What to do when you don’t have power tools
Hello friends! Can anyone say holy crazy!? This time of year is absolutely the busiest and it has been no exception for me. My family is doing something very different this year for Christmas; we are all making gifts for each other as opposed to purchasing. There is something to be said for a gift that was crafted by hand and with great thought and care. Means a little more. I will do a follow-up post on to show you what I made! But for today, let’s talk about what to do when you don’t have the power tools. Don’t let the lack of tools deter you from tackling projects you want to. Of course, there are some essential tools- power drill and circular saw- that every woman should own. She this post for other tools you could snag that would help with so many home projects. But keep reading if you want to see my three substitutes for several power tools!
Projects always seem to require angled cuts. Until last Christmas, I did not own a miter saw. For years I used an $8 miter box to make all the 45 degree cuts for baseboards and smaller projects. It is simple to use and useful for any skill level. If you have bigger boards that will not fit in the box, use a spare piece of wood clamped down as your guide and use the hand saw that came with the miter box to make the cut. Yes, it does take a little longer and you do have to use elbow grease, but it is a very good and inexpensive alternative to make angled cuts.
As mentioned above, I recommend all women to own a circular saw. At some point you will have to make cuts and this saw is light, portable and inexpensive. However, a simple substitute is using the saw from the miter box kit! Yes it takes a bit more effort and isn’t as efficient, but hey, it is only an $8 expense and will get the job done. Don’t be afraid to use a saw, ladies! You can always make practice cuts on a scrap board to get comfortable before using on your project.
In several of my projects that I have posted, I have used a nail gun and compressor. It is quick, easy to use, and frankly makes you feel so empowered! Like the miter saw, I just got this compressor and nail gun setup this year! It is something I have always wanted and am so happy with the investment. However I have used this next alternative for YEARS. A simple hammer and nail punch. This is the solution to sinking nails into the wood, past the surface so they seem invisible. When building furniture, installing baseboards or creating something that looks clean and professional, you will need a nail punch. Simple hammer in the finishing nail like you would any nail. Take the punch, place the end directly on top of the nail and, with care, hammer on the end of the punch and watch the nail disappear. Yes, it really is as simple as that!
Ladies, I have used all three of these options for years. It is important to note that it does take a little more time by using these alternatives, but you can still yield the same results as someone who has all the power tools. I hope this information decreases any discouragement you feel by not owning power tools and gives you a sense of empowerment that you can still achieve your DIY goals!
As always, I appreciate you! Thanks so much for reading! Happy DIYing!
Bye for now babes,