As mommas, we all know we need a little help shopping for our hubby. They normally will say something like, “I really don’t want anything.” However, you kind of know they secretly may want to update their woodworking bench with staples the might not already have. I’ve created a list with the help of my own DIY hubby on the best gifts for a dude who loves doing things on his own.
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Foundations of a Home DIY Dad
Miter Saw. This is the workhorse of a DIY dad. If he loves (or wants to start) building table and furniture, a miter saw will allow him to cut wood at different angles! This is the exact one my hubby has. It’s a mid-range level miter saw. If you are getting him his first miter saw, this is the one to get. After he plays around with it, he’ll know what he’ll want in the future and will probably invest in a $1,000 saw once he figures out how to use it and what he uses it for most often!
Air Compressor. From using pneumatic tools, inflating tires, air blowing debris on the floor, filling up balloons to make an arch for a float – there are countless uses for an air compressor. We actually have two. One that is the workhorse of his basement shop and another portable one that we can actually move easily upstairs and downstairs (like when we had to use a pneumatic stapler to install our hardwood floors).
Router. A router can be used to trim out picture frames, knock out bevels, create fancy edging on furniture and so much more! There are various bits that you can purchase with it, but this one has awesome reviews!
Pneumatic Staplers, Brad Nailers and Finish Nailers. When we completed our hardwood floors upstairs, I had a new appreciation for the importance of pneumatic tools. Yes, they scare the beegezus out of me, but my husband showed me how it could make life a lot easier on having to use physical strength to staple all of the hardwood pieces! The hubs did mention that Harbor Freight has amazing deals on pneumatic tools and they are great for what they do, so check there as well!
Wood Clamps. Have multiple wood clamps have come in handy on multiple occasions, including fixing tables and toys that kids have broken! They are fairly inexpensive and could potentially make a great stocking stuffer if you got some small ones!
Drill. A drill is definitely a great tool to have multiple of. I remember having to go up and down the stairs to try to find a drill for all the honey do projects I had on my list for him. It is super important to have MULTIPLE BATTERIES as well! I can’t remember the number of times I finally got him to agree to do something, only to have no battery in the drill. You can avoid this 🙂
Drywall Tools. If you are in the middle of a home renovation and knocking out walls, this is a great set to have. Dry wall tools are a necessary when you are working with walls.
Drywall Accessories. Trowel, Scrapers (mud knifes), taping knife, floating knife – these are all necessary tools of the trade.
Levels (hanging photos). Levels are so important! I know everyone swears by the electric level, but we’ve got an average size one as well as a super sized long one and they’ve come in handy when we’ve done the hardwood floors and hung up photos!
Graco Spray Painter. I have written reviews on our comparison of buying a cheap sprayer versus a mid-range sprayer that you can read here, but if this is a time to splurge, I would splurge now. This sprayer provides such an amazing coat on all your projects, you wish you would have gotten it sooner!