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Father’s Day is right around the corner. Let’s skip the ties this year and go straight for the good stuff. Nothing says ‘You’re the world’s Best Dad’ quite like new fresh tools! I have gathered a list of favorite tools for the DIY’er and I’m sure your Dad will love them too.
12 Father’s Day Gifts that DIY Dad’s will Love
1 – Impact Driver – $159 (Drill & Impact)
When it comes to my tools, I know that I have my favorites that I turn to first. But I was curious how my preferences aligned with other DIY Dad’s. I ran a survey with the DIY Dad’s that I know, all of them having different hobbies that they use tools for. To my surprise their favorite tool is the impact driver. I wasn’t really surprised by the answer, my surprise was that’s what they all said :-). It’s definitely high on my list too. It makes driving and drilling so much easier and all in that compact little body. The ease of quickly popping an impact ready bit in or out is icing on the cake. The impact driver is my go to for driving pocket hole screws, it does such a good job. My husband uses it to help him rotate the car tires.
2 – AirStrike Brad Nailer – $99 (bare tool)
Another favorite tool is the AirStrike brad nailer. It is larger than it’s traditional pneumatic counterpart, but the convenience of not dragging the compressor and hose around is SOOOO nice. The compressor for the AirStrike is in the head of the tool and it runs off of 18v batteries. The AirStrike comes in 3 different varieties: brad nailer (18 ga nails), finish nailer (16 ga nails) and a stapler. A nailer is handy to put up trim/molding around the house, for DIY furniture and home improvement projects.
3 – The Leatherman Wave – $89.86
The Leatherman is my Dad’s all-time favorite non-power tool. He uses it almost every day and you can always count on him having one nearby (even if it’s at the airport, whoops). His favorite model is the wave. It is nice to be able to tote around one tool that functions as many tools. If you’re Dad is a camper, he’ll love this tool. The Leatherman comes with a 25 year warranty.
4 – Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool – $119
The Dremel rotary tool is another one of those tools that if you have around, you’ll find 100 uses for it. With the 4300 model they have made changing out the accessories a lot more convenient than the original Dremel. A rotary tool is fun for arts and crafts like glass etching, decorative leather work, wood engraving. My brother-in-law uses his to fix his motorcycles. Just the other day, I was installing molding in the garage and ran into some steel tabs that were left behind. I popped on a cut off wheel and the tabs were gone in a jiffy.
If you have battery operated tools you have to have a charger, but why not combine it into so much more. DeWALT has a cool charging station that charges both 20V and 60V DeWalt batteries AND doubles as bluetooth radio. Dad will appreciate a little entertainment while he’s working, I know I do! You can connect your phone to the radio via bluetooth up to 100 ft and control the playlist from the radio interface and not mess up your phone while your hands are dirty! There’s also a USB port to charge your phone/device and 2 AC power outlets. Yep all of that in this cool box.
6 – Kreg Pocket Hole Jig – $39.97
The pocket hole has changed the face of traditional woodworking. Using the Kreg pocket hole jig makes what used to be complicated joints, drawers, doors, etc easy. It is also great for fixing broken wood pieces (furniture/frames). There’s even a community of Kreg owners sharing project ideas and helping each other with projects. The Kreg pocket hole jig is another must for the DIY’er Dads (& Moms). Also do Dad a favor and pick up an Automaxx face clamp, they’re great!
For the Dad that loves to monkey around with electronics, you can’t use regular screwdrivers with those tiny screws. This is a handy dandy screwdriver for small screws with a rotating handle to make is comfortable to work on electronics. This screwdriver has 4 different sized bits in 1 tool, so you don’t have to keep track of 4 different screwdrivers!
Chances are that Dad already has a traditional ratchet and socket set, but if he works on cars and things with limited space this gimbal set will be so useful. The ratchet fits into the palm of your hand and will rotate into multiple directions, ‘gimbal’ around to get into tight spaces. The palm ratchet has fine teeth (100), so it’s perfect for high speed and low torque applications. One nice perk is that all Husky hand tools come with a lifetime warranty.
9 – Brushless Hammer Drill – $149
Hold onto your socks, this isn’t your Grandma’s hammer drill. It is significantly smaller than hammer drills from 10 years ago, about the size of a regular drill only a bit heavier (according to my calibrated hand 🙂 ). This Ryobi brushless hammer drill has 3 different modes drilling, driving and hammer. The drill mode is great for drilling in wood, metal and plastics. The drive mode is great for driving screws and bolts. The hammer mode is great for drilling holes in masonry/concrete. I also use it to mix paint and thinset with a paddle bit. The motor is brushless, so it will sound a little different than what you’re used to, but it will be more efficient and have longer run-time on your batteries.
10 – Miter Saw – $299
A miter saw is an essential tool in the DIY’ers tool line up. Make straight cuts and angled cuts for any project quick and easy. If crown molding has been on your Honey do list, a compound miter saw will make those complicated angle cuts seem like a breeze. (If you plan on cutting boards wider than 8″, grab a sliding compound miter saw.)
11 – Sander – $69
If your DIY Dad likes to work with wood, then a sander is a must have tool to get the project finished and looking it’s best. This Bosch random orbit sander runs very smooth and has variable speeds that can be changed to get the best finish on each type of material/wood.
Last but not least, the DIY Dad needs somewhere to organize and store his tools and supplies. This toolbox system from Husky is super convenient with compartments to organize items and connect the toolboxes back together for garage storage or to take on the go. The toolboxes are very robust and the wheels make it easy to move around when loaded. I think it would be great to take camping or on road trips to organize supplies and easily roll to the camp site.
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