Favorite Tools

Hey guys!

We love sharing our VERY favorite tools with you!  Many of you want to know what you need to get started.  This page is just for you!

These are tools that we recommend.  We use them on an almost daily basis, and LOVE them!

So… In no particular order… Here we go!

What saw do we use?

We are HUGE fans of Home Depot’s Ryobi Brand!

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Make sure to check out their amazing site Ryobi Nation!  You can share your projects there and enter to win monthly giveaways… So cool!

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We use the Ryobi 10″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ryobi Miter Saw

Another GREAT tool that we use all of the time is a brad nailer!  You will use this bad boy ALL the time.

Here is our favorite…

Ryobi AirStrike Cordless Brad Nailer

Ryobi AirStrike Battery Nailer

For those of you looking for a saw to do simple crafts with, we recommend a small hand saw like this one.  This is what I started with!  I still pull it out occasionally for small projects.  It’s great for so many of the projects we have done on our site!

That’s a stocking stuffer gals!  Come on… You will thank me!  This is a perfect ‘craft’ saw, and you would be shocked at how many projects you can do with it!

A Jig Saw is a small hand held saw that is great for cutting more decorative pieces.   This is the jig saw we use!

Ryobi_Jigsaw

Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw

Our Favorite Drill

A drill is like a hot glue gun.  You will use it ALL the time.  This is the drill that both Ash and I use it and we LOVE it.  It’s lightweight and so powerful at the same time! Legit.

Don’t forget your drill bits!

Every great drill needs a bunch of drill bits!  I have LOTS of sets.  I use them all the time!  This is a great set below.

Kreg Jig 

Obviously, one of our very favorite tools is the Kreg Jig!  This tool is the best thing ever!  If you are serious about wanting to build furniture like we do, we TOTALLY recommend this tool!

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If the entire kit is out of your budget, you can also buy the Kreg Jig by itself below!

Another AMAZING tool that we use almost daily is a finish sander.  This tool is not a must, but saves a ton of time and work.  I use mine on a ton of craft projects.  I like to round my edges when I do photo blocks and other small crafts.  This takes care of it quick!  It’s also great for furniture building!

This is our all time favorite sander!  It’s easy to hold, lightweight and again… So powerful!

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

Ryobi Corner Cat Finish Sander

 Staple Gun

Ash and I love crafting with our staple guns!

These are cheap, and will get as much use as your hot glue gun.

And let’s not forget about a tape measure!  Seems like a no brainer… BUT… We definitely have a FAV.  We love the smaller size of this tape measure and it’s auto-lock feature! Time Saver!  And cheap!

Our list is short!  You really can do so much with a small investment of tools.  We know for many of you they are intimidating.  We are here to prove just the opposite!  We have made it our goal to prove to you guys that these tools aren’t scary or difficult to use.  Building your own furniture really is easier than assembling prefabricated furniture from big box stores!

Let us know if you have any questions!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Have a great weekend!

~Shanty Sisters

  • Sheila Wilson

    Hi! Any recommendations for a table saw?

  • Melanie Henry Osborn

    Hey! I absolutely love your blog!!! :-) Btw, I was wondering if you wear a face mask when sanding, staining, sealing, and etc.. And if so, what type/brand do you use for each task?

  • Chaka C Terrell

    I love your work. You inspire me. What is your saw sitting on? Do you suggest purchasing a circular saw and a miter saw?

  • Holly Barosh

    Hi girls-
    I just purchased the kreg jig 5. Can you tell me what i else I need that may work with this tool? I’m beginning and would love your input.

    Thanks! Holly

  • Mackenzie

    Love yall’s site! Quick question… what kind of saw would you recommend for a beginner in woodworking? I’m a long time crafter and just got a sander and drill this past Christmas, which I love! I’ve been using them both non-stop. I want to start building some small furniture pieces but have no power tools other than those, and I don’t have experience using any saws. Some say to buy a jigsaw and use it for everything, but that it doesn’t cut straight, and others say to get a circular saw and use an attachment to cut angles instead of buying a miter saw. Any help would be great!!

    • Sheila Wilson

      I am also a beginner and bought the miter saw shown here. It is worth every penny (bought the saw and stand-$200-300). It’s enough to just learn how to build but if you have to come up with complicated ways to work with the wood you will be so frustrated and disappointed. Will take all the pleasure and satisfaction out of it. If you are gonna do it, do it right and get the right tools. Good luck!!!

  • Sharon

    I’m new to your site and let me start off by saying I LOVE what I see so far!! I’m super pumped to try some of your projects as I’ve never built anything myself. I’ve only dabbled in refinishing furniture, so might as well just build my own! Thank you for such an awesome site with such great tutorials, I haven’t seen anything so specific yet and I’m thrilled to have stumbled across it. Question about tools as I’m going to try to build up my stock over the next few months: do you recommend a nail gun? Or is a drill with drill bits enough for simple project? If you do recommend a nail gun, which one? Thank you!

  • Cheryl

    I have been able to acquire many of the tools you all have suggested along with a few Ana suggested over the past few months. I absolutely love them all! I have enjoyed learning to build from your site and have been really inspired by you guys. Thank you!

  • Robbie Hummell

    what about a combination square,utility knife,pencils, straight edge,putty knife etc etc. looked like a ryobi commercial to me by the way ryobi tools are cheap for a reason they are crap, that said they are a good start for beginners. you want good tools stick with dewalt, makita, and milwaukee cant go wrong with any of these. building tradesman 26 years, by the way Im not bashing. I love what you are doing very talented and great eye for esthetics.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Not a commercial at all, these are the tools that we use on a daily basis (for years) and we love them. BTW, we are beginners and our goal is to encourage other beginners to build. Why pay more for tools when the Ryobi tools that we use work great? We have furnished our homes with furniture made with these tools and we haven’t been let down yet. Not sure exactly what the purpose of your comment was, other than to bash and let us know how “skilled” you are. Thanks:)

    • Nighthawk

      Why should a non trades person buy the most expensive tools out there when they are not going to be used in the actual trade… Ryobi made for the home market and from what I can see exactly what they are being used for here.

      As for can’t go wrong with… BS I have killed two DeWalt and Bosch Drill and now use a cheaper Makita and Ryobi (the ryobi did all my back deck and just as easy as my DeWalt would have if it did’t die after only a year….it gets expensive continuously replacing them. If the tool is used for the market and what it was designed for it will be fine. Again as I can see here. You don’t need to always have the top of the line tool especially if you are only beginning and not in the trade… so get off your high horse.

      Nighthawk
      http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz/

      • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

        Agreed! :-)

  • gale

    I think some of the pictures are missing on this page.