DIY Tools for Homeowners
If you are a DIY homeowner, you probably have quite a tool collection. But sometimes the best tool for the job is one that you make yourself. Keep reading to learn about some useful DIY tools you can make yourself from recycled parts.
1. Handmade Table Saw Push Sticks
When you use a table saw, it is generally a good idea to keep your fingers as far from the blade as possible – this means using a push stick to push pieces of wood through. Most table saws come with a push stick, but sometimes you need something a little larger or something with a handle. If you have a lot of scrap wood lying around, use it to make an assortment of push sticks for your table saw.
2. Drywall Screw Adjustable Marking Gauge
Drywall screws have sharp edges which makes them the perfect tool to use in making an adjustable marking gauge. Simply take a piece of scrap wood and drive a drywall screw partway into it. You can then set the piece of wood flat against the piece of wood you need to mark and scratch a line into it with the edge of the screw. Adjust the distance of the marking by turning the screw.
3. Drywall Saw Using a Broken Blade
Cutting drywall by hand can be tedious, but you don’t want to risk cutting into plumbing or wiring by using a reciprocating saw. A simple solution to this problem is to use your jigsaw with a shortened blade. The next time you accidentally break a jigsaw blade, use a pair of tinsnips to trim it to 5/8-inch length. Then you can use it to cut through drywall without the risk of cutting too deep.
4. Broken Mirror to Drill Holes
If you need to drill deep holes into a surface but you don’t have a drill press, it can be difficult to keep the drill bit completely perpendicular to the surface. A simple trick you can use is to set a piece of broken mirror against the drill bit, then adjust the position of the drill until the bit itself lines up with its reflection in the mirror to form a straight line. Then, just keep them aligned as you drill.
5. DIY Tool Bucket
Having a tool box is a great way to keep all of your tools organized in one place, but it can be frustrating to have to dig through the whole box to find what you need. A tool bucket is a good solution for this problem. Take a tool belt or fabric tool organizer and wrap it around the outside of a plastic 5-gallon bucket. The outside of the bucket becomes a place to store hand tools while the inside of the bucket can be used to hold your cordless drill and other larger tools.
Successfully completing a DIY home improvement project is all about having the right tool for the job. You could spend a small fortune buying the best tools on the market, but sometimes the best tool is one that you make yourself – the DIY tools described above are great examples!