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Old 01-15-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've got a laborer hired on that's actually not lazy or stupid. However, he has NO construction experience. I am looking for literature either online or in print to help him become an apprentice at a faster rate.

Do you have anything that you've used successfully in the past? I am talking about cutting with various saws, use of framing square, use of speed square, how to set a string line, nailing patterns for framing, the meaning of layout markings for framing, plumb bobs, squaring walls, etc, etc.

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I read Modern Carpentry and thought is was very informative. I have tons that I carry in my trailer for reference.

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There's a book called the steel square. Has good info for using a framing square. I'm not sure anyone reads books anymore though. Seems google and youtube is the thing now.
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There's a book called the steel square. Has good info for using a framing square. I'm not sure anyone reads books anymore though. Seems google and youtube is the thing now.
I have that book. An old boss gave it to me when he retired. Author: H.H. Siegele
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These are good for starting out, also John Carrols Marking, Measuring and Laying Out, and the Steel Square which is in my shop (more advanced).


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All those above - and don't laugh please as these got me started in good shape - The Audels Carpenters Guide series. They are not considered modern, but I do believe still useful
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Why don't ya get him to try this one?
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Audels carpenter and builders guides. Roof framers bible, I also have the Steele square book, it's in my truck. I gotta say I learned a ton from the audels books.
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All those above - and don't laugh please as these got me started in good shape - The Audels Carpenters Guide series. They are not considered modern, but I do believe still useful
Maybe not modern ( they teach how to build block and tackle) but still tons of good info in em. I have 2 sets. One from each grandfather.
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All those above - and don't laugh please as these got me started in good shape - The Audels Carpenters Guide series. They are not considered modern, but I do believe still useful

Old school.

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Maybe not modern ( they teach how to build block and tackle) but still tons of good info in em. I have 2 sets. One from each grandfather.
Is the info in them useable today?
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The roof building sections are the best I've seen in any book. And if the world came to an end and we didn't have power or manufacturing or anything they would be invaluable but most people don't care about the proper way to sharpen a handsaw or build a lumber mill from scratch.
If you cut your own roof or care about builders mathmatics there worth reading.
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I think knowing the way things were done 70 years ago would really help anyone doing repairs/ remodels today
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I have a set of the Audels from the1940s that belonged to my grandfather. Great books
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I have one leather bound set from then (40s) and a hard back set from 60s. I think there neat as heck. If someone wanted them for relative information I'd buy the framing, steel square and builders
Math books and skip the other 1. it's painting, door and window building.
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I also have a set of the Audels masonry guides from the 40s that we found as we were going thru my fathers office after he passed earlier this year
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Why buildings stand up, is not a carpentry book, btw. It is good to teach someone structure, and how it works. I still can't get some guys to understand why its so important for chit to be plumb, if it is plumb gravity works FOR you, if it isn't plumb, it works AGAINST you.

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Although I have no experience withe the Audels books that seem to be gaining steam here, I would have to go with "Carpentry" by Kohl (sp?). It's the book I use in my apprenticeship, although I don't think it's as basic as you described you need in your original post.
I have found that the book covers a majority of the carpentry phases in sufficient detail. And this includes the basic non-power hand tools to steel stud framing and just about everything in between.
I think any book, coupled with a construction dictionary may be useful. (I can get the title of the one I have if needed.)
I also found a U.S. Army carpentry handbook at a small bookstore, that while maybe not readily available to the masses, seems to cover most steps of the construction phases, albeit in a somewhat dated fashion. Still I find it to be interesting to page through for a blast from the past.
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Check out halfpricebooks.com. I buy a lot of my carpentry / construction books from there and most of them are only 99 cents each

Nothing compares to hands on experience, but getting a general understanding about something before you even see it in the field only helps.

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