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DEWALT® Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook 1st Edition

Gary Brackett

  • Published
  • 224 Pages


Packed with powerful, full-color diagrams and an easy-to-understand writing style, the DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook will give you the ability to teach your students the basics of carpentry and framing – using the methods that will most effectively reach them. Students are often drawn to images and artwork, preferring to see how tasks should be completed, instead of reading about it. This book does just that by spelling out, through pictures, the step-by-step procedures associated with key carpentry concepts. The accompanying text is clear, straightforward, and accessible, clarify and elaborating on the visuals. Coverage begins with a discussion of house types and foundations, gradually progressing to more complex areas, such as wall and floor framing. The book concludes with a chapter on special topics, which includes an exploration of the construction of stairs, railings, porches, and decks. Logically organized for easy reference, this is a thorough yet concise introduction to the world of carpentry and framing. Check out our app, DEWALT® Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit

Gary Brackett, SUNY Delhi

Gary Brackett is a professor in the construction management program at SUNY Delhi.
  • Clarifies unfamiliar terminology with a glossary in each chapter that identifies and explains new terms for that topic.
  • Explains potentially confusing math concepts through clear example calculations that allow students to follow mathematically related carpentry problems to their solutions.
  • Offers valuable information that extends beyond the basics with additional examples, span tables, and charts in the appendix, and notes, cautions, and tips in the sidebars.
1. Houses.
House types. House shape vs. material & energy efficiency.
2. Foundations.
Glossary. Footings. Common foundation types. Squaring & checking for square.
3. Sills, Posts & Girders.
Glossary. Sill plates. Girders. Post types & spacing.
4. Floor Framing.
Glossary. Methods of assembly. Layout process & symbols used. Framing floor openings & order of assembly. Framing procedures at the sill and options at the girder. Bridging/blocking. Notching & boring holes in joists. Dead vs. live loads for floor systems. Sub-floor application. Cantilevered areas. Engineered lumber options.
5. Wall Framing.
Glossary. Wall/partition layout. Identifying wall/partition type.
Framing details. Other framing details. Framing sequencing/techniques. 6. Rafters/roof framing. Different roof types. Glossary – basic roof components. The gable roof. Glossary – rafter calculation terminology. Common rafter layout. Assembly techniques for the gable roof. Special cases for common rafters. Gable studs.The hip roof. Glossary - Hip/valley component terminology. Calculation of the hip/valley rafters. Calculating the hip ridge length. Layout of a hip rafter. Layout of valley rafter. Calculation of a shortened valley rafter. Calculation of a hip jack rafter. Calculation of a valley jack rafter. Calculation of a valley cripple jack rafter. Calculation of a hip/valley cripple jack rafter. Assembly of a hip roof. The rafter square. Complex roof hip/valley & ridge intersections. Cathedral ceiling framing. Unequal sloping roofs. Measuring roof slope. Dormers. Octagon roof framing. Octagon calculations. Rafter span tables. Truss construction.
7. Special Topics.
Stairs. Glossary – Stairs. Stair calculations. Stair layout. Methods of construction. Newel posts. Railings/balustrade systems. Porch/deck framing concerns. An overview of wood movement issues. Covered porch construction.

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  • ISBN-10: 1111136130
  • ISBN-13: 9781111136130
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $18.75
  • RETAIL $24.95