Use a Test Piece To Avoid Carpentry Mistakes

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

Carpenter’s Tip – Use a Test Piece for Tight Fitting Parts

Practice makes perfect I always say, but so doesn’t test pieces.

Whenever I’m doing finish work and I’m making what I call a “money cut,” which is a cut that has to be perfect, I always cut a test piece out of scrap wood.  Using a test piece to pre fit wood is a great way to avoid carpentry mistakes.  this is especially useful with compound miters or other intricate parts that need to look and fit  great.

Achieve Tight Miters and Trim Parts

This is good advice for anyone but if your a handy person or DIYer and are trying something new, always practice the cut or technique first on some scrap wood.

Start the project in an area that is least visible. Like in a closet.   End the project in the most visible area because by the time the project is done your a pro ~ the learning curve has been figured out.

so remember if you looking to achieve tight fitting wood miters and joints Use a Test Piece To Avoid Carpentry Mistakes!

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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