Having the right power tools always makes a project go smoother and often much faster, along with getting results that look more professional as well. Many power tools are sold with just the the basic tool. However many power tool have some great accessories that will add to your woodworking projects. You should consider purchasing some of these accessories, especially if you plan to use your power tools on a lot of different projects around the house. Some power tools are sold with an accessory kit and this can be a great investment since these kit can be less expensive then purchasing individual accessories.
But if you don’t know what accessories you are going to need in the future when you first purchase that power tool. That might keep you from purchasing the one with the accessories kit. The best way to purchase any power tool with or without the kit is to take some time to research the tool you wish to purchase. Find out about the various accessories available and their use to help you decide what are the right accessories for your use.
It is also a great idea to compare different manufactures of power tool, then the prices of those tools with the accessory kit to the price of it without the kit. If the difference in only a few dollars then get the accessories. If you find you won’t use them, you can always sell them to a friend or one of the online auction sites.
Accessories for Drills
Drill bits are accessories you will have to purchase based on what you will be using the drill for as well as the materials you are drilling. Drill bits made of carbon are only recommended for use on wooden materials. A twisted drill bit and a braided point drill bit are very similar. The difference is the twisted bit is the same diameter throughout it, while a braided point gets thinner towards the bottom.
Countersink drill bits make the hole wider. This allows you to use flat head screws and get them flush with the material. This makes your project look more professional. A tile bit is especially designed for working with anything ceramic or glass. You should only use a tile bit at a very low speed. A chuck key is used to loosen or tighten the chuck. Generally a chuck key comes with your drill when you purchase it. You can by a replacement if necessary.
Wood Router Accessories:
Routers are great power tools for detailing, carving, and engraving. There are hundreds of different tips for routers to choose from. You will have to do some investigating to purchase ones that will suite your particular project. A router table comes in very handy if you plan to use your router a great deal. It also helps you get the straightest cut.
Most saw from table to jigsaws require blades, but make sure that it the right size and type for the project your are working on. Blades for circular saws come in any variety of teeth widths. Jig saw blades are designed for cutting different types of materials. But saws also have other types of accessories like guides, fences and gauges that you can use to create different types of cuts.
Power Sander Accessories:
There are various grades of sandpaper to use on sanders. You need to make sure you use the proper grade for each project. A dust bag is an attachment helps to reduce the amount of dust by capturing it and holding it.
Other Accessories For The Workshop:
A pair of saw horses is definitely useful when you are operating any type of saw that involves cutting materials that you can lay across them. They support both ends of the material at the same time so you can use both of your hands to operate the saw. To help you get the best possible cut, a laser guide is a wonderful accessory. It puts out an infrared light in a straight line for you to follow as you cut.
You can find power tool accessories at many retail stores, online stores or at home improvement store like Home Depot. You will need to purchase accessories that match the brand of power tool you purchased. It is a good idea to have the model number ready when you purchase power tool accessories, especially if it is an older model. There may be more than one type of accessory for a particular power tool and you won’t know which one is for yours unless you have the model number to compare with the information on the packaging.