Carpentry is an occupation that involves building or repairing things with wood. Since the computer science boom in the mid-1990s, the number of people studying for jobs that require skillsets like carpentry have been on the decline. This has forced the demand for carpenters to skyrocket, piquing more and more interest in the trade. Additionally, a lot of people are finding interest in wood working, because it is such a specialized skill. Of course, this has also led to an abundance of abandoned projects when people buy lumber without actually realizing how difficult it is to build something from scratch.
Whether you're new to carpentry, or you have turned your hobby into a lucrative business, you know that there are a lot of small details that go into building something that will last. It's not just about choosing the right type of wood. It's about knowing what tools are best used for which projects, and knowing how to identify quality tools for each job. If you think you know how to go about seeing a project through from planning to completion, try taking this carpentry basics quiz. You may find that you need a little extra research before you begin.
Which of these is NOT considered a tool that carpenters use regularly?
Some of the most basic tools that carpenters use are hammers, tape measures, utility knives, carpenter pencils and nail pullers. These tools help them get the most basic jobs done quickly and efficiently.
What do carpenters use to hold up a wall while another is built next to it?
An "A" brace is a temporary brace that is used to hold up a wall until the others are built around it. Remember that walls hold each other up, and when only one is finished, it needs additional support until the others are complete.
What do you call a wall that doesn't support any weight?
A non-bearing wall
Almost every home has walls that do not hold any weight. These are the walls that those DIY shows like to knock down. If you have a load-bearing wall, it cannot be knocked down without replacement supports.
Hammers, levels and framing squares are all considered hand tools that are necessary for carpenters to bring on every job. An air compressor, while nice to have, isn't a necessary tool, and it isn't a hand tool either.
A brick set between two studs to slow the spread of fire
A specialty drywall that doesn't burn
A block of wood set between two studs to slow the spread of fire
Behind your drywall, you will find studs, and (depending on when your home was built), additional wood blocks between the studs. These wood blocks actually slow the spread of fire, because they take longer to burn.
A cinder block foundation that slows the spread of fire
If you are planning on digging anything, what number do you call?
You don't have to call anyone.
811 is a non-emergency number that you can call to get access to local utility location services. This free service sends someone out to mark your utilities. So, if you're about to frame out the foundation for your new shed, be sure to call 811 before the hole is made.
Do you really need a nail puller or claw hammer for a carpentry job?
Yes. You never know when you'll need it.
No, you should never use these tools as weapons, but they are important to have around. If you're doing a repair job, you will need them to remove damaged pieces. If you're building, you may need them to remove finicky nails that don't go into the studs properly.
No. You're hammering nails in, not taking them out.
Most carpenters will tell you that a handsaw is a great way to quickly cut smaller pieces of wood for smaller projects. You don't have to spend time setting up a table saw or moving your materials from location to location.
When working on a repair project, what should you check for before making cuts?
Reclaimed wood and wood that you're repairing can have metal objects in them, even if you can't see them. When you cut into a nail with a table saw, you are basically making sharp projectiles that can be very dangerous.