After years of grinding thousands of nails into wood, we asked professional carpenters for their tips and tricks. These tips will help you get the most out of your hard-working westchester carpentry experience.
For the perfect miter, practice with test pieces
It is often difficult to fine-tune a miter to achieve a perfect fit. Start with small test pieces to ensure that your miter saw is set at the correct angle. Then, cut the actual parts.
Use the Construction Lumber to create a template
It’s a stake-and-board contraption that holds strings to position posts or to lay footings. You can see it everywhere, in print and on TV. There is a better way. To mark your structure, use the construction lumber as a template. It can be left aside for digging, and then you can replace it to place the posts.
This formula can be used to order framing materials
You don’t necessarily need to be a math major to estimate wall framing materials. This formula works regardless of how many corners, doors, or windows your walls may have.
- One stud for every linear foot of wall
- Five linear feet of plate material (bottoms/tops and ties), per linear foot of wall. Although it may look too big when you receive it, it will be necessary to add extra material for corners, windows and doors frames, blocking, braces, and braces. For short pieces, leave the crooked stuff behind.
For this simple bench, you can use materials that are already in your possession
You can make a miter saw bench in your garage, backyard, or in-laws’ cabin. To ensure the outfeed supports are the same height as your saw table, you will only need to cut some spacer boards. This is a lot more convenient than kneeling on the ground or perching the mitersaw on horses. The bench doubles as a convenient work surface.
No more hand nailing
In 25 years, I haven’t hand-nailed any interior trim. Why? Because the air-powered trim guns produce better results and are faster. With your hammer, there are no splits, predrilling or knocking pieces out of place. And there are no tiny holes to fill. The most versatile size is the one that shoots 5- to 2-inch 18 gauge brads.
Note the measurements
Use masking tape to mark numbers and shapes. This will ensure that you don’t forget to measure the length of the tape when you get to the saw.
To position Lumber, use the Toenail Trick
My first job as a framing-carpenter was when I beat on a stud in an attempt to get it to position. The stud bounced back. Veteran framing carpenter walked up to the stud and drove a large nail at an angle through it. The stud was moved into place by the last two hammer strikes. I NOW USE THE TOENAIL TRICK when I have to adjust stubborn lumber.
Use your Pencil instead of your Tape
My carpentry career began when I mismeasured a costly baseboard and cut it too short. My boss told me, “Don’t use your tape-measure unless you haveto.” Instead of shouting “You’re fired!” Marking trim is more precise than measuring. It’s also faster and eliminates any mistakes. This advice is also good for other types carpentry jobs, such as siding, framing, and laying shingles.
Pull Nails With Nippers
When trim carpentry, keep a pair of ‘nippers in your pocket. Use them to pull the trim off the wall.
Keep this Multi-Purpose Hammer in your bag
A smooth-faced 20-ounce hammer with a straight claw is the best for all tasks, no matter how rough or finished. The claw is used to drive the claw under walls to lift it, embed it into framing, and do very crude chiseling. It’s also a better shape than the curved claw for pulling nails. Here are 10 hacks for hammers that you should keep in your memory.