Having an arsenal of power tools definitely helps DIY projects move along smoothly. As much as I preach having the right tools for the job, you don’t NEED a ton of fancy tools to do some basic DIY around your home.
This gift guide for DIY beginners highlights some of the tools I collected over my first year of doing DIY projects that I use often and that are helpful.
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Power Tools for DIY Beginners
I bought my first set of power tools when I wanted to build some functional closet shelving for my daughter. I searched around for weeks looking for the perfect closet shelving for her that wouldn’t break the bank.
What I wanted didn’t exist. So I thought…I could build it? How hard could it be right?
Purchasing a beginner set of power tools gave me what I needed to build her shelves, and it was also the spark for the beginning of my DIY journey.
I use (and love) the Ryobi One+ system from Home Depot. It’s one battery that can be used in a number of different tools. I love the cordless functionality and how easy it is to use the entire collection.
I would suggest starting with a set. This will include the battery and the charger, and then you can add on to the set from there given your specific needs.
Power tools to start with:
- circular saw
- miter box and hand saw
- brad nailer
- drill and drill bits
- orbital sander
- tape measurer
- stud finder
- caulk gun
Nice to have:
- miter saw
- table saw
- impact driver
- pocket hole tool
- laser level
Here are some tools that can be found on Amazon in this Ryobi One+ tool set.
RYOBI P884 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Combo Kit (6-Tools)RYOBI One+ P5231 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Orbital T-Shaped 3,000 SPM Jigsaw (Battery Not Included, Power Tool and T-Shaped Wood Cutting Blade Only)Ryobi 3 Piece 18V One+ Airstrike Brad Nailer Kit (Includes: 1 x P320 Brad Nailer, 1 x P190 18-Volt ONE+ 2.0 Ah lithium-ion compact battery P118 dual chemistry charger and an operator’s manualRYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 7-1/4 in. Compound Miter Saw (Tool Only) with BladeRyobi ZRP411 ONE Plus 18V Cordless 5 in. Random Orbit Sander (Bare Tool) (Renewed)
Safety Gear for DIY Beginners
When working with power tools, it’s important to have the correct safety gear. Plus, these are great for adding on to power tool gifts.
- eye protection
- ear protection
- face masks/respirator
- closed toe shoes or steel toed boots
- hair ties
AmazonCommercial Safety Glasses (Clear), Anti-Fog, 12-packFWPP 120-Pairs Latex Coated Work Gloves, Firm Grip for Construction, Gardening Gloves for Men and Women (Size L Orange GL008005)WorkTunes Connect + Gel Ear Cushions Hearing Protector with Bluetooth Technology, Ear protection for mowing, snowblowing, construction, work shopsCarhartt mens 6 Inch Waterproof Wedge Steel Toe Work Boot, Tan, 10.5 US
Having a good start to a set of power tools will give your gift recipient the boost they need to begin their DIY journey!
If they are anything like me, it will be the beginning of finding projects all over the house to keep them busy constructing the home of their dreams 🙂