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post #1 of 14
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I'm interested in taking some basic carpentry classes....but I'm sure it's more of an on the job training thing or reading publications that teach the basics of carpentry.

Installing windows and doors.

replacing trim

replacing clapboard

etc

Any recommendations?


Thanks
post #2 of 14
Wow someone who actually wants to learn. Come on down to Jersey and I'll pay ya for on the job training. Or ya can contact your local Votech school and they will have a list of classes or local craftsmen that can help ya out. Good luck
post #3 of 14
You will learn more on the job than you could ever learn from books. Most books are written by people who write books.
post #4 of 14
measure twice, cut once

plumb, square, and level are the goals

knowing how to go about achieving these goals will go a long way

accuracy and using the right tools for the job will go a long way

pay attention to the details- knowing which side of a pencil line to cut can go a long way to achieving desirable results

i am hardly a pro, and some of the solutions i come up with are kind of whacky, but most of my results are pretty good

a job well done is extremely gratifying

buy the best tools you can afford, as you need them
post #5 of 14
Joe,
Google up Tauton press. They used to publish quite a few books that might be what your looking for and a subscription to Fine Homebuilding probably wouldn't hurt ya either.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys....appreciate it.
post #7 of 14
how old is your house?

any insulation?

older houses have thicker trim, a size no longer commonly available

can you post some pictures...there are a lot of knowledgeable people in here who can walk you through things (and help you avoid mistakes!)

just remember- if it works, don't fix it!
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by BigLuke View Post
I'm interested in taking some basic carpentry classes....but I'm sure it's more of an on the job training thing or reading publications that teach the basics of carpentry.

Installing windows and doors.

replacing trim

replacing clapboard

etc

Any recommendations?


Thanks


Classes? Tough to find, and they generally suck. OJT is the way to go, as is making mistakes on your own.

I have one decent book called Modern Carpentry (it's from the '60's) that was pretty good to me when i was a young teen building decks and sheds for neighbors.

There's a newer version available here; link removed

Check your local voc school for possible adult ed classes.
post #9 of 14
Tom Law has some good VHS tapes.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by dogboy View Post
how old is your house?

any insulation?

older houses have thicker trim, a size no longer commonly available

can you post some pictures...there are a lot of knowledgeable people in here who can walk you through things (and help you avoid mistakes!)

just remember- if it works, don't fix it!


My house was built 1910. Good call on the different sizes of wood. I'll try to post some pics.....not very good at it. It has insulation.
post #11 of 14
CARPENTRY, by floyd voght. you can get it at amazon for $55. a very comprehensive book on building, and carpentry form A to Z. also a subscription to fine homebuilding worth it. back in the day, I used to keep a copy of CARPENTRY in my truck for the formulas, and "rules of thumb" it lays out for you.
post #12 of 14
How about basic cabinetry / furniture making / woodworking classes on Long Island / NYC area? I've seen the websites for Carleton Woodworking in Brooklyn, and LI School of Classical Woodcarving in Lindenhurst. Anybody have any experience with either of those? I think they both have weekend immersion classes for around $500 plus materials. I need a new hobby for the long upcoming winter months. Thanks
post #13 of 14
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I need a new hobby for the long upcoming winter months. Thanks



come to boston and clean my cellar!


i'll cook
post #14 of 14
Or I could do that!
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