Framing a house is one of the most daunting task or project you will ever undergo as a DIY or hobbyist. But it can also be very exciting and fruitful, especially if you have the knowledge of how to frame a building and if you have the right tools you need to start framing.

In this article, I will be talking about the latter part, which is the right tools you need to frame your house. If you are to frame a house or building, then you definitely need the right tools to make the project efficient as much as possible.

So here are some of the basic framing tools you’ll need to get started.


Getting a hammer is not an option, it is a must. The hammer is one of the most versatile tool among all other tools you need to get started with your framing project. With a good claw hammer, you can sink nails into wood and you also remove any unwanted nails as well. So, be sure to get a quality wood or fibre glass shanked hammer in your toolbox as you prepare for the framing.


One of the most useful tools without which you cannot start your framing project is the square. You’re going to need two types, viz carpenter’s square and speed square. Both of these squares are very useful. With your squares, you can get the perfect right angles every time. So, go out and invest in good squares, and get those angles right every time.

Framing Nail Gun

A hammer will get things done, help you sink the nails and all other stuff. But if you really want to get things done quickly and efficiently, then you need a framing nailer among your tools.

Hence, be sure to have a framing nail gun at your disposal when starting your framing. It will make your work quicker, efficient and less stressful.


If you don’t want to end up with a messed up and skewed framing at the end of your building project, then having one or more levels at hand is a must. Preferably, you should have more than one available. There are different types of levels and there are different sizes as well. Since you’re trying to frame your house, then a four foot bubble level will definitely meet your needs.

Cat’s Paw

Having a cat’s paw around is very necessary. You’re going to be sinking a lot of nails, and sometimes, you might end up sinking them in the wrong places. With a cat’s paw, you can pry them out easily. Try to get one that has a nail digger at the ends, and your job will be made much easier.

Circular Saw

One thing you will be doing a lot is making a lot of cross cuts. If I should recommend a saw, I would recommend that you get a circular saw. This is because it is user friendly and easy to use. You don’t need to be an expert woodworker before you can use a circular saw. Just make sure to read the safety guidelines from the manufacture and you’ll be good to go.

With this in mind, I’m sure you’ll be almost ready to commence the framing of the house you have in mind. Make sure you get all the right tools you need, and you’ll be ready to rock.