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Hi,

 

My name is Gary and I have been a joiner/carpenter for 8 years. I am fully qualified and am currently working for a bespoke joinery company currently specialising in museums. At the moment I am working as a benchhand joiner and have been doing so for 18 months. I have completed the paper part of my vetassess assessment. I am now looking at sitting my practical assessment. If anyone can give me any information or examples of what I am required to do, I would be very grateful as the information on this seems to be very dated and inadequate.

 

Cheers

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Hi mate,

 

You should sit the Joinery one no? the chippie one is totally different (hipped roofs, saw horse and all that shiit)

 

I sat my Joinery one about 2 years ago, if its any help you will need to probably show them you can use the machines safely, (fixed ones obviously)

 

Have you been keeping up with your drawing skills?

 

if not get the old 60/30 out!

 

You have to do a nice doodle of a door and sash, to 1:1 scale, then set out and produce a haunched mortise and tenon of one of the sash joints by hand, no machine work allowed (you receive the timber planed to the correct thickness though)

 

Mark out a single fight of stairs,

 

complete a face to face safety question air.

 

Easy to the p-easy :)

 

good luck


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Hi Buddy,

 

Thanks for your post, I'm applying for the chipping test as the joinery test now includes the use of static computer operated machines such a s a CNC machine. Which to be honest is a tad unrealistic.

 

Thanks very much for your help though!

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Reading about this skills tests makes me laugh , I have been working over here now for 2.5 years , a am a timed served carpenter /joiner for just over 30 years now and have to say that I don't think you would have to cut a hunched mortise and Tennon joint on site , I have only ever done 2 tusk Tennon joints in that time back in the uk.

most of the none uk carpenters I have come across don't own a hand plane, hand saw don't understand how to sharpen tools on a oil stone,if they can't turn it on with a switch they don't want to use it, I have done a fair few traditional cut roofs over here as the guys I was working with did not know where to start, the big problem over here is they all specalizie in one area ,framing ,2nd fix stairs, flooring ,roofing etc they are not like uk guys who do everything .

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Hi,

 

My name is Gary and I have been a joiner/carpenter for 8 years. I am fully qualified and am currently working for a bespoke joinery company currently specialising in museums. At the moment I am working as a benchhand joiner and have been doing so for 18 months. I have completed the paper part of my vetassess assessment. I am now looking at sitting my practical assessment. If anyone can give me any information or examples of what I am required to do, I would be very grateful as the information on this seems to be very dated and inadequate.

 

Cheers

 

Hey Gary,I done the chippy practical back in september and it was a doddle! It was basically what Jimthechew said you have to pitch a scaled down version of a hipped roof. Just got an 8x4 sheet of ply on a bench,fix a 3x2 plate around the perimeter,then a studwork wall across the middle to fix the ridge to then pitch the hippies roof from there.I think the common rafters were only about 1200 long,so pretty easy really,then there was a load of technical questions to ask......mainly in health and safety.

 

Hope this helps mate and good luck!

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