Five Tools Every Handy-Man Needs

Scroll Saw

The scroll saw is a handy tool to have in your shed. It’s an electrically powered saw that’s fantastic for when you need to make high precision cuts in wood. Or, for when you’re working on a project that demands attention to details. Some even use the scroll saw for arts and crafts, so it’s not only great for wood workers.

Circular Saw

Another must have saw, which is perfect for when you have a job that the handsaw can’t handle. The circular saw makes the job of cutting wood so much easier, as well as more efficient. The Circular saw is essentially a circle shaped blade which spins at high speed enabling it to easily and accurately slice through wood. It’s very similar in design to a table saw, however unlike the table saw it is quite portable and easy to lug around with you.

Hand drill

You probably already have a good idea about what you need a hand drill for. Everybody, even people who aren’t into wood work usually have one of these. They’re the go-to for creating holes in just about any material. Basically it’s a hand-held device which has a “drill-bit” which rotates at high speed in order to bore holes. When you’re shopping for a drill, make sure you check online for some reviews. Ryobi drills are some of the most popular as they’re known for their high build quality.

Drill Press

When a hand drill doesn’t suit the job, then you probably need some thing more powerful like the drill press. The drill press is similar to a hand held type of drill in the way it works, however instead of you holding it, you bolt it down. Because the drill press is bolted to the floor, or bench it’s very sturdy. They can do repeated and tedious tasks like drilling holes over and over again with ease. The best drill press for you depends on what sort of work you need it for. If you’re doing mostly hobby/woodwork then a bench-top drill press will suit you fine.

Hand Saw

No workshop would be complete without a handsaw. Although they’re limited compared to electrically powered saws, if you just need to do a simple bit of sawing then they fit the bill perfectly. The best hand saw should be made out of a strong steel so the teeth stay sharp for a long time. Often cheaper brands are made from poor material that wears fast.

Beginners Guide to choosing a new Drill Press

If you’ve just recently started getting into building or carving in your spare time, the drill press will certainly be one of the first tools you’ll consider buying for your pursuits. It’s great because it’s extremely versatile, and can be used for many different things.

However, since you might be just at the starting-out level, you might not want to invest in an expensive machine just yet. That can wait until you’re sure that it’s something you want to spend your time pursuing. Also, the size of the workplace (how much room you have) will be something you’ll need to take into consideration. If you have a massive workshop, then it won’t really matter as you’ll have plenty of space for your new drill press.

Keep in Mind:

Types of Drill Press
As far as the type of drill press you decide to purchase goes, there are mainly just two different designs to choose from – benchtop and floor standing. Irrespective of the model, the main thing that needs to be noted is that the machine needs to be fitted with an adequately powerful and sturdy motor.  Also, the benchtop model would probably suit this consideration just as well as the freestanding one. However, it could be possible you need more powerful than that design can put out. In that case go for the floor drill press, rather than the table-mounted design.

Variable Speeds
The motor that drives the spindle on a high quality drill press will allow you to adjust it to multiple speed settings. The stepped pulleys allow you to make the necessary changes to the speed of the drill bit. This is useful because you use a different speed for drilling wood than you do for steel.  The more speeds that you can vary on the machine, the more precise are the adjustments that you can make on the drill press.

Useful features
Another important part of the drill press is the chuck. The chuck quality and rigidity vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The chuck can be difficult to repair. However most major brands produce a drill press with a very good chuck – but best to be sure. Finally, what needs to be ensured is that the chuck works smoothly across all the available adjustments in the drill press. the chuck should not be wobbly or loosely attached to the drill bit.



The last and the final thing that needs to be considered is the budget. Like all pieces of equipment, the drill press comes at varied prices, right from the cheapest one to the most expensive one. What needs to be understood is that the quality of the drill press depends on the price – a cheap drill press would not give you the same quality and the output as a premium quality one.  My opinion is that you should buy a cheaper one for a start, then decide on if you want to upgrade.