You can’t go wrong with a power tool! If he doesn’t have any, a good place to start is a cordless drill. If you know he’s got something but not sure what, take a sneaky trip to the shed and make a list or take some photos. You can then head down to the hardware store and pick out something else. If you’re picking up a cordless tool, pick up something that’s the same brand so the batteries he already has will fit them.
Keep things sharp
Sharp tools are easier to use and also give better results than blunt ones. Make your dad’s life easier with a chisel and planer blade sharpener. It fits on the end of a power drill and the guide makes sure the chisels and blades are held at the right angle, which is critical for their sharpness. You could also consider a drill bit sharpener. It’ll make the most of his drill bits, which can blunt easily.
If he’s rummaging around under the house or up in the roof, a head torch is essential. It’ll keep his hands free for whatever it is he might be doing. The benefits don’t stop there! He can take it camping, fishing or even checking on the BBQ if he’s cooking at night.
If you’ve spied your DIY dad using his drop saw on a table, a few saw stools or even just sitting on the ground, a saw stand will make his day. The stand brings the saw up to comfortable working height and the ends extend to hold his timber flat on the saw. Not only will it make life easier, it’ll also be safer. A saw that isn’t set up properly and securely is an accident waiting to happen.
A tool belt is not only handy; it also makes him look the part. There’s a wide range available so keep an eye out for these features - a specialised holder for his measuring tape; a hammer holder and the more pockets the merrier so there’s plenty of space for hand tools and all the different screws and nails he might be using.