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Old 11-08-2014, 02:50 PM   #1
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'Must Have' Tools For Finish Carpentry?


I'm leaning more towards finish carpentry and realised I'm a bit behind the times when it comes to tools.

I just went out and bought a laser measure by Bosch and some crown molding hanger clips, also a new stud finder (old one was over 10 years old) and I'm like how the heck didn't I know about these before.

Anyone bought any innovative new products lately or things that say a reno carpenter might not have that a finish carpenter would.

Thats where I got my user name from (needs glasses) as I realised I need glasses for the finer work.
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Poke around Lee Valley, Eagle or FastCap website
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A good miter saw with a full kerf blade. A good (one you use well) coping saw. Japaner backcut saw. A set of good field grade chisels (I carry a set of those FastCap pocket chisels as they fit nicely in my pouch). Decent pocket plane. Decent scribe. A couple of decent wood files that will fit into your pouch for back filing copes. A few varying and sundry other gew-gaws and folderol.

Basically, the same things that you carry for your finish work as a renovator.
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Laser measure? Are those accurate enough to measure crown?
Get a cordless finish nailer a lot easier than dragging a compreser and hoses around
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Laser measure? Are those accurate enough to measure crown?
Get a cordless finish nailer a lot easier than dragging a compreser and hoses around
Cordless would be good!

Laser measure is supposed to be accurate to 1/16"
http://www.boschtools.com/products/t...px?pid=DLR130K
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Some good additions.
- 23g micro pinner gun, game changer if you do not have one.
- spring clamps are handy, and clams if you are rich
- Stair tread/riser gauge , a nice one pays for itself the first time
- those self centering drill bits for hinges and hardware.
- multimaster tool
- a good, and rough (for shims), pull saw
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The starret miter protractor
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I built a plywood table, that holds a 4"x24" belt sander, on its side. I use 36 grit belts on it for scribing moldings to crooked walls, ect.
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Cordless would be good!

Laser measure is supposed to be accurate to 1/16"
http://www.boschtools.com/products/t...px?pid=DLR130K
Personality I don't think I would use it, for the simple fact that I like to cut a little strong in case I have to adjust miter
I would also get some crown stops for your mitre saw
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Personality I don't think I would use it, for the simple fact that I like to cut a little strong in case I have to adjust miter I would also get some crown stops for your mitre saw
I usually shoot the laser twice to make sure I get the same number. Then add a little to it and spring it into place. I still use a tape for kerf/square or outside corners
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Hammer, chisel, caulk.


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Personality I don't think I would use it, for the simple fact that I like to cut a little strong in case I have to adjust miter I would also get some crown stops for your mitre saw
I use one almost every time I trim anything. They are very accurate and very much worth it. Add a little to your measurement if you want the piece longer.
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A few things I can not live without for trim.

Fast cap scribe
Starret angle finder.
Laser tape. I use the bosch that cost about $100.
Colling clamps
Clam Clamps
Good stud finder.
Spring loaded nail sets and the one that does the hinges also.
Festool RAS. Only thing I cope with.
2P-10 Glue. This glue is equally as usefull as a micro pinner.
Festool Tracksaw.
Good Blades
Fast Cap Crown Clips
PLS 180

There is much more...but those are some big ones off the top of my head.
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Some good additions.
- 23g micro pinner gun, game changer if you do not have one.
- spring clamps are handy, and clams if you are rich
- Stair tread/riser gauge , a nice one pays for itself the first time
- those self centering drill bits for hinges and hardware.
- multimaster tool
- a good, and rough (for shims), pull saw
I like using the dewalt 20v oscillating tool for cutting of shims after door installs. Works really well.
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A few things I can not live without for trim.

Fast cap scribe
Starret angle finder.
Laser tape. I use the bosch that cost about $100.
Colling clamps
Clam Clamps
Good stud finder.
Spring loaded nail sets and the one that does the hinges also.
Festool RAS. Only thing I cope with.
2P-10 Glue. This glue is equally as usefull as a micro pinner.
Festool Tracksaw.
Good Blades
Fast Cap Crown Clips
PLS 180

There is much more...but those are some big ones off the top of my head.
I was gonna say!

I expected that in the first response.
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Laser measure? Are those accurate enough to measure crown?
Get a cordless finish nailer a lot easier than dragging a compreser and hoses around
I would never use a tape measure for crown again after using a laser.
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Nice 4.5" grinder with a 40 grit sanding disc for copes.

You do cope right?
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Besides the trim, my hilti laser, table saw, miter saw, and compressor I can pretty much trim the hole house start to finish besides the paint.





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