Tools for the D-I-Y-ER: A Beginner’s Guide.

Every artist needs a paintbrush; or, in this case, every craftsman (or woman) needs a set of tools. Tools can get pricey, and buying over time is the affordable option for many. Let’s start with the basics:

The Bare-Basic-Toolbox:

#1) Screwdrivers: Flat-heads and Phillips in various sizes. There are a wide selection of comfort grips, ratchet-rotation screwdrivers, etc. Often you can find screwdriver sets including many types and sizes.

#2) A Hammer: This is self-evident. Hammers give nails a purpose in life, and lend a hand in 99% of DIY projects.

#3) Measuring Tape: Your best friend for making plans and measurements. A large and a small size comes in handy.

#4)  Adjustable Wrench (or various sizes): However, the adjustable wrench offers many wrenches in one.

#5) Pliers: Locking and combination pliers cover the spectrum of tasks. Various sizes are useful, but a standard 5-10W works fine.

#6) Electric Drill: These become an indispensable time-saver when compared to drilling by hand. They don’t need to be pricey, either.

#7) Utility knife: Again, another indispensable friend.. a pocket knife will work, too.

#8) Scraper/Putty Knife and Chisels: Scrape glue, chisel rough surfaces, and more with these items.

#9) Sanding Blocks, and Sandpaper: Another must-have, especially when planning to paint.

#10) Basic Painting Supplies: Aside from sandpaper, basic painting tape, brushes, primers, and sealers should be included in your basic DIY kit. Paint or stain colors can be purchased on an as-needed basis.