You might be well on your way to building the toolbox that allows you to accomplish a vast range of projects. However, there are some accessories that go hand in hand with your tools to ensure that you can work effectively, efficiently, and safely. Here are some accessories you should add to your arsenal.
Safety is the number one priority, regardless of what kind of material you’re working with. Here are some of the most common pieces of safety equipment you should invest in:
· Safety glasses: Worn to protect your eyes from any materials that might go flying during the work. High-quality safety glasses or goggles are needed to maintain high visibility.
· Hearing protection: Ear muffs or custom molded ear plugs need to be worn when operating any power tools to protect you from the risk of hearing loss.
· Work gloves: Lightweight leather, canvas, or cloth gloves that fit are essential for protecting your hands.
· Work boots: Similarly, thick work boots are a must for keeping your feet protected.
· Masks and respirators: When doing demolition work, working with wood (which can kick up a lot of dust) or doing any work that might involve toxic airborne particulates, you have to wear these.
Besides the more generic examples named above, make sure you do your research to find if any further safety gear is needed for particular projects. For instance, if you’re doing metalwork, you need a welding mask to shield your face during welding jobs.
Tool storage and carrying equipment
Keeping your tools organized and accessible is critical to working efficiently. Tool storage devices, like tool boxes, tool chests, and wall pins and hangers allow you to keep your tools within reach and out of the elements. There is also carrying equipment you should consider, such as tool bags, tool backpacks, and tool belts that allow you to do work on the move. Many tool storage and carrying equipment accessories also have features that prevent corrosion, which is worth investing in.
All kinds of DIY projects and contract handiwork require you to be specific about the dimensions of what you’re working with. For that reason, measuring devices should go hand-in-hand with your tools and always be readily accessible. There are a range of measuring devices, like tape measure, rolling tape measures, laser measures, rulers, calipers, and more. Make sure you have the right measuring devices on hand for any project you take on.
Cleanup and maintenance
After a project is done, you need the right accessories to clean up the workstation as well as to keep the tools in fine condition. For instance, when it comes to woodworking, a well-built shop vacuum can help you clear away any dust. If you’re soldering metal, a cleaning sponge can keep your soldering iron clean. For most metal tools, you want a cloth to wipe them down after they have been sprayed with a light layer of WD-40. If you don’t take care of your workspace or your tools, it will impact the quality of your work in the future.
Though they may not be tools, these accessories are just as crucial for anyone taking on woodworking, concrete work, steelwork, and any other kind of handiwork.