Hi guys, I've recently become interested in learning carpentry. I'd love to learn how to make my own furniture and in particular a stand up desk but I don't know where to start. I don't know if this is a skill that can be learned from a book or DVD or I will need one on one teaching.
Can anyone help me out? It would be much appreciated
Thanks in advance
You can learn from DVD's there are also some good shows on PBS, magazines like Woodwoker are also chock full of information and how to's. You may want to check with your local school system for Adult education classes, I have taken several of these over the years covering different subjects like Brick laying, Plumbing & Electrical wiring, Welding. They are very affordable and offer allot of bang for the buck.
Thanks for the great advice everyone. I'm going to delve into this and update you on the way.
What are some places you can find some cheap wood?
I apologize in advance for this but, "I found a good source of cheap wood is your mothers house, Tribek." - Sean Connery
Hey I am trying to learn carpentry and handyman skills myself. I found several methods that helped me improve dramatically.
A) I watch the DIY Network all the time. I learned alot by watching these shows.
B) I watch Youtube clips and read articles, before I start any project.
C) Trail and error. I start projects and if I screw up I find a way to fix it.
D) If you get to confused phone a friend. I'm lucky to have family memebers who are professional handyman. A few beers and couple hours of hard work and we can fix anything.
Two years ago i did a three month 'internship' (mandatory for my maritime engineering study) at a wharf where we were building an 18th century man-o-war. The wharf was completely run by volunteers, school-people, ex-convicts and retired people. Damn did i learn a lot. It was very cool to be a part of such a ship, getting back to the museum later and be able to say: See that sloop? The left side is mine.....
Maybe you can find such a project near you? Maybe help erecting a church? I'm not religious myself, but i think those guys are willing to teach if you're willing to lend a hand. Practice is everything.
You don't want to learn carpentry.
You want to learn cabinet making, a distinctly different form of working with wood.
I learned carpentry from an uncle who grew up on a ranch during the Great Depression (also learned basic electrical wiring, plumbing, and auto/equipment maintenance from him, too).
Check out the adult education programs in your area (often offered through the Park and Rec Dept or one of the loca lschool districts).
Would you be so kind as to explain the difference to this ignorant Dutchman? In my language 'carpentry' is often mistaken for 'banging pieces of wood together with nails' and is actually the art of woodworking in a more delicate form. Dovetailing, working the wood until everything fits exactly and is as smooth as a baby's bottom.
Is carpentry in english more like 'banging wood together with nails'?
Are you sure your name isn't Emile or Jean-Jacques?
Buy lumber. Buy saws. Buy hammer and nails, wood glue, screws, carriage bolts, etc. Learn how to make them suit whatever need presents itself.
You don't need formal schooling to make a new door for your woodshed.