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 – 5:00 pm
THIRD Day, 8:00 am – noon


Introduction to Carpentry

  1. Safety concerns when doing carpentry work
  2. Understanding measurements, fractions, and basic calculations
  3. How to determine center, level, plumb and square
  4. Common hand tools, power tools, and measuring devices used in carpentry
  5. Common materials: lumber, sheet materials, fasteners, adhesives

Hardware Installation

  1. How to locate wall studs and ceiling joists
  2. Methods for adding backing to an existing wall or ceiling
  3. Hanging wall-mounted hardware (towel bars, hooks, toilet-paper holders, etc.)
  4. Special concerns for railings, handrails, and stair rails
  5. Repairing closet shelves and replacing closet-rod hardware
  6. Adjusting and replacing closet door hardware (bypass and bi-fold)
  7. Replacing broken cabinet hardware (slides, hinges and handles)

Doors and Windows

  1. Removing and installing wooden door trim and baseboards
  2. Making adjustments to interior and exterior doors
  3. Replacing weather-stripping and thresholds
  4. Replacing and adjusting door-sweeps
  5. Replacing door hardware (hinges, knobs, deadbolts, latches, strike-plates)
  6. Installing security hardware (peepholes, chains, security-bolts, swing-latches)
  7. Installing door-stops and spring-hinges
  8. Repairing and replacing window sills
  9. Installing window blinds, patio blinds and curtain rods
  10. Replacing window screens and solar screens
  11. Weatherization concerns for exterior doors and windows
  12. Other types of doors (pocket doors, sliding glass doors and screen doors)

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