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Skills that Every Carpenter Needs

Carpenters are skilled tradespeople that build structures that are made with wood primarily but often using other materials too.  A carpenter will also do things like build your deck or your kitchen cabinets.  Carpenters can work in strictly residential housing or on big commercial projects.  There are however some skills that every carpenter needs in order to get the job done, let’s have a look at those.

Math Skills

All carpenters need more than just basic math skills to do their jobs.  Math is required to put together a project, they are going to need to be able to read blueprints, take measurements and calculate how much a project will cost based on the time and materials needed.  Day to day in their jobs, carpenters will use algebra and geometry at the very least to complete a project.  Here is a look at some of the math skills you will need.

The Ability to Think Critically

Issues are going to happen with any project, project estimates are wrong, materials don’t arrive on time or they aren’t the right fit, these are just some of the problems a carpenter faces.  You need someone on the job who can problem solve.  You also want someone who can prevent problems that means making sure that schedules are adhered to despite materials being late.

Attention to Detail

The work that carpenters do is very detail oriented and there are precise measurements and calculations involved.  Having an eye for detail will help with making sure that measurements are correct and all of the pieces fit together the way they are supposed to.  On a job site mistakes can delay a project and end up costing money, the fewer mistakes the better.

The Ability to Handle Tools

A carpenter uses a variety of different tools to get the job finished.  There are ladders to climb, power tools like drills and saws, nail guns and electronic levels.  A carpenter will not only need be completely comfortable using them but there will be occasions where they might have to fix these tools.

Physically Fit

Carpentry is a labor intensive job and a carpenter needs to be fit enough to lug around not just the tools but the materials as well.  Carpenters work with wood, which isn’t light and they will spend an entire day standing, lifting and bending.  The job can wreak havoc on your back and joints if you aren’t in good shape.

These are just some of the skills that a carpenter uses everyday in their job, the ability to communicate is also a soft skill that helps as well.