DIY Essential Tools

People always ask me for my list of tools that I use to produce my DIY projects…

I am frugal…

But I know the right tools are essential.

I only get tools that are tough as nails… at the absolute lowest price.

Here is my entire list (which I update often and only feature 4+ star out of 5 reviews):


Evolution miter saw (cuts wood, alum, steel, etc)
DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT DCS391B 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion Circular Saw
Skil circular saw
GRR-RIPPER Advanced 3D Pushblock by MICROJIG
Bandsaw With Fence
8″ Dado stack
Push Blocks
Top Handle Jig Saw Kit
Rip Cut (circular saw guide)
Flush cut saw


Incra box joint jig
Precision Screw driver kit


Speed square
Drywall Scoring Square
Digital Protractor
Digital Angle Gauge
Taper jig


DEWALT DW735X 13″ Two-Speed Planer Package
JET 12-Inch 1 Horsepower Open Stand Disc Sander with Dust Canister
WEN 6510 Oscillating Spindle Sander
WEN 6321 7 Amp Heavy Duty Belt Sander with Dust Bag
Makita BO5041K 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander Kit
Porter Cable 6″ Jointer
Shop Fox Hanging Air Filter
Dust Collector
Dust Collector Bag


JET J-2500 15-Inch 3/4-Horsepower 115-Volt Floor Model Drill Press
Dewalt 20v drill driver combo
Countersink drill bits
Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System
Pocket hole jig kit


Dremel 4000-2/30 120-Volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit – Corded
Box Cutters (for eva foam)


36″ Sure-Foot(R) Aluminum Bar Clamp
15 pc. 6″ Medium Heavy Duty Spring Clamps
Bessey LM2.004 LM General Purpose Clamp
Kreg KHC-PREMIUM Face Clamp
Right Angle Miter Corner Clamp


CA Glue
CA Activator
Barge Contact Cement
Critter Spray Gun
Hot glue gun


100% pure tung oil
Formby’s tung oil finished (tung oil/varnish)
Danish oil
Spray lacquer
Franklin International 5004 Titebond-2 Premium Wood Glue, 16-Ounce
Paraffin Household Gulf Wax
UltraSource 501333 Food Grade Mineral Oil (gallon)


Shop Fox 22-Inch Full-Ext Drawer Slide 100-Pound Capacity Side Mount


Helix Stainless Steel 18 Inch Ruler

Metal Working

MIG welder
Welding mask (auto darkening)
Welding gloves
Welding magnet
Angle grinder
Cut off wheels
Metal cutting bandsaw
10″ Evolution Miter Saw for cutting Steel, Aluminum, Wood, etc.


Anti static mat
Fiskars cutting mat
Arduino Uno (just the Uno)
Arduino Uno Kit
Raspberry Pi kit
Raspberry Pi 8GB Preloaded
Jumpers (Male to Female)
Soldering iron
Third hand kit
Wire strippers
Thin solder


Silicon gloves
Quikclot clotting sponge
First aid kit
Respirator & Filters
Eye protection
Ear protection


Plastic parts cabinet (24 drawer)
Plastic parts cabinet (64 drawer)


Pancake Compressor
MYLIFEUNIT Hexagonal HB Pencils Wood Pencils
Vacuum chamber/pump
Heat Gun
Rivet gun