There are a few strategies in carpentry you'll want to be employing throughout your sessions:

 

  • Fill in the two smallest adjacent holes first: this is so that the screen can provide you with two new ones each time, and you'll be able to use them to place any pieces you don't want/can't place in the main two you're working on.
  • Place irregular pieces first: this is because the sooner you place them, the more options you'll have for placing them where they won't jeopardise the completion of the hole later on.
  • Piece stalling: Once you're two or three pieces away from finishing a hole, hang on to any pieces you'll be using to complete it and wait until you have all two or three or the pieces you need.
  • Keep holes as square as possible: this means no creation of bottlenecks, i.e. placing pieces in such a way that you need one or two specific piece types to fill in the gap.
  • Prioritising filling in gaps: any place which does require a specific piece type to fill in needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. When you get a new set of holes and they have gaps which can only take long pieces, those need to be addressed immediately.

 

Some of the finer points which will be situational and will be employed based on the situations you encounter:

 

  • Generic piece placement: each piece in carpentry has situations it just wants to fit into, you can't explain all these to someone in any way, you can provide examples but aside from that, you'll learn from experience.