Can You Identify These Tools Off the Top of Your Head?

By: Robin Tyler
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Utility Knife This very sharp tool should be used with caution. It is often used by a hobbyist. Can you identify it?
Scorer
Utility knife
A utility knife is very sharp. Pretty much like a scalpel, in fact. This knife can cut through vinyl, thick rubber, balsa wood and many other materials. It is a favorite with hobbyists.
Rubber cut profiler
Flint axe

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Wire Strippers A cutting tool of sorts, whenever you need to fit a new plug, this is a handy tool to have.
Scraper
Wire strippers
Does exactly what it says on the box, strips wires as needed. All electrical wires have a plastic coating on the outside. This tool easily removes this. When will you use it? Well, whenever you change a plug for example. It's a useful tool to have in your toolbox.
Hatchet
Brace

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Allen Keys This tool is needed to tighten or loosing a particular fastener type. Any idea what it is called?
Allen keys
Allen keys come in an array of sizes and are made to fit a hexagonal shaped head. Allen keys are sometimes called hex keys. They have become a popular fastener used throughout the world.
Bandsaw
Drill press
Jointer

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Wrench Need to tighten or loosen a nut? Then you would use this tool. Do you know what it is?
Wrench
No self-respecting workshop is going to attempt any work without owning a number of wrenches. Available in different sizes, these are the easiest way to tighten or loosen nuts.
Layout square
Punch
Dremel tool

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Multi-purpose Screwdriver Name this fastening device with interchangeable heads, please.
Pipe cutter
File
Multi-purpose screwdriver
A multi-purpose screwdriver has a selection of detachable heads with different tips, for example, a flathead or a Phillips. These are useful to have in a toolbox for light work but if you want to unfasten a stubborn screw or make sure a screw is fastened really tight, use a normal screwdriver instead as you can get more leverage.
Sharpening stone

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Multitool A jack-of-all trades but a master of none, this tool can be useful. And it fits easily on your belt. What are we talking about?
Angle grinder
Multi-tool
A multi-tool can come in very useful in many situations. Because it has a variety of tools on it and it fits in your pocket, it is often the first gadget you turn to for easy jobs like tightening a screw or perhaps gripping something with the pliers. Of course, for heavy duty jobs, it just won't cut it.
Bandsaw
Dremel attachments

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Pliers Name this tool that comes in different types such as a needle nose or flat nose.
Bench grinder
Circular saw
Miter gauge
Pliers
A pair of pliers is another one of those tools that are a toolbox essential. They are useful in a range of tasks including for gripping something, bending and even cutting. Pliers are truly a tool with multiple uses.

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Flashlight You would need this tool when working in dark spaces. Can you name it?
Flathead screwdriver
PVC cutter
Wood chisel
Flashlight
A flashlight is crucial while working on the innards of a car for example. And to keep your hands free, use a flashlight that straps to your head. Or employ an apprentice to hold a regular one!

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Cordless Drill If you need to make a hole in a wall, or some wood, then this is your tool of choice. What is it?
Pipe wrench
Pocket chisel
Cordless drill
Sure you could get a regular drill that plugs into a wall socket, but a cordless drill is so convenient. You can take it just about anywhere you need to work. Bear in mind, however, that it is NOT cut out for heavy-duty drilling jobs.
Phillips screwdriver

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Caulking Gun Identify a workshop tool that holds a cartridge, usually filled with silicone.
Caulking gun
A caulking gun is a useful tool to have at your disposal. It holds a cartridge sometimes filled with silicone which can then be used to seal up areas in your bathroom, around the bath for example. Other cartridges can be used to cracks or other gaps found throughout the house.
Knee blades
Hammer drill
Radial arm saw

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Socket Set Another excellent tool for tightening or loosening nuts and bolts. Can you name it?
Brace
Socket set
A socket set serves much the same purpose as a wrench, but here, you place the socket over the nut and use a socket wrench to tighten or loosen. The advantage is that it can be used to work on hard to reach nuts thanks to extender bars. A must for any workshop.
Needle-nose pliers
Pick axe

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Tape Measure Need to know just how long a piece of wood is? Well, this is the tool you would use to determine the length. What is it?
Glue gun
Spirit level
Tape measure
A toolbox without a tape measure certainly isn't complete. It is perfect for any measuring job, from smaller measurements to measuring up a room to determining how much wallpaper you would need. And it can clip onto your belt ready for use!
Paintbrush

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Heavy-duty Scissors Need to cut something that is not too hard. Then you would use this. What tool are we talking about?
Heavy-duty scissors
A well-equipped toolbox should always have a pair of heavy duty scissors. These can be used to cut sandpaper into pieces, snip PVC piping or for any other cutting jobs that are within its capabilities.
Billhook
Pocket knife
Slingblade

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Level When you install shelves, this will ensure they are straight. Name it, please .
Spirit level
Also called a bubble level, this nifty tool makes sure that shelving, for example, is straight when you hang it. You achieve this by ensuring the bubble in the level is in the exact position when lining up your holes for your screws that you will drill in later.
Clamp
Vise
Ruler

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Hacksaw You would use this tool when cutting thick metal. Do you know what it is?
Slip-joint pliers
Side snips
Hacksaw
This saw has a unique C-shaped frame and is used for cutting metals. The blade itself has fine teeth that grip into the metal easier. For metalworkers, a hacksaw is a crucial tool.
Robertson screwdriver

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Wood File In this image we have a tool used by woodworkers. Can you identify it?
Wood file
A wood file is used to shape wood. It is a metal blade that has teeth all over its surface. It can be flat or round in shape. They come in various types, some for heavier work than others. For example, a rasp will remove a lot of wood at the same time.
Plane
Hand saw
Cordless drill

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Chisel Tell us which woodworking tool is shown here, please.
Chisel
Chisels can be used to shape wood or even stone. They have beveled edges and can be used for very fine work as well as taking off larger pieces of whatever you are chiseling. This is usually achieved by striking the rear of the handle with a hammer or mallet.
Metal file
Chainsaw
Tape measure

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Vise If you need somewhere to place a piece of wood and hold it while you saw, this is your preferred tool.
Hand axe
Shovel
Vise
Every good workshop needs a vise. You never know when you need to grip something tightly to be able to work on it without worrying that it might come loose and fall to the ground.
Snips

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Drill Bits If you plan on making a hole in a wall, you would need these.
Ball-peen hammer
Allen key sets
Drill bits
Having a range of drill bits means never getting frustrated when holes are needed. Remember, you need to have the correct bit for what you intend drilling into. Wood would require a wood bit while drilling into a wall would need a masonry bit.
Torx fasteners

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Extension Cord What do we have in this image?
Heavy duty drill
Multi-meter
Extension cord
Sometimes power outlets are not easily to come when working outside your workshop. That's where an extension lead comes in handy. Obviously, the longer the better as well.
None of the above

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Calipers Identify this measuring tool that has two adjustable arms, please.
Caliper
This tool is used to measure the distance between two opposing sides of a particular object. They have any number of uses in any working environment, especially where exact measurements are needed.
Router
Utility knife
Paint roller

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Side Calipers Can you identify this very accurate measuring tool? It measures the inside of an object and is useful in an engineering or auto mechanic workshop.
Side calipers
Side calipers are used to measure the inside measurements of an object. For example, you could measure the exact distance of the two sides of a piston casing. This probably not a tool that you will find in a part-time handyman's toolbox.
Plugging chisel
Scrub plane
Wrench

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Feeler Gauge Name the auto tool used for setting the correct gap in a spark plug.
Valve height micrometer
Feeler gauge
Feeler gauges are to measure gap widths, most notably in spark plugs. For example, too large a gap width means the spark plug will not fire properly. These are an important tool in the toolbox of a mechanic.
Crankshaft socket
Dampener puller

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Tap And Die Set In this image, we have a tool that auto mechanics use. Do you know what it is?
Tap and die set
These special tools are necessary if you would like to create screw threads. They come in useful when a mechanic is overhauling an engine, but others might find one of these sets to be of use at some point.
Mortise chisel
Precision planer
Scroll saw

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Handsaw Name the tool from those listed below that will be used to cut wood.
Spanner
Heavy-duty scissors
Utility knife
Hand saw
A hand saw is found in most workshops but especially in a carpentry workshop. In fact, there might be a few different sizes. A hand saw is a perfect way to cut wood. It has large teeth which easily cut through soft wood. They are sometimes called panel saws.

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Zip Ties The simplest and cheapest way to fastener something. What are they?
Zip ties
Zip ties are a great way to keep pipes, wires and leads together. For example in your car, keep the high tension leads between the spark plugs and distributor cap neat and tidy by using zip ties to bind them together. They really have 101 uses.
Electrical tape
Duct tape
Band aids

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Side Snips A cutting tool, this can be used to cut through a range of materials including plastic, PVC, wires and even thin pieces of metal.
Staple gun
Side snips
Side snips can be used to cut PVC piping, wires and thin pieces of metal. They may not be a toolbox staple but can be useful if you have space. For certain professions, such as electricians, they are an important piece.
Digital caliper
Hammer tacker

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Screwdriver This tool, a regular in any tool box, comes with different heads, depending on the type of fastener you are trying to turn in. What is it?
Router
Screwdriver
A good screwdriver set is never out of place in a workshop and can be used almost daily. Make sure you have a range of different kinds from flathead to Philips to name just a few.
Sandpaper
Vise

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Staple Gun Name this tool, please.
Screwdriver bits
Work bench
Staple gun
If you want to hang something in a hurry, it's not too heavy, and the surface you hang it on is not too hard, then go the staple gun root. Staple guns are also a great way to secure carpets when installing them.
Washer

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Mouse Sander A useful tool is shown in this image but careful, it makes lots of sawdust.
Mouse sander
Also known as a detail sander, this is used for fine sanding working. It has a pointed tip which allows you to get into hard to reach places as well sand curved wood.
Planer
Metal file
Flathead screwdriver

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Putty Knife This tool is useful when replacing windows in a wooden frame. Any idea as to what it is?
Punch
Putty knife
A putty knife is used to spread putty around the edges of the glass when replacing windows. They can have stiff or flexible blades and have a number of different edges to ensure the putty is pushed into every corner.
Scorer
Rasp

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Mallet What tool do we have in this image?
Mallet
A mallet has many uses. It can be used to hit in tent pegs when you go camping but also is a workshop staple. The fact that it has a rubberized head means it can hit things without damaging them.
Hoe
Pick axe
Putty knife

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Nut Splitter If fasteners are difficult to turn, this can be used to break them. Do you know which of the options below it is?
Nut splitter
A nut splitter is a great way to loosen nuts, screws or bolts that have become tricky to turn or loosen. It the nut still won't loosen, the splitter can be tightened until the nut breaks in half. Then you simply need to replace it.
Dog's leg chisel
Nail remover
Bush hammer

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Glue Gun In this image, we have a ___________
Hand drill
Paint gun
Sandpaper
Glue gun
A glue gun is an toolbox essential. It is great to securing wires in place, running them along walls where they are not seen easily. Glue them in place and they will never move. It has many other applications, however.

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Multimeter Please identify the tool in this image.
Electric planer
Bandsaw
Shovel
Multi-meter
A top of the range multimeter can test a/c and d/c voltage, amps, temperature, and microfarads. It is not a necessity for every toolbox but for electricians or in the HVAC industry, it can come in very useful.

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Plane Another woodworking tool, but can you name it?
Utility knife
Circular saw
Metal file
Plane
Used by carpenters, a wood plane or hand plane is used to shape wood. It does this through a cutting blade which is pushed forward over the wood by the person using the plane. The amount of wood to be taken off can be adjusted.

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Torque Wrench When you don't want to over fasten a bolt, you would use this tool. Name it, please.
Torque wrench
Similar to a regular wrench except in the fact that it applies a precise torque to the fastener or bolt you are tightening. This prevents over tightening. The torque wrench was invented in 1918 by Conrad Bahr.
Three-quarter spanner
Cabinet rasp
Air compressor

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Stud Removal Tool A broken bolt can cause untold problems. Use this to remove it.
Stud removal tool
Sometimes studs can be damaged making it impossible to remove the bolt off the thread or perhaps the bolt has broken off, and the stud needs to be removed to insert a new one. Luckily, in times like this, a stud removal tool is just what you need to get the job done.
Rod bolt stretch gauge
Marconi tool
Dike

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Hammer This tool hits the nail on the head, literally. Name it, please.
Caliper
Plane
Hammer
Probably the easiest to recognize tool of them all, hammers are used in so many different situations, you would be lost without one. The most obvious is for hammering in nails, but stubborn nuts can be loosened with a few taps of a hammer as well.
Clamp

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Pneumatic nail gun In this image, we have a fastening tool. Can you identify it?
Heavy duty drill
Pneumatic nail gun
A pneumatic nail gun is a perfect replacement for a hammer, especially if you need to drive plenty of nails into wood. It usually fires through the use of a compressed air canister, but other setups are available. These are often seen in the construction trade.
Jackhammer
Staple gun

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