It is a great way to be creative on a small budget.
How much does it cost?
There are a few ways to get started with carpentry in your home. The most popular is by paying hourly for a skilled hand, but there are many other low and no cost alternatives too!
Find a local trade school that teaches carpentry and start there. Start with simple things such as cutting a couple of blocks. It doesn’t have to be perfect but it can be as basic as possible. In my experience the best carpentry schools teach basics to beginners and take newbies through the skills that they have already learned. They also teach new people how to make their own tools. For example there are schools that teach you how to make a pickax from a block, a screwdriver from a block, and a file and sandpaper from a block. The first two are basic, and you can learn how to use most of them before looking into more difficult projects. Just be aware: carpentry is often a very hands on activity, so try to keep a set aside for people you are working with.
If you want to spend a bit more and don’t want to start a business learning carpentry then you can just take a class at carpentry shops. These are often in areas where carpentry skills are easier to find because they are more mainstream and common. Ask around around and see who makes the best carpentry shops, though it is generally a better idea to take carpentry classes online instead of paying to attend.
If you are looking for a carpentry shop to go with then they can usually be found on Craigslist, eBay or just ask around. If they are a local business, you are much more likely to get a local offer.
How do people get started with carpentry?
There are many places online to find information and get started. The most popular are:
The website for The Good Cottage is the best place to start out learning carpentry. They have everything you need, and they are run by some kind of benevolent genius.
If you are looking for a more general building website I recommend the website for The Commons of the West. This is a fairly generic site which may be an option if you have just started learning carpentry elsewhere.
If you want to start from scratch and don’t know where to start, you could also try out the community of people on r/carpentry, it is a great place to find
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