|For those who may not be experienced with these things I decided to explain the various common tools we'll be using for the projects in this blog. Rather than detail them time and time again in each instruction I think it's better to just list them all here. This is not a list of every tool ever made, just the common ones that we use or could use for the projects in this blog. This is not a list of mandatory tools, don't go out and buy everything here because you think they are all necessary.; As far as what is necessary or recommended for a particular project, read that project before you buy anything so you understand what you need and don't buy unnecessary stuff.|
Power Tools vs Hand Tools
Both have their place but for most projects you have the choice. For nearly every hand tool there is now a power tool that can do the job easier and faster. However, power tools can be expensive, hand tools are pretty cheap. Most beginners are probably more comfortable with hand tools since they rely on your power to move them. In other words, it's harder to get hurt with a hand tool unless you're not paying attention. But that's true of a kitchen knife as well. There are only a couple of jobs that absolutely will require a power tool. Drilling is one of them. But as far as things like saws go, it's ultimately your choice. The only downside of hand tools is that they require effort on your part to use them. And as a result, they take longer to get the job done. But they are cheaper and in the end you can get the job done the old school way if you prefer to use hand tools.
DRILLS / SCREWDRIVERS
I have cordless drills but when it comes to labor intensive projects such as a squat rack or spacer plates I use my Grandpa's old drill. I had to clean it up to get it working smoothly but it's crazy powerful. I even filed down my hole saw bit so it would fit in the old drill. Now I can make short work of any wood boring or holes that I need to drill. I think it goes without saying that, even with corded modern options, they probably don't make them like they used to though.
When it comes to wrenches though, many times one won't do you any good since you have to brace both ends of the bolt/nut. So in addition to Vice Grips, get another standard adjustable wrench (see the picture). That's assuming you have nothing to start. Those two wrenches should allow you to do most things.
We don't use them a whole lot for projects on this blog and we certainly don't need anything fancy even if we do need to tighten a bolt. Vice Grips are so versatile for general life tasks as well.