Tools for a buck-and-a-half
Who knew? Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, sells a small selection of new tools for $1.50 each. Yes, they are obviously not high quality, but for a leather punch, or bronze brush, or mini-screwdrivers, the quality is sufficient. Here are some of my recent purchases from a local Daiso store. Each one cost $1.50 which is garage-sale prices for new.
Five Chisels — These are small, but sharp. Short pencil size. Can do detail work in wood.
Fluorescent Blackboard Marker — Writes on glass, hard and soft surfaces, washes off with water.
Precision Screwdrivers — Small gauge screwdrivers for the screws found in gadgets, and eyeglasses. Has a nice rotating thumb pressure tab. Half are philips, half slotted.
White Cable Ties — 170 small ones (about 3 inches). Often all you need for the cables and cords around your desk.
Green Cable Ties — Long (12 inches, 30 cm) and green. Can be used in the garden to tie up staked plants, or bundle branches, etc.
Long Driver Bit– Dual-ended philips shaft extension for electric drill.
Large Leather Punch — Makes an 8 mm hole.
Leather Punches — Two smaller punches, for 4 mm and 5 mm holes, about what you need for a leather belt.
Wire Brushes – Three: Bronze, Stainless steel and nylon.
Silicone Collapsing Funnel — Easy to store. Easy to clean.
Garden Shears — For small hands.
Paint Knife — Use this for mixing epoxies, or applying gels.
Draw knife – Technically it is a hand scythe, but it would work as a draw knife.
Silicone Spatula — For pastes, grouts, filler, paints — no stick!
Rubber Hammer — Small rubber headed hammer. One side is softer.
You can buy some Daiso items online — via links provided — but only in bulk quantities.