11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs

12 June
Last year I had my very long and skinny single-car garage remodeled and I turned the end into a workshop for myself! It did make the regular garage a little cramped since I still had to have storage for holiday decor and what-not but I can park in it in the winter which is nice. You can see the posts about that remodel here:

I do still have my craft studio in the house but I use my shop all the time for larger projects like painting furniture, woodworking, and upcycling projects. It's so nice to have a dedicated spot for working on my projects instead of in the middle of the dining room floor! 😂

Today I thought I'd share some workshop essentials that I think every girl shop needs!

11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs

These are the things that I use the most and couldn't easily live without.
  • Scroll saw
  • Sliding compound miter saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill and assortment of bits
  • Level and tape measure
  • Workbench
  • Tin snips
  • Screwdrivers and hammers

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Scroll Saw

I think my scroll saw may have been one of my first tools. It's great for cutting small, intricate items like ornaments.
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs
I used mine to make this Upcycled Wood Bowl Key Hanger and my Upcycled Guitar Shelf.

Sliding Compound Miter Saw

A sliding compound miter saw is something I didn't even know I needed until I had one and now I use it all the time!!
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs
These are awesome, they make a perfectly clean cut since the blade is on an arm and doesn't wander as you are cutting like some handheld saws do. You can cut all different kinds of angles and miters and super thick materials like fence posts. Make sure you get a sliding compound miter saw, this allows you to bring the blade down and then slide it forward and backward to cut wider materials.

I used mine to make my Pallet Patio Love Seat, the Recycled Pallet Outdoor Dining Table, and DIY Outdoor Benches.


A jigsaw is a handheld saw used for curved or difficult patterns.
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs
I used my jigsaw on the Easy DIY Wood Shim Address Sign and Repurposed Yardstick Counter Top.


Clamps are so handy, I use them all the time and have them in all different sizes and types. The two kinds I use the most are Trigger clamps which are nice for clamping larger pieces of wood together while the glue dries and spring clamps for smaller projects.

11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs

11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs

Cordless drill and assortment of bits

A cordless drill is a must-have. Use it to predrill for nails and screws so you don't split your wood pieces, drill holes for adding ribbon or twine hangers, drill into walls for adding Mollys, etc.
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs

Make sure you have an assortment of bit sizes. You can even get specialty bits for drilling ceramic and glass!

Level and Tape Measure

You will definitely need a level and tape measure... well... for obvious reasons!! There are laser levels and even laser distance measures but all you really need is the old fashioned, tried and true design!
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs


You need a work surface. This workbench is so cool because it will also store all your stuff!

11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs

Tin snips

A set of tin snips is super to have too! They come with straight-cut, left-cut, and right-cut.
I used mine to make a super cute tin roof when I had my space at the antique mall, a peace sign with antique ceiling tiles, and an Industrial Heart Garland

Screwdrivers and hammers

A nice set of screwdrivers and a couple of hammers is essential! I would suggest a regular claw hammer and a rubber mallet to start.
11 Tools Every Girl Shop Needs
These are the tools that I would suggest for a fully functioning and awesome girl shop (or even a man shop 😉)

Source: Deluxe Mindset

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