2. PLAYING CARDS AS SPACERS
This is a great way to evenly and accurately line up doors and drawer fronts. It’s so simple.
For example, if I’m fitting drawer fronts in a face frame cabinet: I offer up the drawer front and push it tight to one side of the opening. Then I jam as many cards as will fit into the other side of the opening. Let’s say I manage to get 10 cards in. Then I take the cards out and put 5 on the left and 5 on the right. (I follow the same process to space it top and bottom also.) Then I push the drawer front in and get it temporarily fixed with with double sided foam tape. Then I screw through the back of the drawer box into the drawer front.
It gives me perfect results every time!
3. DON’T USE CLAMPS– USE MASKING TAPE!
This trick works brilliantly for making mitred boxes. It’s pretty difficult to clamp a mitred box anyway! Lay your four pieces out flat with the outside faces of the box facing up. Line them up correctly and tape them together as per pics above.
Then flip the pieces over and glue inside your mitres. Fold them together and tape up the last remaining joint. This gives me perfectly aligned mitres every time!
4. MEASURE INTERNAL MITRES USING YOUR MITRE SAW
Measuring and marking the internal edge of mitres is tricky . I tend to cut the first mitre, then lay the piece on my saw. I hook my tape onto the end of the saw and line up the internal edge with my tape. I can then easily pull the tape to where I need it and mark the inside of the other mitre.