those years of varnish or paint off that treasure-trove find or to prepare those table legs for a fresh coat of stain.
Grab one of these power tools and get your project started. You’ll have a profound sense of accomplishment and confidence when you finish.
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