Basic Carpentry

Basic Carpentry Skills, Techniques & Tricks of the Trade

If you are DIYer or just new to carpentry you'll want to know some basic carpentry skills, techniques, tips, tricks of the trade and ideas to help get you started. Hopefully the information on the following pages will help you avoid some of the pitfalls commonly faced and to get a perfect finish with your project.

basic carpentry
  • Carpentry books & manuals worth a look

  • Carpentry Terms explained

  • Cut through the jargon and familiarise yourself with the carpentry terms that you'll be hearing and have wondered what they meant.

    Simple Carpentry Techniques

  • Types of wood glue and their uses

  • Find out what type of glues are available and also which is the best type to use for each application.

  • Leading edge

  • What is a leading edge, how do you cut one and how does it help in given situations?

    Measuring and marking out

    scale ruler

    Carpenters need to read technical drawings with a scale ruler and then transfer the measurements on the job site. Using a scale ruler is like using a normal rule, only you need to find the side with the corresponding scale that the drawing is working to.

  • How to read a tape measure and set out measurements accurately
  • Carpentry Maths and Formulas

    These pages cover off some of the theory and formulas you will need to master for accurate measuring, setting out and minimum wastage:

  • How to calculate Roof Rafter Lengths

  • check for square

  • calculate square areas

  • bisect angles

  • Click here for a list of commonly used carpentry formulas each with explanations you can understand!


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