Tools I use

Many people have emailed asking about tools and software I use in my projects. I have decided to point people to this page so that everyone gets the same answer. If a tool I use isn’t listed, it’s not something I recommend (I’m likely in the process of upgrading the tool)

Note: Many of the links on this page are affiliate links. Using them will not cost you anything extra and by you purchasing the item(s) from those affiliate links, it helps me to create more free projects.


Power Tools:

Table Saw: Grizzly G0690 (buy this directly from Grizzly, much cheaper)
Cordless Drill/Driver 18V class: Makita 18V LXT Combo Kit
Cordless Drill/Driver 12V class: Bosch PS21-2A
Circular Saw: Skil 15A 7-1/4″
Cordless Circular Saw: Makita 18V LXT
Random Orbital Sander: Dewalt 5 inch
Palm Sander: Dewalt 1/4″ sheet
Router, Table: Drillmaster 2HP (Harbor Freight)
Router, Fixed Base: Porter Cable 690LR
Router, Palm: Dewalt DWP611 (also used for Shapeoko 3 CNC)
Shop Vac Cyclone: Oneida Dust Deputy
Dust Collector: Harbor Freight 2HP & Wynn Environmental 35A Nano Filter

Video Production:

As an IT professional, I usually scrounge recycled equipment. I’m currently using a Dell Precision T3400 (Xeon W3540, 12GB Ram, 2 SSDs) for daily tasks and video encoding. It’s not the fastest but it gets the job done for now.

Video editing: Adobe Premiere CC 2015
Photo editing: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Video Snapshots: VLC Media Player
File renaming: Bulk Rename Utility
File storage: Synology NAS DS214se & (2) Western Digital Black 4TB disks
Camera: Canon PowerShot G7X