A few weeks back I saw an interesting blog post by Tim Uhler (Framer's Daily Carry) and it got me to thinking about the tools that come with me to every job – not the big ones, but the smaller items that live in my tool carrier. Some are tools every carpenter has but others are specialty items that not many tradesmen know about.

There are enough of them that we decided to break this story in two; this is part 1. These are not the only tools in my bag; they're just the ones I like or use the most.