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Old 12-22-2009, 09:21 PM   #1
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Carpentry skills

Ok, so I'm getting close to starting the framing of walls and the overall build process. The problem is I don't have any carpentry skills at all as far as framing, cabinets, general carpentry etc... I was wondering if I should maybe get a basic carpentry book or should I just rely on input from members and pictures here for step by step instructions?

I just don't want to have to tear everything out because i constructed it in a way that everything falls apart when I hit the first bump.

Any advice would help. Maybe some recommondations on certain books?

What have other members on here done?

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:34 PM   #2
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Re: Carpentry skills

To find out and get down the basics, books are good. they can also help with more complex projects if you find the right book. If you have a Library nearby you could check to see what they have, its free. also the web is full of DIY info. and I'm sure other people here especially ones who have completed or are working on their bus can help too.

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:42 PM   #3
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Both Lowes and Home Depot have a nice selection of how-to books. Check out something like Craigs List or Freecycle.org for some of the Time-Life series of DIY books.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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Re: Carpentry skills

Do you have a Video Rental card to someplace local? Look for "The New Yankee Workshop". He does alot of furniture, cabinets and other freestanding stuff. But for the generals, its pretty good visually.

Otherwise the local library is a good place to hit, or even youtube. I just looked up Cabinet Making and got a bunch of hits on youtube.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:54 PM   #5
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All I can say is you should NOT use nails... Screws are your friend and are a much better fastener for skoolies. A good basic overview of what studded walls look like may help you. I can give you the advice of my grandfather "if it doesn't look right it probably isn't". I basically made rectangle frames and dropped studs in after I made the original rectangle it gave me a few extra studs but their only 2x2's. Just my 2 cents...... good luck....
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:38 PM   #6
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Don't forget..... measure once, cut twice er, sorry, measure twice, cut once.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
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Re: Carpentry skills

and when you are measuring for the third time make sure you're being careful about it. studs can be a bit off but cabinets have to bed right or it'll show. also don't forget about the width of the cut the blade makes(kurf).
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:36 PM   #8
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Man, I wish my father was available to help me out. He builds houses for a living. But I think I will learn better if I teach myself and do my own research.

Thanks for the additional replies!
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:09 AM   #9
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I can't build a box but I sure the heck intend to make stud walls!
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:42 PM   #10
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Cover everything with carpet--hide your sins.
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