Master carpenters provide a variety of skilled carpentry services for their employer(s). They are involved in all aspects of woodworking, including initial construction, finished construction, and repair work. These carpenters use their wood-working expertise in a variety of construction and remodeling tasks, as well as build frames for houses and roofs. Master carpenters also construct other wooden buildings (such as cabins or sheds) and provide framing for the installation of drywall, kitchen cabinets, shelves, doors, and bathrooms within homes. They install stairs, including crafting rails, posts, and all associated accessories. In addition to installation, master carpenters handle maintenance of existing wooden structures and provide repairs and replacements for damaged or failing carpentry.
Master carpenters work in a variety of construction environments. They serve as either contractors (independent or with a construction service) or in-house specialists for an organization. Master carpenters typically work a full-time schedule, with overtime occasionally needed to complete projects and meet deadlines. Frequent travel to a variety of job sites is usually required. As they work in a construction environment, master carpenters are required to follow all applicable safety guidelines.
Master carpenters are generally required to have several years’ experience in the industry; typically, this involves two or more years as a journeyman carpenter. Most master carpenters are required to have a valid state drivers’ license to travel to their various job sites. They must also maintain a working knowledge of state and federal guidelines applicable to their craft, such as building codes and safety regulations.
Master Carpenter Tasks
Leads complex carpentry work on buildings, framings, furniture, cabinetry and other wooden items, often supervising work of several subordinates.
Operates tools: planer, shaper, jointer, lathe, drill press, mortising, boring, tenoning machines, jig saws, rip saws and cut-off saws.
Trains an apprentice or other subordinates.
Repairs furniture and other wooden items; sands and refinishes.
Estimates cost and efficiency of job related tasks.