DIY Tools List for Beginners
1. Circular Saw
We went ahead and started with the most serious piece of equipment. Most useful for woodworking and carpentry projects, a circular saw makes quick, clean cuts through wood. A circular saws’ main advantage is that you can adjust the depth and angle of the blade, so you can make precise cuts for different sizes of lumber. Pro tip: Add a vise grip to keep your wood from shifting while you cut. They’re not that expensive, but so valuable for making it safer. Plus, it turns any circular saw into a table saw.
2. Carpenter’s Pencil
It may seem like a small item, but carpenter’s pencils are way better than whatever pencil you happen to have laying around (not to mention if it’s even sharp). They’re specially made to show up on not just wood but also stone and concrete, so you can reliably make marks to use as a cutting guide. Pro tip: Who needs a pencil sharpener when you can practice your whittling? Which leads us to…
Time to bust out that wood file or knife to sharpen your carpenter’s pencil. Because why not? You’ve got it on the 18-tool Wave® Plus, one of our ongoing bestsellers. It comes complete with a saw for trimming edges and making adjustments, easy to use spring-action scissors for quick cuts, a built-in ruler so you can make exact measurements, and multiple drives to choose from so you have the one you need on hand. And many of them can be used with one hand, can be accessed without even opening the multi-tool and all the tools lock in place, so they won't fold up on you while you're working (safety is the key word here).