List of Best Carpenter Tools-Only for Woodworking Contractors

If You are a Carpenter Contractor Make Sure You Own All of These Tools

One of the most traditional roles or trades in the construction industry is the carpentry. Carpenters or woodworking contractors are needed in almost every construction project, so if you are wondering what tools are required to carry out your work, we have the list. This comprehensive list not only shows you the tools that you need but also provides a brief description of these tools that carpenters use daily. As with every trade, carpenters might require many tools to perform their work but this list summarizes the most important ones or the most used tools in a construction project.

Hand Saw

Hand saw
Hand saw. Getty Images/ Walker and Walker

The irreplaceable always reliable tool, that offers many variations but behind a common purpose. The hand saw is the one preferred by traditional carpenters as they can control the cut while producing a great finish. Because of the many variations of this tool, the hand saw is always a useful tool to have with you always. There is traditional saw, hacksaw, coping saw and rip saw among others. Hand saws are not a replacement to power saws, but being the most simplistic one, it is helpful, not optional, to have one of this. If you can, having a power saw is a great idea, and a cordless one is even better.

Spirit Levels Used By Carpenters

spirit level
spirit level. Photo Getty Imges/ ftwitty

Now, even available in your smartphone, spirit levels are critical to obtain the perfect leveled surface or product. Some carpenters prefer having longer levels but that all depends on the application and the type of woodworking job. If you are working with studs, I would encourage you to use longer levels for a neater product. A short level might mislead you if you are not familiarized with the tolerances and deviations when using short level.

Tape Measures

measuring tape
measuring tape. Getty Images/PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier

Always handy and useful, all carpenters use a tape measure even for the smallest work. This is crucial of having the right dimensions for your work. Among the tape measures, make sure to use the most adequate one with the right precision on it. There are multiple options, electronic types, that can help you measuring the wood pieces. Be sure to have one with the options of meters and feet because sometimes both systems are used in the drawings and at work.

Claw Hammer

Hammer and Square
Hammer and Square. Photo Getty Images/ Walter Hodges

 Another vital and important tool for carpenters is the claw hammer. I recommend the hammer 20 oz with steel handles, as it will allow for the right driving force and great grip while using it. When using steel handle hammers, make sure they have rubberized grip for better control and improved grip performance. Wood handles are OK if you are driving a lot of nails, but will make your hand sweaty unless you are wearing safety gloves. The sledgehammer is another type of "hammer" that can fit into this category. Remember to use a sledgehammer powerful enough yet lightweight to complete your work but without being too tired because of the weight of the hammer.

The Best Chisel Used By Carpenters

Chisel and clamps
Chisel and clamps. Photo Getty Images/ Aliyev Alexei Sergeevich

 A good chisel, made of alloyed steel, is needed to complete clean cuts. Chisels are available in different sizes, starting at 1/4 inch to 2 inches long. Chisels are used by carpenters and woodworkers for chipping out wood for door hinges and other fine woodworking jobs. There are also corner chisels that act like a hole punch, removing a section of wood with one hammer blow. Remember to keep the edges sharp and with oil so the chisel can last longer. Wood handles are recommended, capped with metal, so they can withstand the constant hammering and can last longer. Chisels are great for positioning prying deck boards before attaching them to the framing structure.

Work Bench

work bench
work bench. Photo Getty Images/ 4x6

 A saw horse or workbench is a very practical and convenient tool. A saw horse is a carpenter's best friend, helping you resting the piece of wood while you can work or cut other areas of the wood. The light weight and portable saw horses are used very frequently in carpentry during framing or door installation, allowing you to make precise cuts even when you are working all alone. The most sophisticated models are equipped with clamps and adjustable surfaces so you can move it around and fit almost any type of wood.

Nail Gun

nail gun
nail gun. Getty Images / Kevin Leigh

 If you are woodworking, you will definitely need a nail gun. A nail gun allows you to pop nails faster and very efficient. Although this list contains items, most of them manual tools, that are not electric or batter powered, the gun is one of the best tools that will save time and money during the carpentry process. There are multiple models with different power, so make sure to choose the one that fits you better.

Quick Clamps

Chisel and clamps
Chisel and clamps. Photo Getty Images/ Aliyev Alexei Sergeevich

Clamps are very useful in the carpentry industry. They are used to secure and grip pieces of wood and lumber so your hands can be free. While your hands are free, you can saw, cut or any other woodwork task and be more efficient. They are available in many sizes, designs, models and styles so you can attach them to the different working surfaces. Clamps, especially quick clamps, are very useful when making 45- and 90-degree cuts.


measuring tape
measuring tape. Getty Images/PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier

 A carpenter always needs a pencil to mark where the next cut will be. There are new models, mechanical carpenter's pencil that will never need to be sharpen again. This new pencil looks like a utility knife to make a sharp clear line. It is somewhat expensive but you will love it and it will be easier to carry and use. Pencils or in some instances chalk lines are always useful, cheap and will help you when laying out the framing, or making the cut. The pencil has a large lead head so it will not break easily. To sharpen is use a special sharpener design for carpenters pencil.

Carpenter's Square

Hammer and Square
Hammer and Square. Photo Getty Images/ Walter Hodges

 A carpenter's square is still one of those tools that no matter how advanced our technology is, we will still need the square to make some cuts. The preferred size one is the 6-inch model, easy to carry and use, the square will help you measuring and laying out the cut. It is great when used with a table saw and can even help with some angles as well. When buying one, make sure to use the metal one as the plastic one can loose its shape and might affect your measurements. A carpenter's square or a combination square are very important tools for every woodworker in the industry.

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The list can almost get to 100, because all carpenters will need a set of circular saws, grinders, drills, block plane, nail punch set, trimming or utility knife, and so on. It is always important to have the right tool at the right moment.