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All course prices increase on the 1st of July 2024.

Join the best coaching and mentoring program for 

 Improve your knowledge and skills in a niche trade, named "Lockcarpentry". 


Lockcarpentry is the grey area of work in-between being a Locksmith and a Carpenter. Especially when it comes to installing luxury door hardware from all over the world.


This course will help you excel installing residential door hardware!

Watch hours of video footage where Tony explains all the tips and techniques that he's learned over many years installing high-end residential door hardware.


There are test questions in each module and you are encouraged to submit your own questions for Tony to answer in the private 1 on 1 chat.

The course has its own unique app and members group so it's easy to interact on the computer or mobile, wherever you are.

There is no time pressure and you can learn at your own pace.

The course may take you 1-3 months to complete and there is a final exam at the end.


 This course investment gives you ongoing training for life! 

All students that pass will receive a certificate of completion,

signed by Tony, The TIDY TRADIE  Lockcarpenter.

Lockcarpentry Course students get 10% off

full priced tools at the Lockcarpentry Shop!

Tidy Tradie Lockcarpenter face

Hi, I'm Tony. I've been in the carpentry game for nearly 30 years, specialisng in installing luxury door hardware.

My motto has always been "Done Once, Done Right!"

A Lockcarpenter using a router and jig to install door hardware.
Drilling door handle holes correctly.
Fritsjurgens - Lockcarpenter
Using the Festool routers
Door patching tip for carpenters.

Become part of a community where everything gets shared

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You'll be a member of a private support group where you can ask questions and share knowledge within the community. This is where new friendships will be made.

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Save time by having instant access to resources

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You'll have quick access to photos, videos, documents and templates with done for you elements. The library of information will continue to build as we grow.

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Gain clarity on how to do everything

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You'll learn all the various ways of installing handles, locks, flush bolts and other latching accessories that you would find in a quality residential home.


Receive member discounts

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As a member you get VIP discounts on all  specialist tools from the Lockcarpentry Shop.

Lockcarpentry Shop Tools

Up your skill, up your pay

The No.1 problem. Dodgy hardware installation work is real and it's everywhere.


Yes even in the high-end homes. There is definitely a lack of high skilled workers out there.

I understand door hardware work might not be very exciting for most people and I know a lot of carpenters hate having to install it.

I also know that there are many carpenters (maybe like you) who are perfectionists and have a passion for becoming an expert.


Would you love to know the latest tricks, for installing all types of hardware into expensive doors? There may be methods you don't know about.


Becoming an expert will put you in high demand amongst all the low skilled workers!

See if any of these questions resonate with you:

  • Are you wanting to install door locks quicker, neater and with more confidence?

  • Do you want to feel proud of your hardware installation work, so that you can share on social media?

  • Have you thought about niching down on a trade skill because there are too many competitors all doing what you do?

  • Would you like lifetime access to continually receive updated tips, information and material?

  • Do you feel like you are falling behind your installer competitors and are losing work because of them?

  • Would you like a certificate to show your customers or employer that you have completed an online Lockcarpentry course and are involved in its continued development?

  • Have you thought about working for yourself, installing doors and locks?

  • Are you confused with all the lock and hinge jigs that are flooding the market?

  • Do you need help deciding which tools to invest in?

This online course and community will help you

Fast-track your knowledge about residential door hardware to help avoid costly mistakes.

Get access to documents and templates to help you become a better installer.

Learn from the most well known luxury door hardware installer in the industry, who has social proof that his work is legitimate.

Get your handle and lock installation questions answered from someone you can trust.

Chant Flush Pull Lock

Here's an overview of some module lessons


About me. I talk about my background as a carpenter and how I became a full-time specialist door hardware installer.

Module 1 - Door hardware is called hard for a reason!

Understanding confusing instructions while under pressure.

Common problems with installing door hardware.

Non compatible handles and locks.

Door thickness problems.

Missing parts.


Module 2 - Clients and suppliers.

Dealing with customers/clients.

Dealing with hardware suppliers.

Dealing with builders.

Dealing with designers.


Module 3 - Setting up and marking out.

Marking handle heights and other hardware positions.

Various ways of marking out to avoid error.

Working on a door vertically or horizontally.

Routing flush pull

Module 4 - Drilling, mortising and routing.

Drilling the face and edge of the door.


Plunge routing.

Trimmer routing.

Module 5 - Door hardware.


Locks and latches.

Flush bolts.

Flush pull locks.

Strike plates etc.

Door handle collage
Festool 1010 router

Module 6 - Routers and trimmers.

What you need to know before buying a router.

Trimmer set up.

Router set up.

Module 7 - Router accessories.

Flush cut bits vs plunge cut bits with copy rings.

Router accessories you will need to have.

Uses for each type of router bit.

Router bits with copy rings
Tidy Tradie Router jig

Module 8 - Jigs and templates.

Various types of jigs and templates.

From basic to universal, adjustable and interchangeable.

Module 9 - Tools and accessories.

Tools commonly used by the TIDY TRADIE Lockcarpenter.

Basic and advanced.

Lockcarpentry Shop Tools


How to patch old holes in doors and jambs.

Cheat sheets, tips and tricks.

Door lock and latch diary.

Your exemption for not needing a security license.

And much more!

After completing the course

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Once you fully understand everything taught in this course, you will be much more confident and enthusiastic about installing all types of handles and locks.

You’ll become an expert in the field in a quicker amount of time!

You will be more valuable as an employer or contractor.

Your reputation as an installer will grow exponentially.

Hardware suppliers will have more faith in recommending your service to their customers. 

You will have access to all the contents for life and have a support group to quickly answer your questions.


BONUS - New training material will always be added so you will be plugged into continued learning.

Student Reviews

Knowledge is Power! No better person in Australia to learn the specialist skills and techniques of "Lock Carpentry" - Tony Gouverneur, Sydney Australia an absolute specialist professional.


The Lockcarpentry online course exceeded my expectations, providing a thorough and engaging learning experience. I am confident that the knowledge and skills I have gained, will prove invaluable in my carpentry career.


Dave Lillie Lonsdale Building Group Melbourne Australia.

I highly recommend the online lock carpentry course. 


It’s simple and easy to use via the app. It gives a good insight into the industry not only from a practical aspect but also from a business aspect as well. It’s thousands of hours of knowledge bottled up into one course.


Dane - QLD

Kicked off my wood-shaping journey back in '87, and I've spent a good chunk of my life covered in sawdust. I reckon that's the best bit about carpentry - always a new trick or two to pick up. That's why I'm all thumbs up for the Lock Carpentry Course. Tony behind this course knows his stuff, and it's clear as day that it's been put together by his seasoned hands.

I used to fancy myself pretty good at hanging doors and popping locks into place. Decent job, I thought. But since I finished this course, mate, I feel like I've leveled up. Keen as mustard now to get my hands dirty with some top-notch hardware. All thanks to the Tide Tradie Jig, of course! I might be good, but let's face it, my jigs are the real star of the show here!

So here's a big shout-out to Tony! You've done a ripping job with this course, reminding this old chippy why he picked up the hammer and nails in the first place.

Trevor Dale - Canberra, Old-School Carpenter and TAFE Carpentry Teacher.

Hi mate. Thank you for follow up. It's a really interesting thing to learn and I appreciate you telling us all the possible problems which can occur while working. I do like the format and levels. It is well planned for me to understand. The videos make it more efficient because after a long day at work it’s very hard to read sometimes. I am trying my best to improve and will ask questions in the future. Thank you!

Pahulpreet - VIC

So much about door hardware I didn’t know! Really excited to spend some money on some jigs and give them a crack - I’ve always been taught the old school way! It worked no worries until I started getting the high end market of renovations and different types of expensive doors and hardware. There is more information than I expected that's for sure. Great knowledge to have!

Kasey - VIC

This course interests me a lot as I never received much exposure to doors or door furniture given I was an apprentice and the carpenters would take that job. Plus we typically built between 1-1.5 houses per year so the exposure wasn’t really there for opportunity or repetition. I have a beautiful front door that I would like to install in a pivot style with quality door hardware. I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into this course and developing my skills as a carpenter and tradesman.

Kyle - WA

Yeah the course is great. Very informative. Seems like you have covered every area so far. I’m currently going through the door hardware component and this is definitely the component I am less familiar with. So I might hit you up with a few questions, but rather than hitting you one by one I’m just writing them down as I go and then I’ll send them at once.

Leon - SA

Hi Tony, Thanks mate. I have upskilled for sure doing your course. I will be in contact regarding buying tools and jigs. I need to spend time to see exactly what I need to get for my next two sites, but you know as a trade person yourself, we always like to add new tools. Your Tidy Tradie Jig is No.1 on my list.

Lino - Auckland

Hi Tony, Just completed the exam, WOOHOO!

I have found the information presented to be very beneficial. My knowledge of hardware, tools, and additional business ideas/practices has been nicely expanded. Thank you for offering this program and sharing your experiences, including the very personal ones.


Myself, at 50, have had health issues, and a 4 1/2 year old child who requires a great deal of attention. Thes have provided some challenges especially over the last 4 years. This meant that I could certainly relate to many of your challenges, experiences, and motivations. I am looking forward to applying what you have taught, and moving forward with new insights.


Again Thank You, Heath - Michigan, USA

Student Feedback

Has my story taught you anything or helped you at all?

This was really insightful. I think most passionate carpenters are always keen to hear how others have got to where they are, what steps led them to make certain decisions or acquire certain skills. Thanks for sharing.


Kenneth - VIC

Has my story taught you anything or helped you at all?

Nice Tony. Everyone’s got a story…. Very interesting. I always wondered about your background and how you got into lock carpentry!

Getting paid in the building game has always been a problem and still is today. I’m a Chippy and have been for 10 years doing all types of renovations. I’ve always been interested in hanging doors and hardware as you don’t really touch it as an apprentice, and no one really taught me properly!


I did a lot of research on the internet and used to use the XXXX and it was good for hinges but then I stumbled across you and your jig, it's way better! Once you learn its features, I think people are intimidated at the start but once you understand it, it’s bloody great, I’ve still got a lot to learn with it!

I'm still figuring out what I want to do in the building game. I’ve been using your jig now for a year and I love it. I definitely shock people on site at how quick I am at hanging doors and installing locks. The other day I did 9 standard locks with a t strike. That’s my record. And obviously all perfect with the jig.


Has my story taught you anything or helped you at all?

Wonderful to hear how you’ve overcome considerable personal loss and adversity, and yet you have still succeeded in becoming an industry leader in your field. Your results are awesome. As a trade qualified locksmith based in Brisbane/Gold Coast, I am forever looking at ways to improve my own woodworking skills to match my metalworking knowledge base.

I too have noticed the shortfall of sound lock-fitting skills and knowledge on sites, and believe me, these problems exist in the locksmithing trade too! I have considered retraining as a carpenter to learn these skills, but never felt that I could take the pay cut back to apprentice wages while in training. I also doubt my body could take the punishment. Even after doing so, I’d be most interested in the finishing work. I guess I want to be a lock carpenter too!

Your full story is really inspiring to hear, and I can’t wait to learn from you.


Has my story taught you anything or helped you at all?

I can relate to many aspects of your story. Where I’ve come from and where I’m at now. Looking for another business avenue rather than a carpenter, supervisor or builder.


Has my story taught you anything or helped you at all?

Absolutely. Hearing how you overcame challenges and managed to continue to build your skills is admirable!

Steve - NSW

What do you think of the course so far?

Really enjoying the course and can tell you’ve put a lot of effort into it. A lot of good Insights into lock carpentry and not even half way yet. Can’t wait to get back into it and learn some more and finally put it into practice.


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