I’m taking a carpentry class at Canadore College. If you haven’t heard about my exciting adventures feel free to check ‘em out here, here, and here. In my short knowledge of carpentry, I have learned that there are some tools that are essential to the job.
Here’s a peek at some of the essentials I keep in my tool bag:
This is the hammer I use. It’s 16oz, so I appreciate that it’s not too heavy in my hand, making it a bit easier to manipulate. It has a fiberglass core, which helps reduce the vibrations I feel. Its handle is easy to grip and ergonomic.
On both projects that I have worked on in class, I’ve used a speed square. It makes quick work of calculating an angle and finding a right edge.
Like most PPE, I found it important to choose workwear that was tailored for women. I don’t mean that it’s pink (in fact, none of my PPE is fuchsia-hued), I mean that they have been designed to accommodate a woman’s form. My work gloves are no exception. My gloves fit well in the fingers and the palm, and also have an elastic cuff, so they stay put.
Prior to the commencement of class, I had joked with friends that I was planning on transporting my tools in a plastic grocery bag. I’m glad I decided against it: I chose a tool bag with tons of pockets, and a zippered large opening. I can fit all of my tools with plenty of room to spare (I actually kept my candle holder in there in between my first and second class). Definitely a significant upgrade from a plastic bag!
What woodworking essentials do you keep in your toolbox?