Learn Framing Carpentry 

First fix - Carcassing - Structural carpentry

Framing carpentry or first fix carpentry generally includes all the big heavy jobs that take place before plastering. Such as framing walls (studwork), framing floors (joisting), and drylining (plasterboarding/tacking) for example. Framing carpenters build timber framed houses.

framing carpentry
A Framing carpenters tools need to be strong and good quality to withstand the heavy work involved when working with heavy timbers, often outside in the rain. I use a much larger/heavier hammer and nailguns than for finish carpentry and also a better quality tape measure. A good quality pouch to keep tools handy is a must aswell, as you'll often be standing on joists or on scaffolding where you'll need to have your tools close to hand.

Click on a link below for more tips for each of the various framing carpentry jobs and pages that help with the maths needed too:

  • Interior wall framing

    Setting out and framing walls is a standard carpentry task. There are endless variations and types but the basics are always the same. Click above for instructions on building solid and level stud-work walls. Once built, you can;

  • fit the door lining

    The door lining needs to be fitted square, plumb and in wind so the door functions properly and the architrave miters are quick and easy to get to fit perfectly.

  • noggins

    Noggins, otherwise known as blocking and bridging are used all over during framing carpentry to stiffen structures and to provide a fixing for sheet materials and more. There are a few types like straight and herringbone struts, click the link above for more info.

  • How to lay chipboard flooring.
  • How to make a loft trap.
  • How to make and fix window boards.
  • Using, cutting and fixing plasterboard.