If you want to pursue a carpentry career, it is best to be prepared. You may have the education but one thing you need are the tools that comes in different shapes and sizes. Let’s talk about some of these. Every carpenter needs a hammer. It’s that tool that has a wooden handle with metal on top that will enable you to drive impact into an object like a nail.
Before you cut, one thing you will need is measuring tape. When you know how much you have to cut and mark it with a pencil, it will be easy for you to use the next tool which is the saw.
The saw is a cutting tool. Some can cut wood while others can cut through steel. Its lightweight compared to the power saw so you won’t have a hard time working with it manually.
There are some things that a saw cannot cut through and for that, you need a chisel. This is a sharp tool often used with a hammer or mallet to carve through wood, metal or stone. Some handles and blades are made entirely out of metal or wood.
Another cutting tool similar to the chisel is the gouge. The only difference between the two is that the blade edge is not flat but curved or angled in cross section. Just like the chisel, there are different versions available. If the angle of the plane of the blade is on the outer surface of the curve, this is called an “incannel” gouge.’ The opposite is known as an “outcannel gouge.”
Hammering and cutting is not the only thing you do as a carpenter. Sometimes, you have to hang a shelf on the wall or put two pieces of wood together. For that, you will need your handy screwdriver. There are two types. One is the flathead while the other is called the Philips. These are also available in different sizes depending on the screws that you will be using.
But before you screw it, you will need to make a few holes which can’t be done without some auger bits. You don’t drill a hole using your hand so you attach this to a power drill which will make the job faster and easier.
You will also need a bunch of screws and nails. These are cheap so you won’t have a hard time getting these from the hardware store.
All of these tools should be kept in a steel tool box so it will be easy to carry whenever you have to work on site. The things that you will use most often should be placed in your carpenter’s belt so you don’t have to move from one place to another just because you forgot something in the toolbox.
There are other tools aside from those mentioned above. All of these are sold separately and can be purchased from your neighborhood hardware store or online so it is not that hard to acquire.
These tools should be kept clean so it will be easy to get whenever you are called to do a job. These have to be replaced from time to time due to wear so be ready to buy new ones as this is all in a day’s work for those who pursue a carpentry career.