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How to Become a Skilled Carpenter

Mrunal Belvalkar
If you are someone who is keen on building and crafting things on your own, you might be on your way to becoming a skilled carpenter! Find out here in this post, some tips on how to become a carpenter.
When you picture an empty room in a huge bungalow on the screen of your inner eye... What do you see? Do you see yourself bringing in your PlayStation, throwing a mattress on the floor and gaming your afternoon away? Do you see yourself running around the bungalow with your arms thrown wide open and screaming at the top of your voice?
Or do you see yourself sitting in the middle of the room, with a lot of plywood, wood shavings, hacksaws, nuts, bolts, hammers, and all that jazz, working on a masterpiece? Then you my friend, are into carpentry! Or let's say, a little bit of carpentry is into you.
Becoming a skilled carpenter requires a lot of investment of time and material, and neither of these resources can be compromised on. Once you have prepared yourself to give these to your carpentry skills, nothing can stop you from becoming a good carpenter. 
Now, you may want to be a professional carpenter, in which case you should begin early and aim at acquiring professional knowledge and training. If you have been wondering how to become a carpenter, your search ends here. Here are a few tips to do just that.

How to Become a Carpenter? - As a PROFESSION

Begin Early...

How? - School, College and Courses
Becoming a skilled carpenter requires knowledge of subjects like geometry, algebra, mathematics, physics, and architecture related aspects such as how to make drawings, blueprints, etc.
Train yourself to understand these subjects as much in detail as you can, and as early as you can. Some of these subjects will be offered in high school. Training in other subjects can be achieved from vocational colleges.
Tip: Begin inquiring about different colleges and training centers that offer formal training in carpentry while you are still at school. Collect information about these colleges with respect to what courses they offer, what do they teach, what is the fee structure, etc. Keep yourself informed.

Gain Experience...

How? - Apprenticeship
As you pass out of school and want to try your hand at carpentry, you should support your classroom training with hands-on training. Get in touch with skilled carpenters in your city and join them on different projects.
Apprenticing for an adept carpenter can be one of the best ways to learn carpentry. You may even seek a job with an industrial building contractor. Employers usually offer on-the-job training. This would give you an idea about what a carpenter's job is really all about.
Tip: Show your eagerness to learn while apprenticing for an established carpenter. Volunteer to work on all kinds of projects. Gain hands-on information about the different tools of carpentry. Experiment, experience, and earn knowledge.

Practice Your Skills...

How? - Offer to make stuff for friends and family
One of the best things about learning something on your own is, you have a lot of guinea pigs in the form on your family and friends to experiment on! No, I do not mean you run the hacksaw on your kid brother!
The best place to begin practicing your skills would be in your own house. Begin by making small pieces of furniture, like a table, or a chair, or a shelf, etc. Once you gain the confidence, you can volunteer to make stuff for your relatives and friends. Practice makes a man perfect, and nothing can replace practicing. So make sure you get a lot of practice.
Tip: Plan your task well so that you do not have to compromise on anything. Do not begin a task unless you have all the required material and equipment with you. Also make sure you finish what you begin; do not leave it half way!
It isn't necessary to have formal training to become a good carpenter, and you can even develop your carpentry skills as a hobby. There are a lot of things that we want to become as kids, but we never pursue them as full-time careers or professions, for our own set of reasons.
Carpentry may be one of those things for you. Not to worry - you can still be a skilled carpenter. Here's how...

How to Become a Carpenter? - As a HOBBY


What? - The correct way to use your tools
An amateur may not use his tools correctly. It is like using a pair of scissors to cut vegetables, instead of a knife. No doubt both can cut, but it is illogical to use a pair of scissors!
In the same way, it is important you learn when and how to use your different carpentry tools if you want to craft a masterpiece.

Tip: Buy a beginner's carpentry tool kit. You can even order one online. It usually comes with an instruction booklet that will help you familiarize with the kit and its contents.


What? - Different home improvement magazines and programs
They will give you the best information about all sorts of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kits, to make tables, shelves and bay windows. Try your hand at one of these before you start making things from scratch all on your own.
Home improvement programs on the TV can also help. TV channels like Discovery and National Geographic have many programs about how to build different kinds of things, and from scrap too. Make it a point to see these programs. 
Tip: Subscribe to good magazines. If you cannot catch the telecast of a particular program, try to watch it on YouTube. Or tape it, if you can. Consult someone you know who is also interested in carpentry, and ask them about the best programs to watch.


What? - Your surroundings
The next time you go to a fancy restaurant to have dinner, don't just enjoy the food. Look around and absorb your surroundings. Try to study the different furniture styles used to furnish the place.
Study the design, the finish on the tables, chairs, cabinets, shelves, etc. If you feel the need, you may even go and talk to the staff regarding where they picked the furniture from, or if they had it custom-made, from whom, and if you could have the person's contact details, etc.
Tip: Carry your camera along with you. If you locate an interesting piece of furniture that especially catches your eye, make sure to take enough pictures, so you can try and mimic it in your backyard.
Whether a professional or a hobby carpenter, a few common skills you would have to develop include good hand-to-eye coordination, dexterity, physical strength, tenacity, precision, and the urge to create things. Work on these by engaging in games or exercises that build these skills in you. Do not allow anything to break your resolve.
Carpentry is something that needs a lot of hard work, but the rewards are amazing! Hope you make it big! All the best!