Carpentry can be a very rewarding interest to follow, but you do need to have the right tools to get going. It also makes a good deal of sense to invest in your own future, by attending some carpentry courses to brush up on your skills – there are also evening classes offered for those of us working during the day.
Don’t forget to get your carpentry and joinery quotes for the timber you’ll be buying for your projects.
What’s You’ll Need
You could spend a fortune kitting out your workshop with woodworking tools, but we suggest that you start out small with the basics. Then, as your skill level improves, you can add to your collection depending on what you intend to make. If this sounds a little challenging, why not find a carpenter and joiner right here on Mr-Skill?
Carpentry goes back a long way, probably to the beginning of time for modern man. Fred, he’s one of our regular London carpenters and joiners here on Mr-Skill, says that the first thing he was taught as an apprentice was to measure twice and cut once! A decent tape measure is an essential item for any budding-carpenter’s tool box. Then, a one-foot steel ruler is going to prove very handy too. Don’t forget a set-square to help get those angles right, and you’ll need a flat – that’s to stop it rolling away – carpenter’s pencil for marking up your timber.
Timber needs to be cut to size, so you will need a saw appropriate to the type of carpentry you are turning out. There’s a huge variety available and you will quickly realise which saw you should have handy. Chisels too are important in the woodworking context. They come in a variety of blade widths too. It pays to keep a utility knife in the tool kit, you know, the old Swiss Army knife!
Hammers come in a wide range of choices, and will prove indispensable for your tool kit. Start small and build up your hammer collection as the need arises, and your skills develop. A spirit level is also an important member of the carpenter’s tool box. Screw drivers are essential for the job, so you’ll need to build your collection of these. A hand plane is a useful asset, as you launch your new money-spinning hobby!