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I receive many questions about the tools I use for my projects and to manage my blog. So, I decided to compile a list of my tools on this page along with tips and advice.

Although the tools I use may change, I’ll do my best to update this list accordingly. If there is a discrepancy, feel free to call me out on it.

My Tool List

A Craftsman’s Tools

Every craftsman uses tools no matter their skill level. 

Some enjoy the top-of-the-line tools. Others take pride in using only simple antique/vintage hand tools.

As the popular phrase goes “the skill is not within the tool, but within the craftsman” is very true.

However, many people believe the opposite.

Regardless, every craftsman or DIY’er started with something simple.

Walnut Table Rubio Monocoat Application Buffing

First Tool Purchases

For the most part, my workflow determine the tools I use.

My first tool purchase over $100 was a craftsman circular saw (an incredibly dangerous saw) and a ryobi miter saw.

I purchased both of these tools to cut plywood and 2x4s in order to board the windows of my house 3 days before Hurricane Katrina.

hurricane katrina board windows

Despite my poor craftsmanship at this time, the boards protected our home from damage.

Both of these tools served me well on various DIY projects for 10 years.

Tool Buying Tips

Ultimately, I encourage you to buy tools that fit within your workflow and as you need them.

Before I purchase a new tool, I ask myself these questions:

  • Will I use this tool on 50% of my projects?
  • Does this tool fit my workflow and lifestyle?

If I answer ‘yes’ to both questions, I purchase the tool.

These simple questions help me avoid unnecessary purchases and consuming space in my workshop with unused tools.

Match Workflow and Lifestyle

When I first started getting serious about woodworking, I purchased various stationary power tools.

Over time, I realized mobile tools fit my lifestyle and workflow much better. So, I sold my stationary power tools (except for my bandsaw) and invested in the Festool system.

square ends festool mft3 and ts75

Conclusion

Also, my tools are by no means the #1 tools on the market. Rather, they simply help me work safer and efficiently.

Additionally, I own tools that are not listed because I don’t recommend them.

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