20 Tools To Carry In Your Trim Carpenters Tool Belt - 2022-

What is in a trim carpenters pouch? Well it seems like in my region most don't even wear pouches. Why? Too bulky, uncomfortable and too easy to damage the surroundings. I personally love wearing my pouch but its small and I try and keep it light.

Trim carpenter's tool pouch

20 Items I Carry In My Trim Carpenters Pouch

I have tried to rate the most common tools that I carry during finish work. 1 to 7 are a must for me but everyone is different. 

  1. Pencil
  2. 16’ tape
  3. Knife
  4. Glazing bar
  5. Adjustable square
  6. Nail set
  7. Small pliers
  8. Laser measure
  9. Putty knife
  10.  1/8th countersink
  11.  #2 Philips and Robby
  12.  Sharpie
  13.  notebook
  14.  Spare led
  15.  120 grit sanding block
  16.  Finger shims biscuits and a couple long trim heads, just in case
  17.  mallet
  18. Glue bottle
  19.  sweep
  20. Block Plane

Here is a description of my trim pouch set up and why.


First the pouch

 tool belt for trim carpentry. Brown leather and black Cordura nylon

 I wear a pouch I designed. You can check it out at www.trimpouch.com. Whatever pouch you get should be small lightweight and have a soft hammer holster. Metal holsters can damage finished product, You should find something that can be worn at the sides or behind you so when your working on the floor, (i.e. baseboard or cabinet leveling) you don't take it off. Taking your pouch off and putting it back on is a huge waste of time and disrupts work flow.

 Inside a Spruce Systems tool belt. Dominant hand side.

#1 Pencil.

 I don't carry my pencil in my pouch I use a magnet on my shirt and love it, but most trim carpenters like a pencil in there tool belt. I like a mechanical pencil.

#2 16‘ Tape Measure.

Stanley fat-max 16' tape measure


 Its lightweight and sticks of trim only come up to 16’. you can carry a longer one in your tool box for the odd time you will need it.

#3 Large Olfa Knife.

 25 mm large Olfa knife Ultra Sharp Black Blades


 I carry the large Olfa and use the ultra sharp black blades. The small knife is also fine but the big one offers more control and versatility,

#4 Glazing Bar

glazing bar, pry and scraper


 I can’t work without one. It is the ideal pry bar for working with trim. Some guys will have a second glazing bar within reach.


#5 Adjustable Square

adjustable square This small square is from lee valley. It is ideal for setting reveals and quarks. I also use it  to transfer layout lines. Its small ruler is great for machine set up

This small square is from lee valley. It is ideal for setting reveals and quarks. I also use it  to transfer layout lines. Its small ruler is great for machine set up.

Veritas flat square ruler

I also carry this flat square ruler I really appreciate having both with me at all times.

#6 Nail Punch

nail punch This is a spring loaded punch no hammer needed, this thing can set 3” commons

This is a spring loaded punch, no hammer needed. This thing can set 3” commons.

nail punch

Sometimes it's nice to have a standard punch around too.

#7 Small Pliers

small pliers. As a trim carpenter you need a set for one reason, wiggling brad nails back and forth until they break.

As a trim carpenter you need a set for one reason, wiggling brad nails back and forth until they break, Ha ha ha. They are handy for more than that tho.  Right now I'm using needle nose pliers but I think side cutters are a better choice.

#8 Laser Measure

Bosch gl40 laser measure  

This should probably be higher on the list. This model shows 32nds of an inch and is very accurate.

#9 Small Putty Knife

Putty Knife

I use this for cleaning up glue, it's nice to have something that I can scrape things clean with.

#10 1/8th Pre-Drill/Countersink

Mine is set for 1¼”, seams like it gets me by for most jobs.


#11 Robby and Philips #2

I also like to carry a long Robby. For some reason it always comes in handy.

my pouch comes with a magnet that can attach through any grommet. I stick these bits on it so they are easy to grab.

#12 Sharpie 

Black Sharpie

Great for labeling parts and leaving reminders for yourself that are easy to read.

#13 Tiny Notebook


 This one could be higher on the list too but most of my cut-lists are done on cutoffs of trim. This way I can write large easy to read measurements. It's nice to have a notebook for extended cut-lists and to take notes on details.

 #14 Spare Lead

0.7 mm lead

 I use a 0.7 mm lead some carpenters prefer 0.9. It sucks running out of led.

#15 120 Grit Sanding Block

Some guys like 100 grit but I find with accurate joints 120 is all you need.

This is just a piece of sticky back folded in half I use to break sharp corners. My block is usually just a piece of MDF small enough to wrap 1/6th of a sheet of sandpaper around.

#16 Finger Shims Biscuits And A Couple Long Trim Heads Just In Case.

Finger shims biscuits and a couple long trim heads

Just in case!

#17 Mallet

A man wearing a tool pouch (Spruce Systems Modular Trim Pouch)

This Vaughan mallet seams to be the right choice. It's plastic side is hard and tough and its rubber side is actually soft enough not to leave dents. I prefer the Vaughan one over the other standard mallets you will find out there. You could argue for a 16 oz hammer, but during my work flow, I rarely find myself reaching for one. 

#18 Glue Bottle

Fastcap glue bottle

This one is from fast cap. its really good for crown and casing because you can use it in an upright position.

#19 Sweep


not very common but is nice to brush dust away before scribing or installing any material.

#20 Block Plane

Stanley block plane with Veritas pmv 11 replacement blade

A block plane is only worth carrying, (or even owning) if you know how to sharpen it and enjoy sharpening it. There is nothing more useless than a dull plane and nothing more useful than a sharp one (take that with a grain of salt of course) when you have a sharp block plane you can use it for scribing, trimming miters and planing down surfaces dead flat quickly. This plane is a low angle Stanley with a Veritas pmv 11 replacement blade.

 Well that's all I would think of carrying. I rarely find myself needing a chisel and when I do it has to be sharp. I save my chisels for when it maters. I think a lot of carpenters use a compass as a scribe marker but I cut blocks to the size I need. 

Maybe some people like different styles of squares or reveal blocks. If you can think of any honorable mentions or think I am wrong please comment below and we can dial this list in even better.

Thank you and please check out my custom modular tool pouch.

Spruce Systems Tool Belt, brown and black
Inside a Spruce Systems tool pouch.

Inside a Spruce Systems tool belt

I have also designed a case to keep your Nails clean It fits 15ga, 16ga, 18ga, and 23ga check it out here the Finish Nail Case

Check out all of our products in our Collection Page

You can learn more about me and the trim pouch on my About us page located here www.trimpouch.com/aboutus

Thank you




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  • Hands down the best system in the game rn. I love this pouch and modifiying it to my needs. It’s super easy to change stuff if needed. Solid solid construction and it makes work so much more enjoyable. I love carpentry and working out of these pouches has been a pleasure!!!

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