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Choosing the right sandpaper

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 16-04-2013

sand paper Choosing the right sandpaperThis craftsmanship is almost an art form and needs much care and skill to produce woodwork that is eye catchy yet functional. So can it be a career option? Why not…if your passion is this skill make it your professional there is a growing need for modern carpenters updated with new technology in the market. But before you do that you must study completely about the present fays expectations of the profile and understand whether you have the passion in you to cater to such an industry.

Every carpenter has his choice of tools and no two lists may match actually but still to give a basic idea about what are the essentials of the work we have listed common ones here. For any woodwork to be done you need good sanding to be done. Whether you prefer to do it by hand sandpaper or by power sander it should be of good quality else there may be irreparable damage to your wood piece. The quality is based on the number of abrasive particles in every square inch. Lower the number courser the grit, which will enable your work to be done faster and better. And with experts advise that the faster you do away with this the better for your job.

There are two primary grades of sandpaper- namely commercial and industrial grade. There are few components like the backing paper holding the grit, the glue holding them together and the quality of the grit itself. In the industrial variant quality of all these three seems to be better than the commercial one. Also they are divided as “open coats” or “closed coats”, classified on the basis of closeness of these particles. Closed coats have close grouping while the open coats have larger gaps. Obviously the closed coats will do the job faster.

There are five main types of sandpaper available for working – the Glasspaper or flintpaper, Garnet paper, Aluminum Oxide, Silicon Carbide paper and Ceramic sandpaper. Let’s look at their utilities. Glasspaper or flintpaper  is pale yellow light weight paper which disintegrates easily and is rarely used thus. Garnet paper is of brownish red color is well known for its finish even if it takes a little more time and is preferred over others in the market. Aluminum Oxide is used more often with power sanders but does not leave a smooth finish. Silicon Carbide paper is dark gray or even black in color and is used for wet-sanding. Ceramic sandpaper is good for removing considerable materials when in a hurry.

A mix of these can bring best results for sanding a surface which is usually the basic function before you start the paint on it.

Carpentry

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-03-2013

carpentry 300x200 CarpentryHave you ever been amazed with the masterpieces that have been created using a simple piece of wood and minimum equipment? How well a since the very ancient times a single person has been able to indulge emotions, artistry and master skills all in to one simple piece of wood and still has managed to steal everybody’s hearts with its rare beauty and uncommon smooth details? Well the entire credit goes to all those who master carpentry. It’s the common belief that carpentry, unlike all the other professions in the world cannot be done by just anybody who has the knowledge. It’s an art and it requires talent. What draws the attention and gets well praised is not just any piece of furniture done but the furniture or whatever the final product with many details and descriptive features. Therefore becoming a carpenter; a good one, needs passion, interest and talent.

There are three important features which can be observed in many of the well-known professionals in the carpentry industry. They are namely,

-  Artistry – you’ve got to be an artist to be a carpenter. You’ve got to know the basics of lines, curves, shapes and then the deeper part of styling and design.

-  Patience – of course even an experienced carpenter may not get the right design or measurement at once. If things like that happen, he must need to repeat it all over again.

-  Passion – these are the very core of everything we do.  A carpenter must have the passion and love of art to be an effective one. He must have the love on the things that he do, so that the creative genius will come out of him.

Carpentry, most of the times, is considered as different from the other professions. And anyone can see how different it is from a normal day job where you report to work in the morning, sit at a desk and do paper work and leave in the evening. Carpentry requires a lot of talent and creativity. The ones who can think different and be imaginative in their own free minds can surely excel in being a carpenter rather than the ones who only have the theoretical knowledge. Carpentry is all about the knowledge and skill plus how you manipulate it to create something beautiful and elegant at the end of the project. And also it requires a lot of physical effort and interaction to do the job. So as we can see, carpentry is the full involvement of the body heart and mind.

Preparation as a carpenter begins as early as preschool. There are seminars, on the job trainings, apprenticeships that made a carpenter skilled in his field. There are also universities that offer carpentry courses. There are construction firms which offer special programs for their carpenters and those who want to become one. An examination was given as a screening process. When passed that’s the time they will be allowed to join the program. The duration may take from 1 to 4 years depending on the student’s skills and ability to learn. Carpenter varies on skills, talents and experiences. Companies sometimes use them to gauge a particular carpenter unto what assignment should be given to them, the amount of salary and the range of responsibility. The more complex the jobs, the higher level of skill are required.

Carpenter for Long?

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

470482 craftsmen1 Carpenter for Long?Nothing is permanent in this world especially when it terms to career.  You can be very famous and successful today but futile tomorrow. But as an innovative individual you can do something to go along the changes.

As they say; the only permanent in this world is change. That applies in every aspect of life, whether it be relationship, health, career or status.  As the fast paced technology that we have, everyone must go along the escalator –like growth of progress.

Being a carpenter is as noble profession as an engineer, architect among others. It all just depends on the outlook of the person. Being left out and unpopular to the clients can happen to any carpenter. So precautionary measurement should be done.

1.Treat your clients as if this is their last – If you know that this is your moment with a friend, a relative or a client, you will give him the best treatment possible. Sometimes even the impossible will be served as a good remembrance.

Treat your customer as if this is your last service for them, that way, you will give the best service to them. The satisfaction they will experience with you will be the catalyst to get their loyalty.  By doing this, you are ensuring of future clients.

2. Let the word of mouth be your free promotion. Gone are the days where people rely on endorsers and advertisements, even big companies accept the fact that the word of mouth is the best advertisement in this world. Satisfied customers usually share their stories to their friends and acquaintances. These people who heard your exceptional service will be your clients tomorrow.

3. Put your passion to what you do. Even the slightest task can be boring and tiring if you don’t enjoy with what you do, but hardest thing can be easy if you love what you’re doing.  Giving your passion with your works will result to quality performance. If you are planning to be a carpenter for long, better to do your best, but if you are just doing this for monetary purpose, it would be best to stop, while there are still people trusting you.

Respect cannot be asked or forced; it is given to those who deserve. Anyone who does their best on their craft is being rewarded. A passionate carpenter will never run out of customers. Instead, people will run after your service.

The craft of a Carpenter

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

A craft is a branch of a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. The Carpentry skill allows a character to craft. A carpenter is a skilled craftsperson who works with timber to construct, install and maintain buildings, furniture, and other objects. The craft of carpentry is varied and wide. Carpenters use their skills to make structures and fittings

A carpenter cuts, shapes and joins wood, using a wide range of tools including hammers, planes, chisels, screwdrivers and measuring tapes. Also, they often use power tools and cutting machines. A carpenter has to study drawings, make calculations and select suitable materials to meet design requirements.

1331313 lathe The craft of a CarpenterThe occupation includes the setting out, production and assembly of joinery, which includes stairs, doors, windows, floors and built-in furniture. Site work includes the construction of buildings and houses which require first and second fixing, including roofing. The place of work may vary, depending on the type of work done. It could be on site, in a workshop or in a private dwelling.

As a carpenter you will need to be physically fit and able to work well with your hands.

Attention to detail and an eye for shape and color are also important. You will also need a head for heights because you may need to climb ladders and work on scaffolding.

Carpentry as a craft takes years to master. No job is too difficult; no job is too small or insignificant. Whether it’s a case of your doors scraping on the floor or you fancy having a new house full of new woodwork, every detail is significant for a skilled carpenter who knows his craft.

Carpentry is a wonderful trade because of the versatility that it has to offer there is a wealth of carpentry that exists for young and adults. From airplanes to small-scale houses it exists. It is hard for other trades to offer their services to children or a average adult because of danger or less creativity in the trades but the carpentry trade is for everyone young and old I guess that is why Jesus was a carpenter.

Carpentry for women?

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

wist12 297x300 Carpentry for women?We all know that there are a lot of women nowadays that are engaged in a man’s job. In some countries, you would see lady taxi drivers careening off the streets, or lady mechanics troubleshooting automotive and engines, or female welders on top of a high-rise building or lady plumbers fixing pipes under the sinks. These just prove that careers for women are now unlimited; boundless, and that women are able to perform beyond anyone’s imagination. Thanks to women empowerment, there are now equal opportunities to different areas in the world. So, is it also possible for women to engage and be a professional in this so-called rough carpentry business? The answer is Yes! Women can execute few minor home repairs, replacements, or covering of holes- or even be a master carpenter!  All it takes are few basic carpentry skills that can be learned easily and most especially, proper tools that would make job easier and quicker.

What are the basic skills for minor repairs and replacements?

  • Drilling -Literally means creating holes in solid materials such as wood.

TIP: Be sure you hold the drill upright, hands should not be shaky. Keep your drills lubricated as this may affect the quality of boring holes. Tool needed: Power drill machine.

  • Nailing- Fastening, joining, or attaching materials with nails.

TIP: Appropriate nail size should be used. There are a number of nail sizes depending on what you need. The key to hold a nail better is that it should be driven across the grain of a wood rather than parallel with it.  Tool needed: hammer, nails and marking tools- to make sure you nail on accurate points.

  • Sawing- To cut, divide materials, usually wood; to produce a desired shape.

TIP: Correct, sharp saws will save you an awful lot of time and effort. Tool needed: handsaw.

  • Planing – To smooth out wood, removing of excess or unwanted shave of wood.

TIP: In planing you must remember to smoothen out very thinly, until you reach the desired smoothness. Tools Needed: Plane (jack plane is one of the most common), sandpaper (for finishing touches).

Other Basic Tools needed:

  1. Chisels- A metal tool with a sharp beveled edge, used to cut and shape stone, wood, or metal.
  2. Mallets- Often associated with hammers; has a large head to strike objects.
  3. Tape measure/ Retractable tape/ Steel Rule- used to ge accurate measurements.
  4. Screwdrivers- Basically used to turn screws.

There are numerous skills that one must master to be an expert for this field.  However, you may try these basic carpentry skills to unleash that “craftsy ideas” of yours, and begin a project. If you are thinking of a house project, repair or minor addition that you can call your own, then consider practicing these skills. You might also want to try to enroll in a basic carpentry course, buy a Do-It-Yourself guide or books, or check online articles that includes step-by-step guide. If you are ready and you believe you have the appropriate skills to perform carpentry tasks by yourself, then you may not hire a professional carpenter and you would save an awful amount of money and probably use to splurge on shopping, right?

A journeyman carpenter

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

Upon graduation from the apprenticeship, a wannabe carpenter is known as a journeyman carpenter. A career as a journeyman carpenter provides you with useful building and problem-solving skills that you can take with you anywhere.

A journeyman carpenter usually works directly for the head carpenter in the site and has pretty much all the training that a carpenter has. Simply put a journeyman carpenter is a carpenter in training, usually with less experience and still learning the trade.

Up through the 19th and even the early 20th century, the journeyman travelled to another region of the country to learn the building styles and techniques of that area before returning home.

There are several paths that an aspiring carpenter can take to obtain the necessary training for becoming a professional.  As with most building trades, the traditional path to journeyman status has been through an apprenticeship.

His task would include helping to build wood structures such as residential homes and commercial buildings. He can also remodel existing structures and often repair major structural damage to buildings.

Employers with union membership in their ranks often co-sponsor apprenticeship programs with the carpenters union.  These programs, however, don’t come close to training all of the new carpenters coming into the industry.

A carpentry apprenticeship can last 3-4 years.  In the absence of a formal apprenticeship program, some individuals get a job as a carpenter’s helper and attend classes in the trade offered by a vocational school, a community college or an online university.

After working as a journeyman for a specified period, a carpenter may go on to study or test as a master carpenter. In some countries, such as Germany or Japan, this is a tough and costly process, requiring extensive knowledge.

The knowledge acquired includes economic and legal understanding as well as additional skill to achieve master certification. These countries generally require master status for anyone employing and teaching apprentices in the craft. In others, it can be a freely used term to describe a skilled carpenter.

After gaining enough experience, many journeyman carpenters start their own construction businesses. In fact, according to statistics about 32 percent of all carpenters are self-employed.
There is a lot of room for advancement in the carpentry industry compared to many other occupations. That is why this trade was predicted with a job growth rate of about 13 percent through 2018, which is about the average growth rate for all occupations surveyed.

Becoming of a Carpenter

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

368560 89681 300x225 Becoming of a CarpenterMany people believe that being a carpenter is a noble profession; they invest time, effort and money just to become ready and equipped to do the job. Anyone who does something and put forth on it expects something great in return. These people have to see where they should go. How they should profit from what they have labored on.

On the other hand, carpentry as a job can be very tiring. It is a kind of job that needs a lot of physical activity. It can also be very dangerous. One may fall from a high position, can be hit by a hammer and a lot more. Meticulous decisions needs to apply specially when joining. They must possess special skills and ability to complete a project. These and more are the reasons why carpenters have to be equipped before they will accept assignments in any post.

Preparation as a carpenter begins as early as preschool. From the simple arithmetic that they learned from their teachers to the basic algebra in high school days, these contributed on the knowledge of simple computing done in the carpentry. Also there are seminars, on the job trainings, apprenticeships that made a carpenter skilled in his field. There are also universities that offer carpentry courses. There are construction firms which offer special programs for their carpenters and those who want to become one.

An examination was given as a screening process. When passed that’s the time they will be allowed to join the program. The duration may take from 1 to 4 years depending on the student’s skills and ability to learn. Carpenter varies on skills, talents and experiences. Companies sometimes use them to gauge a particular carpenter unto what assignment should be given to them, the amount of salary and the range of responsibility. The more complex the jobs, the higher level of skill are required.

Age and experience in this field value so much just like in most kind of jobs. The older you get the higher respect you gain from clients. Your preparedness and the ability to complete the job will determine your future in the world of carpentry.

Carpentry, Its Aspect and Artistry

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

1284421 933686161 Carpentry, Its Aspect and ArtistryWhen I was a child, my parents decided to have our house renovated. From being a simple bungalow they want to move our rooms to the second floor thus the need for a two storey house was at hand. They asked for the help of a professional architect to have our house designed, Oh I didn’t mention that they want our house to be a wooden one because it’s more relaxing. After they were satisfied with the house design, they bought the materials needed for construction like woods, nails, plywood and other materials needed for the house to be built. But before that I was having some thoughts that we can buy a readymade house and just put it in place of the old one. Like when we buy shoes or even clothes.  The moment I saw the materials, I was wondering how come that those pieces would be our house? I was dismayed. I can’t help it so I asked my dad about it. He laughed because of my innocence and the simplicity of my mind. He told me that we will call a carpenter. A what? A carpenter, what is that? We don’t have a car, so why do we need a carpenter (car-painter)?

He explained to me what a carpenter is; he told me every detail of it like they’re the ones who will put all those stuffs (woods, roof etc.) together and build our house. I was amazed and since that day I got this unexplainable admiration regarding them. I’ve been observing them while they were doing their works. I noticed several attributes from them for a short period of time. Here’s a short list:

-          Artistry – you’ve got to be an artist to be a carpenter. You’ve got to know the basics of lines, curves, shapes and then the deeper part of styling and design.

-          Patience – of course even an experienced carpenter may not get the right design or measurement at once. If things like that happen, he must need to repeat it all over again.

-          Passion – these are the very core of everything we do.  A carpenter must have the passion and love of art to be an effective one. He must have the love on the things that he do, so that the creative genius will come out of him.

That was just a short list of my observation, but there’s more to it. There’s more to being a carpenter rather than just putting together the pieces of woods to create something. It’s about the desire to come out with something useable.

Versatility is the key

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

1284421 933686161 Versatility is the keyThe Carpentry industry requires skilled craftsmen or craftswomen. A skilled carpenter usually has a wide range of knowledge through a mixture of theory and practical training. Like any other type of career, time and experience will increase your skills.

Carpentry jobs vary and may involve manual labor as well as working both outdoors and indoors. Few carpenters are as versatile as contractors. Since jobs may vary from handling wood to metal, a skilled carpenter should be well equipped with different knowledge in building a home.
The industry of carpentry is very competitive and anything that you can do to help you boost your chances of getting an experience will certainly be a huge help in your career.

There should be plenty of job openings for carpenters in the future. Thousands of jobs will become available each year because the occupation is so large, meaning that many people are always entering and leaving the occupation.

Construction jobs will increase as people want new houses and firms want to make old buildings new again. However, carpenters are using more materials that allow them to work faster.

New and improved tools make the job of a carpenter easier. Carpenters with the latest equipment and all-around skills tend to have more work opportunities.

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in framing, carpentry, and finishing work. The carpentry work performed includes new work, additions, alterations, and maintenance and repairs. Activities performed by establishments in this industry range from the installation of doors and windows to paneling, steel framing work and ship joinery.

The changing world and environment is a serious challenge in life. As times change, people move on, the theory of survival of the fittest prevails in every career. You need to be more versatile and flexible to stand out of the group and succeed in life. This makes you both physically and mentally strong thus strengthening your personality as an individual

In the field of carpentry one must learn every aspect of the industry in order for projects to flow and for him to stay in the battlefield for a lifetime.

Life of a Carpenter

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Posted by Vik | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-03-2013

678059 220814521 224x300 Life of a CarpenterCarpenters are tied in to local construction markets, they fix, sand, even, and stain used furniture. They are involved in two categories of items: those used in the erection, maintenance, and aesthetic mix of structures, and those used as furniture, art, or framing. Similar skills are important in each category.

The skill to turn blueprints and plans into finished objects, to pick good wood, and to use all woodworking tools. On the other hand structural carpenters enjoy a larger market for their services and a more consistent demand than piecework carpenters do. Detail work requires a good eye for prior construction methods, an understanding of restoration techniques, and patience.

Carpenters are vital to almost every facet of the construction industry. If you’re considering the life of a carpenter, make sure you understand what all is involved. It’s more than just putting lumber together. Carpenters also do the following:

  • Prepare the foundations of buildings
  • Work with power tools like drills and saws
  • Install beams, girders and footing forms
  • Measure correctly so that they don’t waste supplies
  • Read plans and blueprints to make houses and furniture
  • Do finish work like trim and decorative molding
  • Construct sloped and unequal pitch roofs
  • Apply wall and ceiling coverings, inside and outside
  • Lay floors of resilient tile or hardwood strips
  • Erect and insulate walls, ceilings and floors
  • Fireproof beams and columns
  • Work long days, often in adverse conditions

The best about this job is that you know you can do a good job that will last for years. It is a rewarding feeling you built it, you can say “you know, I put up those walls and put in those floors.’” This sense of pride came through in the majority of structural carpenter surveys.

Carpenters are craftsmen who build things. The career rewards those who can combine precise detail work with strenuous manual labor. Most will agree that carpentry is an occupation that can reward an individual who has the ability to combine manual labor with work that can often be very precise in nature.

No one will dispute either the joy of experiencing the ambient smell of freshly cut wood and working with its amazing tactile qualities. However, once you’ve made it past the soul satisfying and aesthetic properties of the trade, it can be hard and dirty work.

The life of a carpenter has its own set of rewards aside for the compensation you received from clients. Sure, the work can be a challenge and the days long, but there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing what you’re building will be a lasting monument to your skills and professional talents.