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I have been renovating a three story home with my brother and after taking dimensions on the third floor and by the time I get to measuring and cutting in the workshop, I either misinterpret the dimensions I put on the paper or forget which board the dimensions go. If anyone has a system that works for them I would appreciate the help.
Thanks Don
 

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Write dimensions on the boards themselves with either pencil or chalk depending on whether it's a light or dark wood.
 

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More details might help, but here are some tips …

- When cutting framing material, make a list of lengths to cut.
- When cutting an irregular shape, make a drawing of the shape with dimensions.
- Come up with a measuring convention/standard. (For example: measure to the nearest 1/8", communicate measurement in inches and eighths. So, a measurement of 41 and a half inches would be communicated as 41/4.)
 

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Don,

Not much help but I can relate to the issues you were having.

I was helping No 1 son renovate his bathroom in a Villa so the saws etc were located in the Garage and as such required all the items to be measured and then cut in a remote location.

This situation also provided confusion of which part was which by my son,

As a result it required me to do many passages through the house to verify as I was not sure then either.

His wife Vanessa was not impressed as there was gyproc dust and other crap everywhere along the polished floors !!

So sadly I dont know the solution either !!
 

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As Robcastle experienced, it would make less problems to make the cut in the room with a handsaw and something like a workmate.
Otherwise, make a sketch with dimensions for each piece and label the pieces.
 

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I got in the habit of:
1: Wright the measurement on the piece that is to be cut.
2: wright the measurement where the piece is to be put.
3: Make a drawing of something that has multiple cuts.
 

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Problem I have sometimes is I measure "twenty one and a quarter"...get to the saw and cut "twenty and one quarter"
Sounds the same but one is a inch short. I write down on a scrap of wood and if a angle is being cut, I draw which direction it goes.

Bob
 

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I've always used the waho6o9 method.

Killing to birds with one stone I began labeling my parts with the Russian alphabet as it has 33 characters, and I might one day be able to read Cyrillic better than a 1st grader. (laughing)
 
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