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Must-Bring Handyman Tools

Going somewhere a bit far? Bring these handyman tools that will surely be handy!


Before we enumerate the tools you have to take with you on your next trip, you should first pick a toolbox. It could be a Japanese sliding lid box, a carpenter’s chest with a top lid, or a suitcase box with a fold-down lid.

Each of these types has its own characteristics, but whatever model you choose, be sure it has enough numbers of trays, drawers, and doors to accommodate the tools you need to bring. You should also consider selecting one that has a few drawers only. Otherwise, it would be so heavy it’s no longer going to be handy.

When traveling, it’s best to keep your tools securely enclosed because exposed ones can damage your other things.

Moving on, here are the necessary tools you have the option to take with you. Remember, before purchasing, always read online reviews of tools to avoid buying something that wouldn’t last a month.  Feel free to add anything like a power tool or remove tools from the list.


  • Tenon saw
  • Tape measure
  • Swiss knife
  • Small hammer 12-16oz
  • Sliding bevel gauge and protractor
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sandpaper
  • Portable vise or a clamp

  • Nail set
  • Metal shoulder plane
  • Marking or cutting gauge
  • Jack plane
  • Glue
  • Dovetail saw
  • Dividers or a pencil compass
  • Coping saw
  • Chisel mallet
  • Card scraper
  • Cabinetmaker’s rasp
  • Block plane
  • Bit brace with an auger bit set
  • Bench chisels
  • A mortise chisel
  • 4” combination square or double square
  • 22-24” panel saws – a rip and a crosscut
  • 2 sharpening stones
  • 2 pencils
  • 12” combination square


Before packing tools, make a checklist first so that you don’t forget anything. Also, examine if you really need to bring the tools. If you’re not going to need half of the tools listed above, then you don’t have to. Bring only half of them if you wish. Traveling with a lot of tools can be inconvenient, so it’s crucial for you to inspect whether or not each tool is usually used. Do consider the weight as well. Your toolbox should be comfortable to handle with one hand. Organize the placement of tools in your toolbox as well so that you won’t have any trouble accessing them when you need them. Before carrying the toolbox, make sure it’s entirely closed. You wouldn’t want to rearrange them again after falling on the ground, would you?

How to Use a Wood Router The Right Way

A wood router is a tool used to hollow out an area of a piece of wood. It’s typically used for making cabinets and is commonly used as a plunging tool. Wood routers can add a profile to an edge, cut dovetail joints, and more. They’re versatile and useful in almost any wood project.

This article will discuss how it should be used to maximize its capability.


Different router bits will allow you to apply a broad variety of shapes to the edges of your workpiece. However, if they’re not installed into the collet of the wood router the right way, they can’t cut properly. A bit that’s incorrectly installed will chatter (excessively vibrate) which could lead to a rough profile or worse, to a more dangerous result. For your safety, install the router bits correctly by making sure they’re secure.

Step #1: Secure your material

You wouldn’t want to chase down your material across your work area, would you? Before using your router, make sure your clamp your material in place. But this is just one of the methods. Usually, a clamp can get in the way of the wood router and needs to be repositioned in the middle of the work. The other method is to utilize a router mat that can provide an excellent non-skid surface. Place your project on the mat, and you won’t have to deal with interfering clamps throughout the process. Wood router mats are available at almost any woodworking store or home center.

If the mat is losing its grip or at least it seems so, you can just rinse it with water to remove the dust attached to it.

Step #2: Wear protective gear


Don’t grab your router yet! Wear eye and ear protection before doing anything with your router. Wood routers can be loud which may lead to permanent ear damage. And, of course, I don’t have to emphasize the significance of wearing protective glasses when using handyman tools.

Step #3: Move the router in the right direction

To be safe while using your router, you need to go in the correct direction. When you need to rout the outside edge of a board, go counterclockwise. Going in the right way will prevent the wood router from climb cutting and moving away from you. Likewise, if you’re going to hollow out the inside edge of a frame, you should go clockwise.

Step #4: Begin at the right spot

If you have to rout all four edges of a wooden board, ensure that you make cuts in the right order. Begin from the end grain. As the router bit leaves the end grain, it might slightly crack the adjacent edge. Don’t worry; when you hollow out that edge, you’ll automatically clean up any damage.

What are you waiting for? Check out Kevin’s reviews of wood routers online and get one now!

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