Basics of Building


This course presents the basic techniques and principles of house building, timber framing, and carpentry. 

The course includes:

  • The concepts of plumb, level, and square and how they rule the framing process as well as how to track and measure them to keep your projects in "good shape."
  • Measuring angles and using basic construction geometry with the framing square for building roofs and stairs.
  • Becoming competent with both hand and power tools to be able to measure and cut to within 1/32 of an inch.
  • Extensive practice with power tools, such as the table saw, portable circular saw, and compound miter saw, as well as hand saws.
  • Good use of the many tools you would find on a house building project, including those for measuring, marking, cutting, shaping, attaching materials, and deconstruction. We will also present the hand tool kit required to build a home, which can be carried in a single toolbox.
  • The all-important techniques of sharpening edge tools and hand saws.
  • Tricks of the trade to make your work easier and safer.

Course information

students at Heartwood discussing tools and tool use

Morning sessions will cover hand and portable power tool use, tool sharpening, joinery, conventional stick framing, and shop tools. These sessions will cover table saw joinery such as dadoes, rabbets, and mortise and tenons for cabinets and finish carpentry work.

Afternoons will be spent working on a timber framed project and applying the skills and techniques learned in the morning sessions. 

Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021 $850

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