History of woodworking tools

Although humans have little advantage natural in comparison with other animals, we improvise our intellect to create tools to build technology and civilization through the millennium. The tools we use have been built in various materials available. From decks to hammers, chisels to brush carpenter, carpentry tools have undergone changes throughout history.

Ancient tools

Until the man discovered the metalworking, tools are mainly made ​​of wood and stone. The old carpenters used wooden stakes with leaves carved bone or stone to hold together structures and objects. You can see an example of this in a fifteenth-century painting showing the construction of Noah’s Ark, carpenters used wooden mallets to fit the pegs into the holes. To make the holes, it drills a primitive form, which was the precursor of the drill was created.

After working with metal

After the arrival of metalworking, could produce better quality tools, such as brush and chisel carpenter. These are used to soften the edges or to work on a flat surface. The brush is simply mounted to a flat block of wood the size of the user’s hand chisel. The first brushes have been traced to ancient Rome. Also they could make axes. Before the stone was the main material of the blade of an ax, but then the ax could do to keep a sharp and durable blade.

Other metal tools

Besides brushes, axes and chisels, saws were developed. Saws could be used to work with wood already cut or cut trees and gather fresh wood. At first the mountains were not efficient because they only cut in one direction; the blade tends to sag if pushed in the other direction. In the fifteenth century, the metalwork had advanced to the point of creating saw blades with strong iron and steel could cut both ways.


One of the most common misconceptions about the tools is that the nails were not invented until relatively modern times. Early Roman fortresses had a workshop called factory where blacksmiths made metal elements they needed. In a strong, had 7 tons of nails were found in archaeological expeditions? Particularly the British made nails of different lengths, material and thickness. At that time, there were also the screws as miniature drills that could be tightened or loosened as needed Carpenter.

Beyond the fifteenth century

Since the fifteenth century, woodworking hand tools have not changed much in form and function. Hammers, nails, brushes and screws still exist, and are used in the same way as in past centuries. Of course, in modern times, power tools were invented to save time and effort to the work of the carpenter, if you know them. For small jobs, hand tools still used by its simplicity and accessibility.