As a renter and someone who loves building home goods, I have struggled with a desire to buy wood working tools while dreading the thought of moving them. Here are five tools to have on hand for a compact, renter's wood shop needs.
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- Hand-held Circular Saw
I'd rather use a table saw, but a hand held skill saw can make most of the same cuts. If you need to cut a straight line, consider using a long, metal straight edge that you can clamp to the piece you cut to use it as a guide.
Whether you are pre-drilling holes or using a Phillips bit drive screws an electric drill will serve you well. If you prefer mobility, look for a cordless drill. If you'd rather not deal with changing batteries a corded drill will be reliable.
- Hand-held Jig Saw
A jig saw will allow you to make many of the same cuts that an upright band saw could make.
As someone who has a tendency to cut my fingers while building projects, I'm always on the lookout for tools that make wood working safer. Clamps are an affordable way to keep a piece of wood you are cutting in place so you can use both hands to operate a power tool.
- Wet/Dry Vacuum
If you are going to saw wood inside, it is a good idea to have a hefty vacuum on hand to clean up the sawdust. It will make your workspace safer and more livable.