Weigh several options when selecting a tool belt for basic carpentry. There are essentially two types of carpentry work, rough and finish. The tools carried for rough carpentry work are somewhat different than those you'll carry for finish. Rough carpentry includes form work and heavy exterior carpentry, such as deck building. Finish carpentry refers to lighter carpentry, mostly interior work. Some types of finish carpentry include door installation, flooring, hardware installation, installation of hinges and locksets, trim work and perhaps even furniture building.
Rough Tool Belt Contents
The most common rough carpentry tools that are carried in the tool belt are the straight claw hammer and a 20-foot measuring tape. A rough carpenter also should carry in the tool belt a plumb bob, chalk box and dry-line level. A crescent wrench, razor knife and carpenter's pencil are all standard to have in the tool belt.
Finish Tool Belt Contents
The finish carpenter also will carry a hammer, but a different type than the rough carpenter's. The finish carpenter will carry a 12-ounce curve claw hammer. Rather than the 20-foot measuring tape, finish carpenter's carry a 6-foot stick rule. Two screwdrivers will be in the tool belt, one a Phillips-head and the other a flat-blade. A chalk box, hand level, nail set, 1/2-inch chisel, carpenter's pencil and a razor knife are commonly carried in the tool belt.
You may find that after you've loaded up your tool belt with the tools you feel are necessary, you have pockets and pouches that can be filled. Filling with unnecessary tools is not recommended, due to the added weight that you'll be carrying around. You may find, however, that you don't have enough pockets or pouches. Add-on accessories can be attached to your tool belt to accommodate for additional tools. Some of the accessories are nail bags, drill holsters, wrench holders and tape pouches. In the event the tool belt becomes unbearably heavy, purchase suspenders that can be attached to better distribute the weight of the belt.
Other Types of Tool Belts
Carpentry is not the only trade in which tool belts are common. Many tradesmen require the practicality of the tool belt. Electricians typically carry tool belts. The tools that they carry are mostly different than those carried by a carpenter. Plumbers also wear tool belts. Their supplies can be dramatically different and require alteration to accommodate soldering tools and small fuel tanks with hoses.
- "Carpentry-Pro-Framer.com"; Basic Carpentry Tools
- David Mial; Professional Carpenter; Madison, Florida
- Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
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