Planning for Carpentry Projects

What You'll Need
Basic tools (such as hammers, saws, sanders, clamps, and screw guns)
Measuring Devices such as scales and inch tape
Power drill
Building materials matching the current living space

Today, it is important for every homeowner to have basic carpentry skills for do-it-yourself carpentry projects. Professional carpenters and handy men are hard to find these days. Even if you find one, their charges are very high for the simplest of tasks. For saving the time lost in finding a handyman and money, you can learn to plan the carpentry projects yourself and can perform them easily. Read the directions below to understand and learn how to plan for carpentry projects.

Step 1 – Take Appropriate Precautions

If you plan to significantly change the home conditions such as adding or replacing beams, posts, rafters and building additions. You will be in need of a permit. Show the inspector a detailed diagram of your plan and the list of required materials. Follow all the directions outlined in the owner’s manual for the tools you are using. Protect yourself using ear plugs, safety glasses and a dust mask for filtering the dust and debris produced. Materials that give out harmful fumes should be stored away from heat and out of children’s reach. Use such materials in a well ventilated area only. Keep your workplace neat and organized to avoid accidents. Replace and repair broken tool parts before use.

Step 2 – Make a Detailed Drawing

Begin every carpentry project by first making pencil drawings of your plan. While refining the plan, add as much detail to the drawings as possible. It helps to figure out the strategy, materials and tools required for the project. The drawings also help to anticipate how your area will look after the completion of the project.

Step 3 – Lay out the Project

Use a 2-inch masking tape on the floor to indicate your work area and the boundaries of your project. This actual size lay out will help you visualize the results in the end. It also helps to indicate issues that are not anticipated by a scale drawing.

Step 4 – Examine the Project Area

It is advised that you examine the areas below and above the project before you cut in a wall for determining locations of water lines, gas pipes and duct work. Usually the gas pipes and utility lines run vertically through the walls and between floors. It is advised to obtain the original blue prints of your house that usually indicate location of these utility lines.

Step 5 – Draw Cutting Diagrams

To make an efficient use of the materials in a project, draw cutting diagrams. For sheet goods, make scale drawings on graph paper. Also, make cutting lines for every part of your carpentry project.

Step 6 – Documenting the Materials

While using your plan drawings and cutting diagrams, compose a list of the materials required. Make copies of this list. It will help in organizing the work and figuring out the expenses of the project as well.