List of Free Online Carpentry Courses, Classes and Learning Materials

See our list of free online carpentry courses. Learn what courses and learning materials are available and what topics they cover to find the one that's right for you.

Info on Free Online Learning Materials, Classes and Courses in Carpentry

There are many free videos available online illustrating various techniques and projects in carpentry. Many magazines and TV shows concerned with carpentry or renovations offer videos of this nature on their websites. This article will only look at a few of them. Users cannot earn academic credit for completing any of these courses or lessons.

Museum of Woodworking Tools

  • A Guide to Honing and Sharpening helps woodworkers keep their tools in the best possible working condition. It focuses on the history of honing and sharpening and vital aspects of these practices, such as stropping, beveling, chiseling, flattening and other modern technological methods. Students can explore these methods via text, pictures and diagrams.

This is Carpentry

  • How to Carve a Canoe Paddle in Your Spare Time demonstrates how to carve a canoe paddle. The pictures show how to properly draw an outline of the paddle on wood and then cut it out. The rest of the tutorial is concerned with finishing the paddle.
  • Shim Cutting Jig teaches users how to cut a shim through pictures (with explaining text) and a video. The teacher first demonstrates how to make a jig. He then goes on to show how to use the jig to cut shims of various thicknesses.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Furniture Making engages students in the process of furniture making. Topics include an American historical overview and a look at the use of power and hand tools. Common themes include sketchbook work, cutting, hand tools, power tools, bending and jig making. This course employs various technical readings, visual aids, videos, project pictures and assignments.

This Old House

  • How to Cut Miters demonstrates the tools needed and the techniques used to cut exact miter joints. Materials included with the video are a list of tools, an estimate of length of time to complete the project and the project's difficulty level. There is also a listing of each step in the project.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

  • The Wood Handbook seeks to familiarize students with wood as it is used in engineering and other industries through a PDF format. It covers topics in woodworking, such as the characteristics, availability, structure, function, stress, moisture relation and physical properties of wood. It also looks at fastenings, structural analysis, adhesives, bonds, finishing, drying, sterilization and fire safety methods. The 20-chapter book uses pictures, diagrams, graphs and tables to display various kinds of content for learners.

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