4 Basic Tools A Carpenter Must Have

4 Basic Tools A Carpenter Must Have

By: marysmith

No matter how skillful you are, if you don’t have the right tools, you can not be a pro.

Whether you are a newbie or an experienced carpenter, it is better to have a well-organized toolbox having all the essential tools. Lack of the basic woodworking tools for a carpenter is just like a bird who wants to fly but have its feathers cut. Here is a guide to preparing your toolbox with the essential equipment along with its brief description:

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Hand Saw

Cutting is a major part of any woodwork no matter whether on a small scale or large. For this purpose, you need a hand saw along with you all the time you are working. If you are a beginner, it is advisable to add a circular saw to your tool as it is easy to use. Furthermore, it comes in different types having different shapes and cuts. The most commonly used varieties are combined blades, blades ripping, and cross-cut circular saws. Choose the one that suits you best for your project.

Measuring Tape

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How can your toolbox be complete without a measuring tape? Whether you are a plumber who needs to measure pipe length from time to time or a carpenter to make accurate measurements before starting a woodworking project, a measuring tape is a must-have. Practice using a measuring tape to increase the precision rate in your measurements. Furthermore, try to use a measuring tape with both feet and meter scaling as both types are used in woodworking.


A chisel is a tool used by carpenters to shape wooden surfaces either straight or curved by cutting them with sharp blades. It is the handiest tool being used in many woodworking procedures like wood framing and crafting. Now comes the latest technological tools with wall framing software that makes cutting, frame openings, and cut openings during MEP services easier and much faster. Thus, no more worries for clean cuts. If you are working on an extensive project, you must take advantage of such modern technologies along with the basic carpentry tools.


Hammers are used widely in every woodworking process whether it is a daily basis task or a huge building contract. Depending on the type of hammers these are used for multiple purposes. Types include claw hammers used to pull and drive the nails simultaneously, mallet hammers, framing hammers and many more types.

Mostly they are hand-operated but some of them also come in the form of power tools. Whatever the type is, it has two major parts that are handled and the head. The Head is used to forge metal or break any object. It is supported by a long handle that helps to lift the hammer and provide a grip to hit an item.

Every day there are a variety of tools developed for every field including woodworking. If you are a beginner, you don’t have to buy all these tools. There may be some you are going to use only once or twice in the whole project. Why invest in such gear? To save your time and money, we have listed the must-haves for a carpenter whether it’s a pro or a newbie. Get up! Gather these tools and start working on your project right away.

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