Carpenters work with a wide variety of building materials such as wood framing materials, concrete and masonry blocks, and structures made of steel and concrete.
Each building material is distinct from the other and is used for specific purposes; therefore, a good working knowledge of them is essential.
Such knowledge would entail knowing the various types and grades of building materials, as well as their use, defects, handling, and storage.
Besides having a good working knowledge of the various building products, a carpenter must also know how to calculate the amount of building materials required for the job at hand. In such cases, the carpenter must know the formulas to determine the exact quantities.
Some of the most commonly used building materials in construction are lumber, plywood, building boards, engineered lumber products, and pressure-treated lumber.
Carpenters working in the construction industry also need to know about construction methods, such as building structural frameworks, floors, and wall panels.