In my family growing up, it was always important to my parents that we knew how to do everything. Men needed to learn to cook and women ought to be able to check their vehicle's oil, add it, and for that matter, change it. I complained bitterly while my father taught me to paint a house, work on my car, and be able to calculate how much life insurance women need, as well as men. We continued this tradition with our own kids. My daughter can sheetrock with rare proficiency and can build amazing picture frames, as well as do all the things we think of as traditional female tasks. My sons enjoy all the traditional male tasks, the shooting, gun cleaning, and building things, but they can patch and alter clothing if they need to, and a couple of them are probably better natural cooks than I am. I think it's very valuable to accept that each person will gravitate to some of the tasks which we think of as being more representative of their sex, but I also think that when your daughter wishes to work on a car with her Dad, or when your son wants to bake cupcakes that we need to understand that a well rounded healthy person is capable of doing many things. It is within keeping with this way of thinking that we have always encouraged all of our children to begin to collect their own personal set of hand tools. My eldest son has collected power tools as well, and uses them, but everyone has a tool set they add to gradually. This is one of the items my father always had, and this has found a place in our kits as well.
|This is a handdrill. Different size drill bits can be used in order to complete a variety of tasks. Many women find this easier and more comfortable to begin to use than a power drill, especially in the beginning.|
|This is a plane. This is a wonderful tool to have when doors in homes and cabinets stick and you may benefit from shaving just a bit off the bottom of the door. These are quite sharp, but can be very useful.|
This is a source of not only hand tools but power tools as well. They can be purchased from using the internet and have good prices and specials for some of their tools.
You may also talk to their experts in order to discuss what the best tool for your task might be, at:
1.800.876.2325 M-F 8-5 US MST
From time to time I will mention new hand tools, and perhaps a few power tools we have bought and that we like.
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