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When I started building furniture for my home, I had just enough tools to get started.  Over time I added more and more tools that have helped tremendously in my DIY projects.  If you have a limited DIY budget, it can be challenging to know how to best use the money available for tools.  I put together a few suggestions to guide those just getting started in how to best use your DIY budget.

Some of these tools you may already own, but by adding the rest of the tools on the list, you will be able to take on all sorts of DIY projects.


I am convinced that everyone needs a drill.  I don’t care who you are, you need a drill.  Most of you probably have a drill of some kind, but if you don’t, go buy a drill.   Cordless or corded, it doesn’t matter.  Get yourself a drill.

Drill Options:


Every DIYer needs to be able to cut wood, and for that you need a saw.  For most projects a jigsaw, a circular saw, or a miter saw will do.  If you can only buy one, I would recommend a miter saw.  It is more expensive, but it is worth every penny.  Save up and buy the best miter saw you can.  I own a 10 in sliding miter saw, and I have used it for almost every DIY project.

Jigsaw Options:

Circular Saw Options:

Miter Saw Options:


Buy clamps whenever you can because you can never have enough clamps.  I have a variety of clamps, and I always think I need some more.  Here are a few type of clamps you should invest in.

Bar Clamp Options:

Face Clamp Options:

Right Angle Clamp Options:

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig:

I love the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.  When I started building furniture, I bought the Kreg Mini, and I used it to make my counter height dining table and my entertainment center.  Then, I ungraded to the K4 Pocket Hole System, and I wish I would have bought it sooner.  This jig is so simple to use, and it will open up the door to so many DIY projects.  Even though I have learned other methods of joining wood, I love the ease of this jig so much that I use it in almost every project.

Kreg Jig Options:

Air Compressor and Nail Gun:

I received an air compressor and a nail gun for Christmas 2 years ago, and I absolutely love it.  It makes many projects so much easier.   You can get by without one, but if you have the money, why would you want to?

Nail Gun Options:

I have many other tools that I use on my DIY projects on a regular basis (like a table saw and a router) and there are always tools I want to buy.   However, the truth is you don’t need a lot of tools to get started.  Start with the tools listed, and you will be amazed at what you can create.

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  • Christina in FL

    Wonderful list, thank you!!! I thought about an air compressor for many reasons but the pancake style got reviews over and over that they are super loud. I have nothing to compare them to at this point. May I know your views please?
    Thanks again for the great tips!

    • Erik

      Yes, a pancake air compressor can be loud. I have used other styles of air compressors and they all seem loud to me. There are some models that claim to make less noise like Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor. I have not used one so I can’t give you a personal recommendation, but the reviews on Amazon seem good. I hope this helps.

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