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Modern Carpentry, 11th Edition

Modern Carpentry, 11th Edition
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By: Willis H. Wagner and Howard "Bud" Smith

ISBN: 978-1-59070-648-0
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: ©2008
Subject: Construction
Grade Level: 9-14
Retail Price: $96.00
School Price: $72.00


The 11th Edition of Modern Carpentry - Essential Skills for the Building Trades includes two new chapters, covering framing with steel and the building of decks and porches, as well as numerous text and illustration changes to depict current materials and practices. The text provides detailed coverage of all aspects of light frame construction, including site preparation and layout; foundations; framing and sheathing; roofing; windows and doors; exterior finish; stairs; cabinetry, and finishing procedures for interior walls, floors, and ceilings.

Beyond a solid discussion of building basics, Modern Carpentry covers special topics such as constructing stairs, chimneys, fireplaces, and decks. Systems-built (prefabricated) houses, remodeling, cabinet installation, solar construction, and painting and decorating are also covered.

To familiarize carpentry students with other aspects of the building trades, the text includes chapters on mechanical systems: electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Throughout the text, safe working practices are emphasized, and special attention is paid to proper use of the latest tools, materials, and prefabricated components.
  • Chapters are arranged in a logical sequence, similar to the order in which the phases of building construction are performed.
  • Includes many step-by-step procedures set as boxed features.
  • Uses clear, nontechnical language and detailed illustrations to provide the most easy-to-understand presentation of any carpentry book on the market.
  • Provides useful career information in a dedicated chapter and more than 20 “On-the-Job” features throughout the book that describe specific building trades occupations.
  • Provides detailed coverage of both residential and light commercial construction.

Related Title(s)
Foundations and Framing DVD Series
Closing In DVD Series
Interior Finishing DVD Series
Roofing DVD Series

Table of Contents

Preparing to Build
  1. Building Materials
  2. The Carpenters Workplace
  3. Plans, Specifications, and Codes
  4. Hand Tools
  5. Power Tools
  6. Building Layout

Footings, Foundations, and Framing
  7. Footings and Foundations
  8. Floor Framing
  9. Wall and Ceiling Framing
10. Roof Framing
11. Framing with Steel

Closing In
12. Roofing Materials and Methods
13. Windows and Exterior Doors
14. Exterior Wall Finish

15. Thermal and Sound Insulation
16. Interior Wall and Ceiling Finish
17. Finish Flooring
18. Stair Construction
19. Doors and Interior Trim
20. Cabinetry
21. Painting, Finishing, and Decorating
Special Construction
22. Chimneys and Fireplaces
23. Post-and-Beam Construction
24. Systems-Built Housing
25. Passive Solar Construction
26. Remodeling, Renovating, and Repairing
27. Building Decks and Porches

Mechanical Systems
28. Electrical Wiring
29. Plumbing Systems
30. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Scaffolds and Careers
31. Scaffolds and Ladders
32. CarpentryA Career Path

Look Inside

   sample Introduction (PDF, 1.41 MB)
   sample Chapter 6 (PDF, 863 KB)
   sample Chapter 18 (PDF, 634 KB)
Online Text, 6yr. Classroom Subscription (min. 15)
   sample Front Matter (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Construction Technology)
   sample Chapter 6 (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Construction Technology)
   sample Chapter 18 (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Construction Technology)
  Note: Sample file quality has been reduced to allow for Internet streaming and viewing.


   PDF Carpentry I (PDF, 69 KB)
   PDF Carpentry II (PDF, 70 KB)
Construction Technology - Carpentry, Grades 9-12
Construction Technology - Construction Fundamentals, Grades 9-12
   PDF Carpentry I (PDF, 142 KB)
   PDF Carpentry II (PDF, 138 KB)
   PDF Introductioin to Construction (PDF, 137 KB)
Residential/ Commercial Carpentry, Grades 9-12
   PDF Carpentry, Grades 9-12 (PDF, 151 KB)
   PDF Carpentry Career Cluster (PDF, 83 KB)
   PDF Carpentry I (PDF, 218 KB)
  Note: Correlation files may not be available for all listed courses.

About Author(s)

Willis H. Wagner - was Professor Emeritus for the Department of Industrial Technology at Iowa State University. Mr. Wagner earned a bachelor of science degree from Central Missouri State University and a master of science degree from the University of Missouri. He worked in industry as a drafter and woodworker, and taught at the high school and collegiate levels. Mr. Wagner was a member of IAITA and ITEEA, and an honorary member of the Waterloo Technical Society.

Howard "Bud" Smith - spent most of his career as a magazine and textbook editor. He also worked as a carpenter for several years while earning a Ph.D. in journalism from Marquette University. Mr. Smith is the author of Energy and coauthor of Understanding Technology. Additionally, he has published articles in a variety of magazines over his career. He is currently retired.


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