5 New Year Tool Resolutions for 2019

A new year means a new outlook on how you treat your tools.

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Last year you hopefully got a lot of use out of your workshop, but maybe you also developed a few bad habits. Here's a few things to keep in mind for the new year ahead and things that'll make your tool bench a more enjoyable place to work.

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Sharpen Your Tools
$102.45

There’s no sense in trying to use a chisel that’s as dull as a putty knife or a drill bit with a blunt end. Sharpen them.

DMT products are hard to beat for durability, and and carrying case, portability. Because these stones use diamond grit, you can sharpen the hardest steels or even tune up carbide router bits on them.

We also . This four-stone kit plus a flattening stone will enable you to handle all common sharpening jobs on woodworking tools, garden tools, and kitchen knives. 

And don’t forget your drill bits. I’ve used a to keep drill bits as good as new. Once you get the hang of running one of these by experimenting on some beat-up bits first, you’ll produce professional results in no time. 

Clean Up Your Shop
$199.00

Sweep up and vacuum up your shop so that the place isn’t a dump. If your budget permits, the . In fact, it’s the vacuum we use in the PM shop.

If this one is a bit out of your range, this Shop-Vac is quiet and . But don't forget a dust collection system, , either centralized or hooked up to your shop vacuum.

But a good  will do the trick. You'll want one that can tackle smooth concrete surfaces, which is different than a coarse bristled broom for outdoors.

Treat Yourself to a Work Apron
$32.99

Keep yourself clean and stop ruining clothing by putting on a decent work apron. We like , and it's the one we use every day.

Of course, coveralls and bib overalls are a good choice, too, if you need something even more heavy duty.

Get Anti-Fog Wipes for Your Safety Glasses
$19.95

Anti-fog wipes work better than laundry softener sheets and other makeshift solutions to keep your safety glasses clean and to keep the fog off of them.

Improve Your Shop Lighting
$59.99

We saved the best for last. If there’s one thing you pick off this list, . Clear, bright lighting improves your efficiency, safety, and enjoyment like few other shop improvements.

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