Most construction trades are on-site endeavors. You make sure all the right tools and supplies are in the truck and head out to the jobsite, wherever that happens to be, for the day.
Of course, some jobs are done off-site, like making kitchen cabinets or heating and cooling ductwork, but most are completed in the field, whether that’s amid the dust of summer or the mud of winter. When working on-the-go, bringing the right, minimalist collection tools for the job is essential.
Regardless of specialty, carpenters want to maximize their efficiency with the best and most versatile tools, but they also want to avoid making costly runs back to the shop for a different tool. At a minimum, a carpenter would bring these items to a jobsite:
- A table saw
- A sliding compound miter saw
- Portable electric tools, like finishing sanders and rotary tools
- A basic laser measuring device
For many jobs, they will also want to bring a small air compressor and a finishing nailer. This can be a lot to transport, but fortunately, these tools are versatile. They are light enough to carry to the job and capable enough to perform in a workshop. Whether in the garage or the basement, they can be used to make cabinets, cut and assemble interior trim components, and even build furniture pieces.
A proper tool must be available to the person at work for the deliverance of the project. Carpentry tools usually include hammers, wrenches, drill, etc. These hand tools get power from your muscles. They are manually operated and are the necessary tools required for completing big projects as well as usual fixes.
The following article lists the best carpentry kits for DIY. Have a look!
IKEA Carpenter Kit ($15.26)
This tool storage case is made from Polypropylene and is the ideal kit for a college dorm, apartment, homes or offices.
- Adjustable wrench
- Combination pliers
- Bit screwdriver with bits for slotted
- Hex screws
- An awl
Tools have an easy to grip the handle of soft synthetic rubber.
“I bought this after moving into my first apartment so I could build some furniture. The kit worked perfectly well and had everything I needed. So far I have only made a TV Stand and a desk with it, but I can confidently say that this kit should come in handy for basic furniture construction and small fixes.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Jobar Carpenter Kit ($29.99)
Deluxe Tool Set Includes:
- 1 PVC Tape
- 1 Linesman 6″ Pliers
- 1 Adjustable Pliers
- 1 80oz Claw Hammer
- 1 Utility Blade
- 4 Precision Screwdrivers
- 2 Screwdrivers: 6 x 100.
- 1 Drive Handle
- 11 Bits: 3 Hex, 4 Philips , 3 Star
- 1 Bit Adaptor
- 6 Combination Wrenches: 8,10,12,13,14,17mm 1 x 1/2″.
- Dr. Ratchet Handle 9x 1/4″
- Dr. Socket: 5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13mm 9 x 1/2″.
- Dr. Socket: 10,11,12,13,14,15,17,19mm
- 4 Hex Key Wrenches: 3,4,5,6mm
- 90 Fasteners: 65 Nails
- 10 Anchors
- 10 Screws
- 5 Pieces Wire Holder
The unit comes with a sturdy, easy to carry plastic case with compartment slots for each bit and tool.
Durabuilt Carpenter Kit ($39.99)
This is a 144 piece tool carpentry set including:
- (8) SAE Hex Keys
- 6″ long nose pliers
- (5) SAE combination wrenches
- 6″ diag. pliers
- 8″ adj. wrench
- 7″ pry bar
- 1/4″ x 4″ slotted driver
- #2×4, 13 oz. claw hammer
- 12 ft. measuring tape
- Ratcheting bit driver
- 100 pc. fastener set
- Phillips driver
- 8″ leveller
Kreg Carpenter Kit ($199.99)
This is a K5MS super kit for Woodworking DIY projects carpentry. The front-mounted clamp handle makes clamping easy, and the quick-release pin holds drill block in place; can’t get lost. The storage wings provide built-in storage for bits, screws, accessories, and the stop-collar setting block makes drill bit setup easy. The swiveling dust-collection port accepts standard 11/4″ vacuum hose. An adjustable workpiece stops mounts on either side for easy repeat drilling. The unit comes fully assembled ready to set up and use.
- Automaxx faces clamp
- Portable base
- 3 FREE plans
- The right angle cabinet assembly clamp
- 300 each of the screws for 3/4 inch hard and soft wood (perfect for cabinet and project assembly)
- The handy screw selector wheel
- New System Organizer to keep it all and more in.
WorkPro Carpenter Kit ($49.99)
This is a 156-piece basic tool kit for everyday chores and repairs. The unit is packed in a large durable nylon bag for easy and flexible storage.
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Cables ties
“Perfect for around the house small jobs. My wife wanted some tools in the house for daily chores. It looked at least 50 different kits, and this one had the best variety of tools for home jobs. If you don’t want to dig out garage tools all the time, this is a great kit. Nice to add just a few things from Harbor Freight and make it into a complete package.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
WorkPro Carpenter Kit ($129.90)
This is a 322-piece basic tool kit for everyday chores and repairs also by WorkPro. The unit contains chrome vanadium steel tools which are heat treated for strength and durability. They are packed in 18″ durable nylon bag for easy and flexible storage.
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Hex wrenches
- Cables ties
- Socket sets
“Great set of tools, look to be a great variety and of high quality. Perfect for a grab and go bag. Not a big fan of hex folders but that is an easy change. Also missing channel locks and vise grips, once again easy to pick up and add to the bag. I also added a set of ratcheting wrenches, not needed for some but I’m a big fan of them. No toolset is 100% perfect, but this is a great foundation to build off of and great as a second set for a car or the home, or for a young aspiring technician. Bag is of high quality as well. Fixed stock weight is around 25 lbs with my additions it brings in around 37 pounds. The bag doesn’t seem to be strained in any way.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Performance Tool Carpenter Kit ($21.52)
A handy set of the tools you need for many types of repairs.
- 8-Ounce. steel hammer
- Eight slotted and Phillips screwdrivers
- 12-foot tape measure
- Storage/carrying case for easy use
Handy and includes everything for a quick job.
“Fair quality tools – you get what you pay for. I compared for a while, and this seemed like the best compromise for a car emergency kit. It has metric and SAE sockets – a must for almost any car today. If I used these tools every day, I would spend more, but for my purpose, these are great. The sockets are snuggly held in the case – not falling out!
Would buy again. I bought 4 for four cars.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Makita Carpenter Kit ($520.99)
This bundle includes
- 6-Piece and T-01725 70-piece impact drill driver bit set.
- Variable 2-speed 1/2″ hammer driver-drill with a Makita-built 4-pole motor (480 in.lbs. of max torque and weighs only 4.0 lbs. with battery)
- 6-1/2″ circular saw delivers 3,700 RPM for faster cutting and ripping through wood and weighs only 7.3 lbs. with battery
- Reciprocating saw provides 0-2,900 SPM with “tool-less” blade changes and shoe adjustments and weighs only 7.9 lbs. With battery
- 4-1/2″ cut-off/angle grinder produces an impressive 10,000 RPM and weighs only 5.0 lbs. with battery
“I’ve had this set for over a year, and these are my ‘go to’ tools. All in all, I’ve been jubilant, only two complaints. First, the grinder is rather underpowered so if I have a bigger project the corded grinder comes out. This one is handy for the quick little jobs. Second, the chuck on the drill has started acting up, and I’m replacing the chuck. I’ve been particularly happy with the battery life and the quick charging.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Pittsburgh Tools Carpenter Kit ($44.95)
This is Pittsburgh Tool’s carpentry kit including
- Driver bits
- Socket set
- Commonly used fasteners and anchors
- Locking pliers
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Hex wrenches
- Precision screwdrivers
These all come packed in a sturdy and compact blow mold storage case. This toolkit has everything you need. It’s not as high quality as name brand tools, but it does the job.
“This toolkit has everything you need. It’s not as high quality as name brand tools, but it does the job. I bought this kit to keep in my vehicle for breakdowns and such. For the price, you can’t beat it!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Von Haus Carpenter Kit ($19.95)
This is Von Haus’s general household DIY carpentry kit. This package contains
- 8oz Claw Hammer
- Retractable Blade Knife
- 3M Measuring Tape
- 8 x Hex Keys
- 6-inch Slip Joint Pliers
- 4 x Precision Screwdrivers
- Handle and Holder with 20 attachments
These all come in a compact and lightweight unit with separate compartments for each tool. Can easily be stored on a shelf.
“I bought this for myself. I need small tools to fit my hands, but mostly I need the little wrench for taking the tops off stubborn tubes of oil paints, and I need a hammer small enough to keep in my framing box. I tried finding small tools at the local big box stores, but it was hopeless. A bonus is that these tools have pink accents so it’s always clear that they don’t belong out on my husband’s workbench. The set comes in a sturdy but lightweight case which is small enough to store on a bookshelf. This would make a great gift for someone getting her first apartment, too.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.