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The Top 10 Tools for Carpentry

Written by Autumn Granza on Friday, 13 March 2020. Posted in Career

Carpenter working with machine.

As a carpenter you’ll need to become familiar with a variety of tools. From hand tools to power tools, there’s a lot to become acquainted with. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, take some time to get comfortable with the various items you’ll need in your tool kit. Check out what every carpenter should have handy.

Hand Tools

As a carpenter, hand tools are important. You’ll need to use them for most projects, so they’ll often come in handy. Some tools to keep within reach include a:

  • Hammer. A hammer is used for hitting nails into materials like wood, shingles, and joist hangers to hold them in place. It can also be used to help move tight fitting structures together like wall frames.
  • Chisel. A chisel is a sharp tool that’s used to cut out pieces of wood for door hinges and in framing material.
  • Utility Knife. A utility knife is most commonly used to open packages of materials and fasteners, but can also be used to mark materials for layout.

Power Tools

Power tools are important to bring along to any job. They’re effective and can help speed up your work. Useful power tools include a:

  • Sander. A sander is used to smooth out and remove thin layers of material on the jobsite.
  • Drill. A drill is used to bore holes in wood or concrete, to insert fasteners, or create a hole to pass through electrical wires and plumbing.
  • Saw. You can use a hand saw or a circular saw to cut materials like wood, drywall, and plywood. A hand saw can be used in tight spaces but can be physically taxing over time. On the other hand, a circular saw requires power but can cut a lot more material without requiring as much effort.
  • Screwdriver or impact driver. A screwdriver is used for driving fasteners into materials such as wood, drywall, and metal and holds them together. It can also be used in tight spaces but can take a lot of effort. With an impact driver, you’ll cut down on effort but it does require power.


Measurement tools may seem like an afterthought, but they’re just as important as the everyday hand and power tools you’ll need. One wrong measurement can ruin a project. Important measurement tools include a:

  • Measuring tape. A measuring tape is used to measure distances for tasks such as accurately cutting materials, framing the walls of a house, and measuring where to insert windows and doors.
  • Speed square. A speed square is used to quickly mark materials with a straight square line. It can also be used to guide saw cuts so that they’re at exactly 90 or 45 degree angles.
  • Level. A level is used to ensure that floors and window frames are sitting level to the ground. It also can be used to check if wall frames and posts are sitting straight.

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