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Advanced tips from an expert carpenter. Learn about the tricks of the trade for using a laminate trimmer in this free woodworking video from an expert carpenter. Expert: Slawek Hadziewicz Contact: Bio: Slawomir “Slawek” Hadziewicz has worked for a wood shop since 1997. He owns his own wood shop in Clearwater, Florida called Designer Wood Concepts. Filmmaker: Adolph Ramirez

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Learn how to make restaurant quality meals with a few new techniques. Three-time James Beard Award nominee, chef Casey Lane will teach you how to take your cooking from ordinary to extraordinary. Casey’s dishing out his quick do-it-yourself tricks of the trade… the professional chef trade that is. As the owner and chef at two restaurant hotspots, the Tasting Kitchen in Venice and Downtown LA’s The Parish, Casey will show you how to master the kitchen in your own home and easily impress your guests. QUESTIONS: What dish would you like to learn to cook better? Subscribe to behind-the-scenes interviews with a new culinary master each week: Find out what else Tasted has in store for you: 7 Questions in the Kitchen highlights popular chefs and food experts answering questions in their very own kitchen. We get culinary masters to talk about their passions, from a special cuisine to their favorite gadgets, and then show you the tricks of the trade. Watch and discover new, never-before-aired information about all the chefs you should know, and learn how their professional knowledge applies to you at home. Check out more episodes of 7 Questions:

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Students will learn fundamental skills using a variety of wood sizes and numerous tools of the trade. They will create projects ranging from simple, to complete layout an dconstruction of a residential property. The ability to read complex blueprints and measuring to within a tolerance of + or – 1/16th of an inch is required. In this cours the students will use handsaws, power saws, hammers, vises, screwdrivers, pliers, routers, drill presses, and a variety of unmentioned hand and power tools applicable to the trade. At the end of the program, a students job readiness and master of skils will be meansured based on testin and standards of the National Assessment Institute.
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2011 SkillsUSA Carpentry Championship

Tools of the Trade visits Kansas City to see the carpentry competition.
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Your Questions About Carpenter Tools

Charles asks…

Spiritually Speaking do you think Jesus would make it as a modern day Carpenter?

Options clearly are 1) To use current day power tools and build things
2) To sing with Karen & Richard Carpenter?

Thanks in Advance

I know Karen is dead…I KNEW her ok?

Dusty answers:

He would never be able to afford the permits.

Thats an interesting fact, “karen is dead”. What about jesus?

Ken asks…

How easy is it to become a home inspector?

I live in Wisconsin. Have been a carpenter for 15 years. I just bought a house and had to have an inspector check it out. It costs me $295.00 for 5 hours of inspecting. I think I’m really interested in this. The guy only needed a flash light and a step ladder. Not like the 9,000 stupid tools I have to use every day.

Dusty answers:

Check out how much competition is out there. In my area, there is a glut of inspectors, and most of the newer ones are starving, going back to regular jobs.

You only get paid if you are getting jobs. If there is a ton of competition, you won’t be getting many jobs. And I am a huge fan of home inspectors, wish I had more good ones. Most clients go with price, and the lousy ones have the lowest prices.

Lizzie asks…

Claiming on tools of the trade.?

I was just wondering how much we can claim for tools of the trade. My partner is a carpenter and he was told the other day they he can claim back 100% of the price of the tool and that will come off his tax bill is this correct it doesn’t seem right to me.

Dusty answers:

You are right to be suss of what your friend says. The tax office doesn’t entirely reimburse your expenses (that would be a dumb government revenue policy).

Deductions for business/work related expenses just offset your assessable income so that you have a lower taxable income. The lower your taxable income, the less tax you pay on your taxable income. In basic speak – for every dollar that you spend on a deductible expense you will save roughly 30c on income tax if your taxable income falls in the 30% tax bracket.

So if the tool costs $100 you might save $30 worth of tax on your income. But you are still out of pocket for $70. So spend wisely before 30th June… Don’t just listen to mates and sales people who say “you’ll get it back”.

He might be getting “100% claimable” mixed up with “100% business use – therefore 100% deductible against income”. If the tool was used 50% for a private hobby (not an income earning activity), then only 50% of the cost of the tool could be claimed as a deduction against assessable income in the tax return, for example.

John asks…

true or false its not the size of the tool its the skill of the carpenter?

small tools can get into places big ones cannot :-) mmmmmmmmm

Dusty answers:

Oh so true

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Your Questions About Carpentry Tools

Maria asks…

explain briefly how sheets of MDF 2,400mx1.200m would be supported when using hand tools cut to size.?

carpentry and joinery

Dusty answers:

If using a handsaw to cut them use four saw horses, two on either side of the cut. If you are using a power circular saw, lay out four 2x4x4′, two on either side of the cut. The 2×4′s will support the MDF and keep it off the floor for clearance of the saw.

Ruth asks…

anybody who is good at carpentry / metal working 10 points!!!?

I am trying to build a measuring scale that will fit these requirements:

It should be able to weigh something

25cm x 25cm x 100cm or less

2kg or less

I am still trying to figure out how I am going to build this. I am not experienced in building contraptions like this. I do not have a lot of tools either. What kind of scale should I make (balance,spring, magnetic, electronic) and with what?
I am trying to do an important project alone so I’m just asking for a few helpful hints/ideas.

Dusty answers:

Build a balance beam, you will need
1 board 2 inches sq 1 ft long
a 1 ft sq of plywood 3/4 inch thick,
1 safety knife blade,
a 1″x2″x 2ft long,
a hack saw , some nails or screws
nail or screw an end of the 2 inch sq board to the center of the plywood, with the hack saw cut a slot in the top of the 2×2
1/2″ deep ,incert the safety knife blade into this slot sharp edge up. Mesure the 1″x2″x2′ for middle of the board, [flat side]
attach a small basket,pan,or something on each end, to hold a weight and what you will be weighing, find the balance point of the 1×2 and make a small score across the board with the hack saw, your done

Lizzie asks…

How to learn basic electrical, plumbing, carpentry for DIY use in my home?

Please, serious answers only. I’d love to hear from professionals in these fields – and not sarcastic 14 year olds giving advice. :)

I DO NOT want a career in any of these fields – I have a successful career as a marketing executive. However, as a single fearless woman who just bought her second house, I want to enhance my limited DIY skills so that I can tackle more projects myself (saving money and gaining satisfaction of doing it myself!)

Again, I work full time and am NOT looking for a career or to be licensed, so I dont have the flexibility or time to do apprenticeships, journeymen positions, or working in the trade (unless this is the only wait to gain the experience I am looking for).

So, is trail and error the only way? Is book learning and trying things hands on in my home enough?

Thanks for any good advice. And any advice for the must have tools in each area would be great, as well.
Wow…great answers…thanks guys! I’ll look for some geneal books, use the wealth of the internet, and use good old trial and error. The idea of night classes is a great idea as well… Thanks again!

Dusty answers:

Ah, well, I’m not a licensed trade but did spend quite a few years using tools at work. I’m a single (fairly) fearless woman too and I do most of my own home maintenance/repair/building. I learned by trial and error, by asking questions from anyone who knew more than I did, by reading. These days you can learn a lot on the net and occasionally by watching home improvement shows but most of them are all sizzle and no steak when it comes to know-how. People even post how-to videos on youtube, along with some how-not-to stuff. Home improvement stores often run Saturday and evening seminars, and schools and rec centres have classes(full of men, too, if you’re looking, though sadly you’ll find many of them are married but maybe they have single brothers, or maybe you can make some work buddies out of them)

What you do is start simple. Do things it’s hard to screw up and work up to more complicated stuff. Always consider the worst case scenario before trying something. You don’t want to do something that you’ll have to call in a pro to fix later. Tackle things as they come up. Learn what you can about how things around your house are set up or how they work. I often found that just sitting and looking at things and trying to imagine how they were done or how they work was a big help. Simple observation can tell you a lot if you use your head. Learn basic safety precautions and get the right tools to check for live wires so you don’t electrocute yourself or flood the house. Never start something like replacing a faucet late in the day. Start in the morning so you have time to go back to the store twice for tools and parts. If you can find a way to visit a house construction site, do so, to learn what’s behind your walls and how pipes and wires are installed. Offer to help friends and neighbours, especially ones with more experience than you. Know what your limitations are and when calling in a pro is the better choice. Read every single page of instructions that come with power tools or get a demo from someone who has used them. There are a few that could send you to the hospital very easily. Map out a job before you start, make lists and go through the steps mentally.

As for tools, you can purchase tools almost endlessly and always find there’s one more you could use. It’s really best to buy things as you need them for the job you’re about to do, and before you know it you’ll have more than you ever dreamed. As for basic tools, the ones I wouldn’t want to be without? Here’s a basic list off the top of my head.

Cordless screw gun, at least 14v, larger if it’s comfortable in your hand, medium quality
Corded drill, cheap is fine.
Hand screwdriver, PicQuic is a very good choice, comes with six screwdriver bits in the handle
Box of wood drill bits, buy other wood drilling accessories and metal bits as needed
Wire strippers
Linesman pliers
Socket set, metric and imperial, buy one of those “has everything” kits.
Needlenose pliers, straight and bent nose
Utility knife with extra blades. Olfa is a good make but cheap ones are okay too. LLB blades really last and are very sharp
Vice grips, curved and straight jaws.
Hammer. Choice is endless, basic framing hammer is fine for general purpose
Cat’s paw for removing nails
Level. 4 foot ones are indispensable at times, smaller ones have their place
Crescent wrenches, 10 inch, you very often need 2 at the same time so buy 2
Pipe wrench, the self-adjusting kind with a floppy head.
Hand saws. Swede saw for rough cuts, crosscut saw for finer cuts. A reciprocating saw(power) is very useful sometimes too. A right angle thing to set up straight cuts with a handsaw, there are a number of types available
Stepladder Buy a good one, fiberglass, they’re worth it. Six step is best unless you have very tall ceilings.
A really good headlamp, so you can see while working under a sink
Toolboxes, so you can find stuff when you need it.

Like I said, that’s very basic. My tools now would fill my van.

It can be very rewarding to do your own stuff. I still remember the good feeling I had the first time, 25 years or so ago, that a project went off the way I planned with no snags, though there will be times when you’ll be tempted to use the hammer on your own head. Patience goes a long way here.

Joseph asks…

Do you think Jesus as a tradesman could have been suffering from heavy metal poisoning after coming into?

contact with Lead and Mercury during the manufacture of nails, fastners and carpentry tools?
Heavy metal poisoning was common in the Roman era and a common cause of madness and delusion.

Dusty answers:

Well now, that explains it all. So I guess his journalists weren’t making phony stories after all….we’ll just blame it on the nails, etc.

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