Carpentry is a great skill to acquire. It’s very rewarding, and it can make your life much easier in many ways. It’s also very useful for when you need to do some home improvements or repairs. This guide will show you how to get started on learning carpentry basics. You might even find that you like the hobby and want to learn more about other aspects.

What Is Carpentry?

First, let’s define the term “carpentry.” Carpentry is simply woodworking. It’s all there is to it. You work with various tools such as saws and drills to cut, sand, and shape materials like wood into different shapes, sizes, designs, etcetera. The skills involved are both technical and artistic. Technically speaking, they fall under construction, manufacturing, and engineering. In terms of what artistry is, it’s really up to you.

Woodworking can be done on any piece of wood but generally speaking, if you’re learning anything regarding carpentry, stick to the traditional hardwoods. Softwood lumber is easy to work with and usually costs less than most exotic species. Softwood tends to warp easily, though, so always check your local wood suppliers to see which species they carry.

The following are things you should know when learning carpentry:

1. There are two basic categories of wood: hardwood and softwood

Hardwood is generally denser than softwood and therefore has better strength properties. Softwood tends to be stronger and straighter but does not provide the same strength characteristics. The grain patterns of hardwoods tend to run lengthwise through the board. Softwoods also tend to take stains and finishes differently, often making them look weathered much earlier than they would if finished hardwood was used.

2. It takes time to become proficient at carpentry

And while practice makes perfect, don’t expect immediate results. Be patient! Good quality equipment also helps but will never replace one who knows their craft. If you intend to be an expert at making furniture, it’ll take years of focused practice before you reach that level.

3. Most carpenters use power tools to perform their tasks

However, this isn’t always necessary. Some carpentry jobs require only hand tools. A good example is building book-matched veneer (the thin layer of finish covering a surface) using only a jointer and planer. Also, consider buying books on topics you’d like to pursue. Books cover just about every aspect of carpentry. There are thousands of title s available on Amazon or any other online store of choice.

4. Learn from experts

Most carpentry schools teach apprenticeship style education where students attend classes regularly and apprentice with a master in the field. Many people recommend working with a teacher first; however, you may prefer going solo. Alternatively, you may choose to learn from books or videos. Either way, be sure to ask questions. Ask for clarification and read carefully until you completely grasp what you’re reading. If something doesn’t make sense to you, it probably means you didn’t understand it right away either.


Carpentry isn’t too difficult once you get started; rather, it’s simply a matter of understanding the concepts behind the process. Once mastered, carpentering becomes more enjoyable because you can truly express yourself artistically while creating beautiful pieces. So get out there and start crafting!