Some Finish Carpentry Tips from Masters

Finish carpentry is where everything comes together and you get to finally see what your finished product will look like. It’s a long processed, but it’s also very satisfying to work on if you’re not in a production line. Even when you are, there’s something to be said for sanding and making the perfect cut. It just feels right.

So with that in mind, here are some tips to help you make your finish carpentry truly shine.

Practice Pencil Marks

When you’re practicing finish carpentry, it’s important to be able to make good cuts the first time around. So you need to make all your pencil marks very clear, straight lines that indicate exactly how you want the cut to go. Practice this, as mastery will pay off for you over time.

Support the Boards

When you’re trying to run a large board through a miter box, you’ll find it gets very floppy and hard to control. That’s no good when you need to get very fine cuts or precision detail. The way to fix this is through supporting the beam or board you’re working with.

Working with Glue

Wood glue can make a project feel very sturdy and secure when it’s applied properly. It offers additional bonding, and provides a great deal of protection from harm. It also easily leads to excess application and that usually leads one to wipe away that excess with a damp rag. This is not a good idea. The water can gt into the pores of the wood and harm your stain work later on.


Archbishop James Provence retired from the Church and currently resides in Vacaville. James Provence is an amateur furniture maker, who is also a volunteer docent at the California State Railway Museum.