5 Essential Tips for Pro Carpenters
Carpenters and woodworking professionals always have a bag full of little tricks that they use for faster, more accurate construction, which they rarely offer because they use them so often that they forget they use them ... like a more precise miter saw. Unconventional, unconventional woodworking techniques for better finishing results, rearrange table leg positions, and think of the best finish to apply for less troublesome woodworking problems.
Five game-changing pro tips for carpenters who want to up their game and get more efficient on the job site!
1. Avoid "slippage" during sanding
A belt sander is ideal for quickly smoothing aboard. Also great for casting a frame throughout the workshop. To prevent this from happening, place a piece of wood behind the board you are sanding. The fence will be more than enough to prevent your piece from flying in unwanted directions. Look for a fence board that is thinner than the one you are sanding so you can sand to the edge.
2. Hold the shoe against the shoe
When it comes to the end of a shoe mold, the best way to prevent it from bouncing too much is to hold it against another piece of shoe. Lay the two flat pieces on a table with the small profiles facing each other. Make sure that the piece of the shoe that will not be cut protrudes about an inch or more than the piece that will be cut. Then join the pieces together, hold them tight and saw.
3. Write a line with a tape measure
Drawing a straight line using just a tape measure and pencil is a great way to save time on the job and avoid using unnecessary tools. It is also an essential skill that every novice carpenter should practice and learn. The process itself is fairly simple, but it may take a few tries to learn how to do it consistently.
- Step 1: Hold the tape measure in the hand that is closest to the furthest edge of the table from the line you want to draw the line on.
- Step 2: Extend the sheet of tape just past the length you want to trace. For example, if you are trying to draw a line that is 10 inches from the edge of the board, pull the sheet about half an inch more.
- Step 3: With the rest of the tape still in your hand, tighten the tape to the exact length you want to trace and keep your fingers against the edge of the frame (pictured above).
- Step 4: Hold your pencil firmly against the surface of the grip of your tape measure. Make sure you have a solid grip here, because if the pencil slips, the line will come out.
- Step 5: Now that it is in position, slide the pencil and tape across the width of the board you are scribbling, keeping the pencil on the surface of the board and your finger pressed against its edge. As long as you're working with a factory trim that doesn't randomly dip in some areas, you should be able to draw a clean straight line across the entire width of the frame just by running your pencil through it.
4. Define the Line
This is a simple hack for all finishing carpenters. Before cutting a piece of crown molding or frame, rub a pencil along its edge to clearly define the line along which the cut will be made. This is especially useful when dealing with lighter species of primed wood, as it can be difficult to distinguish the face from the edge.
5. Make your own construction shims
Have you run out of wedges? Don't panic. Here's a step-by-step guide to make yours:
- Step 1: Get some chunks
The leggings don't have to be made of perfect wood, so take the two closest pieces. Draw a line approximately 8 in. from the edge of the board.
- Step 2: Make alternate angled cuts
Begin by making alternate angle cuts across the board. Stop cutting directly to the line you drew earlier.
- Step 3: Cut the shims
Finally, cut the end of the board ... there you have it, a handful of perfectly reliable shims.
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