No, carpenters don’t spend their days on saws and sawhorses all day. They have a wide range of tools to get their jobs done. Of course, their jobs are as reliant on heavy machinery as woodworkers are, but that doesn’t change the fact they have a lot of tools in circulation.
There are a plethora of standard tools carpenters use like nails, hammers, measuring tape, utility knife, and so on. However, they also need to keep some power tools at hand if they want to do more complicated work. So, without further ado, let’s explore the many carpentry power tools and what they’re used for.
As a carpenter, you’re naturally going to need the tools to cut the wood into shape. However, using a hatchet won’t get the job done. You’ll need a tool that can perform clean cuts that don’t feel out of place or improper. To achieve that, you need a circular saw. Of course, circular saws aren’t exclusive carpenter tools.
Any craft that deals with cutting wood into shape requires a saw in one way or another. This type is simply too versatile and easy to handle. It has a lot of flexible uses that make it a must-have for any carpenter. The added portability makes it easier to handle than a table saw, another vital tool in the carpentry arsenal.
It essentially operates by rapidly rotating a saw at high speeds. The saw is attached to a handle and powered by a motor, and to get immensely clean and accurate results, the rotations cut into the wood.
Like we’ve mentioned before, no carpenter can operate without a proper table saw. The tool provides beautiful cuts at unbeatable precision accuracy. This is due to its positioning on top of a table. You are given reign to move your materials through the saw to make the cuts.
Since you’re moving your materials across a stable and level plain, you are getting more accuracy. However, you can do a pretty good job already with a circular saw. So, what can a table saw even add? A lot actually.
For one, circular saws are much smaller, so they can’t really cut into hard and dense stock nearly as much. The added length and rotation speed table saws offer, cut through wood easily no matter how dense or how long. So, when a carpenter has to deal with larger materials, they need to get one of these.
By now, it’s pretty apparent that carpenters work with a lot of saws. That’s because many of their work relies on cutting out the right proportions of wood to construct houses or fixtures. While we praised circular and table saws, they aren’t any good when it comes it making proper angle cuts.
Their design is geared more towards making linear and uncomplicated cuts, and they’re unmatched when it comes to those; you need a miter saw to make the right-angle cuts. That’s because of its swing arm that lets it adjust in different angles.
Yes, a swing arm is a characteristic completely unique to the milter saw. It, like the name suggests, is basically an arm that you can move and adjust at various angles to make unique cuts for your project. This is important if you’re trying to make archways, windows, or any other fixtures that require curves.
We can’t think of a carpentry project that doesn’t need a power drill. There are just so many instances where you’ll need a power drill, it’s ridiculous. Carpenters use this on wood to create driving fasteners.
For example, when you try to make a door, you’ll need to install driving fasteners at the point where the door connects to the wall. That’s just only one case. When you’re trying to install windows, shelves, doors, or any other fixtures that to be screwed on, then you’ll need a power drill.
Essentially, a power drill is a tool that makes a hole in your projects. You can then use the hole to connect it to other items and materials to work your way up to your desired project.
So, while it’s a tool that’s widely used by electricians, woodworkers, and plastic workers, it’s undeniably a must-have for every carpenter.
Like a cowboy who has his revolver, a carpenter has nail guns. It’s more or less their signature tool. In simple terms, a nail gun is a tool that launches 18-gauge nails straight through a fixture.
When you’re constructing a house, you’ll need to hammer in countless nails. However, once you have a nail gun, things are much easier.
This is a tool shaped quite like a gun, resting easily onto your hand that shoots out nails with considerable power. It launches straight through whatever you’re shooting at and nails it pretty much instantly.
As such, it lets you save plenty of time and money and hard work. Simply take the tool, aim, and shoot! This lets one person handle large scale work with extreme ease.
It’s also usually light and easy to use. Carpenters are expected to hammer down nails a lot. Pretty much every project requires nailing in some aspect. As such, every carpenter always has their nail gun ready.
Since we were talking about nail guns, we thought it’d be an excellent addition to our list, as well. Carpenters are the ones who are responsible for building a wooden floor.
How do they do it? With a flooring nailer. This tool seems a bit different than the rest. It operates differently, and it drives down nails with much more power compared to a nail gun. As a result, it installs roofs safely and securely with little scope of faults.
Nails and hammers aren’t the only tools carpenters use nowadays. They have evolved just like the rest of the world and lean towards power tools that make their jobs and results easier.
So, now that you know about all the different tools they use, you should have a clear idea of the kind of work they do. On the other hand, if you’re interested in becoming a carpenter, you know where to start!