Here’s a list of things that you’ll want to have with you at class, whether you are commuting or camping here. Please keep in mind that class will be in our outdoor teaching spaces.
Local hardware stores are wonderful, and we encourage you to support them if you’re lucky enough to have one in your community. Another option is to borrow from a friend, neighbor, or local tool library.
We’ve also included links to the items for sale on Amazon or at Home Depot so that you can get a sense of what we’re talking about, and buy them there if that’s more convenient. The first link is usually Amazon and the second is Home Depot, in case you’re concerned with which corporation your money goes to.
Required Carpentry Tools
- Tape measure. We love the Stanley Fat Max or the Milwaukee 25′
- Safety glasses. Some good options are: Dewalt Anti-Fog, I-Fit Flex, you can add side shields if you like. For folks with glasses, these are good over-glasses choices: Over-Glasses, ReadyMax
- Ear protection
- Carpenters Pencils, please bring at least 3: Irwin Carpenters Pencils, Individual Carpenters Pencils
- Utility Knife: WORKPRO Folding Utility Knife, Stanley Quick-Change Retractable
- Speed Square: Swanson Tool Co Speed Square, Empire Laser-Etched
Required Non-Carpentry Items
- Notebook + Writing Implement
- Layered, comfortable clothing (hat, vest, very warm jacket, wool socks, boots, and wool long underwear, if coming during April, May, September, or October… mountain weather is unpredictable and may be both hot and cold during your time here!)
- Closed-toed shoes or boots
- Long pants
- Shorts (if hot)
- Rain Gear
- Water Bottle
- Sun Hat
- Hair Restraint if needed
Optional Tools and Gear
- Dust Mask: 3M Home Dust Mask, HDX Dust Mask Only necessary if you’re bothered by sawdust
- Impact Driver (Tip: If you’re wanting to buy both an impact driver and a drill, it’s often cheaper to get them as a set like this. You can find sets for most brands). Here are some of our favorite impact drivers, with our favorite at the top:
- Bits – t20: impact ready and at least 2″ like this one: Makita T20 2″ 3pc
- Bits – t25: impact ready and at least 2″ like this one: Makita T25 2″ 3pc
- Tool Belt/Apron/Pockets. Only necessary if you’re bringing a lot of tools. You’ll want some way of carrying tools on you while working, whether that’s work pants with good pockets, a tool belt, or an apron. Choose what works best for you! Here are some options:
- Tool Bucket/Bag. Only necessary if you’re bringing a lot of tools. You’ll want some way of keeping your tools together if you’ve got more than will fit in your pockets or belt. This doesn’t have to be fancy, it could just be bucket or canvas bag. Here are some options.
Optional, just bring if you happen to have it, we have some to share
- Drill bits for impact driver. Makita Impact drill bits 1/4″ hex shank, Makita Impact 1/4″ Hex Shank
- Hammer. There are many options here, be sure you don’t get one that’s too heavy for your body.
- Drill (Tip: A ‘drill-driver’ is just a drill, not a combination of an impact driver and a drill). Here are various drill options:
- Quick Grip Clamps: Irwin QuickGrip 4pk (6″ & 12″), DeWalt 4pk 6″ & 12″ Clamps
- Catspaw: SpecOps Tools 10″, Estwing 9″ Pro-Claw
- Hand Saws
- Chalk Line: DeWalt Compact Chalk Reel Kit, DeWalt Compact Chalk Reel Kit