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Top 12 Essential Power Tools
12. Power-Hand Plane
Hand planes are used for removing very thin layers of wood, trimming and smoothing, straightening edges or beveling them, and even adding a groove. This is the perfect tool for fitting any type of door.
11. Small Angle Grinder
A grinder is commonly used for grinding and to sharpen, polish, cut ceramic tiles (using the proper blades), and remove paint and rust.
10. Table Saw
Also referred to as a bench saw, it is good for general hobby and repair projects. It can crosscut rip, groove, cut dadoes, miter, make moldings, groove, bevel, and sand stock.
9. Orbital Palm Sander
Cut your sanding time in half and save your wrist for other pleasurable activities by using an orbital palm sander for small jobs. This is the perfect all-around sanding tool to restore or repair delicate pieces. Use it for rough or finish work on furniture, ceilings, walls, floors, or other woodwork.
8. Compound Miter Saw
It sure beats using the old wooden box that allowed you to cut wood with a hand saw at angles of (typically) 45 and 90 degrees. It is commonly used in order to get precisely angled cuts for all framing jobs.
7. Reciprocating Saw
One of my favorites, it is generally used for remodeling and demolition work. Use it to cut openings in existing walls or with the right blade, it can also rough-cut leather, green wood, rubber, metal, linoleum, and plastic.
6. Rotary Tools
This versatile tool is commonly used for detail work on a number of different materials. The interchangeable heads and blades makes it the perfect tool for sanding, polishing, engraving, and cutting smaller items.
5. Plunge Router
Typically used for all fine woodwork, you can remove wood from around the edges or you can push it directly into the wood to precisely rout in the middle of the wood, rather than at the edge.
4. Drill Press
A drill press is used for jobs that require precise drilling. The drill is mounted to a stationary base and is limited to straight, precisely aligned movement.
A jigsaw is a great power tool for making detailed curving line cuts in plywood or other thin materials.
2. Circular Saw
This is one of the most popular tools used for framing. Circular saws are great for cross cuts (cutting across the grain) on large or thick planks of wood, as well as for ripping (cutting along the grain). It's light weight and portability makes it easy for cutting in tight and awkward areas.
1. Cordless Drill
If you're going to own only one power tool, then make it a cordless drill. It's one of the most frequently used time-saving tools found in nearly every workshop. Use it for drilling holes in wood, metal, plastic, masonry, drywall, or other materials.
Don't Forget - Safety Glasses
Okay, so it's not a power tool, but it's probably the most essential item to have around. Always wear safety goggles whenever you work with power tools