DIY is not something everyone finds easy but it can be made a lot easier by choosing the right tools for the job. The intention of this article, therefore, is to guide you in making the best choices. With this in mind, we shall focus on three tools that will make the job much more manageable whatever our level of expertise happens to be.
Electric Drills and the Different Drill Bits Available
Drilling a hole needs a lot of thought. This is because the kind of drill bit you need should relate to the type of material you are trying to drill into. Also, we can make it a lot easier by putting that drill bit into the chuck of an electric drill rather than a manual one that requires us to turn a handle.
Power drills are considered the most common of the hand tools around, so it would be wise to invest in one of these for your tool kit as they will be useful for a lot of tasks. Features on drills that will make a job easier include multiple torque settings, LED work lights, and cordless options.
Drill bits can be made from black oxide, carbon steel, cobalt steel, high-speed steel, diamond, solid carbide, or titanium. Then, you can have augers, bullet pilot points, countersinks, flat wood bits, Forstner bits, hole saws, masonry bits, plug cutters, self-feeds, spur point bits, step drill bits, tile bits, twist bits, and wood augers. All these are types of bits are aids to drilling. Masonry bits, for instance, will allow you to drill into brick, concrete, quarry tiles, and stone. It is always about the kind of materials you want to drill into as well as the type of hole that you wish to form for the screw hole, bolt hole, or the fixing that is to be added in.
It is not everyone that has a lathe, so you might find it difficult to borrow one but they are so versatile when it comes to DIY projects. Lathes are a useful machining tool to purchase because they enable hobbyists and professionals alike to drill, knurl, sand, shape, and turn. You can even turn a block of wood into a fruit bowl if you so desire. You can make rounded legs for a chair or engineer a piece of wood to fit exactly somewhere. In terms of sanding, lathes are a lot easier than using sandpaper or glasspaper. A chisel skillfully positioned while the lathe is turning around at speed will, more easily, produce a very smooth finish.
Stand-alone lathes can be purchased or be an accessory that is attached to a drill. It all depends on how professional you want to go. You might even want to start a business making wooden objects of all shapes and sizes.
Lathes are nothing new because they were used in Ancient Greece. Today, however, lathes are capable of producing 1,400 revolutions per minute. Duplicating lathes are available that will work from a pattern. They are an engineer’s delight in that they can precisely help make a part.
These are a wonderful power tool for sawing out shapes in wood, metal, plastic, and other materials. Their industrial equivalent is the bandsaw. With the jigsaw’s blade moving at speed it is so easy to cut a material that could prove hard working with otherwise. You can be very imaginative too with the shapes that you can cut out using a power jigsaw.
The variety of tasks possible with a jigsaw is not only from its ability to cut both straight and curved shapes but also from its portability. It can be taken to jobs wherever they may be, rather than jobs having to be taken to it.
To summarise, we can power our way to completing a project that requires drilling, shaping, or cutting. This provides us with a way of easily achieving the desired results and finishes we require from a job. It gives us that incentive to tackle a DIY job knowing that it will not be so demanding on us physically and be quicker to achieve, so will not take up the entire weekend.