If you own a home or even live in a rental property, you know that repair and maintenance tasks are never ending. To keep up with that honey-do list, most people at the minimum have one of those orange Home Depot tool boxes loaded with a hammer, a couple of screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, and a roll of that ubiquitous duct tape.
I’ve got all those things as well, but I’ve got quite a few more stashed in my shop. No, I’m not like those folks on the A&E Hoarder TV show, but I suspect I have more workshop toys than average. Maybe it’s because I used to be a building contractor, or perhaps because I’m always looking for an easier and more efficient way of doing things. Let’s take a look at a few.
First, how about the Kreg K4 Pocket Hole Jig? This is used for woodworking joinery. There are many, many joinery techniques, and each was developed to address a particular class of tasks. For example, dovetail joints are perfect for things like drawers where so much day-to-day stress is applied. The Kreg Jig allows you to create “blind joints” on things like shelves and chair legs; it’s perfect for fast and strong repair jobs or initial construction.
How about that handy Whitney Punch? I used mine on a daily basis when I was a ceiling mechanic. (Yes, that’s a real job title.) This is a grip-and-punch-a-hole tool through materials like sheet metal, leather, etc. Then you can secure two items together with screws or pop rivets. The Whitney kit comes with a range of die sizes.
Then there’s the trusty RotoZip Spiral Saw. This thing is like a Dremel tool on steroids. In the past few years, the basic model has spawned a slew of specialized tools, but the basic concept remains the same. It’s a hand-held tool with a collet into which you insert various bits or connect attachments. This thing will remove grout, cut tile with the Dry Diamond Cut-Off Wheel, grind, and much more. It’s now a staple for drywall hangers because it’s just faster than a drywall saw for cutting out for electrical outlets, etc.
These are just a few of the unusual tools I own. The upside is that having them will always make a job quicker, more efficient, and more accurate than just having the orange Home Depot box-o-stuff. The downside is finding a way to hoard, I mean, store it all.