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Are you interested in becoming a finish carpenter or working as a carpenter in the building trades? Students come to us from Essex, Dundalk, Woodlawn, Columbia, Catonsville, Glen Burnie, Arbutus, Lansdowne, and Owings Mills and learn skills to launch a career.
For people interested in working with their minds and hands to create something, becoming a carpenter and specializing as a finish carpenter is a great choice.
Our classes in finish carpentry and building construction have helped many people launch fun and successful careers in the building trades.
To register for classes or speak with an admissions representative now call 1-800-637-5490. You can also click one of the buttons below to apply online.
Become a Carpenter
Before anyone can specialize within a given trade they must first learn the basics. Having a good grounding in general carpentry skills will allow you to complete a wide range of projects and gain mastery of foundational skills. This will help you on your way to become a good finish carpenter.
Essential skills for any carpenter include:
- Basic design and layout
- Proper marking and measuring
- Plan reading
- Material type, usage, and allocation
- Familiarity with hand and power tools
- Waste reduction/getting good yield from materials
- Proper use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and safety procedures
Finish Carpentry Specialization
As part of a basic course of study in carpentry, finish work will definitely be covered. Such a course would give students a working knowledge of trim and moldings like:
- Window and door trim
- Chair rail
Finish carpentry is differentiated from “rough carpentry” in the need for exactness and attention to detail. While a framer may be able to hide his mistakes behind drywall, everything a finish carpenter does will be seen and is, in fact, meant to be seen.
The job of a finish carpenter is to conceal, protect, and decorate a building or room.
The trim around a door or window serves the purpose of covering the rough edge between drywall and frame and providing a final layer of separation to the outside world. It also makes the window or door look better.
Chair rail is commonly used to accent a room, to separate walls with a clear line so that complimentary or contrasting colored paint may be applied. It generally makes the room look nice and ads a bit of flair. It also protects the walls from being dented or scratched by chair backs as they are pulled from under a table. Chair rail is to a wall what a bumper is to a car.
A gifted finish carpenter will continue to study more advanced techniques and learn to expertly install crown moldings and other materials that can require skill and experience use well.
Your specialization as a finish carpenter sets you apart from those who simply “build”. You too build, but you build well. You create, construct, and beautify.
All of the skills you learn as a finisher are transferrable to your more basic carpentry skills. Through specializing as a finish carpenter you will become a better all-around carpenter.
Enter a Trade School
If the work of building carpentry or finish carpentry appeal to you then call today to get enrolled in finish carpentry courses and start to build your new career. Call 1-800-637-5490 to speak with a representative of the school, or click the button below to apply online.
For Maryland residents in Dundalk, Glen Burnie, Woodlawn, Arbutus, Lansdowne, Columbia, Essex, Catonsville and Owings Mills the career training you need is right next door. Our hands-on skills training give you what you need to begin life working in the skilled trades.
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