So, I don’t particularly like technology, and thankfully power tools haven’t gone all gadgety like so many other things. Having been renovating my house for a *long* time, I have learnt a lot of lessons along the way. For instance, having a planer to reshape trim boards has been fantastic. Why buy more expensive ½” think boards, when I can mill them to my own specs?
Another must-have? A laser measure. Yes, at $100 it may seem like a luxury item, but when you’re measuring for 12-odd foot long mouldings, or sizing rooms, even for outside work, it (a) doesn’t bend like tape measures do, and (b) is *UBER* accurate. It really shines in places where you’re trying to measure between two things… tape measures just don’t give an accurate read. It also calculates area, and volume, which is cool, and is light. I installed some “art deco” crown moulding yesterday, and the laser measure made it extremely easy to measure.