As part of their #30DaysfoGood, Good.com has posted a list of tools they recommend for common DIY projects.
I had a portable toolkit through college and graduate school, but it was best suited for IKEA furniture construction. When I moved in with my boyfriend, he came with a wide range of tools (hand and power).
If you are a DIY-er and live in the Seattle area, and don’t have the means to buy a bunch of new tools, let me tell you about the West Seattle Tool Library.
If you live up to 60 miles away from West Seattle, you can become a member of the tool library and “check out” tools for free. The membership application includes a liability waiver and an opportunity to donate to the library to help them manage operating costs.
The library is open Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On Thursdays they often offer workshops that highlight DIY projects or teach you how to use specific sets of tools.
None of my projects have gotten large enough to require tools we don’t already own, but I’ll be signing up this month in anticipation of future Self-Sufficient Summer projects.