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The essential carpentry tools for household work

Amateur woodworking has become very popular lately and it’s no wonder, as it’s a really neat hobby, and after several finished projects we can make some money on the side by creating different things for our friends. If you’re planning to start your wood crafting journey, you’re going to need several carpentry tools without which your work will be very difficult, or downright impossible.

The set of basic carpentry tools

  • Hammers – They seem to be a carpentry tool of a very basic structure and if you insist enough, everything can be a hammer. The best option is to have a whole set of hammers at your disposal, but the basic tool should be a carpentry hammer with a head that allows to pull out nails.
  • Measuring tapes – measuring errors cause damage to elements. No workshop can do without measuring tapes and it’s a good thing to have a few, but the absolute essential is a three-meter tape with a clear scale and a good locking mechanism. The most convenient tapes have scales on either side.
  • Utility knife – it usually comes with replaceable, breakaway blades. With such always-sharp knife we can put marks on different elements, cut through thin things, such as wallpapers, as well as sharpen or clean elements made of wood and such.
  • Spirit level – A classic spirit level contains pipes filled with a fluid, water or oil, with an air bubble trapped inside. Modern devices utilize a laser beam and these are much more convenient options that are definitely worth going for.
  • Screwdrivers – these are incredibly universal tools, but at the beginning it’s a good thing to know that they can be used to screw different screws and bolts in and out. In order to be able to work with both electricity and electronics, screwdrivers should have both slotted and cross-slot ends.
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Wood drilling – carpentry tools for drilling

Wood is a pretty soft material and it’s not difficult to drill through it. Most of the time, power grills or drill&screwdriver combos are used, but even a hand drill will do. If the drill bit doesn’t have a pointy top for targeting, it’s a good idea to make a small indentation in the marking point for the hole, like with a hole maker or a nail.

When drilling, we should make sure that the hole doesn’t get clogged with the shavings. We should remove them because, when accumulated, they might cause cracks around the hole, and sometimes even damage the drill bit, especially when drilling through wet, hard or resin-filled wood. When we remove the drill bit from the hole, it should be still spinning.

If we’re drilling through a narrow board or plank and are worried the drill might crack it apart, we should put the element in a vise, sandwiched between two wooden blocks, and then we start drilling.

If there’s a concern that the hole edge might be awfully jagged on the other side of the elements, we should place a thin piece of wood there and press it tight with a vise. It will cause the hole to be drilled through the element and said block at the same time.

Wood planes

To shave a thin stripe of wood, we’re going to need a carpentry tool that is commonly referred to as a plane. These are carpentry tools used to smooth out wood, round the edges, remove an old damaged layer, or carve a groove. The most important part of a plane is a removable blade. They come in many different shapes.

Blades can be replaced with ones better matching a particular task. The blade position is adjustable. The further we slide them out, the thicker the removed wood layer.

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