What Carpenters Do
Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.
• Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
• Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
• Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
• Construct and install building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
• Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
• Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers.
Carpenters have many different tasks. Some carpenters build the interiors of offices; others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Still others focus on production or commercial work to help construct tall buildings or bridges, installing wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars. These carpenters also erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.
Carpenters use many different tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, or drywall. They use hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, and nail guns. On large projects, carpenters may use rigging hardware and cranes as part of the installation process.
Carpenters may also use smart phones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices to assist with planning, drafting, or other calculations.