Framer's Everyday Carry

Tim Uhler is a lead framer for Pioneer Builders in Port Orchard, Washington, and a Tools of the Trade contributing editor. He has been framing since his teens and has authored numerous technical articles and tool reviews for JLC and Tools of the Trade.

It’s not easy to earn a place in my tool bags. Here are 11 tools that make the cut. There’s nothing exotic about them; they’re the kind of tools most framers own. But all of them are special because they help me earn a living at a trade I love.


Björnkläder Work Pants

Greg DiBernardo is a contractor in Bergen County, NJ, and a contributing editor to Tools of the Trade. He owns and manages a pair of construction companies, Bergen Decks and Fine Home Improvements of Waldwick. In his spare time he's volunteer firefighter and tinkerer extraordinaire.

Several years back I was at the JLC LIVE trade show and an exhibitor was selling Scandinavian-designed work pants that had built-in sleeves for holding knee pads, waist-level pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets.

Combination Jab Saw/Utility Knife

Michael Davis owns Framing Square Construction in Conifer, Colorado, and is a contributing editor to Tools of the Trade. He has been a framing contractor for more than 30 years and has worked on projects throughout the Western United States and Canada.

I've been testing tools for years and am on a lot of mailing lists, so new tools frequently arrive on my doorstep unannounced. Most of these tools end up gathering dust in my shop but a recent arrival from the Swanson Tool Company has earned a coveted spot in my tool belt...

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