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What tools should wannabe DIY-er buy?

Just like in anything else, getting started is the hardest part of becoming a DIYer. Especially for someone like me who tends to overthink everything. There are just too much questions and doubts that cause delays. But with this post, i’m going to try and answer all these questions that potential woodworkers and DIYers might have, and answer them in simple way.
First of all, there’s question of what kind of tool to buy. Honestly, answer to that depends on the woodworker itself. What kind of work does he or she prefer? Does the DIYer want to start applying their knowledge instantly, or is he/she okay with taking time to learn more advanced techniques first? If you want to get started quickly and dive in head-first into the world of home improvement, i would recommend getting a drill. It is useful for basically any task around the house, and it will serve as nice introduction into tools if it’s the first one you’re using. Other than that, you probably already have screwdrivers, hammer and nail in your home. But if you don’t – go out and get them.
The other option is to get circular saw. Those are very versatile tools that can be used in so many different ways. They’re relatively cheap, especially if you buy corded version, and assuming you have at least one sheet of wooden material, you can get started right away. You might not be able to make useful furniture right away, but with enough experience and couple of more tools, you should be able to complete simple projects in no time. Googling for ‘simple woodworking project’ should return lots of websites that offer step by step tutorial of completing these projects. As for advice about buying circular saws, check this one out.
And the last question i’m going to address is related to something i mentioned before. I said that corded versions would be a lot cheaper, but does that mean they’ll always be the right choice? Of course, no. Both – corded and battery powered tools have their pros and cons, and once you learn about those, it’s up to you to decide which type of tool will be better suited for your plans and interests. Cordless tools are generally more portable and flexible, so if you think that your work will require extra flexibility, cordless might be better. Corded tools, on the other hand, are more powerful and considered to be sturdier than their cordless counterparts. If flexibility is not an issue for you and you’re looking for safe and cheaper option, corded tools are a good option.

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