green horn #1: where do i start in getting into carpenrty?

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Blog entry by montycash posted 10-21-2011 09:46 AM 4878 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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hello guys im here new and badly eager to get into carpentry. i got a couple tools but only the basic for constriction work thats what i do off and on due to economy but i truly want to get into fine carpentry such as : hanging doors, trim work and building cabinets or whole kitchens and also tables and so forth but anyone has any direction to stair me as pertaining what toold to get and what books are good to buy and just really what to do?

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 01:35 PM

Joining lumberjocks is a good start!

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 02:35 PM

Find contractors doing that type of work and apply for a job. Look into a union apprenticeship program. Be able to show up on time, pass a drug test and work hard. Take off any jewelry. Leave obscene T-shirts at home. Wear work boots (tied) and pants that stay up (can’t be pulling them up every time your butt attempts a jailbreak). Don’t show up to work thinking you can text, talk on the phone or listen to music while on the clock. Treat your co-workers and their tools with respect. If you want to do fine work in nice places – don’t swear, smoke, or chew. I don’t mean sound like an old fart, but if you don’t have family or in-laws in the business you need to get your foot in the door. Good luck. – Jack

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Don W

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 06:59 PM

ditto on what Jack wrote. Finding employees who want to work, look and act professional, show up EVERY day, show up ON TIME every day, want to learn, and want to WORK is next to impossible. If your above sweeping floors and carrying shingles, look for something else to do. (this goes for almost any profession, woodworking being just one of them)

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 07:31 PM

well thanks for the info. im 31 i dont smoke i try my best to show up on time i do work in the construction field when their is work if not i work 2 security jobs i never was into the pants sagging off your but faze i listen. My dad is actually a contractor but due to recession down here in the islands its really hard. the other guys that has a carpentry shop i know him pretty well but he is going def and i have asked him numerous of times for an apprenticeship . but he never answered me . I asked other carpenters i see working on rooms out of the three of them they say they learned on there own . So I said since i have a couple hours throughout the day if im not working security or construction i can find minor lil projects to do. Also trying to acquire some tools in the process

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#5 posted 10-22-2011 01:33 AM

Try here They’re associated with LumberJocks. You should get more responses to the type of questions you have for the type of work you are seeking to do.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 10-26-2011 12:53 AM

Be persistent. I went to a dealership for a mechanics apprentice job everyday for 3 weeks until he hired me. That was 21 years ago today I am the one people come to when they want to learn from a Master. Woodoworking is no different. In Iraq I had a skillsaw, a handsaw both with terrible blades and a screwgun with one battery. Made my office, a few bookcases for some Army guys and many contractors. Was not the greatest works of woodbutchery I have every made but I did get by with next to nothing. Now I am home again and I have all the tools at my disposal plus years of experience in making it work with nothing. It is a skill one learns best by trial and error, thus we have the saying making firewood. (laughing) Don’t get discouraged, be patient and make tables, fix the odds and ends it will pay off in time.

Best of luck.

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#7 posted 10-26-2011 01:57 AM

Ditto on what Jack and the others wrote. You will find you work in places that look like you appear to people. Not saying wear a suit to the job but if you have a good appearance you will get the jobs in nicer places. My wife works in our local Tech Center and being able to interview is a big plus. She tells me most can’t. Go to school and learn it. Build a resume and a port folio. Take photos of your work and make sure it is your work. The wife told a young friend (she dressed like a hooker) that when she applied for a job she needed to dress like the potential boss sitting across the desk was her daddy. In your case it is that old codger with the money to pay you. Good luck in the market.

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Don W

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#8 posted 10-26-2011 02:04 AM

I once had a guy put a project on his resume that I did. Needless to say, I didn’t hire him. Its a small world.

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