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It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I dove head first into being a DIY-er. My wife and I purchased our first house and it was a fixer-upper. Because of my construction background, I knew how to take on some of the remodeling, but the rest of it I had to just figure out.
I made mistakes along the way but it was such a great experience. We’re now in our second house and it too is full of remodel opportunities. Thankfully, most of the work we’ve done and still plan to do is just cosmetic in nature.
One major upgrade in this house that I’m very thankful for is my shop space. In our prior home, all I had was a small shed with no doors, a rotten wood floor, and a leaky roof. Now I have an entire garage to utilize for a shop and storage.
- PPE: DIYers Should Use Personal Protective Equipment
- The Home Improvement Brand Directory For DIYers
- Essential Electrical Tools For DIYers
What’s In My Shop
My shop situation may be like yours: It’s in a constant state of change. Tools and materials come and go, and the floor layout is never the same.
Most of my hand tools are hanging up on pegboard above my workbench. Other small tools and supplies are kept underneath the workbench. The bigger stuff like the miter saw and table saw are kept assembled on the floor.
I’ve posted some of the tools I currently own below. I’ve also linked to their retail product pages at if you’re interested in buying them yourself.
DEWALT 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT Rolling Miter Saw Stand
RYOBI Table Saw With Rolling Stand
DEWALT Oscillating Multi-Tool
RYOBI Jig Saw
RYOBI 18-volt Reciprocating Saw
RYOBI 18-volt Cordless Pole Saw
Klein Side Cutting Pliers
Klein Diagonal Pliers
Klein Needle Nose Pliers
Klein Wire Stripper
Empire 24″ Box Level
Empire Straight Edge
Klein 6-Piece Screwdriver Set
DEWALT Tape Measure
Stanley Utility Knife
ECHO Gas Chainsaw
RYOBI 18-volt ONE+ Lithium Push Mower
RYOBI 2300 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Earthwise Electric Tiller
Earthwise Leaf Mulcher
Earthwise Gator Grabber
RYOBI 18-volt ONE+ Lithium Brushless Weed Eater
RYOBI 18-volt Cordless Leaf Blower
True Temper Wheelbarrow
DEWALT Random Orbital Sander
RYOBI Bench Grinder
Wagner Furno 500 Heat Gun
Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Jig System
Arrow Staple Gun
Arrow Glue Gun
HANDy Paint Cup
Gator Zip Sander
Personal Protective Equipment
Firm Grip Dura-Knit Gloves
Firm Grip Full Grain Leather Impact Gloves
Firm Grip Trade Master Gloves
Firm Grip Flex Impact Gloves
Firm Grip Nitrile Gloves
RZ Mask Dust Mask
3M Safety Glasses