1. Shop Pencils
The Case of the Disappearing Pencil is a long-running mystery many people are familiar with. Put it down for a second and suddenly it's gone. A well stocked jar of pencils is important for any shop.
2. Shop Towels
I can never have too many shop towels at hand. Great for a quick wipe down of greasy hands, tools, or surfaces.
3. Work Gloves
Another essential item in the shop are work gloves. I like to keep a few decent quality pairs handy as they get worn down from consistent and heavy usage.
4. Tape Measure
Measure twice, cut once. It is nice to have a tape measure within reach at all times.
5. Safety Glasses
Safety is an important concern for anyone working with tools. Protect your eyes and keep a clear line of vision with a good pair of safety glasses.
6. Pilot Point Drill Bits
It seems you can never have too many drill bits. They break, go dull, or get lost in a pile of sawdust.
7. Drill Bits
Drill bits strip and get lost pretty easily. I like using an impact drill because it greatly reduces the number of stripped bits.
8. Speed Square
Use a speed square to make sure your cuts are accurate and your table legs are square to one another. This is an invaluable tool for any DIY'er.
9. Utility Knife
Keeping a utility knife (or scissors) handy in the shop is helpful for opening packages, cutting tape or twine, and many other general tasks as they present themselves.
Lastly, an ever-flowing stream of caffeine should not be underestimated. Whether it's early mornings or late nights in the shop, a good cup of coffee may offer the creative boost you need.