While many of the tools used by the pattern maker are identical with those used by the carpenter and cabinet maker, yet the conditions that govern the construction of patterns for the molding of metals, together with the required accuracy in dimensions and the methods of construction used to guard against warping, distortion, and breaking, have very little in common with the workmanship and methods of the carpenter, the wood turner or the cabinet maker.

Following is a descriptive list of the more essential tools used in pattern making, accompanied with instructions in their use.