Most Probably Bare Minimum Requirements:
For each of the following tasks and procedures, check off with a T and your teacher’s intitials when you have been taught, and M for Mastered with your teacher’s initials when you have demonstrated mastery of each item. Dad might be your teacher or you might want to seek out someone else – Grandpa Mc would be great if we lived closer.


  • Gather basic carpentry textbooks
  • Set up a tool box with basic supplies
  • Know different types of timber and uses
  • Understand timber grading and numbering system
  • Know how to store paint, varnish etc


  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Plier
  • Wrench
  • Level
  • Handsaws (rip, crosscut, pruning, coping, tree)
  • Tape measure
  • Chisel
  • Squares (L, triangle, adjustable/butterfly)
  • Plumbline (and chalkline)
  • Fasteners (nails, screws, nuts & bolts – know their purpose)
  • Sandpaper


  • Electric sander
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Electric drill
  • Table saw
  • Power saw (handheld)
  • Mitre saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Router


  • Know how to use a plan
  • Know how to plan a job
  • Nailing
  • Use of putty
  • Hang a door
  • Wood finishing (sanding, routing, painting, staining)

Other Possibilities:

  • Make flower presses to sell (been there, done that)
  • Make a bird feeder (done that too)
  • Build a shed (even that’s started!)


One Response to Carpentry

  1. Grandpabear says:

    In your list of basic tools, it would be good to include the Plane (basic smoothing plane for a start, although there are a host of special-purpose planes too)

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