Tools can be made to enable you to gather resources or to aid you in construction and upgrade of buildings.
Some tools can be crafted directly from your crafting list in the inventory, while others will require you to you first gather recipe pieces from the chests found in the pirate camps and outposts. These pieces are then combined at a Workbench. Keep in mind that assembled recipes stay with the workbench they are assembled at. Therefore, choose placement of the bench carefully. If you delete this workbench, you will have to look for new fragments before you can assemble the recipe again.
Some tools like a telescope or a compass cannot be crafted and they need to be found in the chests at the camps and outposts.
For a list of tools, see Category:Tools