Here’s a list of carpentry tools, what each tool does, and why you need it.
Let’s get started!
This is a pencil specifically made for carpenters. It’s flat, so it won’t roll away when you put it down, and it has a nice, wide lead so you can make bold lines.
It’s good for marking out cuts on wood, because the wide lines make it easy to see where you’re cutting. Plus, the lead is nice and strong, so it won’t snap when you’re marking out those lines.
You need a tape measure for obvious reasons: to measure things. You’ll mainly be using this for measuring the lengths of your cuts, but you’ll also find it useful for measuring your work area, measuring distances between things, and even measuring the lengths of pieces of wood itself.
You’ll be using a hammer all the time, so make sure you get a good one. You’ll be using it to, well, hammer nails into things, of course. Just be careful not to put too much pressure on it, since it’s easy for the nail to go in at an angle and ruin whatever you’re nailing together.
You’ll need a screwdriver set for obvious reasons: to screw things together. However, did you know that you can get a ratcheting screwdriver that can be used like a drill? It’s an absolute lifesaver for screwing things together quickly, and you don’t have to worry about your wrist getting sore from turning a regular screwdriver for ages.
You’ll need a drill for obvious reasons: to drill holes into things. However, did you know that you can get a drill that can screw things together too? It’s called a cordless drill, and it’s like a drill and a screwdriver combined. It’s a great option if you don’t want to carry around both a drill and a screwdriver, or if you want to screw things together quickly without ending up with sore wrists.
Just be careful about the bit you put into your drill. You need to make sure it matches the screws you’re using, otherwise you’ll end up with a mess.
This is for cutting things up into smaller pieces. It’s way easier than using a hand saw, because it’s powered. Just be careful about the blade, because it’s razor sharp. You’ll want to use a push stick to push your wood through the saw.
This is for making angled cuts, and for cutting lengths of wood to size. Unlike the circular saw, you don’t have to push your wood through it. You just bring it down onto your wood and cut, so it’s a lot safer.
This is for sinking in nails that aren’t quite all the way in. It’s not something you’ll need to use all the time, but it’s good to have just in case you make a mistake.
These are for holding wood together while you’re nailing or screwing it together. They’re also for holding pieces of wood down while you’re cutting them, so they don’t move around. You’ll be using these all the time, so you’ll want to get some good ones.