Quick question: if you had to choose your 5 most essential shop tools when it comes to making & designing on an everyday basis, which ones would you choose? I’m just looking for general answers (like a table saw, drill, etc.) but if you want to suggest a specific brand or model you’re more than welcome to share that too!
Never did a project without all 5.
but if you are thinking of big floor standing power tools:
Belt/disc sander combo
For initial design and quick protos:
- Masking tape
- Hot glue gun
If we are testing developed prototypes, not that I normally make these myself, then I’d include mig/tig and grinder in there too.
How did I forget this? I have one at my work and home computer. I have 2 each in my garage and basement toolboxes and at least 6 each in both of toolboxes in our lab.
I’m an idiot. (Not to be confused with our friend @IDiot )
What yo said but with a dremel for #5.
A lot can be accomplished with hand tools. As a student, or amateur on a budget, buying a Ryobi multi-tool kit with a Drill, Circular Saw, and Jig Saw will allow you to make just about anything with some clever jigs for cutting things accurately. That’s all I’ve got for now at home, and I get by. But, my future plans are to buy the following shop tools (more tailored for wood working):
- Drill Press
- Table Saw
- Belt/Circular Sanding station
duh, yes, a dremel! I love my dremel. I use it for everything from sculpting foam to cutting an extruded metal rain gutter to length
Caliper / ruler