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what kinda things do carpenter do

I am a high school student trying to get into the trades #student

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Laura’s Answer

Hi Jerry! This is a great question and while I am no expert in carpentry, I have friends who are excellent carpenters that both specialize in vastly different areas of this profession. One friend is a carpenter on 18th -19th century ships - he has a deep love of history and appreciation for how things were built before and strives to preserve the ships as they were through his artisanal and historical carpentry. This same friend also rebuilds and preserves old light houses here on the coast of Maine - he has gotten to work in lighthouses for weeks on end, and experienced the most beautiful landscapes while being out in the middle of the ocean working on these beautiful and old structures. My other friend rebuilds abandoned and old (very old like 200 years+) farmhouses and brings them back to their formal glory to sell to families who look to live in older homes. Both of these friends live very comfortably financially and are always busy! They are booked 3 years in advance. In my opinion this is a wonderful profession!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice. Jerry G.
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Bill’s Answer

Carpenters have many different tasks. Some carpenters insulate office buildings; others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Still others focus on production or commercial work to help construct tall buildings or bridges, installing wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars. These carpenters also erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.

Carpenters use many different tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall. They use handtools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines. On large projects, carpenters may use rigging hardware and cranes as part of the installation process. Carpenters may also use smart phones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices to assist with planning, drafting, or other calculations.

Carpenters fasten materials with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives and check their work to ensure that it is correct. They use tape measures or laser measures on nearly every project to quickly determine distances. Many employers require carpenters to supply their own tools on the job.

The following are examples of types of carpenters:

Construction carpenters construct, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenters’ handtools and power tools.

Rough carpenters build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms; scaffolds; tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports; and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.

Wood flooring installers put in a variety of materials, including plank, strip, end-grain, and parquet flooring. These wood products may be nailed in place or glued down. Floor sanders and finishers may smooth the flooring onsite or it may be prefinished prior to installation.
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