Second Year Carpentry was pretty great. We are in the last 2 months of schooling then we have 5 weeks of work placement, then we graduate!
First things we got working on, the first day! Was framing up sheds. What we did with these taught skills like framing, roofing (last year we just used trusses, this year we actually framed the roof) vinyl siding, asphalt shingling, wood siding, sidewall shingling (shakes) and gable, hip and intersecting roofing. The sheds we build are sold for 1000$ or so each and all the money goes back into the program for materials, tools, tool maintenance, etc.
Next we moved onto interiors, the stuff I really like doing. I hope to be a finish carpenter/furniture maker as my career. We framed up 4’x4’x8’ “cubicles” that was our work station for everything we would be doing inside up until our casework/furniture projects for the end of year. First things we did were stairs. We were graded very strictly as if we were leaving our work in someones house, makes sense really.
Stairs construction was baltic birch plywood for the open and closed skirts and risers, with clear pine “building supplies shop” stair treads. Hand rails were milled from clear pine left over from the first years coffee table projects, as well as balusters and newel post if you were lucky.
Next we framed two more walls onto our cubicle, one with a door opening, and one with a window opening. Our next bit of work was finished carpentry. Hang the door, apply casing, install baseboard – once that was done and marked, we Carefully take everything apart, returned the door hardward and hinges in a package, if everything isnt there, we lose marks. With the salvaged door jamb stock, and door casing, we make our window box and cut the casing to fit, and then we install crown moulding.
Once all of that is marked, we build a tool caddy as an introduction to the casework. Finally our end of year project is a casework/furniture project. The guidelines are that we cant start building until we draw up or find plans online, and it must have doors(raised panel) or drawers(dovetail construction will be used) or be of equally challenging joinery and craftsmanship. For my final project, im building a Mission style double bed frame. I got the plans from Woodsmith Magazine “Classic Cherry Bed”. Another catch to the project is that we must buy all material ourselves. I will be posting a seperate blog/project entry for the bed in the future, as I haven’t gotten that far into class yet.
More to come!
-- Drummer Gandy