Your molding installation tool kit will easily pay for itself by the time you’ve installed the moldings in one, 12′ X 15′ room. [See this post How Much Does a Finish Carpenter Charge to Install Moldings? for details.]
Only The Tools You’ll Need
You don’t have to assemble a whole woodworking shop to install moldings, but a plastic miter box with hammer and nails simply won’t do.
As much as I love good tools, I buy only the ones I need, and resist buying a tool just because, as Tim Allen says, it will look good hanging on my peg board.
Power Tools For Installing Moldings: $830.00 Used or $1,590.00 New
12 ” Compound Miter Saw, $200.00 Used/$350.00 New
Table Saw, 10″ Blade, $250.00 Used/$550.00 New
Palm Sander, $35.00 Used/$70.00 New
Biscuit Joiner, $120.00 Used/$170.00 new
18 Gauge Brad Nailer, $85.00 Used/$160.00 New
23 Gauge Micro Pinner, $90.00 Used/$130.00 New
Portable Air Compressor, $50.00 used/$160.00 New
Power Tool Accessories
Hand Tools (Amazon.com New Prices)
Coping Saw $17.05
Contour Duplication Gauge $7.00
3′ Level $20.00
Chalk Snap Line $10.00
Combination Square $22.00
Quick Square Layout Tool $17.00
Wood Files, Assorted Small$6.00
Metal Mill Hand File, Large $10.00
Nail Punch Set $10.00
Claw Hammer $15.00
Utility Knife $6.00
Pry Bar, Small $7.00
Used vs New Tools
Used I’ve bought and sold plenty of tools on Craigslist, so I used them to find the used tool prices listed above. As in all things, buyer beware. Know what the tool is worth in the condition it’s being offered before you buy.
New Sometimes you can’t find the used tool you need for this weekend’s molding project, and you don’t want to wait, so you go buy something new for full price. That’s what I did when I needed a table saw to start Our Kitchen Molding Makeover.
I ended up with a much lower quality table saw over what I could have had if I had waited to buy a used one, but at least I did get the features I wanted — it just is not a precision machine like what I’m used to.
My Favorite Tool Brands
Most consumer-grade tools — Dewalt, Ridgid, Ryobi, Black and Decker, Bostitch, Skill — will install your moldings just fine.
But for longer-lasting, precision tools I prefer Bosch, Makita, Hitachi, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Senco, Accuset, and a few Dewalt tools.
Of course there are options and accessories you can buy for most of these tools, and they are all very tempting. But the tools in this list are the tools that will make installing moldings a joy, rather than a chore.
Now go buy yourself some tools!