The more accurate a carpenter measures, marks and cuts, the more finesse he will add to his finish. That’s why, when it comes to beautiful interior carpentry finish work from crown molding, to baseboards, chair rails, wainscoting, window and door trim, as well as furniture and cabinet building; measuring twice so you only have to cut once is an excellent woodworking rule of thumb to follow.
In addition, try to use a rigid rule instead of tape measures or flex tape when you can because it is less likely to shift and affect your measuring accuracy. Also remember that parallel is just as important as level because anyone would be hard-pressed not to notice trim that isn’t parallel to the floor.
Speaking of what we notice, houses settle and wood can move as it dries. That’s why experienced carpenters typically step trim back ¼ inch or so to create a shadow, making all that undetectable. Within the same line of thinking, thicker pieces at the top of window and door frames, called head casings, act as a cap, yet double as another handy shadow caster.
However, you always want to try to get things perfect, and using the right tools for each carpentry project can help. For instance, buffing wood to a beautiful sheen with a buffer specifically made for wood can result in that “wow factor” we all love. Plus, knowing your tools can be helpful as well. For example, a carpenter pencil is ¼ inch thick, the perfect size for spacers.
As you gain experience, you’ll be able to work within closer tolerances and all your woodworking will become easier and more efficient. Additionally, if you have any questions, the knowledgeable, friendly folks at M & M Enterprises would be more than happy to help!