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5 Must Have Tools for the Modern Carpenter

Every carpenter has a few tools they simply couldn’t live without. Not only that, but the tools that work perfectly for you might not cut it for your mate, so keeping an eye out for the best around is vital.

We’ve put together a list of 5 tools for carpenters that we reckon get the job done well. Now labelling tools as ‘must-haves’ can be quite controversial, as each carpenter will have their own favourites, but these are a good start.

From a carpenter’s toolbox staples to some actual staples, here are our 5 must have tools for the modern carpenter.


Stanley Fatmax Chisel Set

Strong, sharp and with steel striking caps, these Stanley Fatmax chisels are built to last.


A good set of chisels is still the foundation of a carpenter’s kit, and these should get the job done well. Soft grip handles make them easier to use and a chrome alloy ballbearing steel construction should make them pretty tough too.

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Makita 18V X2 LXT Rear Handle 7-1/4″ Circular Saw Kit

Cordless circular saws are often overlooked, but this model from Makita has enough power to make it worth a buy.

Makita Saw

This isn’t like other cordless saws, it’s heavier for added stability and more powerful to cut through materials with ease. It accomplishes all of that without a lead, making it perfect for tight situations or remote areas.

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Irwin Quick-Grip Bar Clamps

Good clamps are another staple of the carpenter’s tool set, and the bar clamps made by Irwin are a great option.

Irwin Clamp

With 250kg of clamp pressure, and an I-Beam bar to minimise bending, having a few of these clamps ready to go can be a godsend.

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Ryobi P360 Airstrike One+

Another cordless tool, this Ryobi Airstrike stapler is a great piece of kit.


It packs plenty of power, and will go 1,000 staples in between charges. Much quieter than a pneumatic stapler and particularly useful if you’re working in a home, where keeping noise down is a good idea.

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DeWALT DCS551N Drywall Cut-Out Tool

The final tool on our list, and it’s another cordless one. This time, a DeWALT Drywall Cut-Out Tool.

Dewalt Tool

With an adjustable depth stop and LED light to illuminate the cutting area, this cutting tool is accurate and easy to use.Perfect for drywall, plasterboard, plywood and acoustic ceiling tiles, it’s a great addition to any tool kit.

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What are your top carpentry tools?

Do you have a tool you simply couldn’t live without? Maybe you know a tool that beats one on this list hands down? We’re always looking for the best tools out there, so let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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