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Carpentry, 2nd Edition

  • Floyd Vogt
  • Michael Nauth
  • ISBN-10: 0176502734
  • ISBN-13: 9780176502737
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Welcome to the Second Canadian Edition of Carpentry. This text is designed for students who are pursuing careers in the trade either in post-secondary college programs or in apprenticeship programs across Canada. It can also be used by students who are studying residential construction at the senior high school level. The 2010 National Building Code of Canada is used as the point of reference. All measurements are given in both imperial and metric systems.


  • A full-colour design brings the jobsite to life—integrating photo-realistic drawings, drawn to scale, and on-the-job photos from construction projects across Canada and the United States.

  • Measurements in the text are recorded in both imperial and metric—some conversions are approximate, such as 16″ (400 mm), whereas others are exact, especially in building code references, such as 7⅞″ (200 mm) for maximum rise for a set of stairs to a dwelling unit.

  • Safety information has been greatly expanded, including a section on General Safety Guidelines in the Introduction, Safety Reminders to open units alerting students to potentially dangerous situations on the job, and Cautions to help prevent accidents when working with various tools of the trade.

  • A section in the Introduction covers the critical Soft Skills required of successful and proficient carpenters. Coverage of important organizations, including the Carpenters’ Union and Skills Canada, that help students keep up to date on industry expectations is also included.

  • Success Stories open each of the four sections, and highlight successful accounts of individuals working on carpentry jobs across the country, providing insight into the industry.

About the Author

Floyd Vogt

Floyd Vogt is a sixth-generation carpenter and contractor. His family operated a small business devoted to all phases of home construction, and he began working in the family business at age 15. After completing a B.A. in chemistry at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, Mr. Vogt returned to the field as a self-employed remodeler. In 1985 he began teaching in the carpentry program at the State University of New York, Delhi. He has taught many courses, including light framing, advanced framing, math, energy-efficient construction, finish carpentry, finish masonry, and estimating. Mr. Vogt is currently a professor emeritus in the construction design-build management bachelor's degree program, where his course responsibilities included residential construction, AutoCAD, construction seminar, and physical science applications. He has also served as a carpentry regional coordinator for Skills-USA and as a post-secondary Skills-USA student advisor. Mr. Vogt is the co-author of CARPENTRY, and he is a member of a local town board.

Michael Nauth

Michael Nauth was born in Guyana. His family immigrated to Canada in 1967. He finished high school in Scarborough, Ontario, and began working in construction in 1972, in both the residential and commercial sectors. He obtained his carpenter’s licence in 1978 in Fort St. John, British Columbia. After moving to Ottawa, he started a residential construction company. He obtained his Ontario licence in the early 1990s. A few years later he passed the Inter-Provincial Certificate of Qualification Red Seal Exam. Michael took training to teach in carpentry, receiving his diploma from McGill University in Montreal. He would later complete a B.Sc. in mathematics at Carleton University in Ottawa. He began teaching night school in carpentry at Algonquin College (Ottawa) in 1984; he was hired as a full-time instructor there in 1989. He is currently Coordinator and Professor of the Carpentry Apprenticeship programs. He has also served as a building supervisor, foreman, and board member with Habitat for Humanity—National Capital Region and Global Village. He has coordinated and judged carpentry competitions for Skills Canada–Ontario and for the Carpenters’ Union, Local 93. Besides several other construction textbooks, he has reviewed Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Canadian Wood Frame House Construction, 2005 edition. He has worked as a carpenter and a trainer in Russia and is currently engaged by Canada Wood to assist with training needs and quality assurance of the residential construction industry in China. Michael is proud father of four sons, Aaron, Anthony, Jason, and Jonathan. They have all helped Dad in the summers on the construction site and have experienced, first-hand, the adrenaline rush, the addictive buzz, and the sweet sleep that follows an honest, hard day’s work.

Table of Contents

Unit One:Wood and Lumber
Chapter 1: Wood
Chapter 2: Lumber

Unit Two: Engineered Panels
Chapter 3: Structural (Rated) Panels
Chapter 4: Non-Structural Panels

Unit Three: Engineered Wood Products
Chapter 5: Laminated Veneer Lumber
Chapter 6: Parallel Strand Lumber and Laminated Strand Lumber
Chapter 7: Engineered Joists: Open Joist 2000®
Chapter 8: Glue-Laminated Lumber and Wood-I Joists

Unit Four: Fasteners
Chapter 9: Nails, Screws, and Bolts
Chapter 10: Anchors and Adhesives

Unit Five: Hand Tools
Chapter 11: Layout Tools
Chapter 12: Boring and Cutting Tools
Chapter 13: Fastening and Dismantling Tools

Unit Six: Portable Power Tools
Chapter 14: Saws, Drills, and Drivers
Chapter 15: Planes, Routers, Sanders, and Plate Joiners
Chapter 16: Fastening Tools

Unit Seven: Stationary Power Tools
Chapter 17: Circular Saw Blades
Chapter 18: Radial Arm and Mitre Saws
Chapter 19: Table Saws and Other Stationary Power Tools

Unit Eight: Architectural Plans and Building Codes
Chapter 20: Understanding Architectural Plans
Chapter 21: Floor Plans
Chapter 22: Sections and Elevations
Chapter 23: Plot and Foundation Plans
Chapter 24: Building Codes and Zoning Regulations

Unit Nine: Building Layout
Chapter 25: Levelling and Layout Tools
Chapter 26: Laying Out Foundation Lines

Unit Ten: Concrete Form Construction
Chapter 27: Characteristics of Concrete
Chapter 28: Forms for Footings, Slabs, Walks, and Driveways
Chapter 29: Wall and Column Forms and Insulated Concrete Forms
Chapter 30: Concrete Stair Forms and Preserved Wood Foundations
Chapter 31: Concrete Forming for the ICI Sector (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional)

Unit Eleven: Floor Framing
Chapter 32: Types of Frame Construction
Chapter 33: The Substructure: Columns, Beams, and Sill Plates
Chapter 34: The Floor Frame: Joists, Openings, Bridging, and the Subfloor
Chapter 35: Stairways and Stair Design
Chapter 36: Stair Layout and Construction

Unit Twelve: Exterior Wall Framing
Chapter 37: Exterior Wall: Components and Their Functions
Chapter 38: Exterior Wall: Construction Sequence

Unit Thirteen: Interior Rough Work
Chapter 39: Interior Partitions and Ceiling Joists
Chapter 40: Backing and Blocking
Chapter 41: Steel Framing

Unit Fourteen: Scaffolds, Ladders, and Horses
Chapter 42: Wood, Metal, and Pump Jack Scaffolds
Chapter 43: Brackets, Horses, and Ladders

Unit Fifteen: Roof Framing
Chapter 44: Roof Types, Components, and Terminology
Chapter 45: Roof Trusses
Chapter 46: Gable and Gambrel Roofs
Chapter 47: Shed, Dormer, and Porch Roofs
Chapter 48: Hip Roofs
Chapter 49: Intersecting Roofs with Equal Pitch
Chapter 50: Unequal Pitched Roofs and Gazebo Roofs
Chapter 51: Post-and-Beam and Timber Frame Construction

Unit Sixteen: Energy Efficient Housing
Chapter 52: Building Science: Principles and Practice
Chapter 53: Progressive Practices: Framing and Air Sealing
Chapter 54: Thermal and Acoustical Insulation

Unit Seventeen: Roofing
Chapter 55: Asphalt Shingles and Tile Roofing
Chapter 56: Wood Shingles and Shakes
Chapter 57: Flashing

Unit Eighteen: Windows
Chapter 58: Window Terms and Types
Chapter 59: Window Installation and Glazing

Unit Nineteen: Exterior Doors
Chapter 60: Door Frame Installation
Chapter 61: Door Fitting and Hanging
Chapter 62: Installing Exterior Door Locksets

Unit Twenty: Siding and Cornice Construction
Chapter 63: Wood Siding Types and Sizes
Chapter 64: Applying Vertical and Horizontal Wood Siding
Chapter 65: Wood Shingle and Shake Siding
Chapter 66: Aluminum and Vinyl Siding
Chapter 67: Cornices and Eavestroughs

Unit Twenty-One: Decks, Porches, and Fences
Chapter 68: Deck and Porch Construction
Chapter 69: Fence Design and Erection

Unit Twenty-Two: Drywall Construction
Chapter 70: Gypsum Board
Chapter 71: Single-Layer and Multilayer Drywall Application
Chapter 72: Concealing Fasteners and Joints

Unit Twenty-Three: Wall Panelling and Ceramic Tile
Chapter 73: Wall Panelling: Types and Application
Chapter 74: Ceramic Tile

Unit Twenty-Four: Ceiling Finish
Chapter 75: Suspended Ceilings
Chapter 76: Ceiling Tile

Unit Twenty-Five: Interior Doors and Door Frames
Chapter 77: Description of Interior Doors
Chapter 78: Installation of Interior Doors and Door Frames

Unit Twenty-Six: Interior Trim
Chapter 79: Description and Application of Moulding
Chapter 80: Application of Door Casings, Base, and Window Trim

Unit Twenty-Seven: Stair Finish
Chapter 81: Description of Stair Finish
Chapter 82: Finishing Open and Closed Staircases
Chapter 83: Balustrade Installation

Unit Twenty-Eight: Finish Floors
Chapter 84: Description of Wood Finish Floors
Chapter 85: Laying Wood Finish Floor
Chapter 86: Underlayment, Resilient Tile and Cork Flooring

Unit Twenty-Nine: Cabinets and Countertops
Chapter 87: Description and Installation of Manufactured Cabinets
Chapter 88: Countertops and Cabinet Components

Appendix: Metric-Imperial Conversion Tables

New to this edition

  • The Canadian path to obtaining training in preparation for taking the Inter-Provincial Red Seal Certificate of Qualification Exam.
  • More coverage of stationary and portable power tools; the anti-kickback splitter for the table saw, updated photos, and setup for the jointer in-feed and out-feed tables are added.
  • Field book note-taking for differential levelling.
  • Foundation Layout, a closed traverse, and essential trigonometry for electronic theodolites; reference to Total Station's increased role on construction sites
  • Expanded ICF coverage, monopour ICF, rebar vibrator, power screed


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructors' Resource CD for Carpentry  (ISBN-10: 0176639438 | ISBN-13: 9780176639433)

Student Supplements

Student Workbook for Carpentry  (ISBN-10: 0176646752 | ISBN-13: 9780176646752)

A Workbook for students provides a wide range of practice problems to reinforce concepts learned in each chapter, as well as to prepare students for exams. Question types include multiple choice, completion, and identification as well as critical math problems and soft skill activities. Instructors may assign these questions as homework, to ensure full comprehension of the material.