Having a complete workbench is essential to getting the job done right. Simply adding a few new tools can make your projects so much easier, but what exactly is your dream garage missing?
The best tools have more than one application, so we went on a search for the most essential, most useable tools every garage needs. Whether you’re just trying to stock up or are looking for the perfect gift for a handy man, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are a few things you may not have considered for your garage, but once you have them you’ll wonder how you ever did without.
1. Hex Key Tool (or Allen Key)
Although this tool seems simple, no tool kit is complete without it.
You may have individual hex keys in your toolbox, but having all these tools in one device, like a Swiss army knife, makes the tool easier to keep track of and use.
Sports equipment like bikes and snowboards often use hexagonal sockets, but a lot of home-assembly furniture also requires hex keys. That makes this tool a necessity for the modern do-it-yourselfer.
2. Fire Extinguisher
This may not be the most exciting tool on your garage shelves, but it is one of the most important.
Garages are ripe with the ingredients for fires—a small space with gasoline, electricity, and flammable materials. It’s only smart to keep a little protection on hand in case of emergencies.
If you already have a fire extinguisher, make sure it hasn’t passed its expiration date and is easy to access in a hurry, if the need arises.
3. Bench Vise
A good bench vise acts as your personal assistant at the workstation.
You can use a vise to hold anything in place, whether you need a sturdy grasp for metalworking, need to hold glue together, or need a firm hold to use a saw. A strong vise can be used with a project from beginning to end.
Even if you’re not sure what use you have for a bench vise now, it’s one of those items that will end up being your favorite tool. You just have to make the commitment to installing it on your workbench first.
4. Air Compressor
An air compressor is an investment up front, but we promise it will be worth your while.
This versatile tool is for more than filling tires. A quality air compressor can be used to power air tools like a nail gun, blow-dry projects, or make painting a breeze.
The tool does take a while to learn. Finding the right size for your needs, understanding the air gauges, learning how to set up your line will be time consuming at first. But once you get the hang of it, the uses for an air compressor are endless.
5. Flow Wall
The best garage workbench design in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t find anything. Skip the clutter and organize your tools, and your whole garage for that matter, with Flow Wall.
This simple organization system comes with numerous attachments so you can build the Flow Wall that fits your space. And if your needs change, you can always find the right accessory to accommodate you.
So many garages quickly become too cluttered to work in. Get your space back by utilizing wall storage so you finally have room to get those dream projects done.
Building the ultimate toolbox can take some time, but you never want to be without the essentials. Up your handy-man game with these must-have tools every garage needs.