Learning Beginning Carpentry Skills

Learn beginner-level carpentry skills, including the fundamentals of building such as measuring, marking, cutting, nailing, tools and aids, building tips and building diagrams.



Carpentry 1
Figure 1: Adjustable tape measure tab.
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"Level twice, build once." Constantly checking—and rechecking—is a key to good building.
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Carpentry 2
Figure 2: Curving the tape.
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Carpentry 5
Figure 5: Supporting a long board.
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Carpentry 3
Figure 3: Using a speed square.
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Carpentry 4
Figure 4: Snapping a chalk line.
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Carpentry 8
Figure 8: Types of nails.
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Carpentry 6
Figure 6: Keeping a handsaw square.
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Carpentry 9
Figure 9: Pulling a nail out.
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Carpentry 7
Figure 7: Cutting with a circular saw.
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Carpentry 10
Figure 10: Using a nail set.
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Carpentry 12
Figure 12: Tying a taut string.
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Carpentry 11
Figure 11: Toenailing.
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Carpentry 13
Figure 13: Spirit level and plumb bob.
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Carpentry 15
Figure 15: Nail board ends to backing.
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Carpentry 14
Figure 14: Sliding T-bevel.
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