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Tools of the Trade

Posted by on 11/27/2012 to Info News
What you can build is only limited by your imagination. But for the new carpenter (or even the experienced one) there are some things you should know about the tools of your trade and how to use them.

First off, what are the most important tools? The best tools aren’t the fancy machines that sell for ridiculous prices. They aren’t the exotic tools that help with projects you’ll never start (or at least never finish). They’re the basic tools. The hammer. The screw driver. The wrench. The good ol’ fashioned hand tools. Of course, that’s not to say that all expensive, fancy machines are bad. Sometimes they’re needed. But most projects require only a few tools that you can buy for a couple of bucks at the local hardware store. Here are several of these tools which you should always have on-hand:

        Measuring tape: This is cheap and useful for pretty much any project. It might be a good idea to have two measuring tapes - a large one and a small one. Large measuring tapes are needed for the big projects you’ll undertake, but they’re not very portable, which is where the small one comes in.

        Levels: There’s your high-tech laser level and your good old liquid-filled level. If you know you’ll be needing a level for the majority of your carpentry, then a laser one will be worth the investment in the long run. Otherwise, stick with a cheaper level.

        Hammers: There are all different kinds of hammers. You can probably make do with only a couple, but it’s always nice to have your own set. In the end, this comes down to you and your budget.

        Screw drivers: At the very least, you should have two screw drivers: One with a Phillips head and one with a flat-head. Different screws can also come in different sizes. Again, it depends on the kinds of projects you’ll be undertaking.

There are many more tools you can consider when outfitting yourself. For example, a tool belt is always helpful. Just make sure you always ask yourself this question - “Will I use this tool, or is it going to be another dust collector?

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