Small Power Tools
I have several drills in my workshop. My husband and I always seem to find them at resale stores and he always insists on buying them. These are the ones that I have used most regularly and would recommend:
This is the drill I used the most when I first started pursuing DIY projects. It is one of the very first tools we purchased and is great for beginners on a budget. It is super basic, very inexpensive and I used it exclusively for a long time.
After using the corded drill for a while I was given an older version of this Black + Decker cordless drill/driver and I used it until the batteries died. (Since mine was an old version we opted for a newer cordless tool set instead of trying to find replacement batteries.) I love having a cordless drill! It’s heavier than the corded version, but I don’t have to worry about toting around an extension cord anymore which is a major plus. This drill/driver is also an upgrade from the corded version because you can adjust the speed and power – definitely helpful if you tend to strip screws like I do.
I have used many different types of small handheld sanders, but these two are my favorite. You can also check out my list of the best sanders for furniture for more info.
Most of my projects are pretty small and this palm sander is the perfect size for them. I prefer it over smaller round and triangle shaped sanders because you can use regular, full sheet sandpaper with it. Just cut or rip the paper into 4 smaller sheets and you’re ready to go. It’s much cheaper than buying specialty sandpaper for round or triangle shaped sanders. I’ve owned this one for about 5 years and never had any issues.
This orbital sander is super powerful and great for removing old finishes quickly. I love how it makes big sanding jobs go so much faster and that it’s so small and easy to use. I’ve had this sander for several years and use it often.
I own an older version of this set and love it! It comes with a small air compressor, 2 sizes of brad nailers and a staple gun. I very rarely use the staple gun, but I use the nail guns on nearly every project. These nails guns use brad nails and I never have issues finding the right size brad nails to use. I have owned this set for over 5 years definitely recommend it.
I recently purchased this pin nailer and really like it. Pin nails are smaller than brad nails and don’t have a head so they’re much less noticeable in your project. This one is a great price and I’ve had no issues with it.