What’s your favorite hand or power tool?
With my brother’s wedding fast approaching, it became clear that the cheap jigsaw I’d inherited from my father wasn’t up the job of cutting out the pair of Adirondack chairs I planned to give as a wedding present. So I headed to the local Sears on a Friday night, arriving about 15 minutes before closing.
With the PA announcing shoppers should take their purchases to a register, I headed right to the tool department and picked out what I guessed was the best corded jigsaw they had. It was a panic decision. I hadn’t done any research or even used a barrell grip jigsaw ever before. I grabbed an ample supply of blades and planned to rough out the blanks the next morning. The jigsaw was awesome, shaving hours from the process and working smooth as silk.
I’ve had that Jigsaw going on 16 years now and it is still among my favorite tools. Not just because it works well, but also because it helped me craft a nice gift for two people I really love. My brother and his wife have held onto those chairs through three moves now and they still tell me how much they enjoying sitting in them on hot summer nights.
What’s your favorite hand or power tool? Is there a story behind why you like it so much?