Sheathing Cuts

Sheathing Cuts

Often carpenters will make quick work of cutting fiberboard sheathing by making their cut marks with a chalkline instead of a carpenter’s pencil. Hook the end of the chalkline on one end, hold down the other end, and snap to make the line. The same idea can be...
Sheathing Cuts

Hacksaw Space

If you need to hacksaw through a fastened pipe or rod, but the space above is cramped, try this: Remove the hacksaw’s blade, straddle the pipe with its frame from below, then reinstall the blade upside down. The teeth of the saw will cut through the pipe from...
Sheathing Cuts

Measure Together

When cutting up small pieces for a project, an easier way to doublecheck for accuracy is to measure a number of the pieces at once. If you have four pieces which should be exactly 8 in. long, lay them end to end and measure. This multiplies small errors hard to detect...
Sheathing Cuts

Straight Wood

Before you glue up wood for a project, examine the parts. If at all possible, start out with cleanly cut, perfectly straight boards of the proper thickness. Take out any bow or warp before you begin your gluing work. By using straight and true stock, you won’t...
Sheathing Cuts

Handsaw Re-Cut

If you’re using a handsaw and find that a board you have just cut is 1/16 in. or 1/8 in. too long, here’s a way to re-cut the board without making a mess of things. Find another board the same width and clamp it over the top of the board you want to trim....
Sheathing Cuts

Story Poles

When you need to duplicate multiple measurements on a larger project, it can be helpful to use a length of 1×2 or similar stock as a story pole. Cut or select a piece that is longer than the longest cut required. Carefully mark the height, width, depth and length...