10 Products DIYers Shouldn’t Pass Up at Target
Sure, tools may not be the first thing that spring to mind when you shop Target, but there really are some good finds to be had among the superstore's aisles (both literal and virtual). Read on for some of our favorites.
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Hunting for a screwdriver or hammer in the middle of a project can really ruin your motivation. This Black+Decker Lithium Drill Project Kit ($60 on sale) is the perfect collection of basic tools, plus drill bits, bit drivers and other components to get the job done. While it doesn’t contain specialty tools, it’s the ideal starter kit for any new DIYer (or a fine self-contained backup for the long-timer). There’s a scientific reason why you spend so much at Target.
While tools help you get the job done, organization products make the process more pleasant. These six Storex Quick Stack Organizers ($32) help keep your hobby space arranged. If you already have larger shelves for tools, these are a great addition to hold your small supplies, paper, writing utensils, hardware and other things that would otherwise get easily lost. They snap together quickly, without the need for tools, and are made from sturdy plastic. This is what the big red spheres outside of Target are for.
DIYers are used to racing the sun when wrapping up projects, when they know overhead lighting doesn’t cut it. Help extend your workable hours with a Cyclops 580 Lumen Rechargeable Spotlight ($60). It projects a beam of light up to 300 meters wherever it’s needed most—no plug-in required—for up to five and a half hours per charge. Take a look at these 11 money-saving secrets Target employees won’t tell you.
A dremel is probably the most versatile tool in a DIYers arsenal. Challenge is, it relies on a steady hand to create clean edges and straight cuts. This Dremel Workstation ($65), however, keeps the dremel still so you can easily drill perpendicular and angled holes and manipulate whatever you’re working with. It helps with buffing and sanding, too, and has a handy clip to keep the cord safely out of the way. Find out the secret code behind Target’s prices!
Do you use a 5-gallon bucket to carry your tools from one project to the next? This Bucket Tool Organizer ($32) is a fine upgrade made from sturdy canvas material. It can handle up to 100 pounds, so you can really load it up. Not ready to break the bucket habit? Westward also makes bucket organizers that work with your trusty old-school tool carrier. Target’s Black Friday Ad has been released!
If you’re in the middle of a project, elbow deep in paint or glue, the last thing you want to do is stop to Google instructions. Pick up a Google Home Mini ($25 on sale), connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi, then “OK, Google” your way out of challenges (and request work jams in between). You’ve got to take advantage of the 10 Target deals for less than $10
If you’ve ever thought about taking care of your knife-sharpening needs DIY style, whether for time- or money-saving reasons (or just personal satisfaction), invest in a Presto Professional Eversharp Three-Stage Electric Knife Sharpener. There’s a built-in blade-thickness selector, plus three grinding stages, each with precision guides, designed to create perfectly angled sharp edges every time. The firm, nonslip base keeps you safe and stable. Why you should shop Bullseye’s Playground, Target’s online dollar section.
The Studio Pro Soldering Iron ($48) with two chisel tips is a great starter tool for the DIYer who wants to work with electronics or stained glass, whether as a new hobby or to help keep projects moving forward. It heats up to 900 degrees and has a heat-resistant handle, for safe use even at those high temps. It’s lightweight, too, to help prevent operator fatigue when using over extended periods. Here are some tips and techniques you need to know for soldering copper pipe.
Stop stuffing your tools in your pockets or trying to juggle them while you work. The durable and inexpensive W500 Tool Pouch ($22) attaches to your belt and offers eight easy-to-use pockets of varying sizes to corral a range of tools. Here’s how to organize a tool belt efficiently.
The Bosch GMS 120 Wall Scanner ($64) doesn’t merely find wooden studs. It can also locate metal, copper and live wires for safely and confidently hanging pictures, shelves or TVs. It also scans deeper than most tools—up to 5 inches for steel and 2 inches for live wire. One of the best features, though, is that it can easily find the center point of a surface, which makes hanging things so much easier.