This TSA workshop  is  designed  for:

  • Maintenance staff who would like to learn the basic skills of carpentry to assist them with their work in facility maintenance

The Carpentry Trade is one of the oldest trades known to mankind.  Today, there are more tools, techniques, and equipment available for carpentry work than in any other trade.  From doing repairs, to building furniture, to building houses… the Carpentry Trade is so vast that it could take a lifetime to study.  Whether you want to develop skills in one of the specialized areas of Carpentry, or you are expected to do Carpentry tasks on the job, it is important to start with a solid, basic knowledge of carpentry techniques, tools, and the safety precautions required so that no one becomes injured.

This workshop was developed at the request of Maintenance Departments around the country that wanted to give their employees a basic working knowledge of Carpentry. Participants at this training session will learn “hands-on” how to properly use the most common tools in the carpentry trade. While working in small groups, they will learn firsthand the carpentry skills on the agenda under the direct supervision of the workshop leader, who will take them “step-by-step” from the beginning of their assigned projects, to their successful completions. The skills they learn at the workshop can be applied to rehabilitating houses, doing unit turnovers, processing work orders, and remodeling houses.

Each participant will receive a detailed workbook that explains the basics of carpentry, which will be theirs to keep for reference later on the job. This informative “hands-on” workshop will take place in a non-threatening, interactive group setting that will be a lot of fun for everyone.  TSA certificates will be presented to all those who attend.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the personalized nature of this workshop, we must limit attendance so please pre-register early to ensure your spot at this training session.


FIRST and SECOND Days,  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
THIRD Day, 8:00 am – noon
  1. Safety concerns and tips for the carpentry trade
  2. Tools of the carpentry trade
    • Hand tools – hammers, handsaws, chisels, rasps, files, planes, handsaws
    • Power tools – saws and saw blades, drills and drill bits, sanders, router, grinders, pneumatic nailers and other tools
    • Measuring, leveling, and marking instruments – tape measure, squares, plumb bob, levels, compass, divider, scratch awl, chalk line, straight edge
  3. Measuring & marking techniques
    • Tape measures and squares
    • Cut-outs, circles and centering
    • Scribing and using templates
    • Plumbing, leveling, and flushing
  4. Using and choosing Materials
    • Lumber – sizes, stamps and grades
    • 4 x 8 sheets – plywood, particle board, MDF and OSB
    • Adhesives – wood glue, liquid nail, and contact cement
    • Fasteners – screws, bolts, and nails
  5. Techniques for cutting various materials
    • Planning your cuts to minimize waste
    • Hand saws, wood chisels, and utility knives
    • Using circular saws and jigsaws
    • Using straight edges and fences
    • Miter cuts using a chop saw and a miter box
    • Using hole saws and coping saws
  6. Other techniques and procedures
    • Sharpening drill bits, wood chisels, and other blades
    • Using and cutting wood shims and spacers
    • Rasps, files and planes
    • Gluing, clamping and using other adhesives
    • Proper sanding techniques using various grits
    • Using various stud sensors to locate studs & joists
    • Removing nails and screws
    • Finishing the job

To REGISTER for this workshop, select the date and location in the box below,

PLEASE NOTE: Each workshop needs to be registered for individually OR you can make a note in the comments section of the registration form that you plan to attend BOTH workshops. If you do this, you do not have to fill in the registration page again for the second workshop.

For information on the companion workshop: Hands on Introduction to Cabinets and Countertops

If you would like to have more information about holding this workshop in your area, please CONTACT US.  Be sure to tell us in the message section which workshop(s) you are interested in.