tool list for carpenter : LUSENET : craft discussion group : One Thread

I've just passed the necessary tests for the carpentry apprenticeship program and recieved my letter of introduction. In anticipation of finding a contractor to take me on, I am curious as to what I will have to bring to the job as far as tools. I'm talking bare minimum. I'm currently a roofer, so I do have a number of tools already, but I suspect that many of them won't be useful to me as a carpenter. Anyways, thanks in advance for your help. I appreciate this website greatly, am impressed with the helpfulness of the Union towards new and potential members, and look forward to being part of one of the finest training programs in the U.S.

Yours, Jerome

-- Jerome K Knapp (, October 19, 2001


With the understanding that this is a beginning list only... 25' pocket tape rule, framing square with rafter tables, 24" level (minimum), chalk box and chalk, marking crayon, pencils, dryline, nail bags & tool belt combination, 8 point hand saw, 1/2 or 3/4 inch wood chisel, utility knife & blades, hammer - 16 to 22 oz., screwdrivers both flat and phiilips, pliers or vice-grips, adjustable wrench, wrecking bar, cats paw nail puller, safety glasses, tool box with lock to hold the above. Your apprentice center will most likely furnish you with a list as requirements vary from area to area. As you advance in your career and observe journeymen you will no dfoubt expand this list greatly. The best advice I can give you on tools is to buy the best quality possible. Quality costs, however, good quality tools can be used for a lifetime and then passed on. We take pride in fielding the best qualified and trained craftsmen. Best wishes with your training and career. Regards, Rocky

-- John Rockefeller (, October 22, 2001.

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