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A solid foundation in carpentry techniques.
It provides an understanding of most aspects of carpentry that are important for developing practical skills as a handyman, landscaper, property manager, farmer or other such roles.
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This course is not a substitute for the practical instruction one might obtain over a long apprenticeship, internship or other such experience. The purpose of the course is to provide a balanced and broad understanding of wood work through the exploration of a range of applications.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
The Carpentry Workshop
A workshop may be any area you designate as your chief area for storing tools and working on your projects and need not necessarily be a custom built workshop. It could be a shed, the area beneath a carport, or a basement.
Hanging Tools on Wall
Often space is at a premium in the workshop and so in order to make the most of the available space, it makes sense to hang tools on the wall. This also has the added benefit of making them readily visible and easily accessible. The simplest way to hang tools is to hammer nails into studs or drill screws into brick walls and leave them protruding. Screw in hooks can also be used. For tools which don't have a suitable handle or shape for hanging this way, two nails or screws the width of the tool handle may be used to brace the tool. Some people might suggest drilling a hole through the tool handle if none exists - we wouldn't; not only will you devalue your tools, you may also hit the metal shaft of the tool within the handle which could cause dangerous splinters to fly out and will destabilise the tool.
Other means of hanging tools include the pegboard. This is a simple and affordable system which utilises a pre-drilled piece of hardboard which can be secured to a frame or wall. If you secure it to the face of a wall you will need to ensure that it is slightly proud of the wall be fixing spacers behind it. This way you will still be able to get your hooks through the holes. Various different shaped and sized tool hangers are available which can be inserted through the holes which are set out evenly in rows. This enables you to choose only the hangers you need, and to personalise your pegboard. You can also make your own hangers from pieces of wire (plastic coated will not damage the tools) or twine. Other systems include using an elastic cord which can be pegged in place every few holes or so working horizontally across the board. This allows for spaces where the cord can be pulled out to accommodate tools.
Various other purpose-built modular tool wall storage hangers are available. Some of these could be secured to a peg board, but they could be used as an alternative. You would need to work out what tools you have, and whether or not there is a suitably shaped module for your tools before opting for one of these. Also consider where you want to hang it and whether it will protrude too much, or whether you will be able to secure it sufficiently well.
A Work Bench
This is one of the most useful things you will need as a woodworker. The workbench is where you will spend a lot of time working on your projects. There is no ideal bench since it is a matter of personal taste and preference in terms of what type of wok you are likely to undertake on it. Nevertheless, there are some important considerations.
The carpenter's or wood worker's bench is a means of holding timber whilst it is being worked on. If you have the space, it is preferable to be able to walk around all sides of the bench rather than have it butted up against a wall.
The bench can include a number of components to enable you to manipulate work:
The bench itself needs to be strong enough that it can withstand heavy work being undertaken on it, and heavy enough that it doesn't keep moving every time a plane is pushed with force or a nail is hammered in. The depth of the bench top also needs to be deep enough to support any vices. An ideal bench top would be something around 3-4 inches thick. It could be built up of several boards of MDF for example with a solid hardwood surface such as oak or beech. Marine ply may offer a better under layer since it will not warp due to moisture. If using MDF as a top layer consider that it will produce toxic sawdust. If using other composites consider that some e.g. plywood will produce splinters. If you can afford it, a hardwood surface without any coating is best (coatings can mark timber which is being worked on).
A basic design would be something like a 60cm x 1.5m (2 feet by 5 feet) bench top, four upright posts of 100mm x 100mm (4 x 4 inch) section, eight cross rails between the posts of 50mm x 100mm (2 x 4 inch) section (one set flush with the top of the posts where the bench top sits, and one set about a foot from the floor), one board around 2 foot by 4 foot to sit on the lower set of rails to form a shelf. Mortise and tenon joints will be very strong, but dowelled joints and threaded rods can also be used.
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