What’s In My Toolbox? A Professional Woodworker’s Essential Tools

A pro woodworker and carpenter shares a look at some of her favorite tools.

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As a professional woodworker and carpenter, Jess Hirsch is keenly aware of how many specialized tools her work requires. She has multiple toolboxes and tool bags to choose from depending on the kind of work she’s doing on a given day.

Here are the tools Hirsch reaches for most on the job, whether she’s carving a sculpture or building a home.


Kalthoff Carving Axe

These carving axes are made by a blacksmith in Sweden. Hirsch loves them because they’re lightweight and easy on the wrists while still cutting and carving as smoothly as a larger axe.

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Karlsson Adze

An “adze” is a cutting tool used by woodworkers for centuries to carve and smooth wood into various shapes. Hirsch’s adze of choice is this one, forged from Swedish steel with a carved oak handle.

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Imanishi Sharpening Stones

Hirsch always has Imanishi sharpening stones on hand to keep all her axes and adzes in optimal condition. The stone is 1000 grit on one side and 6000 grit on the other, perfect for fine-tuning the blade on your woodworking tools.

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Stanley Fatmax Tape Measure

One of the cardinal rules of woodworking is to “measure twice, cut once.” Hirsch uses a Stanley Fatmax tape measure to ensure all her measurements are precise and accurate, saving her from any potential headaches down the line.

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11-in-1 Magnetic Multi-Bit Screwdriver/Nut Driver

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