No matter how much you take,
it seems you’ll always be missing
something. Remember, it’s always
easier to carry something extra
than spend time driving back
and forth between job site and
shop. So, it’s a good idea to have
a formal checklist just like a pilot
doing a pre-flight check on an airplane. We’ve put together a really
extensive checklist that you can
customize to your needs at www.
7Secure and safe shipping Too many cabinets are dam- aged in transit. Shrink wrap
works better than tape to keep doors
and drawers closed and secure in
Blanket wraps can provide extra
protection. Some shops go so far as to
screw down cabinets to walls and floor
of the truck to make sure they don’t shift
on the way.
need every time you go to the job site.
Rolling, stackable toolbox systems
make it easy to move tools from truck
to work zone, and segmented drawers
or dedicated pockets make it obvious if something is missing when you
pack up at the end of the day. Here
are some more quick tool tips: Rather
than carrying a bunch of screwdrivers,
one driver with a magnetic head that
takes the same interchangeable drill
driver bits saves space. Store tools
and related jigs or fixtures together as
they will be used, making sub-kits for
special tasks, such as leveling boxes,
scribing cabinets, or installing pulls.
6Consider special tools Here are some special tools that but might be worth a try.
Consider a Japanese ryoba instead of
conventional handsaw; it provides both
rip and crosscut teeth and typically
makes a finer, cleaner finish cut working
on the pull stroke. Blue masking tape
works great for scribe lines. Tape the
entire edge of the cabinet to be scribed,
then mark the line right on the tape.
The line is easier to see, and the tape
protects the cabinet when cutting to
the line. The blue-type masking tape
also comes off cleanly without residue.
Cabinet lifting and propping devices can
make it so one person can work more
efficiently and safer if you are trying to
keep from hiring extra help.